I am so freakin' excited - we spent this weekend booking rooms and transportation for our 8 month belated honeymoon! I've never, ever been on a trip so big and wondrous. The farthest I've been from home is a toss-up between New Mexico and Las Vegas. I am so happy that we could have this opportunity. So here is our itinerary. Please check out the links I've included:
May 5th - Fly out of PDX
May 6th - Land in Dublin (well, after what will be a harrowing connection in London)
May 6th - 8th Check into George Fredric Handel Hotel - where Handel first played the "Messiah"
May 8th - Fly to Glasgow
May 8th - 10th - Check into Charing Cross Hostel. We have a private room (thank goodness) Pick up rental car.
May 10th - Drive to Iverness and Loch Ness - Check into Glengarry Castle. Holy crap we're staying in a castle!!!
May 11th - Drive to Edinburgh. Drop off car and take overnight bus (saves travel time and hotel room!) to London
May 12th - Putz around London for a couple of hours, take train to Paris.
May 12th-17th - Check into this apartment. Explore Paris, Versailles and the Metro
May 17th - Take overnight train to Florence (again with travel time and hotel)
May 18th - 21st - Arrive 7:30am - check into Florence apartment just blocks from the Duomo.
May 21st - Get to Florence airport at the crack of dawn and come home with heavy hearts.
Almost every room is $100 or less. We booked two nights in a hostel for $145 total so that we could spend $150 on a castle. Every place we stay in Ireland and Scotland provide breakfast (veggie options too!) and there are enough open air markets that we can cook for ourselves 75% of the time in France and Italy. And by traveling overnight through the long distances, we don't waste precious hours! I also hope we get some random European car for our rental - maybe this?