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Thursday, September 27, 2012


So remember that time I made a goal to go to Europe last summer, butttt it never happned? Welllll that was all due to silly complications, but it is all good because....


Image from Eye Poetry Photography
Nadav and I will be going THIS SUMMER. Woop woop woooooop.

We are still in the process of finalizing the flight arrangements, butttt it looks like we'll be spending about two weeks in Italy and 4-5 days in Paris. 
Now I need your help! =)
Where should we go? Where should we stay? What are your must-dos? Where should we EAT? =P

I am SO EXCITED eekkkk!



Sini said...

Bienvenue! Is this summer meaning summer 2013? As in Paris, summer is over and we're having grey weather probably all over France. I'm living in Provence, you should have a stop here too :) The best of Paris is when you leave tourist areas behind, night time is great too as there is amazing bars, restaurants and shows to see!

Rachael said...

How exciting!!! My best friend and I went around Italy for 10 days and it was amazing. My parents and I also rented a house in Toiano, Tuscany a few months ago…complete with a pool and it was right next to a vineyard…the best pizza place was just down the street…cheesy goodness topped with pepperoni/garlic/sundried tomato….mmmm!! ALL of Italy is beautiful! You MUST MUST MUST go to Cinque Terre. The dreamiest seaside town I’ve ever been was Cefalu, Sicily (and had the most amazing ham and cheese tortellini), the best pasta I’ve EVER HAD was in Palermo, Sicily, although the city itself was kinda subpar. Venice is VENICE! So surreal and amazing to see, same with Rome…but will be quite packed depending which time during the summer you go. And if you’re going to be in Tuscany, be sure to rent a car or vespa! The rolling green hills and hilltop villages (i.e. San Gimignano and Volterra) were incredible ;). You will have a blast!! (p.s. I loved Cinque Terre so much the first time we went, I went back the same summer!! Natural swimming pools, Italian villages right on the water’s edge and this part of Italy is where pesto comes from!!)

Jay said...

We splurged a bit on our Paris hotel but we liked it. It's called Hotel des Academies et des Arts - it's not in the tourist centre but easy enough access and very close to the Luxembourg Gardens. The rooms are small (we got the 2nd option) but nicely done.
Happy planning!

Amanda @ Eloquent English said...

Oh my that's fantastic!!!! That's on my to do list for next summer as well! I do know a blogger who lives over there if you want to pick her brain. =) Check out Macarons and Pearls, she's also on my sponsor page. I'm sure she'd be happy to get an email from you! xoxo

Lauren said...

I have never been to Paris, but I have been to Italy several times and I LOVE IT. Of course you have to go to Rome, but I think I love Florence even more. If you're set on going to Venice, do not stay more than a day. It's definitely one of those places I'm sure everyone wants to see once, but there really isn't a lot to see. It's been about four years since I've been, so I'm a little jealous! ;) Have so much fun!!

Betsy said...

AAAHH Paris! l'amour! go to Chez Omar... best Moroccan restaurant in town :)

Lee Ann said...

Love your blog, haven't quite picked up writing mine yet.

Italy was my dream location, like I could die happy after going. Well we finally did this summer, and I was beyond in love. You are going to just looveee it :)

Venice is a must and I disagree that one day is enough time. We spent two full days, but it's so dreamy, I couldn't stop thinking about it for the rest of our vacation! Rome is great but you will be so busy. Pantheon and Vatican were my favorites. The amalfi coast is insanely beautiful. Positano is another world. And obviously, eat eat eat everything!!!!!!

Paulina Mo said...

How exciting Tammy!! Wish I could go too, that's def on my bucket list :)


Cara-Mia said...

So exciting!!! :D

Kara said...

I am 100% jealous! I can't wait to see all your beautiful pictures of your time there. Wish I could help, but that's certainly not something I would know!

Holly said...

SO excited for you two! Europe is my big dream adn I can't wait to make it over there someday!

Kate said...

How exciting! I've never been to paris, so I can't help you there, but I hope you have the most amazing time!

SarahJane Miller said...

ahhh! this is so exciting!!! I am so jealous. I have never been to Europe. I can't wait to read about the adventures you are going to have!

Anacristina said...

Yay! Congrats! That's so exciting! I'll also be traveling to Europe this Summer to celebrate my sister's b.day!

x's & o's

Christy said...

How exciting! I just got back from my 2nd trip to Paris with my boyfriend! I would try to stay in St. Germain if you can! It's a great area with an easily accessible Metro and tons of great restaurants and bakeries (read macaroons!). The first time I went to Paris, I didn't go to Versailles but I did the 2nd time around...you should absolutely visit the Chateau Versailles, if only to wander the unbelievably beautiful gardens but I would definitely consider it a Do Not Miss!

As far as Italy goes, I've only ever been to Rome...I ate my weight in pasta and gelato and drank a lot of wine...you really can't go wrong in Rome!

Devon Riesenberg said...

Incredible! My husband and I spent a lot of time in Italy and Paris for our honeymoon. If you are looking for some sightseeing suggestions, we have a diary of our trip on my travel blog:


Enjoy! You will DIE over how beautiful and amazing it is...:)

Treasure Tromp said...

how exciting!! I'm so jealous.

For Italy, you have to go to Florence. The prettiest town there is. I would also recommend going to Lake Como (you can take a train there to Switzerland which is kind of cool). Go to Rome for the history but don't except to be welcomed by the Romans. They have zero time for tourists, even if you speak okay Italian, like my mother (who I was traveling with). If you do Venice, day is enough.

As for Paris, if you like tennis, try to schedule our trip during Roland Garros, the French Open. We went for two days and it was absolutely amazing.

Okay, I could write you a novel so I'll stop. I have a few paris tips, but I know Italy much better since I spent about a month there with family

Jess said...

In Paris I stayed at this lovely hotel in the 13th called Hotel Elysee Union. They provided breakfast in the mornings and were in the perfect area to walk everywhere!
I recommend getting a Museum Pass and hitting up all of the museums, this saved me so much money since i knew I wanted to go to to Louvre, Sacre Couer, Notre Dame, etc. I can't remember how much it was, but it saved me quite a bit on admission to all the sights!
Enjoy your trip!

cynthia said...

How awesome! Go, see, do, eat EVERYTHING!! And then blog about it so I can live vicariously through you. :)

Brittany Campbell said...

Thats so great! I loved Rome, Cinque Terre and Florence and Bellagio in Italy! I've heard great things about Lucca too. I live in Paris so if you have any questions about anything just send me an email! :)


Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Amazing!!! I'm so happy for you, and of course a little bit jealous ;-)

Devon said...

SO EXCITING!!! My favorite place in Italy was the Amalfi Coast. The scenery, beaches, and people are some of the best around.

Maggie said...

Tammy, I'm SO thrilled you are going to Europe!

When you visit Rome, Make sure to visit the Vatican first and when you leave MAKE SURE to stop at Old Bridge!!!!! Tammy please GO, you will write a whole blog post just on their gelato along =) Ha ha This will be the best gelato you eat in all of Europe, I'm not kidding. I studied in Rome for 3 months and must have eaten their gelato at least twice a day, no joke!!! It is a 2 minute walk from the vatican. It's just down the street through the right pillars of the vatican piazza, then take the 1st left around the corner and along the vatican wall, you will see Old Bridge on your right. All students studying abroad would agree that their gelato with lots of whip cream was the best!

Also make sure to go to Venice, it's magical!!!

Cinque Terre is also gorgeous.

Make sure to write all of these comments down from your readers and take the journal with you, you will be glad you did!!! It's fun to bring these places people talk about to life.

Also when you are in Rome, if you're a huge cappuccino fan, you should stop at L'Emporio Alla Pace which is right down a center street off of Piazza Navona. You could probably show the locals the name and they would direct you. It is one of the cutest cafes where there is indoor seating and 90cent cappuccinos!

LAST, really important POINT is to take a new scented perfume or lotion with you on the trip!!! It will forever remind you (and Nadav :) of your trip!

Okay, most importantly, have fun!!!

Kristin W said...

How thrilling! So happy you guys are going to be able to make this trip happen!!

Gina said...

I need to go back to Italy! Just eat everything. Pompeii was my favorite. And Florence. SOOOO jealous!

brooke said...

My husband and I did a six week trip this summer, and two of those weeks were in Italy. Italy was a dream come true for me. We did Rome, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre... kind of the classic route. The food was seriously the best ever. I blogged about our time in Italy, if you are interested: http://brookegonzales.blogspot.com/search/label/Italy

I loved all of the places we went and would recommend traveling to each them.

I went to Paris about seven years ago, so I don't have any specific recommendations, but it is magical there.

Have fun planning!

P.S. I am a fellow San Diegan! :)

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! I am excited for you. It has always been a bucket list item (although, I suppose I didn't always refer to it as a bucket list) of mine to spend a significant amount of time in Europe! Having a summer vacation is one of the many aspects I love about the teaching profession! I intend to at some point spend at least a month in Europe...its a big aspiration, but I am determined!

Tamaras Blend said...

Great choice of destination! I've been in both - Paris and Italy. I've been to Tuscany recently so you can find some photos and useful tips on my blog. I'm sure you're going to enjoy it sooo much!


Nicole Marie said...

yay!!! so exciting!! i studied in florence so obviously it holds a very special place in my heart

Megan Guerrero said...

Hey, first: the blog looks great. Second...having been all over Italy on like 4 cruises (i know, the most uncool way to travel europe) We have come to definitely find fav spots. Shoot me an e-mail if you ever wanna talk spots to check out. But without a doubt, I'd say Tuscany--And when there do not miss visiting Cinque-Terre. Probably my favorite place in the world...haha right next to Montana?? haha which is strange i know. Brent And I are still dreaming and saving for Paris though. Can't wait to hear about that. Ang went a couple years ago though and says its amazing. I could see where she suggests going. Congrats...sounds pretty exciting.


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