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The Highlights and Lowlights of Our Europe Trip

The Highlights and Lowlights of Our Europe Trip

It is hard to believe but our 5 months of back packing through Europe has finally come to the end! We’ve seen all four seasons, across 16 different countries, in one fantastic continent, and quite unbelievably, we’ve done it on budget by the skin of our teeth. The infamous spread sheet is finally at peace! The Four Seasons – France, Albania, Poland and Austria As we cracked open our second bottle of wine on our last day of the trip,…

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Obergurgl

Obergurgl

LEARNING TO SKI IN OBERGURGL A train followed by a bus took us from Salzburg to the mountain town of Obergurgl in Austria. Our lodge at the Gurglhof Apartments had been booked for months and thankfully it lived up to the pictures. Boasting views of the ski slopes and just a three minute walk from the ski lift, the cosy lodge was kitted out with modern appliances, a dishwasher and best of all, a posh coffee machine complete with milk frother, that Kate…

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Salzburg

Salzburg

SALZBURG CENTRE Less than two hours on a comfortable train from Vienna, we arrived in Salzburg and walked 40 minutes to Hotel Turnerwit, only to later discover that a local bus stopped right outside. Oh well, the exercise is always good and at this point on our trip, we barely even notice carrying our bags! Salzburg was mainly chosen as it was a logical stepping stone from Vienna to Obergurgl, where we had a ski lodge booked, and because it looked…

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Vienna

Vienna

VIENNA WIENER SCHNITZEL After a short flight we landed in freezing cold Vienna, but were luckily already somewhat winter hardened from our time in Copenhagen. The A+O hotel was a 2 minute walk from Wien Hauptbahnhof station but we decided to stretch our legs after dropping our bags, and waked for 40 minutes into town, just as the sun disappeared for the day. Keen to get our teeth into some typically Austrian cuisine, we b-lined for a restaurant, where I…

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen

PLAIN SAILING TO COPENHAGEN After being left in the cold for what felt like an eternity at a chilly outdoors bus stop in Berlin, our bus finally arrived to take us on wards to Copenhagen. After making the obligatory noise of exhaling air combined with a body spasm, (“Brrr!”), the thing you only do when you step into somewhere warm after being outside in the cold, we settled in for the ride. After a few short hours we were at…

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Berlin

Berlin

SMOOTH ARRIVAL INTO BERLIN Our 4 hour bus from Poland to Berlin went as efficiently as only the Germans know how. A punctual departure on a clean, spacious bus that not only had free wifi, but also an entertainment website full of movies. A “steward” was constantly going up and down the isles offering coffee, snacks and even beer once we’d crossed the German/ Polish border! All this bus was missing was a set of wings! I was excited to see…

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Zakopane

Zakopane

ZAKOPANE – CREEPY OR MAGICAL? The bus from Krakow in Poland down south to Zakopane took a speedy 2 hours and we found ourselves in the oil painting beauty of mountainous Zakopane. A little too early for the ski season, where I imagine the town gets pretty busy, we had the place pretty much all to ourselves, barely passing more than two or three people each time we went out. It felt like a fairy tale town as all the buildings were…

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Krakow

Krakow

POLSKI BEER TASTING ON A BUDGET Our comfortable Polski Bus took just over 8 hours to get us to Krakow (pronounced Crackov) from our previous visit in Prague. We were booked in at the excellent value for money, Premium Hostel and scored a room right by the kitchen, which made it feel like it was our own private facility. With only a few weeks left on our epic 5 month jaunt through Europe, we were really starting to feel the pinch…

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Prague

Prague

WANDERING AROUND PRAGUE We caught the 4 hour bus from Bratislava in Slovakia to Prague without a hitch and checked ourselves into another mini apartment compete with a kitchen, lounge and bedroom, which oddly enough only had bunk beds in, and called it a night. After a lazy start to the day we caught the 207 bus into town and watched Prague unfold before us through the window. Colourful pink, yellow and mint green buildings, with the turrets of Gothic churches and…

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Bratislava

Bratislava

BIRTHDAY IN BRATISLAVA We caught our 4 hour train from Budapest to Bratislava after I frittered away my last handful of Hungarian Florins on several chocolate bars at the station. No point carrying around a pocket of coins I couldn’t exchange. It was my birthday and the mini coincidences of acknowledging my big day started to stack up. Upon checking into our 20 quid a night bargain room (more like bargain mini apartment) at the Freddie Next to Mercury Hostel, I…

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