Friday, January 18, 2013

europe through my iphone

1.) the streets of rome 2.) pantheon 3.) just chilling at the trevi fountain 4.) pasta in italy. so typical 5.) all new outfit 6.) sistine chapel (illegal photo oops?) 7.) saint peters basilica 8.) my true love 9.) view from my hotel in florence 

10.) the david (some more illegal photo taking..) 11.) the duomo * 12.) the alps maybe? view out the window from venice to amsterdam 13.) another view out the plane 14.) KLM rocks, way better then the peanuts they throw at you in the United States (yeah europe!) 15.) view out the hotel room in paris 16.) eiffel tower (just in case you couldn't tell) 17.) le bon marché 18.) macaron from ladurée, everyone needs to have one of these before they die

I always feel like I was meant for Europe. Everything there is just so... old. Not to mention everyone dresses amazing, including the guys (no athletic clothes unless, catch this, people are actually working out!!). I love it.  

This trip was definitely interesting. It was a mix of good and bad. The first 24 hours were pure awful however. Bad enough that I wanted to turn right back home and crawl into my bed and forget about the trip altogether. 

First 24 hours (home ✈ rome):
(XXX**JFK): There was a snowstorm where I live, we got the the airport a few hours early and were there for a few more than we expected, our plane was delayed, and then delayed and then delayed again. It was iffy if we were going to make our flight out of JFK or not but that was confirmed when we got into New York at exactly the same time our plane was scheduled to leave. We asked the people where to go to get catch our next flight which was now to Amsterdam. They told us we had to run, at this point I wasn't feeling very well and when you have to run through a huge airport under stressful conditions when you cannot run and have bad anxiety at 10:00 pm, the odds are certainly not in your favor, and they most certainly were not in mine. I was in tears at this point I wanted to go home, I felt like I was going to throw up or pass out or both.

(JFK AMS): We ended up making our flight to Amsterdam, barely as we were the last people on our plane and they shut the door directly behind us. Our seats were not anywhere near each other and they were all middle seats. Luckily there were nice people who were willing to switch so my mom and I could be together and my dad and sister could too. The flight while we were in the air was pretty uneventful, besides a screaming baby and a woman whose snoring was so loud I thought the plane was breaking. When we landed however the person across the aisle from me was sick, she wasn't waking up and and she was really out of it and then she started throwing up, I literally climbed past a row of seats and pushed past a few people because I needed to get out of there, I just can't handle that stuff.

(AMSFCO):Amsterdam has a very nice airport, like better than any airport in the states that I've been to. Our plane ride to Rome was uneventful and generally good (cookies in economy class? another win for europe). We got to rome and waited for an hour staring at the suitcases circle through the conveyor belt again and again, other peoples suitcases, not ours. After an hour and when we were the last people in the entire baggage claim, my dad went to the service desk and asked them where our suitcases were. Well, they didn't know. Like not at all. They thought mine was in Amsterdam (spoiler alert: it wasn't). Apparently they were in New York still and so they were sent to Rome on the flight the next day. They had to wait in processing in Rome for another day so we didn't end up getting our suitcases until Christmas Eve two days later (best Christmas gift EVER) 

So that was my interesting first 24 hours of my trip accompanied with some instagrams (from my personal account). Moral of the story: DON'T FLY DELTA. the end.

Have any of you guys ever had horrible travel experiences? Tell me in the comments!

*I went to venice in between here but there was not any wifi so I didn't instagram
**for privacy

3 lovely comments:

Anonymous said...

This is so cool, you lucky thing! Crossing my fingers that I get to go to France next year, but I'm not sure. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and thank you for adding us to your blog roll!
X Jane

Maria said...

Oh my gosh, I am oozing with jealousy right now Claire!!! Europe looks even more wonderful through the lens of your iphone! I am dying to go, honestly. I think Paris first <3
Missed your blog posts, glad you are here to stay :)
xo Maria

Xenia said...

Amazing photos!! Europe is just beautiful! I love your blog by the way!!