Our road trip came to an end in Sirmione, Italy.
After 17 days on the road we covered 6 countries and 14 cities, 4,969km/3,087 mi of road, and 54 hours in our little Fiat rental car.
It was an exhilarating, exhausting trip. Sometimes 17 days felt too long, and in the end we were happy to get home and get our pups back (they stayed at a kennel while we were gone). But looking back it was an incredible trip, at an incredible point in our lives. Never again will we be newly-ish engaged, halfway between ages 20 and 30, between degrees, and calling the Mediterranean home.
And, like every trip, it only added to our list of places to see.
Thank you to Mike for driving for those 54 hours, for being patient with me while I struggled to navigate for you, for letting me take naps in the car, and stopping for lots of fountain Cokes. Thanks for trucking through in Paris when you caught a head cold and felt awful, but hardly complained at all. Thanks for seeing the Damien Hirst retrospective at the Tate with me (and I'm sorry I fell asleep during The Phantom of the Opera in London). Thanks for packing picnics and posing for silly pictures. Thank you for carrying the heavy bags, sprinting to make it to Chateau Chambord before closing time, and convincing me to eat at that sketchy pit stop in Spain.
You're the best travel partner a girl could ask for, and I am very lucky to be able to explore the world with you for years to come.
(End of sap-fest.)
And thank you, readers, for all your travel tips and for following along on our adventure.
But wait! This isn't the end of our travel posts! We've obviously caught the road trip bug, and we're headed off to Sicily next weekend with our little blue car and two wiggly pups. We're also planning a trip to the UK later this spring, and two surprise honeymoons for later this year. So, you should stick around, because I know you want to see more photos of Mike blowing his nose near famous landmarks ;)
p.s. up next - a glimpse of our road trip budget!