Quick Take: Verona

We visited Verona on our (now annual) Eurotrip in May 2017. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2017
Days in Verona: 1
Travelled to Verona by: Car from Venice
Stayed at:
Giulietta e Romeo Hotel

Favourite restaurants: Formaggi e Salumi Gironda and Osteria Il Ciottolo
Favourite Sites: The Roman Theatre and Juliet’s House.
Tours: None.
Must See:
Duomo di Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, Corso Porta Borsari, Church of St Lorenzo, Castelvecchio, Lamberti Tower, Ponte Pietra, Piazza Bra, Arena di Verona, Roman Theatre, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Scaligeri Family Tombs, Piazza da Signorini.
Must Do: 
This city is relatively small and really easy to walk around on your own in just a few hours.


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Quick Take: Venice

We visited Venice on our (now annual) Eurotrip in May 2017. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2017
Days in Venice: 3
Travelled to Venice by: Plane from Toronto
Stayed at:
Hotel Campiello

Favourite site: The Grand Canal!
Favourite restaurants: Trattoria alla Rivetta, Ristorante da Cherubino, Ristorante Antica Sacrestia
Other Great Spots: Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta to Go, Bacaro Risorto
Venetian Specialties: Bigoli in salsa, Scampi with polenta, Bacalá mantecato, Polenta
Tours: Walks of Italy – Venice in a Day Tour
Must See & Do:
Piazza San Marco, St Mark’s Basilica, Grande Canal & Rialto Bridge, Fish Market, La Fenice Theatre, Mercato Rialto, Dodges Palace, Bridge of Sighs and take a Vaporetto ride. Gondola rides are fabulous, expensive but fun.
If you have time: Take a ride to the island of Burano and Murano.
Day trips: None.
Tips: Buy a Vaporetto day pass (good for 24 hours) to get around and see the sites from the water. Most dinner restaurants probably need a reservation (which you can mostly make online).

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Quick Take: Montreal

We visited Montreal in the summer of 2016. Here is the quick take!

Visited: July, 2016
Days in Montreal: 2+
Traveled to Montreal by: Car from home
Stayed at:
Air bnb though I’d recommend staying closer to Old Montreal.

Favourite site:
Old Montreal
Favourite restaurants: La Maison du Magret and St Viateur Bagel
Favourite Squares: Place d’Armes
Tours: Guided Siteseeing Boat Cruise
Must Do:
See the top of Mount Royal, walk across St Catherine, stroll through Old Montreal including visiting Place Jacques Cartier, St Paul Street, Montreal City Hall, Bonsecours Market and, of course, the Notre Dame.
If you have time: Take a boat trip along St Lawrence River. Try both of the famous bagel shops (St Viateur and Fairmount).
Day trips: None.

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Quick Take: Barcelona

We visited Barcelona on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2016. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2016
Days in Barcelona: 4
Travelled to Barcelona by: Plane from Amsterdam
Stayed at:
NH Barcelona Centro

Favourite site:
La Boqueria Market and the Sagrada Familia
Favourite restaurants: La Rita and Sagardi
Favourite Squares: Placa de Catalunya
Tours: Hop on, hop off bus
Must Do:
Visit the Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and La Boqueria Market. We loved the hop on, hop off bus because we got to see so much of the city we wouldn’t have otherwise known about or made time for.
If you have time: Spend a day on the beach but beware of a ton of people selling things.
Day trips: None.

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Quick Take: Amsterdam

We visited Amsterdam on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2016. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2016
Days in Amsterdam: 5
Travelled to Amsterdam by: Plane from home.
Stayed at:
 Hotel Sebastian’s

Favourite site:
The canals!
Favourite restaurants: Cafe de Klos, Moeders, Cafe Winkel (for apple pie) and Haringhandel Jonk (for lunch on the go).
Favourite Squares: Dam Square.
Tours: Those Dam Boat Guys canal tour. Heineken Experience VIP Tour.
Must Do:
Rent a bike to see the city. Visit the Van Gough Museum and Amsterdam sign. Walk through the Red Light District. Visit the shopping street – Kalverstraat.
If you have time: Check out Rijksmuseum.Walk through the flower market, Bloemenmarkt.
Day trips: Keukenhof
Tip: If you want to visit the Anne Frank Museum book your tickets online far in advance.

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Quick Take: Amalfi Coast

We visited the Amalfi Coast on our honeymoon in 2012. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2012
Days in Amalfi Coast: 5
Travelled to Amalfi Coast by: Car ride
Stayed in: Praiano
Stayed at:
 Hotel Margherita

Favourite site:
 View from the top of the hill in Positano.
Favourite restaurants: Buca di Bacco Restaurant and M’ama in the Hotel Margherita.
Must Do: 
Try limoncello and lemon ice. Take a boat ride.
If you have time: Spend a day or two on the beach.
Tip: We went in May and it was still pretty rainy (especially at night) so we didn’t get a chance to eat out most nights. The hotel restaurant was really lovely, though.

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Quick Take: Florence

We visited Florence on our one year wedding anniversary in 2013. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2013
Days in Florence: 4
Travelled to Florence by: Train
Stayed at:
 Hotel Duomo

Favourite site:
 Galleria dell’Accademia to see the David
Favourite restaurant: Osteria Cipolla Rossa
Favourite Piazzas: Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Republica, Piazza della Signoria
Tours: Florence in a Day with Walks of Italy
Must Do:
 Visit the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia. Take photos on the bridges (Ponte Santa Trinita or Ponte alla Carraia) during sunset. Climb up to the Rose Garden and snaps some great arial views of the city.
If you have time: Stroll through the Boboli and Giardino Gardens.
For a great, central view: Enjoy your aperativo at La Terrazza, the restaurant the top floor of la Rinascente department store.
Day trips: Siena

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Quick Take: Paris

We visited Paris on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2015. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2015
Days in Paris: 3
Travelled to Paris by: Plane
Stayed at:
 Hotel Longchamp Elysées

Favourite site:
 Eiffel Tower
Favourite restaurant: Jamin
Tours: Guided Tour of the Palace of Versailles, Paris City Tour, Seine Cruise, and the Eiffel Tower skip-the-line with PARISCityVISION
Must Do:
Take walks! So much of Paris is so beautiful. Take your time and take it all in!
If you have time: Take a Seine cruise. Such a different and fun way to see the city!
For a great view: Make your way up the Eiffel Tower.
Day trips: Versailles

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Quick Take: Lisbon

We visited Lisbon on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2015. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2015
Days in Lisbon: 5
Travelled to Lisbon by: Plane from Paris
Stayed at:

Favourite site:
 Rua Augusta.
Favourite restaurants: Bonjardim and Restaurante Faca & Garfo.
Favourite Squares: Praca do Comercio, Rossio Square.
Tours: Best of Lisbon Walk with Inside Lisbon.
Day trips: Belem, Sintra, Cascais.
Must Do: 
Visit each of the unique districts in Lisbon. Enjoy a Fado show. Stroll and enjoy the historic capital.
If you have time: Spend a day on the beach.

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Take a look at what we did during our trip to Lisbon in 2016!