the romantic’s #LTeuropa highlights

Psh, you didn’t think I was going to let the wino re-live her favorite #LTeuropa moments without diving into my own, did you? Alas, after reading her post, I realized… our favorite moments overlap, like, a lot. This probably shouldn’t surprise you, but I was hard pressed to come up with things I loved more than the wine, the road trip and the reunion. But then I remembered: I spent two weeks in Europe with the hubs and two of our best friends. It’s actually harder to narrow down my highlights because really, pretty much everything was a highlight. So, along with everything the wino said, here are just a few more of my favorite…

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radisson blu carlton: a tale of two rooms

With only one night in Bratislava, we wanted to make sure our hotel selection was top notch. We went back and forth on whether we should just hightail it to Vienna, but we figured we’d poke around and see if we could find a good place to crash. It didn’t take much research to find the Radisson Blu Carlton, and it took even less time to become completely charmed with the idea of staying there. Central location, reasonably priced, with a facade that looked like this: Photo courtesy of the Radisson Blu Carlton Here’s the catch: from the minute we stepped in to the Radisson lobby, our experiences were… very different. Part One: The Wino…

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style spotter: bratislava

Like I mentioned before, despite my best efforts, I ended up packing pretty poorly for my #LTeuropa adventure. In Budapest, I was kicking myself for not packing any articles of clothing that could stand up to the inferno-like temperatures. By the time we reached Bratislava on our third day, the temperature had cooled slightly, so I thought for sure I could throw together an appropriate outfit with what I had packed. Wrong, of course. Looking back on our time in the Slovakian capital, I can’t help but daydream about all of the things I wish I had packed– and what I’ll be sure to pack in the future. For instance, I learned quickly that sandals were…

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#LTeuropa bucket list takedown: the catamaran

When we we first planning our LTeuropa itinerary, we assumed we’d be taking trains to get us from city to city. That is, until we heard about the Twin City Liner, a high-speed catamaran that runs between Bratislava and Vienna, from Barbara at Vienna Unwrapped. Never ones to shy away from advice from a local–or a photo-op (like, how good would we probably look on the deck of a ship, hair flowing in the breeze??)–we quickly added a catamaran ride to our official bucket list. For only 20euro, the catamaran was a less pricey alternative to the train travel we depended on for most of the trip, not to mention the scenic advantages. The hour…

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