Hallo, Dzień Dobry, Bonjour, Hello!
As some may already know I have been traveling for the past two weeks. I saw 3 countries, 4 cities, and it was a wonderful and stress filled trip! Ellen and I started our two week journey off with one of my roommates in Wrocław, Poland. It is not the most popular city in Poland, but it was truly amazing for this reason. There weren’t as many tourists so you really can see the culture. We went gnome hunting, which is one of the most famous things about the city. There are small gnome sculptures spread throughout the city and there are an estimated 300 of them.
From there we went to Krakow, which was a chore because we missed our bus, but luckily there was a bus shortly after. Krakow is has been one of my favorite places I have traveled to. Everyone was so nice plus there was wonderful food. What more could you ask for? When we arrived in Krakow we decided to walk around the downtown area, and we came up on a market square where there were a lot of vendors selling food, homemade items, souvenirs, and a lot of other things.g food, homemade items, souvenirs, and a lot of other things. When we didn’t know what to eat, we just went to the market and could find anything for pretty cheap. We also saw a castle in Krakow that was on top of a hill, and a dragon that spit fire! Of course, it was a statue but still pretty cool.
From Poland Ellen and I parted ways with my roommate and went off to Paris! We decided to do all the touristy things like see Sacre Coeur, Bastille, the Louvre, the catacombs, and so many more things. This was all in the first full day in Paris, so that was a terrible idea. We should have spaced out things more than we did, but it was still incredible to see all the things you hear about. Due to the recent events with the Notre Dame the entire area surrounding the church was closed off to the public. We got a small glimpse of it on a river cruise, but it was very dark so we didn’t see a lot. The second day in Paris we went to Versailles and saw the palace of Louis XIV. It was very packed and we stood in line for two and a half hours, but got in for free so I can’t complain with that. Paris was busy and beautiful, then London was a little less busy. Ellen and I at this point were getting pretty tired of all the travelling. We went into the London Eye, did a river cruise (it was freezing outside), and did multiple tours. There were free walking tours so we did a Jack the Ripper tour and a general London tour. The Jack the Ripper tour was awesome if you are into that kind of thing, and the general London tour was a lot of walking. You really learn a lot when you have tour guides instead of just doing everything on your own, so that is definitely something I am happy we decided to do. Sadly, the biggest thing London is known for was covered in scaffolding undergoing major restoration… can you guess what it was? Yes, Big Ben. You can see all the restoration on the Parliament building in the picture below.
Truly, I have no idea how people did more traveling than that, because I am exhausted. We may had some set backs, and there were more than I care to admit, but it was honestly such a great trip and I got to see so many wonderful places, but…
I am very happy to be back in Graz!