The Grand Tour: Two Weeks in Europe, Abbreviated

Hello again, dear reader. The time has finally come to talk about my trip to Europe! As you may imagine, a trip that spanned just over two weeks cannot be sufficiently covered in a single blog post. Over the next few weeks, I’ll talk more in depth about each of my destinations, but for now, here’s a little teaser of some of the highlights.


Big Ben Parliament London England
Imagine you have only 2.75 days in London. What are the absolute must-see sights? That’s what I’ll tell you – because really, I only had 2.75 days in London. Hint: My top picks include some museums. Big surprise, right?


Colosseum Rome Italy
What would you do on your birthday if you were spending it in Rome? That was exactly the question I had to ask myself. It was definitely one for the books. And don’t worry – my time in Rome included a lot of gelato. I’ve been going to the same gelateria in Rome since 2008. Yeah, you’re going to want to know where it is so you can get some of that goodness yourself.

The Cruise

Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri
Isle of Capri Italy
Our first full cruise day included a 10-hour, whirlwind shore excursion that included stops in Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. I’ve been to all of these places before, but they’re the kind of places you never mind visiting again. I’d go back to all of them in a heartbeat.

Day at Sea
Princess Cruise Mediterranean
If you’ve ever been on a cruise before, you know that a day at sea is a gift, but it can be a little difficult at first to adjust to the idea of having absolutely nothing that you really need to do. Allow me to provide you with some guidance on how to make the most of your days at sea.

Perast Montenegro
I’ll be honest. Before this cruise, I hadn’t given Montenegro much thought. But let me tell you – it is a stunning country with a rich history and a wonderful people. I’ll tell you my top picks for sights to see should you find yourself in Montenegro.

The Greek Isles
Corfu, Crete, and Mykonos
Mykonos Greece
I was lucky enough to go to three Greek islands on this cruise. While all of them are beautiful, each one has a unique flavor, and discovering what makes each one different is part of the fun. I’ll share with you what I loved about each of these islands and what sights you cannot miss on your visits.


Parthenon Athens Greece
We ended our time on the cruise ship in Athens and decided to stay an extra couple of days there. I had been to Athens twice before, so I already knew a lot of the places I wanted to see again, as well as a few places I had never been before that had to be on the itinerary. I’ll give you the must-see spots if you have only a day or two in Athens. And just to whet your appetite, I’ll also let you know right now that Athens won for best food this trip. I’ll share the foods you should eat and where to get them – and believe me, you’ll be grateful once you try them.


So that’s the overview! There’s going to be a lot ahead of us, and I am so excited to share everything about this amazing trip with you. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition to telling you about all of the extraordinary places I visited, I want to share some of my tips with you about where to go, what to eat, how to prepare, what to pack, where to stay, etc. These posts are going to be jam-packed!

And I’m sure this doesn’t come as a surprise, but I took about 27.4 million photos during my trip. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @athomeandabroad (and my personal account, @carolinev89 too) to see more photos!

Check back soon for the first installation – London!

Written by Caroline Larson.
*All photos in this blog article are taken by and property of Caroline Larson.


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