Posted by: Chad | July 6, 2014

16 Days In Europe

At the end of June, I was fortunate enough to take a nice long vacation to Europe.  You may have seen a few pictures on my Instagram Feed, but here a few highlights of the trip.

Day 1 – A day in Barcelona after an overnight flight.  Highlight – The grounds of Museu Nacional Artde Catalunya (MNAC Art Museum)  … and the blue cheese pizza at Bar Piranya

Ouside the MNAC - Art Museum in Barcelona La Rambla Barcelona DSCN0643

Day 2 – Travel day

Day 3 – Arrived in the port of Marseilles, France and drove about an hour to tour the small villages of Provence.  We toured the villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Menerbes.

Provence 1 Provence 2 Provence 3


Day 4 – Arrived in the port of Villa Franche.  Visited Nice, France and Monaco.

Nice Monaco 1 Nice Monaco 2 Nice Monaco 3

Day 5 – Arrived in the Port of La Spezia.  Took the train through the villages of the Cinque Terre, stopping in Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia and my favorite, Manarola.

Cinque Terra 1 Cinque Terra 2 Cinque Terra 3

Day 6 – Rome and Vatican City.  We visited over 30 historical sites, including St Peters, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Sistene Chapel.

Day 7 – From Naples, Italy, we visited Positano, Sorrento and the ruins of Pompeii.

Naples  Day 1 Pompeii

Day 8 and 9 were travel days.  By the end of Day 9 we were in our apartment in Girona, Catalonia, Spain.  We spent some time that evening exploring the Rambla and the Jewish Quarter of Girona.

Girona 2 Girona

Day 10, 11 & 15 – We traveled by bus to the Mediterranean.  Day 10 & 15 to L’escala and Day 11 to Pala Frugell and on to Calella.

beach 1 beach 2 beach 3

Day 12 – The kids took a day off, so Jennifer and I walked the old city walls of Girona and toured Els Banys Arabs De Girona (the Arab Baths).

Girona 11 Girona 12

Day 13 – We took a bus to Figueres, Spain and toured the Dali Museum.

Dali 1 Dali 2

Day 14 – We took a bus to Olot, Spain and walked to the top of Volca Del Montsacopa (an old volcano crater)


As I mentioned before, Day 15 was a Mediterranean beach day, and although Day 16 was a travel day, I had to count it so I could tell future nightmares of our travel through the Barcelona Airport.

(all photos were taken by Chad)





  1. What an awesome trip! Your girls will remember it forever! The pictures you took were incredible. You saw so many things that I teach about in my social studies class. I am so jealous!

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