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Trip Report From Iceland to Slovenia: a month across Europe: Photos and impressions

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This summer I spent a very eclectic month traveling across Europe from Iceland to Slovenia. I’m referring to this trip as the “You went WHERE?” trip, cause that’s what people tend to say when I tell them where I went.

Since I seriously doubt anyone else will be planning a trip to this diverse group of places I decided it would be more helpful for people searching for trip reports when planning their own trips if I broke it up into separate reports. But I wanted to link them, thus this post. So if anyone wants to read them, here are the links to the reports and the photos (the photos are better than the reports).

Iceland: The classic two day stopover trip http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/iceland-the-classic-two-day-stopover-trip.cfm
Photos at www.pbase.com/annforcier/iceland

Slovenia: If I were to design a country, it would look a lot like Slovenia
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/slovenia-if-i-were-to-design-a-country-it-would-look-a-lot-like-slovenia.cfm
Photos at: www.pbase.com/annforcier/slovenia

Italy: Lombardy, Veneto, Emile Romagna and a little bits of the lakes
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/italy-lombardy-veneto-emile-romagna-and-a-little-bits-of-the-lakes.cfm
Photos at: www.pbase.com/annforcier/italy_emilia_romagna
www.pbase.com/annforcier/milan_bergamo_mantova
www.pbase.com/annforcier/italy__the_veneto (also contains photos from previous trips)
www.pbase.com/annforcier/italy__the_lakes_cinque_terre (also contains photos from previous trips)

The Low Countries: Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands – I don’t know how low they are, but they sure were wet.
www.fodors.com/community/europe/the-low-and-very-wet-countries-luxembourg-belgium-and-the-netherlands.cfm
Photos at www.pbase.com/annforcier/belgium_netherlands_luxembourg

How I decided to go where I went: The first thing people have been asking me is how I choose to put together these various destinations. I started planning the trip last fall with a friend. She’s traveled extensively but never been to Venice and so wanted to spend a whole week there. I’ve been three times in recent years so looked for somewhere close by that I could go to for a few days and then meet back up with her again. Thus Slovenia. Then she had to back out of the trip for family reasons. So my husband decides he wants to go (I go every summer, he only goes every couple years or so). He loves Italy so we plan places in Italy that we’ve missed on previous trips. We book the flights – there are no direct flights to Slovenia from the northeast US, the best we could put together is Iceland Air to London and then EasyJet to Ljubljana. But for the return, my dates would put me through Heathrow during the Olympics – bad idea, so I book the return from Amsterdam. Then due to reasons in our family, we decide that both husband and I should not be that far away from home at the same time, so he decides to stay home. Thus I ended up with a 28 day solo trip from Iceland to Slovenia and back across Europe to Amsterdam.

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