North America, Europe · 32 Days · 38 Moments · November 2017

Simone & Kristen Take Europe by Storm

25 December 2017

We’re looking left, we’re looking right... sometimes we even look both ways!

23 December 2017

When the sun starts to set the sky is beautiful and the Christmas lights in Madrid are spectacular.
Museo Prado!
Plaza Mayor + Mercado de San Miguel
Chocolateria San Gines Hot chocolate and churros! The line for this place was insane, but it was worth the wait!
Plaza del Sol Lunch at 100 Montaditos and a Mickey Mouse sighting.
Getting a late start today, but give us a break.... yesterday marked 5 cities in 5 days so I think we were due for a day of sleeping in. But off we go!
Simone has the best memories from the clubs and bars here. I have heard many stories and I was so excited to get to see the places where she has such fond memories. The clubs don’t even open until 12:30am here so we headed out after 1:00am!

22 December 2017

Dinner at Crepes & Waffles Sopa Covarachía Sopa donde el tomate, el maíz y el plátano entran a jugar para resaltar el valor de los sabores de nuestra tierra. Crepe Serrano Queso mozzarella, jamón serrano, cebollas caramelizadas y rúgula. Salmón Roll Rollitos de salmón ahumado con rúgula, queso crema, cebolla, aguacate y crujientes vegetales frescos acompañados de ensalada verde. Delish!
Reina Sofia: “but these florescent lights are art?
The EARLIEST flight from Barcelona to Madrid and then the Madrid metro to the hotel. The Metro here is so nice!

21 December 2017

Los Bellotas: Tapas for dinner! Free because we came from the hotel: Lentils Orejas What we ordered: Patatas bravas Champiñones a la plancha con virutas de jamón Pimientos de padrón Gambas al ajillo
From the Gaudi Exhibition Center back to La Rambla: A walk through the Gothic Quarter for a couple of Gothic-Dimes 😉
The Gaudi Exhibition Center. Check out the temple that will never be / La Sagrada Familia’s little sister that time forgot...
Collectible ducks!!??!? Apparently, they are world famous.
La Boqueria: a first for both of us! We’ll have to stop in and eat something next time we are in town.
Lunch at Bombay Spicy. Paneer tiki masala + butter chicken Simone: As good as I remembered it! Kristen: In all her stories about Spain, Simone is always talking about how good this place is, so we had to go! It definitely lived up to my expectations.
La Sagrada Familia was amazing. We took the elevator up the Nativity tower and took the stairs down. I was terrified, but we made it!
Early morning flight from Milan to Barcelona.
We didn’t get to go to Halloween Horror Nights this but at least we got to walk the The Walking Dead: Milan Edition 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️ on our way to the bus at 6:00am this morning. 😂

20 December 2017

Pizza al Trancio
Cafe Rosso con i italiani Luca took us to one of his favorite bars and had a surprise for us - Giuseppe and Frank met us as well!
The Duomo was beautiful! It was good seeing Stefania. It’s always nice when Simone gets to meet my friends!
Walking to the Duomo!
On our walk to the the Duomo, we came across this beautiful park: Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli.
On the train to Milano @ Roma Termini It’s Kristen’s first long distance train ride!

19 December 2017

Dinner at Spirito Divino (divine spirit/ spirit of wine) Appetizers: artichoke pie and buffala mozzarella with tomato sauce Main course: (so delish we ate it before we realized that we didn’t take a picture) Desert: chocolate almond cake and creme brûlée The space that this restaurant occupies is so old that each of step down to the wine cellar represents 75 years into the past. It’s been around since Before Christ.
Tried to ask the lady at the Vatican shop how much for some post cards, I accidentally asked her “how much do you cost?”
More stops on the walking tour: Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, the Pantheon, and the Altare della Patria.
Colosseo è Foro
Taking Simone to the first stop on our walking tour of Rome.
Siamo in Roma!

18 December 2017

Finally on a flight to Rome via Boston. See ya later USA ✌🏼 Safely arrived in Boston... soon to be on our way to Rome!

17 December 2017

Good night Epcot!
Dinner in Morocco Couscous and Lamb & Shish Kabobs Kristen: I was a little skeptical about this choice, but it was GREAT.
We may not have gotten on our international flight, but at least we’re still going around the world!
At our gate and ready to board! Update: Power outage in Atlanta, so our Orlando flight is delayed. So far looks like we should make the connection just fine. Fingers crossed! 2nd update: had to rebook for tomorrow. Power’s still out at ATL. 🙄

23 November 2017

Hey friends and family! As some of you know, we’re going to Europe for Christmas this year. We’ve created this travel blog so that you can all follow us as much (or as little) as you want to while we are gone. Wish us luck! ✌🏻✌🏽 -Simone & Kristen