Mariele left for a family reunion just after we arrived in France.  Luckily, my friend Shelly from Seattle flew into Paris that same day, and we met up to explore France, Spain and Italy over the next 3 weeks.

Paris, France

We spent a few days exploring Paris.  This is a pretty expensive and large city.  Lots of stuff to do, and of course the Eiffel Tower.  We walked up the first part, and too the lift all the way to the top.  Extremely touristy, but something you have to see when you visit Paris.

Lyon, France

This is a few hours south of Paris.  We couchsurfed with a friend of Shelly for two nights, and had a great time exploring the city and going out on the town.  I had my first shot of Absinthe here and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to try and tell the locals I was from Ireland.  They believed me!

Marseille, France

This seemed like an area that a lot of French tourists visit.  We were only here for one night, so only got to explore the city for a bit.

Provence, France

We used a French ride-share website to carpool from Paris down to the south of France, and the driver, Ben, was actually also a couchsurfer, so we ended up couchsurfing at his place.  Provence is a big college town, so there were a lot of international students when we went out.  I guess a big thing is going into the fountain after a long night of drinking, so that picture is of Ben, his Canadian friend and myself in the fountain.

Barcelona, Spain

I’ve met so many bi-lingual people on my trip that I’ve been inspired to learn Spanish.  Knowing that we were headed to Spain, I actually started brushing up on it while in France.  To my disappointment, Spanish is not the official language of Barcelona.  Catalan is.

We couchsurfed with a guy from Colombia and a guy from Mexico who were studying music there, so I got to practice my Spanish a little.  We went to a huge party on the beach on a Sunday night with a bunch of locals which was quite the experience.

Madrid, Spain

We actually flew from Barcelona to Madrid because it was much cheaper to fly than it was to take the train.  We stayed right in the downtown area of Madrid at an old little hostel on the top floor of a building overlooking the main street.  We went to a bullfight, and learned that they actually kill the bull in front of you.  Somewhat traumatizing.

Rome, Italy

We did a week in Rome because we were a bit tired of bouncing around all the time, and we had already booked flights out of Rome (myself to Prague and Shelly to Athens).  Rome was a little dirtier than I thought it would be, and extremely touristy.  We visited the Coliseum, went rollerblading in the park, ate tons of pizza and pasta, went to the beach, Vatican, and even went to a waterpark “HydroMania!”.

After Rome, Shelly went to finish her trip in Athens, and I flew to Prague to meet my college friend from San Francisco, John.  We will be touring eastern Europe for the next few weeks.  On July 5th we fly out of Vienna.  Johnny is headed back to the states and I’m headed to visit Luke again, but this time in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Finally, on July 12th, I’ll be flying home to SF!


3 Responses to “Next Three Countries in Europe: France, Spain and Italy”

  1. Therese says:

    Are you sure you want to come home.??? I loved hearing about Europe. I saw a bullfight in Barcelona and I felt sick, too. At the time, I didn’t know that they torture and then kill the bull.

    I’m enjoying your journal and your pictures.

  2. Chris says:

    I studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence for 4 months!

  3. Tommy says:

    No way! Did you ever go in the fountains after going to the bars??

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