My trip to Ireland happened pretty spontaneously when my American friend Tania decided on doing a Eurotrip for a month, and we were deciding on where we’d like to meet up. A Ryanair flight to Dublin at an irresistible price came under my radar and that settled that. My Canadian friend Miriam who’s currently living in Zurich decided to join as well last minute, and before you know it, a girls getaway to Ireland was planned!
While I’m still in the midst of working to finish all my papers for uni, a mini break was definitely much needed.
Ireland has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit, although I’ve never felt that particular pull towards it as I had with other places like London or Barcelona. Yann always raves about how much he loves it there, and after my trip there, I can definitely see why! During our four days in Ireland, we stayed in Dublin for 3 of them, and spent a day at the Cliffs of Moher and its surrounding towns in County Clare (more about that in the next post).
Lots of people have also commented that Dublin especially can be quite expensive, but when we were there, we found tons of things to do that were either free or extremely affordable. Take a look at some of my highlights from Dublin!
Rome feels like a city stuck in time. It feels like no matter where you walk in the city, you’re always going to bump into something that was built like 2000 years ago. Yep, that’s pretty amazing.
We took an overnight train from Verona to Rome and got to Rome super early at 6am. We were so ambitious that after our “Italian” style breakfast of croissants and a cappuccino we went and saw all the big attractions before most people woke up. Coliseum, check. Spanish Steps, check. Roman Forums, check. Pantheon, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, check, check, check.
Ok it definitley took a while, and there was a lot of walking involved since the subway in Rome is even worse then the one in Toronto (who knew that was possible). It was fun though especially since it gave us the rest of our trip to explore the non-touristy parts of Rome. Plus, the lines were a lot shorter in the morning! By the time it was around 4pm though, we were dreaming of our nice comfortable bed back at the hostel.
Here’s some pics!
I admit, the only reason I’ve heard of Verona is from that movie, Letters to Juliet, which to be honest, was a pretty horrible movie. However, the movie did capture Verona beautifully, and I loved the scenes from the movie of the Romeo and Juliet courtyard with Juliet’s balcony and the wall where people could leave their love letters to Juliet (and apparently “Juliet’s secretaries” do write back!).
If you’re a Shakespeare fan, Verona is a must see in Italy since its where three of his plays were set – the ever so famous Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. No wonder Verona is quite an attractive destination for couples!
Ironically, I’m not a Shakespeare fan even though I did my undergrad in English literature (I’ll admit, I do like Macbeth though). Actually, it was more of the fact that I couldn’t be bothered to read his plays in the old English language – so many thanks to the writers behind “Shakespeare Made Easy” for my good grades on my Shakespeare essays!
I’ve been back from Italy for about a week now, but I haven’t had time to post an article until now because of my busy schedule (which will luckily will be over soon and then there will be the move to Munich!). In the meantime, I have been posting my travel pics up on Instagram, so if you haven’t already, check me out @ michelleineurope!
Anyway back to Venice! For those who haven’t been to Venice, it’s a gorgeous city. In fact, many people dub it the most beautiful city in the world. With all the lacework of canals, the piazzas, and the abundance of pretty architecture, I would have to agree. Apparently, it’s the also the city with the highest amount of tourists in Italy, and I had always thought Rome claimed that title!
It was a pretty bizarre feeling after stepping out from the train station and seeing the city for the first time, to see so much water (hey let’s not nicknamed the City of Water for no reason!)… and the scenery from the walk from the train station to the city centre only gets prettier.