Obviously, I love to travel. Each and every time we arrive in a new city or country, I have that moment of awe and excitement. I get the traveller butterflies! I look around and take in the scenery, connect with images that I have seen in my guide books and Pinterest, and settle in for a new adventure. However, I have to be honest.....there are some parts of travel that are unexpected and not so pretty. While I am able to arrange a post full of all the beautiful moments on our travels, I never really share any of the bad bits (cause who wants to read about that anyway...give me the pretties!!).
But today, I though I would share some of our not so beautiful moments in a few of the places we have been.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly if you will.
I think it's a safe bet to say that many people either love or dislike Paris, but I feel like I fell somewhere in between. Had I been running on all cylinders, I think I could have enjoyed the 4 days in Paris a little more. And I feel like I for sure need a second round!
Gorgeous, postcard worthy scenes, beautiful architecture, fabulous people, yummy food. It's all there. While my favorite view was from my apartment window, I still just had to pinch myself walking past some of the famous sights. And sitting in the Tulieries garden was just one of the best spots to relax. Paris is beautiful.
Expensive. Like seriously, ridiculously, expensive. I think we had two coffees, one pastry, and one egg breakfast...$50 easy. Dinner, $125 easy, without a bottle of wine! I know we weren't at 'expensive' places. It was just pure insanity. So be ready to empty your pockets in Paris!
The dirty and not so beautiful parts of Paris. I wasn't ready for it or expecting it. I thought Paris was all glamour and fabulousness. But take these scenes and imagine it at night. Peddlers and general sketchiness line the streets. It can be overwhelming.
So maybe I was a little naive about the crusty side of Paris. But hey, you live and you learn.
On to the next!
Too many things in Greece, sun, sea, sand and FOOD!! Oh, and let's not forget the wine. Am I unknowingly from Greek descent? I felt right at home in the Greek Isles! The colors, the people, the sea air, I. Loved. It. All. Please, go to Greece if you get the chance. Just go!
You know how you aren't supposed to drink the water in Mexico? Yeah, well it's kinda like that here. And on Mykonos, even our shower water had a horrible sulphur smell. But luckily bottled water is inexpensive and is sold everywhere. It's just something you have to get used too.
This must be an island thing? But when you use the toilet, you can't flush any paper down. It must be thrown in the trash. Gross right? Our hotel trash cans were cleaned promptly each day, but the whole idea of it really grossed me out, especially in public restrooms at restaurants and such. I was relieved when we made it to Athens and I could flush with no worries.
The history, the food...I mean it's Italy! And let's not forget the gorgeous Italian language. I literally could just listen to Italians chat all day! Rome's history is just incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Colosseum and the Vatican City.
Again, the dirtiness shocked me a bit like in Paris. If you wander the streets on a Sunday morning before the street cleaners get out, be ready for some nasty sights stuck in the cobblestones. I even saw a dead rat at one point. Bleh. Not a very appetising sight. But the truth is is that thousands and thousands of people are visiting Rome every day and they are bound to leave a mess behind. It happens.
So I posted previously about staying in Trastevere. And I loved staying in this area, especially in the evening. Well, until late at night. It was November when we visited and it was still quite warm so we had our windows open up on the second floor. I heard some chatter out on our street at about 4am and went to close the window. And that's when I saw it. A girl literally was peeing right outside the door. WHAT?!
When in Rome?
The gorgeous streets along the canals and the cheese!! I could wander the streets of Amsterdam forever. It never got old. It was completely picturesque, just like you imagine it to be. I would absolutely return in a heartbeat!
Not too terrible of a thing, but the rain. It seems to rain a lot in Amsterdam. Just get ready.
Not too terrible again, but the lax on laws can make for some interesting scenes on the streets at night. Especially around the Red Light District.
As you can see, I have only listed a handful of places. In general, we have had some amazing journeys where there really wasn't anything to complain about or call 'ugly'. But I want to lend some transparency to our travels. I can see how travel bloggers can create some major travel envy but the truth is...it's not always fabulous, but it's always an experience! And that's what matters.
Do you have a travel horror story? Have you travelled somewhere and it was not what you expected?