Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

Trip Overview: Numbers, Faves, Least Faves

Between June 22nd and August 7th, I backpacked around Europe. It’s going to take forever to make posts about all the places I went to, so for now, I’ve written up a little overview in the style of these posts by my fellow-traveler friends.

Days Traveled:
46 days, 48 nights

Countries Visited:
9 (UK, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland)

Countries Visited For the First Time:
6 (UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland)

Cities or Places Visited:

Beds Slept In:
23 including 2 night trains

Types of Currency Used:
4 (British Pounds, Euros, Swiss Francs, Danish Kroner)

Number of Languages Encountered:
9 (English, Italian, Swiss German, German, Danish, Dutch, Flemish, French, Irish Gaelic)

UNESCO World Heritages Sites Visited:

Favorite Big City:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Runner Up: Berlin, Germany
Honorable Mention: London, United Kingdom

Favorite Medium-Sized City:
Florence, Italy

Favorite Small Town:
Gimmelwald, Switzerland

Least Favorite Place:
Naples, Italy
Honorable Mentions: Bologna, Italy, and Milan, Italy

Easiest City to Get Around:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (bikes are king!)

Most Difficult City to Get Around:
Naples, Italy (you call that a metro?)
Runner Up: Rome, Italy (why only 2 metro lines?)

Most Affordable Places:
Berlin, Germany
Honorable Mention: Florence, Italy

Most Expensive Places, in no order:
London, United Kindom
Paris, France
Copenhagen, Denmark
Capri, Italy

Cleanest City:
Copenhagen, Denmark

Dirtiest City:
Naples, Italy

Favorite Historical Site:
Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy
Runner Up: Ancient Roman Ruins

Favorite History Museum:
German History Museum, Berlin, Germany

Favorite Art Museum:
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Runner Up: Orsay, Paris, France

Favorite Specialty Museum:
The Titanic Exhibition, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Runner Up: The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Country With The Best Train System:
Switzerland (you really can set your watch by them)

Country With The Worst Train System:
Ireland (cars are king)

Big Cities With The Best Public Transport, in no order:
Berlin, Germany
Paris, France
London, United Kingdom

Big City With The Worst Public Transport:
Naples, Italy (you call that a metro?)
Runner Up: Rome, Italy (why only 2 metro lines?)

Place With The Friendliest Locals:
All of Ireland

Strangest Tourist Attraction:
Loraly, Rhine River

Most Worthwhile Tourist Attraction:
Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy
Runner Up: Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Places I Wish I Had More Time In:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Swiss Alps
Berlin, Germany
London, United Kingdom

Places I Wish I Had Skipped:
Naples, Italy
Bologna, Italy
Milan, Italy
Heidelberg, Germany

One comment on “Trip Overview: Numbers, Faves, Least Faves

  1. Traveling Cats
    August 30, 2013

    Hello Erin. That’s a lot of countries you have visited lately. I love your blog and I’m now following along via Bloglovin. Looking forward to visiting often. Thank you for having followed mine as well and for the cat photos. I’ll publish them in a few days and will send you the link when they’re online. Have a lovely weekend.

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