Can you believe it, less than three weeks to go and we will be off to our summer vacation in Europe. It seems just a year or so ago, I told my friends in Germany that we have plans on visiting the continent in 2008. Now, in a month or so, I will be seeing my college friend for the first time in 20 years! I will also meet Vicky and Prescy for the first time. I've met them online and have been friends ever since.
I have booked our hotels months in advance. I was glad I did it, I saw people asking for help looking for vacant hotels in Venice. Italy is the most expensive country that we will be going to and Venice being the most expensive city. Since this is the so-called 'trip of a lifetime', we will enjoy it to the nth degree!
Now all I have to do is figure out what clothes to bring. We want to travel light since we will be using the trains to go around Europe. Yeah, we can fly to anywhere which is also cost effective, but we prefer seeing the countryside.
We will be staying at the following hotels which I found after much research: Hotel Ponte Sisto in Rome, Hotel Davanzati in Florence, Hotel American Dinesen in Venice, Hotel Des Alpes in Lucerne, Caprice Hotel in Jungfrao region, Switzerland, Hotel Hannong in Strasbourg,France, Hotel Deutscher Hof in Trier, Germany, Swissotel in Berlin and finally Eden Hotel Wolff in Munich. In The Netherlands, we will be staying with a Fil-Dutch couple we met in the Philippines in 2003. I hope that the reviews I read from Frommers and TripAdvisor are spot on. I will definitely take a lot of photos of the hotel rooms, lobby and common areas and post them online. It's my contribution to these great traveler website that helped a lot while I was planning our trip.