My husband and I will be in Italy until late 2014, so
we decided to make a list of alllllll the places we’d like to see before
we leave.

our “newlywed map”

being organized by country, the list really isn’t in any particular
order, and I’ll add places to it frequently. It’s long and kinda vague
sometimes, but I’m okay with that. I also know I may not get to cross
them all off by the time we leave, but at least it’s a starting off
point. A girl can dream, right?

our “newlywed map”

there any other cities we should step foot in, festivals we have to
attend, or things we need to see? Leave a comment with your suggestions
so I can add to the list!  

Lake Como
Go on a gondola ride in Venice (despite the cost)
Go on a food tour
See The Last Supper in Milan
Amalfi coast
Buy Parmesan in Parma
Drink chianti in Tuscany

Murano (Venice)
Burano (Venice)

Check out The Olive Garden Institute

Underwater park (pinterest)
Go on the Sound of Music tour 


Czech Republic

Colmar (pinterest) 
French Riviera

Etretat, Upper Normandy (pinterest) 
Lavender fields 

Neuschwanstein (Cinderella) Castle
Rothenburg (pinterest)
Checkpoint Charley in berlin
Stay at Edelweiss
Eat at the Chili’s at Ramstein (my stomach growled just typing that)
Bonn (Cherry Blossom Street) (pinterest)
Visit Casey
Visit Lara


See the daffodils in bloom in Amsterdam
See the tulips in bloom in Holland

Norway (northern lights)
Visit my old roommate, Lise  


Burgundy Street in Madrid  (pinterest)
Visit the “Torres” winery

Antayla (The Stone Mirror) (pinterest)
Natural rock pools (pinterest)

United Kingdom:
See a show in London with the husband 
Go back to Bournemouth (where I spent a year abroad)
See my friends!!
British and Natural History Museum
Visit my surname’s castle in Scotland 

Go on a cruise
See the rock of Gibraltar 

(This a now a page at the top of this site. if you want to see the places we’ve already been, check out the Our Travels page!)


  1. I think you should add a cooking class to your Italy list- you need to learn to make pasta! We loved the little B&B we stayed at in Bologna. The woman there taught us how to make pasta, bolognese sauce and tiramisu and then we all sat down and ate dinner together. 🙂

  2. Those all sounds great…

    I would add Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic and Barcelona in Spain. I loved both of those places.

    On an Vienna. Also the Sound of Music tour is so worth it 🙂

    Oh and when you go see the tullips make sure you go to the Keukenhof.

  3. SA-WEET! I made the list!! Our lists look very similar! Just add Ireland, Barcelona, The Matterhorn, Istanbul, Majorca, and Lisbon to that. I'll get to cross off Florence, Rome, & Tuscany this summer! How awesome is living in Europe?! 🙂 I should post my list one day. Oh and Chili's at Ramstein! You crack me up!!!(It is seriously good though…I don't blame you!)

  4. I can't believe I forgot to add Ireland! I've been there before and loved it! I'll go through everyone's suggestions and add places to the list tomorrow 🙂

  5. I HIGHLY recommend renting one or two ATVs and using that to get around Santorini. My friend and I did that last year and it was a blast. We covered the entire island in one day on the ATVs and I've never had so much fun. Also take some time to chill out at Kamari Beach. The volcanic rock that makes up the beach is a GREAT exfoliator when you don't have access to a pedicure (I'd just come from working for 2.5 months in Bosnia with little beauty amenities lol).

    When in Athens, I would suggest a side trip to Nafplio. My friend and I rented a car and it was a really easy drive to there. Also recommend heading out to Delphi.

    As for Croatia, you MUST go to Plitvice Falls. Simply amazing and beyond gorgeous. Depending on where you go in Croatia, I would also suggest hopping over to Mostar, Bosnia, particularly if you can make it for the bridge diving festival.

    And lastly, while in Germany, I would also recommend Berlin and Munich (and I would actually pick Berlin over Munich). I am dying to get back there one day!

  6. Rovinj is where I would recommend going in Croatia! And go to Pula while you are there! I love Croatia, it is wonderful and CHEAP! I am not sure we are going to make it back, if we don't you can have the cash we have left to use there!

  7. Ooooh I was going to say Croatia, but it's already on your list. A former co-worker went there on vacation and the photos…it was the must stunning place I've ever seen!

  8. I love your list! If I were to add, I've always wanted to got to the Cliffs of Moher {http://pinterest.com/pin/220254237995689021/}, The Dark Hedges County Antrim {http://pinterest.com/pin/163677767676842548/}, and Chateau Chenonceau {http://pinterest.com/pin/137852438563648322/}, to name a few 🙂

  9. I said that one of these visits back to Italy I AM going to time it to see the Palio in Sienna! I adored Dubrovnik, Croatia. Just walking around the walled city is so beautiful, and so full of magnificent photo ops. I would also suggest Barcelona, sooooo much there but Park G uell is unbelievable as is the beautiful Gothic Quarter.

  10. Go to Switzerland. It's one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. We went up Mount Pilatus just outside of Lucerne and it was breathtaking. HIGHLY recommend it.

  11. We are an expat American family living near London. You have such a fun list! I love reading everyone's suggestions in the comments too. We find a lot to do everywhere we go, and never enough time to do it all 😉 XOL

  12. Oh my gosh, this list sounds amazing! I really hope that you're able to get to each and every item…what an awesome experience (erm, experiences) you will have!

  13. I'm currently studying abroad in London and I TOTALLY might need to steal some of these ideas! London is amazing; when you visit make sure you see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace and Harrods!

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