Well we’ve done it. Everything is booked (minus a few trains we can sort on the day) so now we can really start to get excited and tell people where we’re going! It was a little hush hush about our destinations before, in case things didn’t work out but now, if you’ll kindly pull up a chair I shall tell you about our travels.
Oh by the way, for those of you that don’t know her – this is Sophia! The photo below was taken in March on our trip to Disneyland Paris, at the time this photo was hilarious but looking at it now, maybe you had to be there…
Just a little side note and insight into my mind, you should know that yesterday was heaven for me – I was surrounded by plastic wallets, colouring pens, staples and highlighters (you name it I was using it) and just generally being crazily organised. I’m so proud of the folder I made/decorated/organised it’s a bit insane, but hey! At least we won’t be faffing around at each place wondering where we are and what we’re doing right?! The important things are planned but we’re throwing caution to the wind with everything else, I guess you could call that adventure.
Okay, here goes!
We start with a few days in Rome (we had to fly as I said previously because we can’t use the InterRail pass in Britain), taking in the sights and probably being super touristy then we hop on a train to Milan. Use this website http://www.italiarail.com/ if you want to book Italian train tickets and have an InterRail pass, the InterRail website will take you through what to do at each stage. I have to say, watching the price drop from €79 to €7 was very satisfying. So we stay in Milan for four days, whilst we’re there we’re hoping to visit Verona and Venice for day trips since they’re only ½ hours away by train. In both cities we’re staying in very basic hostels although anywhere in Italy seemed to be pretty pricey but we found somewhere close to the station and the town centre so it seems alright for what we need.
From Milan we wanted to go Cologne, Germany, but unfortunately the sleeper train was incredibly expensive, even with our InterRail passes so instead we decided to stop overnight in Munich and then get the train to Cologne the next morning which worked out cheaper – and we get to see two German cities instead of one! We’re frantically trying to remember useful German phrases from doing GCSE’s although I think we’ll be able to muddle through, how bad can our memories be..?
In Cologne we have a few tourist sites listed; the Cathedral (Kölner Dom) which is impressive – I’ve climbed the stairs to the top before and although it was exhausting, as always, the view was worth it. There’s also the chocolate museum (Schokoladenmuseum) and of course the Fragrance museum which being in Cologne, you can’t really miss.
I’m wary that this post is getting a bit long so I’ll keep the next set of cities for a separate installment and I don’t want to give too much away but it includes Gay Pride in Amsterdam, that’s all I’ll tell you…