When we were in London this summer we knew that the Harry Potter Studio tour was an absolute must-see. We’ve done the HP Universal Studios a couple of times, but this was exponentially more amazing. Zack and I both agree that this was our favourite part of our trip. I can go on and on about how awesome the tour is, but I’m going to let the pictures tell the story… lots and lots of pictures. Prepare to be pic spammed.
The second day was a freebie day. It was so hot in Rome, so we decided to get on a train and go out to the coast for a beach day. We went out to St Marinella Beach as it’s the easiest to get to from Rome according to everything we read.
Except for catching the freaking train at Termini. They don’t tell you what track the train is on until a few minutes before and this one happened to be on the furthest track possible. Queue us running like crazy to try and catch the train in the heat and I thought I was going to die (we weren’t the only ones thank goodness). But we made it! I’m sure the guy I was profusely sweating next to didn’t appreciate it.
The beach experience in Rome is quite different from what I’m used to. Most beaches are privately owned, so to use them you have to pay to rent chairs/umbrellas. It was crazy crowded but we finally found somewhere that had available spots.
Our view of the beach from our rather expensive chair rental.
It was a much needed, relaxing day.
On our final morning in Rome we headed over to The Vatican. I had done the full tour when I was last in Rome, and Zack wasn’t all that interested to do it, so we just went over there for a quick look around.
Then it was right back to the hotel to get packed up and head off to Munich.
Even after two trips to Italy, I would love to go back again one day. It probably won’t happen cause Zack wasn’t in love as much as me. I’d love to do more traveling around, go to Venice. I also LOVE the food. Italian has always been a fav.
I’ll be back soon with an insane amount of photos from London.Read More
Let’s continue the Europe vacation photo spamming!
Last week I shared our adventures in Germany. Now let’s rewind to the middle of our vacation where we stopped in Paris, France.
When I was little I always wanted to go to Paris because I was in love with the Madeline cartoon. I kinda grew out of that, but it still stuck in one of my top places to go. We only stayed a couple of nights (Zack wasn’t too keen on going there), but we ended up with almost 3 full days so we got around a fair bit.
On our first day we didn’t have any specific plans so we first wondered out to see the Eiffel Tower. I was really disappointed because the Champs De Mars (giant park in front of the tower) was all closed off for the Euro Cup (European Soccer tournament that was being hosted by France), which is why there’s also a giant soccer ball hanging in the middle of the tower. So it was hard to get a good picture of the tower unless you’re standing right under it.
We didn’t actually climb the tower, cause there are always crazy long lines and I’m not even sure how expensive it is, but I heard the better option is to go to Montparnasse Tower. It’s way higher, and this way when you’re looking out over Paris, you you get to actually see the Eiffel Tower.
See? Now we have a pic of us with the tiny tower behind us!
So let’s start by jumping towards the end of our vacation, cause why not?
Germany was our shortest part of the trip with only two full days, but I really enjoyed out time there and would love to explore more of the country one day.
There were two things that led to us deciding to go to Munich: I was trying to find something that would be a little more intriguing to Zack, and found the Deutches Museum (science museum) and I really wanted to visit a castle and found that Neuschwanstein Castle was in the area. Munich was decided.
The first day we hit up the Deutches Museum It totes being the world’s largest science and industry museum. I was thinking it was going to be more of a hands on/interactive museum, but it was your average ‘here’s a bunch of stuff!’ museum. Thankfully Zack still enjoyed it (I was a bit bored, and more than a little exhausted). On the plus side, the main floor had gorgeous lighting.
This weekend I went to the Detroit Zoo with my friend Kylie and her family to take some pregnancy announcement pictures for their second son who will be arriving in August (I’ll be his godmother!).
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to the Detroit Zoo. It’s actually a really nice zoo and a couple of weeks ago they opened a brand new penguin exhibit which was really cool.
Anywho, here are a bunch of photos. There are a lot more animals than what I photographed, I’ve just photographed animals at zoos a million times (like here & here) And I have a million more from various trips that I apparently haven’t shared. Anyways.Read More