S: Shannon & Kazzi's Europe Trip 2009
FC: Europe 2009 Dublin Malta Bari, Italy Dubrovnik, Croatia Split, Croatia Vienna, Austria
1: After Kazzi visits my pad in Dublin for less than 24 hours with a quick trip to The George...we are off to Malta via Ryan Air.
2: Our first hotel was very cheap but really dirty. We waited a whole 15 minutes before we decided we couldn't handle touching | anything in the room. After a short argument with the front desk and a call to the owner telling him we were Americans, we were allowed to check out. | Malta
3: Malta is a very brown country. The land is brown and the buildings are equally colorless. It was over 100 degrees every day. Even the wind was hot.
6: We had to take a bus ride on a 1950's bus with no a/c for 35 cents to the other side of the island. We then hopped on a ferry en route to the blue grotto which is only accessible by boat.
7: Blue Grotto
10: Some amazing natural features... | and the location for the filming of the Count of Monte Cristo.
14: Exploring Valletta, the capital of Malta.
18: Bari, Italy
19: The streets of the historic city center in Bari.
20: We explored the castle in Bari & walked around The Old Town which was very quaint. Between those 2 things, there isn't much else in Bari.
21: After waiting for hours at the port, we were able to purchase 2 first class tickets across the Adriatic on a night boat. It was extremely wavy and I was convinced we would sink.
22: Upon arriving at the port in Croatia, we were bombarded with old couples asking us to rent a room in their home. We quickly declined and headed to the old city center in hopes of finding a room there. Tourist Information set us up with a lovely lady who smoked like a chimney, wore a sarong and Adidas sandals all day everyday, and insisted we call her 'mama'.
23: Dubrovnik, Croatia
25: The view from our room over the rooftops in Dubrovnik.
28: Black risotto...looks disgusting but tastes delicious. It's made from cuttlefish and squid ink.
30: We took a 30 person boat tour to explore 3 of the nearby islands. We were told the price included all you can eat and drink by a toothless man at the dock. | The islands ended up being small fishing villages that were very quaint. The natural beauty of the islands was well worth a full day on a crowded boat.
34: We found out that it wasn't all you can eat and drink. So at the last island when the other tourists got off, Shannon and I stayed on and expressed our displeasure with being lied to. We ended up eating and drinking with the crew for 2 hours.
35: After drinking way to many bottles of wine and eating way to much meat, cheese and bread...we headed back to Dubrovnik for our last night with 'mama'.
36: 'Mama' convinced us a ferry was the fastest way to get to Split rather than taking a bus through the mountains. It took us 8 hours on the ferry. We later found out the bus took only 2 hours. However, we were able to see the island where Marco Polo was born. | Split, Croatia
38: Split used to be a walled fortress spilling into the sea... | today, only the foundations remain.
43: Croatia is stunning. The cities and the landscape make for an unforgettable experience. The food was great and the people were friendly. So friendly, that a man who spoke zero English spent the whole afternoon with us at the beach and insisted on making conversation in Croatian the entire time.
44: Onward to Vienna! We took an overnight train and slept in a private compartment. When I woke up I was missing 100 dollars and 50 euros. Somehow, the beautiful scenery on the train helped take my mind off of being robbed. | Vienna, Austria
46: Schoenbrunn Palace