Honeymoon backpacking in Europe

24 days, two backpacks, and 9 months of marriage in the can. Fortunately we survived our delayed honeymoon to Europe.


Ireland


Beautiful surroundings, wonderful hosts.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by ahow628 on December 30, 2010

Seamus and Marilyn, the owners, are outstanding people. They are very generous and love chatting up the guests. Be sure to set apart some time to visit with them.

The breakfast was amazing traditional Irish breakfast of eggs, salted ham, soldiers (sausages), black and white pudding, mushrooms, and a small tomato. We also had porridge that had no less than a half stick of butter and a half cup of cream.

The location is perfect for hitting all the Wicklow County attractions including Lough Tay (also known as Guinness Lake and filming location for Braveheart), Glendalough, St. Kevin monastic ruins, Wicklow Way trails, and tons of lesser known stuff.
Wicklow Way Lodge

Roundwood, Ireland

Great patio and banoffi pie.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by ahow628 on December 29, 2010

I don't remember much about the main course but the desert here was outstanding. It was the first time I had ever had banoffi pie. Banoffee pie is a graham cracker crust, carmelized condensed milk (toffee?), bananas, and whipped cream. I've never had a sugar buzz like I did that day.

In addition to the food, the patio was really nice and there were some really cool looking trees across the street.
Wicklow Heather Restaurant
Glendalough Road
Laragh, County Wicklow
353 (0) 404 4515


Amsterdam


Go where the big boats can't.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by ahow628 on December 29, 2010

The tours run by the St Nicolaas Boat Club are outstanding. To sign up, stop by the Three Sisters Grand Pub at Boom Chicago.

The boat you ride is small. Our tour only had 6 people plus the tour guide. The tour guide had to sit on the engine cover because it rattled so badly and there was no padding on the seats. All of this might sound like a negative, but trust me, it is not.

With the small boat we were able to enjoy seeing parts of Amsterdam from the canals that the big boats can't. We even had to duck under a bridge or two. One of the nicest sights was one section where you can see the arches of seven bridges at once (see the photo).

The tour guide was a Swedish guy named Maxim. We were told to look for the guy with the tight pants and they weren't lying. He is an artist living in the city and does the tours for fun (and beer money). He was very informed of everything we passed and shared some amazing insights.

The highlight of the boat ride had to be the allowance for beverages (and other stuff). We took a six-pack of Heineken onboard with us. Others had various fun stuff to do while on the tour. Feel free to pack some extracurricular activities for the ride.

The total tour took about an hour and was well worth the time and money. I believe the cost at the time was a donation to the boat club of around 20 euro or so. Additionally, we tipped Maxim healthily.
St. Nicolaas Boat Club
Boom Chicago
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland


Vienna


Warmed up a cold, rainy night.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by ahow628 on December 29, 2010

We had just gotten in from Bratislava after dark on the catamaran and it was cold and rainy. Some beers, weinerschnizel, and sauerkraut fixed us up nicely.

The food was great, the portions were large, and the beer was cold. The service was fast and our servers were happy to laugh at and correct us as we stuttered our way through our German phrasebook saying "please", "thank you", and "I would like ____". I'm sure they spoke English but let us enjoy the phrasebook anyway.

The exterior of the store is very unique and beautiful and stands out amongst the limestone buildings in the area.
Gasthaus Hansy Gastronomieges
Heinestrasse 42
Vienna, Austria
01 2145363


Prague


Beautiful and away from the tourists

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by ahow628 on December 28, 2010

I was very excited to come to Prague, but was a bit dismayed on arrival due to the huge amounts of tourists clogging the areas surrounding Wenceslas Square.

Choosing Hotel Andel helped to alleviate that dismay greatly as it was close to the Andel metro station (3 stops to Mustek). The metro stop is about 1-2 blocks away and the area felt safe, even in the evenings. You can also take the trams around as well. They are a bit slower but allow you to fully immerse yourself in the city.

There is a pretty major shopping center right near the hotel so you can acquire pretty much any sundries you might need including books, clothes, food, and beer.

The styling of the hotel is very modern with the exterior being lots of glass and stainless steel. The interior is modern as well and is mostly white and black for the decor. As you can see from the pictures, they also have very comfy bathrobes.

The hotel staff was very accommodating and directed us where to go for various requests for things to do, eat, and see.

I highly recommend Hotel Andel.
Andels Hotel Prague
STROUPEZNICKEHO
Prague, Czech Republic, 15000
420-2-9688 9688


Paris


Take the stairs.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by ahow628 on December 30, 2010

My wife and I aren't much of the tourist types so we try to do things a bit different when going to popular destinations. At the Tour de Eiffel, we ended up taking the 600+ stairs to the second level. There is a discount for the ticket if you walk. It was too windy that day to continue on to the third level (no stairs, elevator only).

Overall, it was worth it to visit the Tower, but not overly amazing. It may have been better to go to the third level. Maybe next time.

The Tower was painted light brown when we went. Kind of ugly. I hear it changes regularly.
Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris, 75007

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