Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What I'm looking forward to in Europe

I'm not sure if this counts as a travel post but I am going to link up with Kate, Kerri & Emily anyway and hope they don't mind! Europe is so close I am really starting to get excited. I have been dreaming of this for so long and I can't believe we're really going. I'm looking forward to tons of things of course, but mainly:

The food.
You know how I roll. I actually might start rolling after all the food I'm gonna eat. Bread, croissants, macarons, cheese, crepes, gelato, pasta, pizza, fish n chips, ice cream... seriously this whole trip is basically centred around what I'm gonna eat and I.cannot.wait.



Being a tourist.
I know lots of people try and not look and act like a tourist, but it's one of my favourite things. I love seeing and doing all the cliche things and you better believe I'm going to be wearing comfy but hopefully still cute outfits while I do it. I'm going to do all the cliche things and I'M GONNA LOVE IT.


Learning stuff.
Museums, tours, guidebooks. LEARN ALL THE THINGS.



Experiencing new cultures.
I have never been anywhere that predominantly speaks another language. I'm so excited. I love learning new things and I love seeing how other people live, I mean I know there are tons of similarities but I love noticing the little differences. I don't think one way is better than the other, I just love difference.


My plans coming to fruition.
I have been planning this trip since before I met KC. When he came along, I started planning our trip before we even went to Australia. I actually wanted to go to Europe first, but I felt bad and I'm so glad I went home instead, but now Europe is really happening! I have planned almost everything down to an exact itinerary (don't tell KC though, I'm gonna try and make like it's spontaneous) and as any planner knows, there is nothing better than actually doing the stuff you planned. I don't even care if it doesn't happen exactly according to my plan because when does it ever, but I'm so excited!!



Saying screw the plans if I want to.
Hahahaha as if. Plans = happiness.



Food. 
Did I mention the food?


Maybe a few bevvies.
Because I'm on holiday y'all.


Seeing KC interested in stuff.
I love KC, duh, but he's not someone who gets excited or interested a lot, but he does when we travel and I just absolutely love it. It's like I'm a mother and I'm excited that my kid is showing interest in something I love, because while we're at home KC is the least interested in travel person on the planet, or at least in our house. He gets just as excited and dorky as me when we travel. Love. IT.



Over instagramming everything we do.
As if there is such a thing as over-gramming. Well there just might be when I'm done. Follow along!



Things I'm not looking forward to:

Flying.
Having a baby. Haha just kidding. I've always told everyone when they asked when we were gonna jump on the baby train that I wanted to 'buy a house and a new car, go to Australia and Europe before we do that' and we've done everything but Europe so... I have no more excuses! Just kidding, obviously.

I think I'm just ridiculously excited. EUROPE! Any last minute suggestions?

59 comments:

  1. Ah so excited your going to love it! And the food, that is really the only reason I travel :)

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  2. Haha love this! And I love being a tourist too, it's so fun! And enjoy ALL the food and adult beverages because you're on vacation and you deserve it! :)

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Over instagram everything pleeeeeeeeease! I would just suggest to download the maps offline to your phone in case you haven't done that and definitely download TripAdvisor they have the best foods suggestions :)

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  4. Welcome to my side of the pond! Have a wonderful excellent food filled trip, and take ALL the photos. No such thing as over-gramming. I don't know how good your French is, but you could use the flight over to brush up your skills using an app like Duolingo? I have it and I LOVE it.

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  5. So excited for you! And to see all the grams - mainly of all the food you eat, because... food.

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  6. I'm totally okay with you overgramming so I can live vicariously through your trip! Have fun.

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  7. Haha dork, but yes to all the food!! And I see nothing wrong with being a tourist, it's one of my most favorite things!! My sister is over in Germany right now so now I'll be double jelly of my friends in Eurpoe without me!

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  8. the food in europe is UNPARALLELED. it will ruin you for all other food when you get back. after eating pizza in italy back in 2006, we STILL talk about it!

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  9. I'm excited for you! You're going to have a great time and I totally expect you to overgram everything!

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  10. Ah you're going to have so much fun! OVER-GRAM EVERYTHING! Seriously, let me live vicariously through your food pictures please!

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  11. again, i'm SOOOO excited for you! i can't wait. i'm a culture-vulture--all the museums, all the learning, like you!

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  12. So completely random iPhone tweak for taking videos because you're going to take a million: Change your video settings to 60 frames per second. You will not BELIEVE how much better and smoother they'll look (plus you can still take a picture while filming so bonus !) which will make the thousands of times you watch them later totally worth it. Have so much fun and I'm going to insta-stalk you like crazy :)

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  13. So exciting!! You two are going to have so much fun! I cannot wait to hear all about it. My advice would be to keep a adapter and phone charger in your purse. That way you can charger your phone at a coffee shop if the need arises. And no there is no such things as over-gramming! I wouldn't expect anything less.

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  14. Eeek! I am so so so excited for you. I can't wait to see photos from your trip and hear all about it.

    And girl... the FOOD!! Isn't that the best part of any trip??

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  15. So exciting! I agree with all of these things, except for the flying. I love flying!

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  16. How fun! Where are you going? And there is no such thing as overgramming, that much is a certainty!

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  17. Touristy things are the best! When people say things like, "Stay away from ___, it's a huge tourist trap" I know that's the first place I have to go. And I know what you mean about having your significant other excited. Ryan's not generally a super enthusiastic person, either. So when it does happen, it's all the more enjoyable!

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  18. Ohhh, other tips... You're going to France, right? I can't remember... Well, be prepared for menus in French and a-hole waiters to NOT explain to you what anything is. I was the translator for my group when I was there because nobody else spoke French and nobody would tell them the basics off the menu! Let me know if you want me to email you some basics to look for when you're out so you don't end up eating goat or something... I also don't recommend French beef. It's super fatty. But ham and cheese sandwiches are ON POINT, everywhere you go! And egg dishes like quiche and fritattas are fantastic as well.

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  19. So excited for you! You are going to love it. Can't wait to see all your photos

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  20. I'm so excited for you. I also love eating all the food, seeing my plans come to fruition, and being a total tourist.

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  21. Food, food, fooooooooooood!!! I'm excited for you for the food. YUM.

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  22. So fun! We always plan our trips around eating and hitting up all the good restaurants too! ha

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  23. CRACKING up at the baby. We are on the same train too and lost our last stipulation almost :P
    You are going to have SUCH a great time. The great thing is there's so much you can do and see for free-EVERYTHING is gorgeous, the street lamps, the trash cans, the people... :P

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  24. I can't wait to see my Insta feed blown up with European food and drink!! You guys are gunna have so much fun! Super jealous!

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  25. I hope you share lots of pics :) I can't wait to see it all! Eating all the food would be #1 for me too!

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  26. ah it's going to be so much fun! Loving this list and the gifs - and clearly starting with food as top priority is right on my page sister! i need to get back to europe stat!

    xo cheshirekatblog.com

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  27. Food is usually at the top of my list of priorities when I travel too. Or you know...any given day of my life in general. haha! I am so excited for you! I hope that you have a fabulous time and I cant wait to hear all about it!!!!

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  28. You are really going to have the best time!! I liked the french food so much - crepes every morning!! :) xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  29. When do you leave again? And are you taking Ryan Air at any point? I'm asking because I'm in this advertisements in their in flight magazine/map and if you're able to pick it up for me I would be much obliged. lol!

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  30. I so cant wait to follow along on Instagram. PLEASE over-gram!!!!

    Every time I see a B&B gif, I feel like its a little shout out to your blog friend over here... the original Belle ;) haha

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  31. Food in Europe works insanely well because you mainly walk everything off right after you eat. On to the next sightseeing!!!! So exciting!!!!!

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  32. So exciting!! Have a GREAT time!!

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  33. I seem to plan most of my trips around food! It's not a good time without some good food! Someday this passport of mine will get some use, but for now I'm excited to follow your trip on Instagram!

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  34. Oh lady you BETTER instagram the crap out of this trip! I shall harass you if you don't. Get yourself all the foods, all the drinks, all the knowledges. You are going to have so, so, so much fun and I am jealous beyond words. Have an AMAZING time and a safe, incredible, beautiful trip!

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  35. FOOD! haha yes! i'm with you on that one :) and all of the above really!

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  36. SO excited for you!! Of course you must eat all the food!! You better over-instagram so we can live vicariously through you! ;)

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  37. No such thing as overinstagramming Europe! We have to see all the wonderful FOOD you are eating!

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  38. haha that elf gif is spot on. that is so sweet about KC though! I know the feeling too, my bf can be a bit hard to impress and yesterday I insisted he go to yoga with me and we ended up doing a lot of inversions and he was grinning the whole time, it was such a fun side of him to see. how much longer before you leave?

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  39. LOVE this list and of course it counts gurlie! Yesssss to all the food and adult beverages... indulge my dear you're on vacay! Looking forward to all your insta-pics that I can live vicariously through while I'm stuck at work ;-)

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  40. I cracked up about feeling like a proud parent! That is exactly what I feel like with Mark. Look babe at all the culture isn't it so interesting???? Have the best time!!!! You know I will be following along!

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  41. SO exciting and I would be excited about the food too! So many yummy things!! Have an amazing trip!

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  42. I would be so excited too and you kind of have to do all the touristy things and eat all the foods you can't get in the states. Do it up girl! Looking forward to seeing your IG photos of the trip.

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  43. Cannot WAIT for you guys to get to go on the trip of a lifetime! You know I'll be liking it all via Insta, too. And you know you have to eat for the both of us since I can only be there in spirit ;)

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  44. k seriously this post is so funny bc everything is better when gifs are involved! and holyyyy cow you guys will have a blast! and I'm excited to read about it when you come back! ahhhhhhh!!!!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  45. THE FOOD! it's my favorite part. so glad you're not skipping the sweet stuff either... that'd be sad if you didnt get some gelato or a nutella crepe! i cant wait to follow along on your adventure. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  46. So jealous!! I cannot wait to see all of your pictures! You can never overgram when your in Europe!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  47. Yay, this is so exciting! Can't wait to read all the posts about it when you get back!

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  48. I will be mad if you DON'T overgram the shit out of this trip. You need to let the rest of us know what we're missing out on! I know you guys will have the best time and I can't wait for you to make this dream come true!

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  49. I've been to Europe a few times and goodness gracious, I'm so excited for you! All the things you listed are all the wonderful things about travel...and then there is more. I guess my last minute advice is have fun when something doesn't go as planned. Look at it as an adventure. It's all part of the experience. Once, in Italy, there is this outlet centre for fashion houses (it was over-rated so I don't recommend) that I went to in the middle of nowhere. The train that I thought I was supposed to catch never came. The next one, according to the noted times at the station, well, it didn't show either. No one at the station spoke English. But, I figured it out. Another time, my cousin and I were supposed to catch a night train in Zurich to travel to Barcelona. Well, Switzerland had its largest power outage ever and the trains were all messed up. We missed the night train. A lot of people were stranded. Hotels were booked out all around the station. I had the bright idea to catch a train one stop away and hope that a hotel there would be available. One was. And, it had a humongous bath tub (those don't exist on European backpacker accomodations). So, I had the hottest most relaxing bath and felt so clean and wonderful. It's all part of the experience :)

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  50. Oh girl I hope you have the best time. Europe is just the best. I can't wait to read all about it :D

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  51. I am jealous. I want to go on a long Europe trip too. I will be eagerly waiting for your Europe posts. Have great fun.

    PS - This post made me hungry.

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  52. ooooooh have so much fun! I like seeing my KC get interested in things when we travel too. Also for myself really. It's pretty rare that I am legitimately excited about things these days. But when we are traveling that happens so much more frequently. :) I know you'll have the best time! Can't wait to live vicariously through the two of you on IG. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  53. You have your priorities right with the food. When somebody travels and isn't excited about the food I always question their sanity just a tiny bit.

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  54. I can't wait to hear all about it! Food and all! Ha! I'll definitely be following along on IG! :) Have a safe trip!

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  55. Hahaha!!! Love the baby comment cause I always say the same thing "After I go to Europe"

    And Zack's kinda the same way about not being interested in travel but then has an amazing time. I just love being on vacation with him

    I can't wait to see allll the photos.

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  56. Suggestions? Um, have fun and feel free to ditch the museums if you get museum-ed out (it can happen). But mostly have fun!

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  57. So jealous! And you'd be a great mom, when the time comes!

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  58. I'm sure you will, but please take pics of ALL the food so my stomach can live vicariously through yours. Food and seeing how other people live are my favorite things about traveling. But mostly food. Have fun, y'all!

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  59. Obviously, I'm behind because you are already in Europe but I really hope you are having the best time! I'm loving the pictures coming across my Instagram feed and can't wait to hear all about it! Soak up every second!

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