Even though it rained almost non-stop for the three days we were there, we loved Berlin. It’s a city that actually seems to have been planned and built with the needs of the people in mind. What a novel idea.
During WWII, Dresden was bombed to bits by the Brits. Many of the buildings have been re-built, but it’s easy to see where old meets new. And that sums up Dresden: a bit of old, a bit of new and a whole lot of rain.
Nuremberg is your ultimate stereotypical European town with its cobbled stone streets, picturesque river and hilltop castle. Over three days we clocked the sights and soaked up the culture in some of the best weather we’ve had since Italy. And ate tiny sausages.
A couple of days after we left Munich we met a backpacker who was on his way there. He asked us what he should do while he’s in town. This is the answer: drink beer, eat meat… and drink beer.
If you’re into the outdoors and adventure sports, Interlaken is a dream stop. We spent three days hiking, hang gliding and admiring the most incredible views yet. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of cash, coz pretty doesn’t come cheap.
We had lots of big plans for Innsbruck that fell through, like mountain hikes and summer snowboarding, on account of two days of bad weather. So, we did all the stuff that’s not weather dependent and decided we’ll just have to come back. Oh darn.
Salzburg is well known for two things: the Sound of Music and Mozart. We reckon the most important thing is to avoid anything to do with either of these subjects like the plague. Except the gardens… coz they’re pretty. We did THIS stuff instead.
We never really planned to go to Slovenia, but the beauty of having no idea where you’re going to be from one week to the next is that you can decide you want to go white water rafting on an emerald river in a country covered in forests, mountains and lakes overnight. No regrets about that one.
After all the craziness of Italy, we thought we deserved a few days rest on the beach in the sun. We chose Vrsar, a tiny fishing village at the northern end of the Croatian coast, because there is literally nothing to do there but go to the beach. And that’s all we did for three days…
To say farewell to Italy, here’s a photo montage of Operation Gelato and a video of Cinque Terre.