beer > oscar wilde

You all know the story- While studying abroad in Paris, Gram took me on an eight-day tour of Italy, stopping in Milan, Florence, Venice, and Rome. We saw the Uffizi, we saw David, we toured the ruins and Vatican City, and thanks to Gram’s meticulous planning, we successfully packed weeks worth of tourist sites in eight short days.

On our last night, Gram scheduled in free time for me to visit with friends studying in Rome. Six “vodka ananas” later, I was falling down in the cobbled streets of Trastavere. Flash to the next day, when Gram’s last day of site-seeing was interrupted by the worst hangover in the history of all hangovers. Gram’s dreams of snapping that last picture of us together on the Spanish Steps were shattered.

But looking back, aren’t those the stories we like to tell? The worst times can be the best times. Which got the Romantic and I thinking. Our lazy ways have, more often than not, led to experiences that ended up much more memorable and unique than the normal traveler.

Completely Valid Reasons to Miss the Sites You Planned to See:

Fireworks over Sacré-Cœur Paris, France: Hubs and I really DID plan to stay for the second act of Gisele at the Opera National, we swear it, but wine + fireworks + a late night stroll through Montmartre just sounded soo much more our style. (And it totally was).

Running out of moneyLondon, England: My friends and I had big plans to see the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, but four days into our trip we were all over-drafting our bank accounts. So, we scrounged together cash, bought the world’s BEST SANDWICHES from a vendor outside the Tower and took a walk along the Thames. Strolling through London with two of your best friends beats a stuffy tour any day.

Too busy at the pubDublin, Ireland: On my last day in Dublin visiting the wino, while once again re-cooping from another world’s worst hangover (do you sense a theme?), she suddenly shot straight up and said “OMG! YOU NEVER SAW OSCAR WILDE!” Somewhere in our 7-day bender, we had forgotten to see (most of) the sites Dublin has to offer, and you know what? I wouldn’t trade any other moment of that trip for a photo op with jaunty Oscar Wilde. Ok, except for maybe the night of the colossal meltdown from our third traveler, but that’s a different story for a different day.

Photo Credit: Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square

Too busy at the biergartensMunich, Germany: In Munich, I was dragged against my free will to a set of museums that I cared nothing about. Looking back, the only thing I remember about my trip was the time spent in biergartens around the city. Skip all the tourist attractions, hunker down at any of the fabulous beer halls, and eat all the spaetzle and pretzels you can handle.

So the takeaway here, travelers: don’t try to pack too much into one trip. Just like facebooking while traveling, the most this will result in is a few photos no one else will want to look at and another dime-a-dozen story about your time at the Blarney Stone. Instead, get drunk, run out of money, and always opt for fireworks.


the romantic & the wino



  1. guest
    September 23, 2011 / 17:40

    The spontaneous days/nights are always the most memorable. Funny stories!

  2. September 26, 2011 / 00:29

    Oh yes, those distractions always make for the best travel stories, even if you don’t see much. Travel is not always sightseeing, but experiencing a feeling. Who says that can’t be at the corner bar for 4 days ha?

    • September 26, 2011 / 11:58

      Completely agree!! And when it’s a corner bar in a place like Dublin, it really IS the best way to experience the culture.


  3. September 26, 2011 / 16:26

    Your hangover story reminds of the day I had to take a walking tour of Berlin. Let’s just say my extreme enjoyment of the dark German beer and the 2 hours of sleep I got did not make for a pleasant day but definitely some great stories my friends like to share from time to time.

    • September 26, 2011 / 16:29

      hahaha amazing. not so fun in the moment, but definitely hilarious to look back on.

  4. October 1, 2011 / 12:55

    Sounds like great advice 😉 The unplanned detours are the ones I remember best!

  5. February 21, 2012 / 12:05

    Reblogged this on the lazy travelers and commented:

    Who knew President’s Day would involve so much wine? Because of an unexpected hangover this morning, I decided to pull from the archives for today’s post, and it only seemed appropriate to choose a post related to over-indulgance. Enjoy, fellow lazy travelers!

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