So, our long awaited Eurotrip finally happened!
It was our first time to Europe together (!!!), and it was so much fun. We originally planned to go to Athens and Santorini, but due to flight cancellations, we ended up going to Miami, London, Santorini, and Paris. Honestly, I was really mad at first - how do you just cancel a flight!?!? 6 weeks before it’s supposed to happen!?!?! - but after the trip I understand why American did that. We flew into London and out of Paris and our flights were SO empty both ways. I’m talking 4+ empty rows in the back of the plane on each flight. We got to take advantage of the empty space, which was nice, but I can only imagine how few seats were booked on a flight to Athens, which is a slightly less popular destination.
That being said, the trip was quite an adventure. We left on Tuesday, and had overnight flights on Tuesday and Wednesday (Two days in a row was hard. I hope to never do that again!). We took a carry-on that held our travel-sized toiletries, airplane necessities, and changes of clothes for Tuesday-Thursday which was super helpful. Thankfully, we didn’t have a single issue with our checked bags! They all arrived with us like they were supposed to. So grateful for that.
We spent all of Tuesday in Miami, all of Wednesday in London, and arrived in Santorini on Thursday morning. We spent a total of five days in Santorini, and then one night in Paris. It was supposed to be almost 24 hours, but due to flight delays out of Santorini, ended up only being about 14, which I was a little bummed about!
In total we had 8 flights on 4 airlines which was kind of tiring. I would avoid that next time if possible. It happened that way because we booked some flights before the ticket changed and then had to book another. It gets a little stressful when flights are delayed because if your connections are on a different airline, you will most likely have to pay to rebook them. That happened to us out of Santorini. Thankfully the ticketing agent was nice and made it as cheap for us as possible. If the tickets are all on the same airline/reservation it’s much less complicated.
Miami was beautiful. South beach is only about 20 minutes from the airport, so we were ecstatic to be able to spend time soaking up some sun and listening to the ocean.
Lunch in London was fantastic. The food was so good! Everyone says English food is bland but I didn’t find it that way at all. We really liked the city - it was beautiful and we lucked out with dry weather - and can’t wait to go back for an extended period of time. I’ve wanted to go to London (it’s on the bucket list!) for so long, and it wasn’t really on Marquette’s radar, but now that he’s seen it, I think he’s a little more open to spending time there.
Santorini was absolutely breathtaking. It was warm during the day and a bit chilly at night. The food was PHENOMENAL and absolutely requires a whole post. It was everything I hoped for and more.
Our time in Paris was short and sweet. We took a taxi from a train station to our hotel and the driver was kind enough to point out major landmarks (in English!) for us on our way. A lot of them were places we wanted to visit, so I am grateful that we got to see them from the car. We got to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night and it was more beautiful than I imagined. The layover was such a tease and we want to go back ASAP! During the summer though - it was FREEZING while we were there and a bit rainy too.
All in all, the trip was amazing. Having the long layovers was awesome and we can’t wait to spend more time in London and Paris! Right now is a really busy time for me, but I will definitely be sharing more detailed posts about each destination in the upcoming weeks!