I wanted to do a little rundown of all our favorite hostels on our Europe trip! Be aware that while the per night prices include taxes, almost every hostel also had a service charge and tourist tax. It wasn't much, but did add up! Prices also tend to go up on the weekend--when we stayed over a weeknight and weekend, I just took the average.
Iceland was short and sweet--which was probably for the best given that it was our last stop and we were ready to head home. :) We walked through town on the way to our hostel after our 45 minute bus ride from the airport. (Note: Reykjavik is not close to KEF!) I was already so excited to be in Iceland and the area was so gorgeous.
"A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else."
We spent a week in London and every day was great. Out of all the cities we've visited (with the exception of Paris), I could most clearly see myself living here. It doesn't hurt that our hostel was in an amazing spot. :) We splurged a bit for this one, knowing it would be worth it. Our hostel was located by Waterloo Bridge, in the city of Westminster. ("London" is divided into two cities--London and Westminster.) For nonlocals, we were across the Thames from Big Ben and the London Eye.
So I had been excited for Edinburgh, but I didn't anticipate just how much I would love the city. Out of all the places we've been, I was saddest to leave here. We arrived from Dublin around 7am, to ensure we had two full days in the city. (To explain the post title - we were in Ireland, Scotland, and England in the span of three days.) We caught the tram from the airport to Princes St, where our hostel was--Edinburgh had the best transit and best location so far!!, made friends with the Starbucks guy (a necessity in any city), and set off to find Edinburgh Castle.
This post is going to be short and sweet--just like our time in Bruges. We took a train from Paris to Bruges and got there early afternoon. Bruges is a tiiiny city (town?) in Belgium and it was so nice to just have a day and a half to wander around, eat good food, and relax. (I took a 2 and a half hour nap the first day!! It was heavenly.)
To save space and your eyes, I decided to split our time in Paris into two parts. Ironically, both of them end on my sisters' birthdays. Happy 16th, Maylen Anne! On Monday, we had planned to go to Versailles, but it was closed, so off to the Louvre we went! The last time I was here, I spent five hours and made it through less than 2/3s of the museum, so we decided to divide and conquer.
Three-ish days in Munich was definitely not enough! We arrived mid afternoon on our bus from Vienna--the one that actually showed. It had been such a long day(s) that we just had the energy to unpack, find dinner (at the bierhalle across the street), and relax for the rest of the evening. The next day started off bright and early with a trip to Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern Munich. I was only a little bit excited.