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Photo of the Week: The Rozenhoedkaai, Bruges

Bruges is an exceptionally picturesque city. The canals and exquisite medieval architecture make it a joy not only to visit, but to photograph as well. One of the most photographed locations in Bruges, is the view from the Rozenhoedkaai. Here, the Groenerei and Dijver canals meet, creating a romantic, charming scene. It’s believed that the…

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  • Paul - Great shot — and I’m sure you have lots more. Bruges is one of the most photogenic places you can go. It’s also full of very cool places hidden away in its squares and back streets. My favourite (and one I wrote about) was the Chapel of the Holy Blood, where they claim to have a vial of Christ’s blood preserved. There’s also a bar where the ceiling is covered with roses, and a frites museum — how cool is that?July 6, 2014 – 12:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Rafaela Ely - I was researching about Bruges and ended up here! Loves the blog!December 29, 2016 – 5:49 pmReplyCancel

Bruges- A Love Affair That Started With a Movie

It wasn’t until I saw the 2008 Colin Farrell movie “In Bruges”, a black comedy about two Irish hitmen in hiding, that I became aware of this Belgian town. I went from first hearing about it, to being absolutely in love with it, in only 107 minutes. The film did a great job of showcasing…

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  • Frank - Nice post! I too only heard of Bruges after seeing the movie. The photos are great though and I’d love to climb that belfry!
    Frank (bbqboy)November 29, 2013 – 1:39 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks! I loved the belfry and kind of didn’t want to come down because the views were so beautiful!November 29, 2013 – 6:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Great post, Rhonda and your photos are amazing. The views from the top of the Belfry look fantastic. I think I’d even persuade myself to overcome my fear of heights to check that out! I’ve definitely added Bruges to my must-visit list now.December 3, 2013 – 1:31 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Carolyn. I hope you make it to Bruges one day and go up the Belfry! It was one of my favourite moments of our visit!December 3, 2013 – 9:46 amReplyCancel

  • Milene - My Cup of Travel - When I’m seeing your pictures I feel like I’ve been in the wrong village :/ Probably I went to Bruges in the wrong time of year. I love the movie though, it’s one of my favourites but I think I’m more like Colin Farrell than like Brendan Gleeson. But again, I think I visited in the wrong time, when I was there most places were closed, it was cold (well I’m from the Netherlands so am used to that) and I felt that I saw it all in one day. However, after reading your post I think I should go again on a warm sunny day ;-) Thanks for sharing!December 3, 2013 – 9:30 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Bummer that it rained nearly your whole visit. We had a sunny day when we visited Bruges and the sunshine does make a difference. We did a guided tour, with free time, from Brussels and enjoyed that because the guide pointed out good places for lunch and told us a lot of the history.January 4, 2014 – 3:24 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzie - I’m heading to Bruges in March so this was a great post to stumble across with some great ideas for things to do! So, thanks (and great photos)! It really does look like a beautiful place.January 23, 2014 – 8:28 amReplyCancel

  • Esme - Your photography is outstanding. I need to start taking my SLR on vacation again. I just purchased the Sony RX 111 point and shoot and really like it. I also went to Brugges after seeing the movie. This was many years ago-I returned last year and was a little disappointed-I thought it had become very touristy.

    Have you been to Ghent-about 20 minutes from Brugges without the tourists.March 5, 2015 – 9:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Your pictures are fantastic! I keep finding Bruges popping up in my life in different places so I think it’s a sign that I am meant to go there. Your pictures showed me exactly what I wanted to see. :) Hope to get there someday soon!
    Thanks!July 9, 2015 – 8:42 amReplyCancel

  • Elliott - Funny, I only found this blog post because of the movie which made me also want to go to Bruges. 2016 here I come! Thanks for sharing. Pics are awesome. can’t wait.August 1, 2015 – 4:26 amReplyCancel

  • The slow pace - We also visited Bruges after watching that film! ;) The director of photography must be really proud oh his/her job! We were lucky with the weather and the food. Actually we discovered a great restaurant that has become one of our all time favourites: Tanuki. Maybe you can pay a visit next time you are in Bruges?
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.comAugust 5, 2015 – 4:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Audrey - My first glimpse of Bruges also came from watching the movie ‘In Bruges’. I finally visited this past summer and it was cool spotting some of the locations where they filmed. :)November 17, 2015 – 5:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Mari - I have been reading about your Interrail adventure and can’t help wanting to go again myself. It seems like you have captured Bruges amazingly in these photos. Thanks for this awesome blog! :)November 26, 2015 – 11:54 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much, Mari! Glad you enjoyed my post. I too am always dreaming about another trip to Europe. I can never get enough!December 2, 2015 – 7:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Tim - It’s so funny running into your post we are going this September for the exact same reason, I fell in love with Bruges 10years ago when I saw that movie .March 16, 2018 – 4:52 amReplyCancel

  • Greg - Bruges, I just love this city.
    Great tips to visitJune 16, 2018 – 5:24 amReplyCancel

Brussels- Belgium’s Quirky Capital

“This place is so strange.” “This city is bizzare.” “Now, that’s just weird.” Those are all statements I made over and over again as we wandered around Brussels, Belgium’s quirky capital city. Brussels is probably the most unique place we visited on our five week trip to Europe. The city gives off an eccentric vibe…

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  • Ellen Christian - LOL Ilove the smurf!November 26, 2013 – 4:36 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I absolutely agree about Brussels! We had a good time but it wasn’t my favorite place in Belgium. Now, Bruges and Ghent I loved and would definitely go back to!December 29, 2013 – 2:24 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I just couldn’t put my finger on why Brussels didn’t do it for me. I sometimes feel bad for not loving every place I visit, but it would be pretty unrealistic to expect every place to knock my socks off. I also LOVED Bruges, but didn’t get a chance to visit Ghent, unfortunately.December 29, 2013 – 11:51 amReplyCancel

  • Karine - I just love your blog! My husband and I are actually planning a 5 week visit in Europe for septembre and the beginning of october! And we are also Canadian :) As I am French Canadian, I read all the comic books (bandes dessinées) written by the famous Belgian authors, so I will probably like Bruxelles ;)
    We’ll see!
    But your blog is perfect! Soooo useful!April 23, 2015 – 2:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much! I’m glad you find my blog helpful. You will probably have a great time seeing all the comic book murals around Brussels! Have a wonderful trip!April 23, 2015 – 3:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Liz - The Smurfs (or really, Schtroumpf, as the Belgians would say) were created in Belgium, hence the statue :) I love the grandness of the Grand-Place. It takes me breath away every time I see it.August 21, 2015 – 8:41 pmReplyCancel

Five Weeks in Europe- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

For our honeymoon, Mike and I decided to spend five weeks in Europe. We travelled to six different countries experiencing everything from small lakeside villages in the mountains, to one of the world’s most popular festivals. I’ll admit it, I planned a very ambitious (and detailed) itinerary for our five weeks in Europe. I left…

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  • Ellen Christian - Your photos are truly stunning. I’d love to visit Europe some day. You’ve shown me tons of things I’d like to visit but I think a walking tour would be the most fun.October 24, 2013 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Europe is a really amazing place and I hope you get to go one day. Walking tours are a really great way to learn about a city. A lot of them are “free” you just pay by tips what you think the tour was worth.October 24, 2013 – 7:53 amReplyCancel

  • Cora Sousa - Very nice Rhonda! Photos are beautiful!! October 26, 2013 – 1:39 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - You really saw a lot during your honeymoon! Your tour of Prague made me chuckle. I was on a tour last summer that was supposed to be 3.5 hours and turned into a 12 hour tour. I felt held hostage by the guide!October 27, 2013 – 2:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Feeling held hostage is a great way to describe it!October 28, 2013 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

  • 2 wisemonkeys - What a great summary :) you have made us want to go back to Germany to see more of it! The photos are beautiful!!!October 27, 2013 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Even though we managed to see quite a lot of Germany, I could see us making another trip back there one day. It’s such a beautiful country!October 28, 2013 – 2:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Cara Illerbrun - Thanks so much for this. We did a whirlwind 3-month European adventure a few years ago… 17 countries – wow! We are planning a trip back to Germany in the next year or two as our sister-in-law is originally from a little village outside of Bamberg. And we want to go see her family. I can’t wait to check out some of the other towns you listed! Also, I went to uni with Mike and just wanted to say a huge congratulations to the both of you. I’m so glad he found his soul-mate. xxx CaramiaNovember 10, 2013 – 3:37 amReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Fantastic post and beautiful photos – you’ve really showcased the places you visited perfectly. I love all your comments on the German towns you visited. These are all on my next European itinerary so your comments are really useful. I look forward to reading more of your posts.November 11, 2013 – 3:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Glad you found the post helpful!November 11, 2013 – 3:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Interesting post – you covered a lot of places on that trip! We did some of the same spots a few years ago. I was also very impressed by Regensburg, not a place many people go to. Enjoyed, like you, Munich and Fussen (but disappointed by the Neuschwanstein tour as well). Heidelberg we found pretty but overly touristy, kind of felt the same way about Salzberg. We actually ended up being big fans of Germany – and your German photos especially are fantastic. You almost expect Hansel and Gretel to show up…
    Great job,
    Frank (bbqboy)November 26, 2013 – 9:19 amReplyCancel

  • Derek Freal - I love your hit / miss approach. Definitely a different approach but that’s just makes it even better — and more insightful! For example although I’ve never been to Budapest (although I really want to) I have heard lots about their thermal baths. Everyone else that has written about them only speaks of the good — I’ve never heard anyone mention of the downsides, namely the rude staff that y’all experienced. Shame to hear but I appreciate your candor. Travel isn’t always a perfect experience but I feel all too often bloggers only write about the good and leave out the bad. For not doing so I just really want to say THANKS! Keep up the good work :)March 12, 2014 – 11:43 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks Derek. I always try to be honest about our experiences, even if they are not so great. Travel is still real life- many things are wonderful, but sometimes a few disappointments sneak in there. I think we would be doing readers a disservice if we didn’t write about our struggles, but I always try to convey that our experience, is nothing more than our experience. Someone else can have a completely different experience/opinion of a place and that’s okay. As for the baths in Budapest, I had read many reviews on Trip Advisor that were almost identical to our experience, but many blog posts that were opposite of what we experienced. I wrote a more in-depth review article about the baths, highlighting both the positives and the negatives, but I made sure to tell readers that our experience is just that- our experience. I think people should still go and try things out for themselves, but a little heads up about what they may encounter is nice!March 12, 2014 – 6:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Toccara Maytrott Best - We’re heading on a 6-week trip to Europe this summer, including several of the places you guys visited! (Munich, Fussen, Rothenburg, Cologne, Burges, Brussels, Hallstatt, and Salzburg!) Thanks for the inspiration! I will be trolling around your blog for more tips! :) (I’m very much a detailed planner, like you!) I look forward to all of the wonderful memories (and tips) I’ll be able to write about when we return! :)April 1, 2014 – 3:05 amReplyCancel

  • Erny To - I love your blog so much. My sister and I went to some of those places in 2013. We have same opinion that Salzburg is truly amazing old town.. We love Neuswantein dearly. We do have the same problem in Paris. Paris is beautiful city but it was slowly lost its charm due to the smell, vandalism… We plan to go to Hallstatt next year…June 9, 2014 – 1:05 amReplyCancel

  • Alicia Gruhl-Overton - Hi there planning a two week trip next year paris for 6 days then on to munich and area my question is should we spend a night in rothenburg and a night in salzburg or just stay in munich and do day trips? Should we skip ludwigs castles is it really worth 30min tour of each ?? Thanks so much love your blog!June 24, 2014 – 3:39 pmReplyCancel

  • PassingThru.com - Nice job on this recap! Like you, we spent five weeks in Europe earlier this year on our way to the Winter Olympics. It was fun to see your impressions of the places we have mutually visited. Your itinerary, like ours this time, was quite ambitious, as my husband had never been. At times it felt as though we were doing reconnaissance, anticipating return visits in more depth. Now we are embarking on a “deliberately homeless” two-year round the world trip so that we can slow down. I appreciated your impressions of the places in Germany and Belgium we have yet to see and will add them for the Europe leg. Safe travels and Aloha!July 11, 2014 – 7:02 pmReplyCancel

  • manish - hi i was online looking for tips to travel europe and as i have never been there i found your article very helpful thanks a lot for sharing it. i would really appreciate if there is a way i can get your itinerary where to traveled when and how. i would understand if you do not wish to share it. thanks again for this article.July 28, 2014 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thanks for your post. Very useful, well written with amazing pictures! I’ll definitely use your advices for my trip to Europe next year!July 28, 2014 – 7:31 pmReplyCancel

  • [email protected]'s Travelgram - That’s a fantastic itinerary, though as a local I would definitely opt for more time in France!

    In case you’ve liked Strasbourg so much, you would definitely love Colmar even more! It’s even more colorful and fairy-tale like :) The small city in France is – the more allure it has, actually.

    Your photos are fantastic!

    P.s. yep, ice-cream in Petite France is an absolute yum!August 18, 2014 – 6:35 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’ve seen pictures of Colmar and it looks absolutely delightful! On my next trip to France, I will definitely plan on visiting it.August 18, 2014 – 11:15 amReplyCancel

  • Wikki Amornsak - Hi! Wow that was great! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    I’m starting to plan my honeymoon trip for next year 5 weeks in April-May and I don’t even know where or how to begin it. Your hit and misses really have me a great platform to start on. Thank youSeptember 5, 2014 – 10:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Daniel Danco - Hi! This is a great guide, thank you for taking the time to make it. I am planning a similar trip and was wondering; did you know any other languages for this trip?October 5, 2014 – 11:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Arnie @ Romantic-Vacations-Guide.com - I just stumbled across your blog, Rhonda, and have spent far to much time reading it when I should be doing something more productive. I always get suckered in by good writing.

    My wife and I have been to quite a number of the places that you mentioned here and can never decided which to return to. With one exception.

    At the end of every trip to Europe, we spend the last four to five days in….. Paris. We have been there the last three years running, and, maybe it’s because I’m getting old, but I have never noticed the bad odor that you mentioned.

    If you want bad smells my wife would encourage you to visit Rouen in Normandy. She swears that the whole town smells of dog p..s.(Had to be delicate there.)

    At any rate, have been enjoying your blog immensely.
    Bonne journéeOctober 19, 2014 – 5:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks for your kind compliments, Arnie. I’m glad you have been enjoying my blog! My husband and I could also keep returning to Paris again and again. I’ve been twice now, but still don’t feel like I’ve seen and experienced all that I want to. I think for any future travels to Europe, we will try and use Paris as our starting point. If only it weren’t so expensive! Happy travels!October 20, 2014 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Hi there! Thank you for this post! I am planning a trip to Europe for next year and I found this really helpful! I was curious about how you structured your itinerary. When you say you spent 1 day in a certain place, do you mean one full day without traveling, or is that with traveling to/from the city?October 25, 2014 – 5:23 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jackie! I’m glad you found this post helpful. To answer your question, the amount of time I stated we were in a city is the actual time we had to explore (it doesn’t include travel time). So for Budapest, I said 3.5 days because that’s how much time we were actually in the city. We arrived early afternoon and then had another 3 full days to enjoy. Hope this helps. Have fun planning your trip!October 27, 2014 – 5:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Cityoftheweek - Very impressive itinerary! I’m sure you guys had a blast! Although I am not anywhere near my honeymoon, I always imagined something similar for myself as well (meaning three-five weeks of roaming around everywhere and anywhere in Europe). Enjoyed the post :)November 28, 2014 – 12:26 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, we did have a great time! We had so much fun seeing all the sights that it didn’t feel like 5 weeks at all. Glad you enjoyed the post!November 28, 2014 – 12:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Tracy Green - Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your trip, it was a great read and very helpful.
    We are going to Europe for 4 weeks in ‘May 2015 and im struggling to work out how long everywhere. Some people say you have to stay a few days everywhere or you waste too much time travelling and get too tired .

    Ive noticed alot of organised tours only do 1-2 night stays. There is so many places I want to see . What are your thoughts on overnighters? Is it difficult with luggage and check in & out times?

    Originallly i had planned london-paris-venice-rome-munich-amsterdam-brussells-mannheim(our son is playing hockey representing australia here for our last 6 days). I was planning 4 nights/3 full days in each but now wonder if 2 full days is enough after reading your post?

    We are late 30’s and fit and have our 13 yr old daughter in toe as our son travels with his team.

    Cheers :)January 16, 2015 – 4:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I always struggle with deciding how long to stay in one place. On one hand, I like to see a city in depth, but I also like to see many different places in a country.

      When I’m planning a trip, I make a list of places I “must-see” in a city, and then another list of places that would be nice to visit if we have time. Then I look on a city map how far apart the attractions are, and use that to estimate how much time we need getting from place to place. In Europe, many of the cities are compact with the main sights close together, so you actually can see quite a lot in a day if you wanted to.

      For bigger cities, I like to spend at least 2-3 days, but for smaller towns, I have no issue with only spending one night. If possible, I try to arrange it so that we have a few over-nighters in a row, then take a travel break with a few days in one place. This way we didn’t get too tired or feel like we were travelling all the time. We also tried to do day trips if possible.

      I never unpack my suitcase, so the luggage wasn’t an issue. We always took an early morning train in order to maximize our days. Most places we arrived at late morning/early afternoon which still left us half the day to explore. We found train travel to be really relaxing, so that helped with not feeling too tired.

      I can’t really tell you if 3 days is too much because it depends on what you want to see. If you get bored, you can always do a day trip somewhere. Munich wasn’t my favourite city, but there are a lot of great places you can see on a day trip around there. For myself- 3 days in Brussels would have been way too much, but you could look into doing day trips to Bruges and Ghent from there. I wouldn’t take away time from Paris or Rome though- both incredible cities!

      Hope this helps. It’s hard to give advice for things like this because everyone’s travel style is so different. I personally don’t travel to relax- I want to see as much as possible, so I don’t mind getting up early, travelling around, and returning home tired. But, that’s not for everyone (my husband included lol!)January 17, 2015 – 10:40 amReplyCancel

  • Dylan Rose Geerlings - Hi there, I am a relatively new traveler and I will be spending a month or so this summer traveling Europe by myself after my abroad program ends. I am trying to lay out an itinerary for myself but I am also trying to figure out the best way to get from place to place. Your itinerary looks quite similar to what I had envisioned and I was hoping you could let me know how you got from place to place. Any information you can give me would be a big help. Thank you!March 11, 2015 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

  • Johnny Hentsch - I really, really, really liked this review. Thank you very much, you helped me a lot in my planning.May 21, 2015 – 10:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Tyrowe John Alarcon - Thanks a lot for this review this is such a big help… i am pretty excited with my plan to visit europe. Still collecting and searching possible itineraries…Will be there hopefully from October to November,,,Excited to experience autumn and see amazing sceneries…August 23, 2015 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Annie Sharp - Amazing review – hit miss approach is great idea. Just wondering if you booked ahead many of your trains with your eurail pass or did you have any issues with booked out trains?August 25, 2015 – 8:15 amReplyCancel

  • Mari - I feel the same way about planning a trip as you do! I also faced people saying it would not be convenient to book everything in advance and plan what to do. But for me it’s definitely the best way to travel because you don’t have to use your valuable time abroad doing that.

    I’m also a big fan of these hits and miss styled posts. I really like the way you approach travelling in your blog in general as well. It’s refreshing somehow. Thank you! :)October 4, 2015 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Mari. Thanks for reading my post- glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like we have some things in common about our travel style!October 4, 2015 – 5:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Deb Tew - Loved your trip review! I’m going on a Danube rivercruise next week that starts in Budapest and ends in Nuremburg. We had planned a couple of days in Salzburg afterward but now are thinking of staying in Nuremburg and taking day trips from there. Would you recommend Regensburg and Bamberg as the best daytrips from Nuremburg?October 8, 2015 – 3:33 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Great idea to spend some extra days in Nuremberg! I wish I had planned for more time there. We enjoyed both Regensburg and Bamberg, but would maybe give a slight edge to Regensburg, if I had to pick only one. But both towns were great! Another option would be Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This was my favourite place in Germany! Most people do it as a day trip, but I’m really glad we spent the night so we could enjoy it without all the crowds. Hope this helps! Enjoy your cruise!October 8, 2015 – 4:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Peita - Hi Rhonda,

    How did you go about budgeting for this trip? This is the hardest part for me, as I have planned an itinery myself, however just want to make sure we are not leaving ourselves short.
    Also how did you go with the trains and finding your way around to your accommodation everytime, is this time consuming? or did you just catch taxi’s etc?March 3, 2016 – 8:02 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Peita! When it comes to budgeting, we honestly don’t worry too much about that while we’re on the trip. We almost always use our airmiles/points for flights, so really only budget for mid-range hotels and train passes to get from city to city. Once we’re there, we do everything we’re interested in and not worry about the cost. We actually have a box that we throw all our spare change in and we use this as our spending money for our trips (it’s amazing how all that change can add up!)

      I always tried to book hotels that were sort of halfway between the train station we’d be arriving at and the main tourist areas, also not far from a subway stop. Sometimes we’d walk to our hotel, sometimes we’d take the subway or a cab. Since we were staying so close to the train station, cab rides weren’t very expensive.

      Hope this helps with your planning!March 4, 2016 – 9:08 amReplyCancel

  • the cape on the corner - i think i have like 10 tabs open here. what a great idea for a blog post, this is super helpful. we were going to do an overnight in munich, after 2 nights in salzburg, but i thought it was just getting a bit too fast paced, and since we’ll have a rental car, parking is expensive. i figure i will likely visit munich on its own than st. gilgan in austria, or the wachau valley. how i wanted to drive the romantic road! oh well, next time. from our week in the alps, we are driving down to lake bled and spending 2 nights in ljubiana, have you been?
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    • Rhonda Krause - No, I haven’t been to Slovenia yet, but it’s on my list. So many places to see, never enough time (and money) lol!March 22, 2016 – 4:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle Tay - Hi, your trip sounded like a lot of fun!
    I would be traveling to Europe soon too and am wondering if I should drop by Strasbourg or Rothenburg. Any suggestions? Both looks amazing!March 20, 2016 – 6:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel Melefalahola - Thank you heaps. This is awesome and will help us on our first trip to EuropeMarch 26, 2016 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

  • Farah Mohammed - i was wondering if you can help its my first time to go to
    Europe and i was wondering which shall i visit i have one monthApril 3, 2016 – 11:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Hailey - This post is exactly what I have been looking for! I am trying to plan an itinerary for my Europe trip and have had no luck looking online. Yours seems perfect the only thing I would have loved to know is travel time and the way you travelled between each place. I am super organised when I travel and I am really struggling with a Europe itinerary and where to find one with travel times and best way to travel :(April 24, 2016 – 4:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Hailey! I’m glad you’ve found this post helpful for planning your own trip. I’ve gone and added the travel time between destinations, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, so thanks for the reminder! We took the train almost everywhere and rented a car once. Train is definitely our favourite way to travel in Europe. It’s easy, fast and efficient. Good luck with the rest of your planning!April 25, 2016 – 5:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Sam - Bookmarked! :)June 15, 2016 – 2:27 amReplyCancel

  • Beastie - I found your blog while searching for a 5 week itinerary for a trip to Europe. I really enjoyed reading about your trip but I couldn’t help but laugh about what happened on your walking tour in Prague. Something similar happened to us while my husband and I were in Cordoba, Spain. It was our first time taking a walking tour, we even paid for it because we wanted to skip the long lines to the Mesquita. The tour was so awful that we wanted to leave. Like you, we’re polite Canadians and we simply couldn’t bear the thought of being rude.July 25, 2017 – 7:36 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! It’s always unfortunate when a tour is not what you expected. I still regret doing that one in Prague because it made us miss out on other places we wanted to visit. I think a good guide is knowledgeable but a great guide knows how to read (and cater to) his/her audience.July 26, 2017 – 8:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen - Wow!  Thank you for sharing.  We are planning a trip to Europe for our honeymoon this year and it is so helpful!  February 13, 2018 – 8:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’m happy to hear you found this helpful. Enjoy your honeymoon!February 16, 2018 – 1:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Hi! I really enjoyed reading your post and the pictures are beautiful! I’m planning a 3-week trip to Germany currently and some of the same places are on my list! I’ve been reading various blogs to try to get ideas and information. I have to say, yours is the first that informed about having to pay for public restrooms, that is very good to know as I will be bringing my daughter!
    I’m curious – there don’t appear to be a ton of people in your pictures, which is appealing to me to not have to deal with as large of crowds. Do you mind sharing during what month(s) you visited the Germany portion of your trip?March 22, 2018 – 11:47 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jennifer. We were in Germany mid-September and early October. The crowds in Munich were bad because of Oktoberfest, but other than that it was okay. I don’t enjoy crowds either, so I try to avoid summer travel.March 26, 2018 – 9:01 amReplyCancel

  • Jazze - Great itinerary shared here, many thanks for the details! I am curious, which music festival did you attend? I found myself excitedly reading the blog, but never discovering the event!April 10, 2018 – 12:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Silky - Your photos are really amazing and especially the Ice cave. Everything is summarized so well. I am visiting Austria in September 2018. Will be staying 5 days in Vienna, 3 days in Salzburg. Planning for a day tour to Melk from Vienna and a day tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Is the Vienna Pass worth? Please give suggestions from where to shop souvenirs and must buys in Austria. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank You!July 23, 2018 – 2:24 amReplyCancel

  • Jednog Dana - I found your blog while browsing for things to see and do in Salzburg, and liked it so much that i started reading your other posts. I like this idea of hits and misses very much – very useful to start you off, and then point you to more in depth articles. But you really lost me when you said that you found Vienna boring. To each his own, I guess, but I like Vienna very much (but then again I am that person you never met, who found Prague quite underwhelming). I agree with you that the city is too expensive, but there is so many great things to do and see, and a lot of it even for free. I visited Vienna several times, never for less than a week, and never found a minute of it boring. I also think that you lose much when you visit a city famous for its museums, and then don’t go to the museums. On the other hand, I think that you can skip going to a classical concert (especially on your first visit and/or if you are only staying for a short time). A lot of the concerts are just tourist traps – expensive, and not that good.Anyway, keep up the good writing, and I’ll keep reading, even if I sometimes disagree :)August 24, 2018 – 7:20 pmReplyCancel

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