It is that time again- time for the best and worst of October 2013: Italy and Greece edition. Overall, it was an awesome trip! Tuscany , Florence and Greek Isles are well-known vacation destinations for a reason. They pack in a lot of historic sights, delicious food, and ambiance.
Best stop of the trip: Florence, Italy
I love Florence: the piazzas, food, museums, churches, and more. It has gotten more touristy since I lived there in 2001. Go in the off-season (not during summer) to get better deals and less crowds. Go here!
Runner-up: Santorini, Greece
You will never find a prettier island town than Oia in Santorini. Go here too!
Worst stop of the trip: Corfu, Greece
Corfu was so blah that I didn’t even bother to blog about it. My first backpacking trip in Europe included Corfu because of their fun hostel resort The Pink Palace. If you are a backpacking college student on a budget, this may be a good option to see the Greek Isles. If you have a larger budget, go elsewhere.
Best stop in Florence: Duomo
The Duomo is the heart of Florence. It is one of the most grand structures in Europe (in my opinion) and beats all other church facades. The inside isn’t too intricate but oh well, just sit on the curb and stare at the magnificent white marble.
Runner up: PIazza della Signorina
The Palazzo Vecchio Museum and numerous sculptures making up the piazza give a lot of opulence and grandness to it. You can spend quite a bit of time just wandering, looking at the sculpture garden, fountains, and fake David.
Worst stop in Florence: Piazza Michelangelo
PIazza Michelangelo would have been great had it not been for the weather. Don’t go here when it is about to downpour because your pictures won’t turn out and there isn’t anything else to do besides checking out the view.
The wine is cheap and the gnocchi are fluffy pillows of potato goodness. What more could you ask for.
Runner Up: Baklava in Santorini
Worst food stop: none, good food all-around. Just stay out of the touristy restaurants and hit the back alleys.
Things learned on this trip:
1) Always pack an extra pair of underwear in your carry-on. Surprisingly as much as I travel, this is the first time my baggage was lost.
2) I had a very good experience using AirBnB to find affordable accommodation in Florence. I will definitely use it again to when looking for a future stay in an almost unaffordable area.
2) I need to explore Croatia more in depth! I was in Dubrovnik a few years ago and loved it, as well as Split this time. I’ve heard great things about Hvar, Krka National Park, Plitvice Lakes, and the Dalmatian Coast in general. Croatia has officially made it onto my travel to-do list. Who wants to come with me?