13 days in Europe: London, Barcelona, Florence, and Paris


In less than two weeks, I’ll be touching down at Heathrow, ready for 13 days of European adventures. Whoa. In an effort to not completely exhaust myself (and Steve), I’ve pulled some must-see places and recommended restaurants, but I’m not doing a full-out itinerary. (I’m using Stay.com to keep track of everything, which allows you to access info offline.)

LONDON: I’m pretty much solo during this time because Steve will still be working. The must-see list includes: Tate Modern, British Museum, Notting Hill, Covent Garden, Hyde Park, Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the South Bank.

My must-eat list in London is pretty small, so happy to take suggestions. Social Eating House looks good, as well as Mangio and Smoking Goat. Send these recs!

BARCELONA: We’re flying to each locale to save time/money and are taking Vueling flights each time. Blacklane graciously offered to cover up to €150 to cover the cost of rides from the airports, which is SO helpful (and feels fancy)!

Barcelona is all about Guell and Gaudi, really — Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Mila. I’d like to hike Montjuic, hit the Picasso Museum, take in the view from Mirablau, and at least stop by Camp Nou. (Unfortunately, there are no games while we’re there.) Restaurants are out of control: Txapela, Can Majo, Tapas 24, the Boqueria, and so many more.

FLORENCE: Off to stunning Italy! Neither Steve or I speak Italian, so this will definitely be an adventure. (I speak a little Spanish and he, a little French.) I might attempt a day trip for us to Cinque Terre or Tuscany, but there is also a lot to see and eat in Florence. Uffizi, the Duomo, multiple palaces,  and the Basilica of Santa Croce are high on the must-see list. The eats list includes All’Antico Vinaio, I Fratellini, and Vivoli Piero Il Gelato. (Likely a few gelato trips will be made.)

PARIS: We’re ending our European adventure in beautiful Paris, where I plan to eat all of the macarons. We’ll definitely take in the Eiffel Tower (maybe via a picnic w/bread and wine), Montmartre, run along the Seine, and visit the gardens.

For food, I have to go to Laduree but will also hit Pierre Herme. La Petite Chaise came recommended. I’m looking for more recommendation here, as well!

So, tell me: What do we HAVE to see/eat? 


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