Saturday, August 22, 2009

Almost vegan in EUROPE!

It’s an exciting time in Almost Vegan-land. I’ve been writing this blog for one year this month, my 100th post is right around the corner, and…I’M GOING TO EUROPE!

It has been a dream of mine since as far back as age 10, but this trip has come together very fast, all within the last month. In a lot of ways, I feel like it’s now or never—I’m young, single, and unattached, and I have a gracious amount of flexibility from my work. The stars have aligned and I am leaving TOMORROW to take my dream trip across the continent.

I’ll be there alone, for five weeks, with one suitcase. Eek!

I’m joining a bus tour, and trekking through ten countries in 35 days. I’ll be breezing and (of course) eating my way through as many as 33 cities. Somebody pinch me!

I’ll only have minimal internet access, so sadly, a blogging hiatus is necessary. But after I come back, be prepared for a flurry of posts chock-full of almost-vegan European meals, snacks, and treats, mingled with the sites, sounds, and experiences of so many scenic lands. I’M SO EXCITED!

Below is my whirlwind itinerary, in case you get curious where I’m at on a given day. Thank you all so much for being my readers, and I can’t wait to get back and share my journey with you!

Week one: England, France, Spain
Sun 8/23: Flying overnight to London
Mon 8/24: In London
Tues 8/25: London-Dover-Calais-Paris
Wed 8/26: In Paris
Thurs 8/27: Paris-Bordeaux
Fri 8/28: Bordeaux-Biarritz-Pamplona
Sat 8/29: Pamplona-Burgos-Madrid

Week two: Spain, France, Italy
Sun 8/30: In Madrid
Mon 8/31: Madrid-Barcelona
Tues 9/1: In Barcelona
Wed 9/2: Barcelona-Cannes-Nice
Thurs 9/3: In Nice-Monte Carlo
Fri 9/4: Nice-Pisa-Florence
Sat 9/5: In Florence

Week three: Italy, Greece, Turkey
Sun 9/6: Florence-Orvieto-Rome
Mon 9/7: In Rome
Tues 9/8: Rome-Isle of Capri-Sorrento
Wed 9/9: Sorrento-Pompeii-Bari (at sea)
Thurs 9/10: Patras-Athens
Fri 9/11: Athens-Piraeus-Mykonos (at sea)
Sat 9/12: Patmos-Kusadasi (at sea)

Week four: Greece, Italy, Austria, Germany
Sun 9/13: Heraklion (Crete)-Santorini (at sea)
Mon 9/14: Piraeus-Delphi-Patras (at sea)
Tues 9/15: Ancona-Venice
Wed 9/16: In Venice
Thurs 9/17: Venice-Vienna
Fri 9/18: In Vienna
Sat 9/19: Vienna-Salzburg-Munich

Week five: Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, England
Sun 9/20: Munich-Neuschwanstein-Lucerne
Mon 9/21: In Lucerne
Tues 9/22: Lucerne-Strasbourg-Heidelberg
Wed 9/23: Rhineland-Cologne-Amsterdam
Thurs 9/24: In Amsterdam
Fri 9/25: Amsterdam-London
Sat 9/26: Flying home!

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  1. You lucky girl! Have a wonderful time. My favorite cities of all time: Paris (of course), Florence, and Amsterdam.

    Enjoy yourself. Be safe and eat up!

  2. I LOVED Vienna! I'm a music nerd, so I thought all the Mozart stuff was grand. Go to St. Stephen's-- there's CATACOMBS! And if I remember correctly, a vegan restaurant close by. Can't remember the name off the top of my head, but I'll write when I think of it.

    I'm so jealous!

  3. This is fantastic. Your site is entertaining, energetic and fun to check out! Keep up the blogging. Can't wait for your return!!!

  4. Just found this blog! Am so excited... I too am in Kansas City and I have been eating vegan for 2 weeks is all. Trying to loose weight and be healthier! Can't wait to scour your posts!

  5. Hi,

    Wow, that is an amazing trip, your going to have a blast. Hopefully you will be able to find some good vegan food!

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  6. I hope you have a great trip and I know you are going to be busy when you get back, but you have to check out the cover story in the October Runner's World written by Mark Bittman. It is a great article on a plant based diet coming from a celebrity chef and runner. I think that is where I first found out about Almost Vegan blog, is from a comment on a Runner's World post about vegan/vegetarian diets and running...thought you would want to know about that article. G