For the past six months we've been putting a little away each month, and for Christmas and our birthdays this year, we are asking for one thing: money for a two week trip to Europe.
A two week, romantic vacation to Europe. To say that I'm looking forward to it is a serious understatement.
I have never been across the pond (Matt has been twice!) and I have always wanted to go. I especially want to go alone with Matt, before we have kids. So it looks like it's now or never. We are thinking our trip will probably be in April or May.
There are places I know we will be visiting:
1) London, England
Besides doing the normal London things (the theater, the parks, the sights, the food, etc.) we are going to do something that I find so exciting I get super giddy just at the mere thought of it. Beware for the nerds. We are going to tour Leavesden Studios! As in, the Leavesden Studios right outside of London. As in the place that Harry Potter was made. Yeah, we are excited.
2) Durham, England
Our dear friends, Andy and Miranda Byers, just moved here so Andy can get his PhD. We'd love to spend a couple days with them and their kiddos. Durham seems like a beautiful town.
3) Paris, France
With Paris being such a quick train ride from London, why not spend a night or two here? I find that people have strong opinions about this city. It's either their favorite place in the world or they detest it. I'd like to see for myself.
From Paris I'm not so sure what the plan is. I think I want to spend a couple of days in Lake Como. London, Durham, and Paris will be amazing but Lake Como could be much more relaxing. And, if it's good enough for George Clooney, it's good enough for me.
The question lies in this, do we take an over night train to Milan from Paris and then head up to Lake Como? Do we stop in Switzerland on the way instead? Do we want Lake Como to be our final destination or do we want to squeeze in Florence or Rome or Tuscany? Since I've never been to Europe and we are at the very beginning of our planning stages, I have no idea how much time all this traveling from place to place will take.
Anyways, as we plan, I'd love your help. You know I'm all about food when I travel, so do you know of some amazing restaurants in any of these places? Do you have any other activities you'd suggest? Any advice at all and I'd love to here it!