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  1. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella

    LOL more of these posts please Hannah! I love waking up to a giggle :P Perhaps Karl Lagerfeld will do a pillow hat headgear thing next season? ;)

  2. whisperinggums

    I second Lorraine … lovely to wake up to a laugh …

  3. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Alcohol in Europe is a must! I’m glad you’re imbibing at least a little :] I don’t know if you’re going south at all, but you must drink red wine in Bordeaux, or at least a Bordeaux red in Paris…

    Ahh, you took a picture of the Burger-King-crown-chandelier at Neuschwanstein! Thank you thank you! That’s the thing I most wished I could’ve taken a picture of there.

    And I love your art commentary! Haha. You’d have a ball at Schoennbrun palace in Vienna.

  4. Hannah

    Lorraine: If he does, Lady Gaga will be sure to wear it… probably on her elbow, though. :D (And thank you – you brightened my spirits immeasurably, when things have been quite topsy turvy lately!)

    Whisperinggums: Hmm, whatever will I do when we’re back in the same time zone, though?

    Amber: I’ll have to look for a Bordeaux red in Paris, as I’ve just extended my stay here for [toe] safety’s sake. Do you knwo of any in particular? See, I’m definitely a white rather than red girl, and am scared of ordering the latter!

    Also, you have my permission to copy-paste that photo and claim it as your own. Let’s share the illegality! Vienna is absolutely on the itinerary for the next trip – along with most of Italy and Spain, as the toe has put the kibosh on such countries this time around!

  5. Simply Life

    Wow, gorgeous pictures! Enjoy the journey!

  6. Hannah

    Simply Life: That’s what I’ve been telling myself while hanging around it Parisian hospitals: enjoy the experience! :P

  7. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    The funny thing is, I was a whites-only girl too before my Europe trip! I had a secret hope it would turn me into a red-wine-lover, and it did! (Although btw, the whites in Germany and Austria are wonderful; the whites in the Rhine region especially are to die for.)
    I’m not sure about particular varietals, as they have all kinds of weird and wacky grapes over there, but anything from the Bordeaux region is at least a decent bet. Something lighter-bodied, to ease you into the redness.
    So you’re not going to Italy after all? Sadness :[ Though it does give you even more reason to go back. I absolutely recommend Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Nice, oh definitely Nice, next time. And if ever you’re in or near the region of Tuscany, find yourself an authentic Piemonte-Barbera, which is also a lighter-bodied red wine.

  8. Hannah

    Amber: Stop taunting me with Austria! :D Lighter-bodied sounds the way to go. The closest I can get to reds at the moment is Rose. I also think it has something to do with temperature – I like the coldness of whites!

    The hope is to still manage a week in Florence, whereas originally I was planning on Rome, Florence, and perhaps Venice. My flight (unless things go haywire, knock on wood again) leaves from Florence, thus the getting there at least! But Madrid, Nice, and Barcelona are definitely musts for next time!

  9. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh, you will LOVE Florence, the art and history is fantastic! You also must visit Oibò, the super-awesome bar I wrote about here, with the most creative cocktails (and cutest bartenders) ever!

  10. Hannah

    Amber: Oh, you have *no* idea how timely your comment was! Every time I think of leaving Paris my heart hurts, and I’ve been considering skipping out even on Florence… but I suppose I should go… :P

    Cute bartenders sounds good… but travelling alone makes going to bars a bit nerve-wracking!

  11. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh, don’t get me wrong, leaving Paris will be hard (I teared up), but Florence is absolutely worth going to. It was one of the most pleasant surprises of my trip, I think. Cross the river and go up in the hills a bit, if you can, for a stunning panoramic view of the city. Definitely visit the Accademia and see Michelangelo’s David, eat some pesto, drink that Piemonte Barbera red, try that crazy balsamic cocktail, and fawn (discreetly) over those bartenders! Not to scare you (oh please don’t let it scare you!) but I found that the men in Florence were BY FAR the most forward, flirty, complimentary men in all of Europe. I got called “Bella” or told I was “bee-yootiful!” more times than in all the other cities on my trip combined. They WILL lower their sunglasses verrry slowly and verrry obviously as you walk by, but that’s about as far as they go, honestly. If it makes you feel better, maybe find a nice boy at the hostel to accompany you :] And avoid cabs in that city, they are expensive and my god are they scary-bad drivers! (To give you an idea of this, it was explained to us that in Italy, staying in one’s lane isn’t a law, but rather a “suggestion.” And one they don’t often take, at that!)

    1. whisperinggums

      You tell her – as I’ve been trying too. Florence is a beauty! Good advice re going across the river and up the hills for a view. Italy is fun – and it sounds like it hasn’t changed much from my visit there a long time ago.

  12. Hannah

    Thank you Amber! It’s so wonderful to get this kind of advice from someone who knows what they’re talking about :) You’re making me feel that there is something to look forward to beyond Paris’ boundaries… :D Except for the cab drivers – but now I know to avoid them!

  13. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    You are more than welcome! Selfishly speaking, it’s also delightful for me to get to talk about this stuff to someone who can find it useful!
    Oh, and how oh how did I forget to mention gelato?! Florence had my favorite gelato in all of Europe! I’m kicking myself for not writing down the name of the place I went to, but I remember it was ridiculously expensive (like 6 Euro for a medium or large, but so worth it!), and you can order from the street from over a counter (which you can kind of see in a pic in my Florence entry). I’m 90% sure it was one of these two places…but really, I’m sure wherever you get it, you can’t go wrong.

  14. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan
  15. Hannah

    No need to kick yourself – gelato and Florence have been inseparable in my head since I read about your adventures weeks ago! That triple cup you got of nutella, kinder, and creme brulee is making me hungry right now, despite the ridiculous amounts of sugary heaven I just ate :) (And good frozen treats do seem to come at a price… Berthillon ain’t cheap either!)

  16. Louise

    How did I not see this post before? It’s funny. All pugs are ugly. That’s why they have that term “pug ugly”.

  17. Hannah

    Louise: *gasp* You take that back! Unless you mean “so ugly that they’re hilariously gorgeous”, which is my perspective on the little old-man-looking creatures.

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