This summer my teen daughter and I will embark on a summer vacation to Europe!
This trip is in essence what this blog is about – daring to go somewhere that excites me but definitely scares me a little too. It’s about daring to dream and then following through. Making a decision and then going for it!
Now back to Europe. The idea for this all came about after a close friend announced she was getting married in Venice! But then she changed her mind. I didn’t – I still wanted to go.
I decided to map out a train route beginning north of Venice, due to the fact we would be travelling in August and most of Italy would be hot. My daughter doesn’t do as well in the heat as I do, so I booked flights that would get us into Amsterdam and out of Venice. Amsterdam was chosen because my daughter had mentioned a while back that one day she wanted to visit there (landmarks were mentioned in one of her favourite books).
Our trip is coming together and our route looks like this: Venice-overnight train-Munich-Verona-Venice. So many decisions on how long to stay where, it all took a lot of thought. I wasn’t sure how much time to spend in each city, or even what cities to visit, but in the end I think the 2 or 3 days in each city will work.
Learning from my experience in New York, I am doing a lot of advance planning of activities for us in each city we visit. With two and three day stints, there will be little time to figure it out there. Here is what I am thinking – I would love your input! Am I missing a must-see anywhere?
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (almost 3 full days):
Munich, Germany (almost 2 full days):
Hop on, hop off bus tour, half day visit to the Dachau concentration camp.
Verona, Italy (almost 3 full days):
Visit to Juliet’s balcony, hop on, hop off bus tour, 3 hour bike tour, day trip to Malcensine, Lake Garda.
Venice, Italy (almost 3 full days):
I look forward to following up with additional posts on how things turned out, what we ended up seeing and doing, and what our favourite spots ended up being. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to follow the photo trail as it happens!