Dan's European Vacation (with pictures!)
Alright, it’s been a crazy week thus far without Phil, but I think I have a minute to write a quick recap of my vacation (what is this, elementary school? I need to write a paper on how I spent my summer vacation?) But I'll include some pictures, so that might make it fun.
As you’re likely aware, I spent a couple of weeks traveling around Europe. I traveled with Contiki, a tour company that specializes in trips of varying lengths for 18-35 year olds. I’d say that a majority of my tour fell into the under 25 age bracket, something that makes sense once they all started telling me that this trip was their “graduation gift.”
Over the course of 11 days, we visited London, Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Lucerne and Paris (yes, around 3500kms of bus (BUS!) travel), but it was so worth it! If I’d have tried this on my own, I doubt I would have left London!
Amsterdam was a great city to celebrate Canada Day in… my group started our tour together by taking in a live sex show, which is pretty much exactly what you think it is… it’s live porn, in a theater. Certainly not something you expect to see here in Canada!
We biked through the streets of Munich and drank those giant 1L mugs of beer before heading into Austria to go bobsledding down the Olympic track in Innsbruck.
Venice was insanely hot while we were there (32 degrees with an 80% humidity), perfect weather for a gondola ride. We followed that up by climbing to the top of Mount Stanserhorn in Switzerland, nearly 1900 meters above sea level.
Our final days consisted of a mad dash around Paris, checking out the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame, the Moulin Rouge and so much more.
The whole trip was amazing, but after the breakneck speed I experienced Europe, coming back to my chair at the Early Edition seems like a nice break from my vacation!