the romantic’s #LTeuropa highlights

theromanticPsh, 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 parts of our reunion.

 The Food // I spent a lot of our time in Southeast Asia craving real carbs, and Eastern Europe did not disappoint. Between our food tour & a proper spoiling from the Four Seasons & the great strudel extravaganza, it’s a wonder my pants still fit. (Full disclosure: part of that might be because I rarely wear pants.)


Though we could have had better weather during our time in Vienna, cooler temps meant I was constantly craving goulash, dumplings, and anything doughy and fried that was sent our way. To be honest? I probably would have passed on most of the heavier local fare if it was warmer. So, thank you, weather gods, for knowing just what we truly needed.

And of course, let’s not forget the breakfasts.

The Style Points // I love the hubs. He’s the bees knees, my other half, all that mushy stuff. But… a best girlfriend he is not. He’s significantly less fun to get ready with, because he gets ready in about five minutes and then sits and “reads” the “news.” ZZZZZ, amiright? Also, although I have taken to raiding his closet more than he ever thought possible, he just doesn’t accessorize like the wino.

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I don’t care if it’s shallow. After living out of a backpack for four months, it was a MAJOR highlight that my wardrobe increased dramatically with the arrival of my bestie.

The Accommodations // The hubs and I arrived in Budapest after a sixteen hour overnight train ride from Croatia. And even though we loved our hosts in both Montenegro and Croatia, it had been two solid weeks of less than comfy sleeping arrangements. The fact that our bed at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace was the second most amazing bed in all the land was a DREAM. (The first, in case you’re wondering, belongs to the W Vieques.) Though we had some bad moments (see: the Radisson Blu debacle and the DUNGEON), we nailed it when it came to picking accommodations in the very best locations, and I’ll never regret the fact that we had our own little apartment for one full week in Vienna.  


And there you have it, mes amies! Our #LTeuropa coverage has…gulp…come to an end. Though we don’t have anything definite on the horizon, we can guarantee a reunion is in our near future… perhaps early 2014?? Stay tuned.


the romantic



  1. October 19, 2013 / 12:01

    I often find it difficult to describe a trip when the whole thing was a “highlight” I know what you meant. Sometimes I just can’t put the experiences into words. You did it well.. thanks for sharing.

    • October 20, 2013 / 06:16

      thanks! that’s been one of the hardest parts about catching up post-rtw. everyone asks “how was it?!” or “what was your favorite part?!” and don’t seem satisfied when we say “…pretty much all of it.” haha
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  2. October 19, 2013 / 15:04

    You certainly are very lucky to have all these experience and share with very important people in your life!
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  3. October 20, 2013 / 21:20

    I still don’t know how you were able to live out of a backpack for so many months. Kudos to you. I’m too much of a clothes horse to be able to even consider such a thing. Well done, romantic.
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    • October 21, 2013 / 10:15

      you and me both. i don’t even want to talk about how severely i underpacked for our move as a result. luckily i’ve been given the clearance to shop in barca this week. i’m dyyyyying.
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  4. October 20, 2013 / 21:30

    Sounds like an amazing time. And there’s nothing wrong with pure glee at having your wardrobe double. I lived out of a backpack for a month and had enough of it, already!
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  5. Pola (@jettingaround)
    October 24, 2013 / 03:01

    Good job living out of a backpack… Not sure if I could do it. Love that wardrobe photo – makes me think of a movie set. GLAM
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