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  • Day33

    Le Montclair Montmarte Hostel Paris

    July 26, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Well Paris has been the best way to finish our trip! We arrived early on the 24th after an overnight train from Hendaye. We found our lovely hostel in the lively area of Montmarte just below the Sacre Coeur at about 8:30am. After a little nap we ventured out and explored our area including the Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge! Yesterday we packed as much in as possible! After a little lie in and having breakfast at the hostel we set off on the Metro for the Louvre. We then walked along the Seine to Notre Dame where we queued briefly to get inside. We had lunch outside the Notre Dame and then walked to the Pantheon and Palais du Luxembourg. After chilling here for a while we then explored the St Michel region and found a restaurant on Rue de Buci called Atlas where we had a delicious French dinner (paid for by my parents as a last day treat - thanks guys!) Full on French food and cider we then got the Metro to Arc de Triomphe which was amazing! We then walked to the Eiffel Tower at about 8:30pm. We only queued for about 40 minutes and got reduced price tickets for the lift to the top being students. We then got the lift up to the top at about 9:20pm - I was quite wobbly on the way up but when we reached the top it was so breathtaking it was absolutely worth it! The view of Paris at night is seriously the best thing we've seen this whole trip and such a fantastic way to finish our journey! We spent about an hour and forty minutes on the tower and managed to get the lift down in time to see the 11pm light show! We then got the Metro back to the hostel and went straight to sleep being shattered! Today we're just chilling in the hostel until we make our way to Paris Orly airport for our 6:50pm flight back to Southampton! Crazy to think we're at the end but we've done so much in 32 days!Read more

  • Day33

    ETH Irun Hotel

    July 26, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Stop off between Lisbon and Paris. First overnight train was long and rough. After walking 45 minutes from the train station we found our hotel. Crappy motorway hotel to spend 24 hours sleeping and chilling in. Second overnight train to Paris from Hendaye was an experience - 6 people sleeping in a couchette!Read more

  • Day30

    Stay Cool Hostel Lisbon

    July 23, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    After a pretty rough 9 and a half hour overnight train from Madrid to Lisbon we arrived at our hostel at 8:30am in the morning on the 18th. That evening we explored the area around us which included Bairro Alto, Chiado and a beautiful miradouro (viewpoint) where we had some beer and watched the sun set. On the 19th we spent the whole day exploring the centre of the city including the Arco Augusta and the Castelo S. Jorge which allowed us to have the most amazing views of the whole city and the sea. On the 20th we enjoyed our last lie in of our trip and then took lunch down to Chiado square. That evening we ventured to the opposite side of the city (which included extremely steep hills) and took a bottle of Sangria to share at another amazing and romantic miradouro where we watched the sun set again! On the 21st we left our hostel at 11am and sat in the first miradouro all day lapping up the view and the sun for 6 hours before catching our overnight train to Hendaye. We are now spending a night in a motorway hotel on the France-Spain border before getting another overnight train tomorrow to Paris! Our last stop!Read more

  • Day24

    Way Hostel Madrid

    July 17, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We thought our location Barcelona was good, but the location of our hostel in Madrid has been even better! We're right in the centre of Madrid and everything is within walking distance! On our first full day we explored the West side of Madrid's centre which was beautiful! That night we had an ice cream in a pretty lit up park looking over the Palacio Real. Yesterday we explored the East side of the city and found the biggest and best park we've seen since we started our trip! It was glorious with lakes and fountains and little gardens. We spent the afternoon there having lunch and drinks. Today is our last day in Madrid and we're just chilling in and around the hostel before we catch our first overnight train tonight to Lisbon at 9:50pm! Portugal here we come!Read more

  • Day24

    Arc House Hostel Barcelona

    July 17, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    The location of our hostel in Barcelona was amazing! We were right next to the Arc de Triomf, Barceloneta beach and most of Gaudi's buildings! On the first night we explored the area around us and then sat in the local park and drank Sangria. The next day we walked all around the city sightseeing and then in the afternoon we sat on Barceloneta beach sunbathing (and Ben had a dip in the sea). Only problem was that because it was quite breezey whilst we were on the beach we didn't realise how intense the sun was and we both got thoroughly sunburnt! That evening we enjoyed a pizza in front of Django Unchained in the hostel lounge! Wish we could have stayed longer!Read more

  • Day24

    Hostel Beauty Rome

    July 17, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Rome was by far the hottest place we've been! Which meant we had to limit our sight seeing to mornings and evenings. Despite this we saw a lot of Rome! We visited lots of landmarks including the Roman ruins, Colloseum and Vatican City - all of which were amazing! We also treated ourselves to a beautiful meal out in a live music restaurant where we had pizza and aperol spritz! All in all we loved our three nights in Rome, we just wish it hadn't been so hot and we hope to return one day perhaps in Autumn.Read more

  • Day15

    Hostel Santi 7 Florence

    July 8, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Arrived at 12:30 yesterday, it was around 35 degrees until the early evening so we made the most of the hostel, its happy hour and the budget wine from the shop next door. This is the first time we have properly chilled since we left home! This morning we got up at 6:30 to get into the city centre for 8, missing the hoards of tourists and crazy temperatures. We were only in the city centre for a few hours but we saw a lot, only downside is we weren't allowed in the cathedral only wearing vests and shorts. Since we got back in the afternoon we have been chilling again (with more wine), making the most of the all you can eat buffet and avoiding scottish people discussing the last episode of game of thrones which we still haven't seen...Read more

  • Day13

    Ostello Santa Fosca Venice

    July 6, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Yesterday we arrived in the beautiful Venice! Having found our lovely hostel with huge grounds we then explored for a couple of hours! We then made dinner and treated ourselves to a bottle of Merlot and some dark chocolate! Today we literally walked all around the island! The sky was cloudless and it was sweltering! Our favourite spot was where we sat for lunch at the Dogana looking over the Grand Canal eating slices of pizza! After the success of last night's bottle of red (Bill's suggestion) we bought another and intend on playing a few more games of Rummy tonight.Read more

  • Day13

    Yoho Hostel Salzburg

    July 6, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Spent one night here on route to Italy! It was such a lovely small town we managed to see all the main sights in one evening. Fulfilled a childhood dream of mine to walk in the footsteps of Maria from Sound Music! Had to get up very early for our train to Venice but it was worth it!Read more