Tuesday, 25 October 2011
I'm back! So did you guys manage to guess where I went? Many of you guessed Italy and you were right! After Venice and Rome, the boyf and I went to Budapest (Hungary) and Berlin (Germany). We had such a good time and I definitely learned a lot.
First stop - Venice, Italy.
Venice is as I remember it, absolutely beautiful. It's still as touristy as ever, but on a particularly gloomy day and during the nights, the streets have a quiet calm that makes the entire place seem very serene. I think that's when Venice is the most beautiful.
Second stop - Rome, Italy.
While I didn't quite enjoy Rome the last time I was there, I think this trip has changed my perceptions quite a bit. I think I didn't quite like the place due to its high cost of living, the heat (in summer) and also the throngs of tourists everywhere which is silly because I was a tourist myself, contributing to the congestion. The boyf, being a history buff, mapped out everything he wanted to see, so I got to revisit a lot of the sites and more. There was so much to cover and walking around under the sweltering heat definitely tired me out.
Mini stop - Vatican City
The among of people there was crazy! Luckily, the boyf and I bought audio guides, so we strolled through the place at our own speed. So many different tour groups of all sorts of nationalities were being herded around like sheep, I wonder if they actually saw anything. I know I didn't get to fully appreciate the Sistine Chapel the last time I was there, so I made sure to spend a good amount of time there to appreciate Michael Angelo's masterpiece.
Third stop - Budapest, Hungary.
After the heat and tiring pace of Italy, Budapest was a very welcomed holiday. We managed to cover nearly all of the more interesting sites at a very leisurely pace. The city is absolutely gorgeous at night when a lot of the important sites are lit up. I learned quite a bit of history here.
Last stop - Berlin, Germany.
Berlin is a place full of history and "German precision". Nearly every corner has a story to tell. We visited a lot of memorials and I read so many interesting and sad life stories. The city is very urban, yet very safe and the people are very nice. It was the only city out of the 4 where a local stopped to ask us if we needed help when we looked lost.
It was a great trip and I'm very appreciative of the fact that I got to visit these places. At different times during the trip, I would stop and think just how lucky I am to be able to be there, to see the things I saw. Traveling definitely opens up your mind.
I have thousands of photos to go through and even selecting the few above took me hours and hours. Since many of you seem to be interested in hearing about my trips, I'll certainly be blogging about them. However, I'll have to spread them out over the weeks as I don't want to lose sight of the main purpose of this blog.