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Part 1 | Europe Itinerary: 101 Days Across Europe Visiting 101 Cities in 47 countries – The Preview (Day 1 to Day 58)

This post is a preview of where I have been since I stared this journey. I have nothing to do today so I am making my first blog entry – a rundown of the cities I have visited (because I might forget it!).  I will update this post as soon as I am bored and got nothing to do. And I hope I can recall as well my itinerary.

101 Days Across Europe Itinerary in Brief

Note to self: Make a separate blog post detailing tours and other activities done!

Day 1

Manila to London via Air China.  I left Manila early morning via Air China and had a 5 hour stopover in Beijing with no immigration exit.  I just stayed at the airport and had coffee and coffee and coffee.  Good thing there’s Starbucks inside.  I left Beijing late in the afternoon for London via Air China and arrived at Heathrow Airport around 8pm. At the airport I bought an Octopus Card before boarding the subway (locals call it Underground or the Tube). It was a chilly evening when I arrived so I just stayed in my room.  I stayed at Dover Castle Hotel.

Day 2

Today, of course, is officially my first day in Europe! Hello there London! Excited as a child, I woke up around 7AM and had breakfast before taking a bath and walked around since my hostel is 3 blocks away from London Bridge, the Thames River and the Tower Bridge is few steps away!  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in London, the places to see and things to do.  Hopefully the photos I have will make me remember the places I have seen and things that I have done!

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Day 3

I spent the whole day in Cardiff.  I left London early morning and left Cardiff back to London late in the afternoon.  I took a National Bus Express for this trip. I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Cardiff.

Day 4

I joined an organized Stonehenge Morning Tour. I supposed to do a whole day tour with visits to other places like Oxford, Bath etc but decided not to do; so I have reasons to go back to London (hahaha). Early evening, I transferred to Dublin taking an overnight bus and ferry. I passed by UK immigration (no passport stamp) before ferry embarkation. The trip is very comfortable and Irish Ferries exceeded my expectations.  I felt I am in a cruise ship again.

Day 5

I arrived in Ireland in the morning. I went through Ireland Immigration before boarding the bus to Dublin (same bus from London to Dublin).  At the immigration counter, I was asked how many days I am staying in Ireland (I have 6 months single entry visa), I told the immigration officer 7 days (though only 4 days) and he stamped my passport with 7 days stay visa validity. The bus trip from the Immigration Checkpoint to Dublin was about 3 hours.  I arrived in Dublin Bus Station about 10AM.  I walked from the bus station to my hostel; it’s about a kilometer away.  I decided to walk because it looks like everybody else is walking!  That said, I never took any bus during my entire stay in Dublin!  I just walked.  In the afternoon, I walked around the city and attended a mass.

Day 6

I spent the whole day walking around.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Dublin.

Day 7

I woke up late just in time for check out.  In the afternoon, I took a bus to Belfast.  Of course, I walked from my hostel to the bus station and looks like I have memorized already the streets of Dublin! The trip from Dublin to Belfast is very short, barely 2 hours. From the bus station in Belfast, I walked to my hostel, about 5 minutes away.  I am booked in a 4-bedded dorm room but I was the lone occupant during my stay here.  Imagine the comfort! I will blog my experience in this hostel later on.  After check in, I did a short walk around the vicinity of the hostel.

Day 8

What is Belfast without the Game of Thrones Tour?  Since doing the tour could hardly be done DIY style (because there are many locations really far from each other) I joined an organized Game of Thrones Tour and Giant Causeway.  I will make a separate blog post about this experience.

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Day 9

Today, I woke up early to do a morning city tour and unfortunately, I lost my sun glasses! (Sayang ang sun glasses that I bought for a Bohol trip 3 years ago! And I am taking it as a sign to forget that Bohol trip and the person I was with on that trip! Ahahaha) So ok, eto nalang, I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Belfast.  In the afternoon, I took a flight to Edinburgh via FlyBe.  The flight is about 40 minutes.  The approach to Edinburgh is a sight to behold! It was my first time to see hundreds (if not thousands) of windmills!  Grabe, kala ko windmills ang tanim nila sa dami!  The landscape of Scotland as seen from above is very spectacular! I got excited lalo.  From the airport, I took a tram to my hotel.  I stayed at West End Hotel and this Old English Hotel is really nice.  It’s a home converted into a hotel.  After taking some rest, I did a short walk around the vicinity of the hotel.  I learned one thing – if there is West End, there is also East End.  Hahaha. Kaya pala West End, kasi dulo ng West!

Day 10

I spent the whole day walking around the lovely city of Edinburgh.  From gardens to gardens to gardens! I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh.

Day 11 and Day 12

I missed my British Airways flight to Brussels! God, I forgot about it! Because of that, I got myself an overnight bus from Edinburgh to Brussels with bus change in London. It was a 12 hour bus ride! But it was an awesome one!  Yes, Edinburgh to London to Paris to Brussels by bus is possible with one booking ticket!  From London to Paris, there was no ferry ride.  Instead, yung bus sinakay sa train! The tunnel ride lasted for about 30 minutes.  Immigration clearing was made both in England side and France side.

So basically, I left Edinburgh Central Bus Station early evening via National Express and arrived at London Victoria Coach Station early morning.  I checked in immediately for my trip to Brussels via Euro Lines (both National Express and Euro Lines trips are in one ticket, parang code share kung sa airlines).  From London, I arrived at Brussels Central Bus Station about 5PM.  From the station, I took a subway to my hostel.  Dead-tired, I slept without taking a dinner on time. Kapagod pero masaya naman.

Day 13

Recharged with that long sleep, I did a whole day tour in Brussels.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Brussels.

Day 14

I visited Luxembourg and did a whole day city tour.  In the afternoon, I returned back to Brussels.  I will make a separate blog post about my visit to Luxembourg.

Day 15

I woke up early in the morning and packed my things and left it at the hotel counter. I continued my Brussels walking tour going to the places I missed yesterday. After lunch, I transferred to the Bus Station for my trip to Amsterdam.  Upon arrival at Amsterdam Central Bus Station late in the afternoon, I took a tram to my hostel.  I had some rest for a while and walked around the vicinity of my hostel.

Day 16

I did a whole day Amsterdam city tour.  I will make a separate blog about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Amsterdam.

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Day 17

I walked up early and did a last minute morning tour.  Walking around Amsterdam is very nice experience seeing all the brightly colored houses and the unending canals. In the afternoon, I took a tram to the Bus Station for my overnight bus transfer to Berlin. I have decided to take a night trip so I can maximize my day going around the city.  Sounds good but I won’t do it again.

Day 18

I arrived at Berlin Bus Station early morning.  I have advised my hostel that I will be arriving late for check in (I supposed to check in yesterday but I took the night bus) and check in early today.  From the Bus Station, I walked to my hostel which is about 10 minutes away.  Early morning walk is a good way to start the day after all.  After check in, I slept for a while and did a whole day Berlin city tour.  I availed an organized tour since I am bit sleepy and tired.  I will make a blog post about this Berlin City Tour Experience.

Day 19

In the morning, I did another Berlin city tour. I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Berlin.  Late in the afternoon, I took a flight to Copenhagen via Easy Jet.  Check-in process is entirely no human interaction!  Even luggage check-in and paying excess luggage fee is human-less.  The flight from Berlin to Copenhagen is about an hour.  From Copenhagen Airport, I changed some euro to Danish Krona.  At the exchange counter, the lady told me to exchange more money as Denmark is an expensive country.  I smiled and said “I will use my card instead!”  Kaloka is Ate, alam nyang nagtitipid ako? From the airport, I took the subway to my hotel.  Fare is roughly 400.00.  Mahal nga for such a short distance! I checked-in to my hotel and slept until about 9pm and woke I went out for dinner.  The sun is still up at 9pm in Copenhagen.  I went around the corner and good thing there is 7-11 and surprisingly (ok it should not be surprising), 1 bottle of water, a pre-cooked small box of pasta and a stick of pork bbq cost almost a thousand pesos! This is Scandinavia!

Day 20

It was a chilly morning and waking up early is difficult. But still, I managed to wake up at 8AM and did a whole day Copenhagen city tour.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Copenhagen Walking Tour.

Day 21

I did a short morning walking tour around the vicinity of my hotel before going back to the airport for my flight to Oslo in the afternoon. I took Norwegian Air from Copenhagen to Oslo.  The flight is roughly an hour. It was a rainy afternoon when I arrived at Oslo Airport.  At the airport, I changed some euro to Norwegian Krona I took a bus to my hostel.  There are no subway or trams from Oslo Airport going to the city.  Bus ticket is available with the driver.  The driver was kind enough to think I am a student and charged me a student fare!  How amazing.  I stayed in a hostel on top of a hill with an amazing view.   This is perhaps the best hostel yet I have been to in my journey.  I just stayed indoors the entire day because it was raining.  Despite the rain, the view of the city from my hostel room is amazing.

Day 22

I did a whole day Oslo city tour despite the gloomy day.  I will make a separate post about my Self-Guided Oslo Walking Tour.

Day 23

Thanked God the weather improved today.  I did a short morning city tour and took a flight to Reykjavik in the afternoon.  From Oslo, I took Iceland Air to Reykjavik. The flight is less than 2 hours.  From Reykjavik Airport, I changed some Euro to Iceland Krona and got a bus to the City Center.  From the bus station in the city center, a free hotel drop-off is provided.  It’s a good thing here that hotel drop off and pick up is free.  Perhaps there is only one bus operator here that is why.  I checked in at Pods Galaxy Hostel and spent the rest of the day taking a good rest.

Day 24

I did a whole day Reykjavik city tour.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Reykjavik Walking Tour.

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Day 25

In Iceland, renting a car is a good option when touring around.  Actually, there are more cars in the country than its registered citizens!  It’s cheaper if you are a group travelling together compared to joining an organized tours.  Since I am alone, I joined an organized tour!  I will make a separate blog post about this experience going around the land of fire and ice!

Day 26

I supposed to join again a different organized tour today but I woke up late so I missed it! Sad but that gives me another reason to visit Iceland again.  My main reason going here – the northern lights – was not also possible because its summer.  So the more reasons I will be back to Iceland.  To enjoy the day, I went around the city walking while waiting for 10PM to proceed to the airport for my past-midnight flight to Stockholm.

Day 27

I took a very early flight to Stockholm via Iceland Air. The flight departed past midnight and we arrived at Stockholm Arlanda Airport about 5AM.  From the airport, I changed some euro to Swedish Krona and took a subway to my hostel. I informed my hostel about my early arrival and after check-in, I took some sleep for a well deserved rest. In the afternoon, I did some walking tour around.

Day 28

I did a whole day Stockholm city tour.  Old Town Stockholm is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Stockholm Walking Tour.

Day 29

I did a morning subway tour.  A subway tour in Stockholm is a must do since they hold the world record of having the longest display of art works in a subway.  In the afternoon, I took a flight to Helsinki via Norwegian Air.  At Helsinki Airport, I changed some euro to Finnish Krona and took a tram to my hostel.  I checked-in and rested.  Good thing there is a supermarket down stairs so getting a food was very convenient for me.

Day 30

I did a whole day Helsinki city tour and I visited a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Helsinki Self-Guided Walking Tour.

Day 31

I woke up early and continued my walking tour in Helsinki. In the afternoon, I took a ferry to Tallin.  Travel time is less than 2 hours.  From Tallin Ferry Station, I walked to my hostel which is less than a kilometer away.  I checked-in and had some rest before going out for a short city walk.  Tallin surprised me a lot.  I never expected Tallin to be very beautiful!  Actually, Tallin is one of my favorite cities in Europe now.  How beautiful? It’s like Vigan, George Town, Malaka, Hoi An and Brussels Old Town combined multiplied by 10!  Really amazing old town!

Day 32

I did a whole day Tallin city tour.  Tallin Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Tallin.

Day 33

I did morning city walk and took a bus to Riga in the afternoon.  The bus is awesome – it’s like an airplane’s cabin – every seat has a monitor packed with entertainment bundles.  Wifi is strong and there is even free unlimited coffee! Upon arrival, I checked in and did a late afternoon walk

Day 34

I did a whole day Riga city tour.  Riga Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site. I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Riga.

Day 35

I did a morning tour and took an afternoon bus to Vilnius.  I took the same bus I used when I arrived in Riga.  It’s just sad that the bus company only operates in the eastern part of Europe.  Upon I arrival, I walked to my hostel which is just across the bus station. I checked in and did a short afternoon walk

Day 36

I did a whole day Vilnius city tour. Vilnius Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Vilnius.

Day 37

I did a morning city tour and took a bus to Warsaw.  Upon arrival, I took the subway to reach mu hotel.  I checked in and took a rest.

Day 38

I did a whole day Warsaw city tour.  Warsaw Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Warsaw.

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Day 39

I did a morning city tour and took a bus to Prague in the afternoon. From the bus station, I took the subway to reach my hotel.  Checked in and took a rest.

Day 40

I did a whole day Prague city tour.  Prague Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Prague.

Day 41

I did a morning city tour and in the afternoon, I took a bus to Vienna. From the bus station I took the subway to reach my hotel.  I checked in and rested the after.

Day 42

I did a whole day Vienna city tour.  Vienna Old Town is UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Vienna.

Day 43

I did a morning city walk and took a bus to Bratislava. Bratislave is only 1 hour away from Vienna.  Upon arrival, I took a trolley bus to reach my hostel.  I checked in and did city walk later in the afternoon.

Day 44

I did a whole day Bratislava city tour. Old Town Bratislava may not be a UNESCO world heritage site but it’s old character is just amazing.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Bratislava.

Day 45

I did a morning city tour and took a bus to Budapest in the afternoon.  Upon arrival, I took the subway to reach my hostel.  I checked in and took a rest.

Day 46

I did a whole day Budapest city tour.  Budapest is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Budapest.

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Day 47

After breakfast, I just stayed at Starbucks near the Basilica of St. Stephen and started working on my blog. In the afternoon, I transferred to Zagreb.  Upon arrival at the bus station, I took a tram to reach my hotel.  I could not forget that local guy who offered me free ticket to use in the tram!

Days 48

After a good night sleep in one of the best hostels I have stayed so far during this trip, I made a whole day Old Town Zagreb city tour.  I am particularly amazed by the beautiful roof of St. Mark’s Church.   I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Zagreb.

Day 49

I did a morning city walk before checking out and transferring to Ljubljana in the afternoon.  Upon arrival in Ljubljana, I took a trolley bus to my hotel.  I checked in, took some rest and visited a supermarket late in the afternoon.  I cooked adobo for dinner. It’s my first time to cook adobo in this trip.  I missed Filipino food so much.

Day 50

I did a whole day Ljubljana old town tour. Old Town Ljubljana may not be a UNESCO world heritage site but is has a very charming character.  Also, Ljubljana is perhaps the cleanest capital city I have seen by far.  No wonder the city is the 2017 Environment Capital of Europe. I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Ljubljana.

Day 51

I checked out early to catch my bus to Sarajevo via Zagreb.  Travel time is almost 10 hours but it is perhaps the most scenic trip I ever had.  The mountains, lakes and rivers along the way were really mesmerizing.  I wouldn’t hesitate to do this trip again in the future.  Upon arrival at the terminal, I took a tram to my hotel.  I checked in and had a real Bosnian dinner at Pigeon’s Square.

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Day 52

I did a whole day Sarajevo Tour.  I could not forget that Old Latin Bridge where World War I broke because the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated there.   I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Sarajevo.

Day 53

I checked out early to catch my bus to Podgorica.  I even got lost.  All the while I thought there is only 1 bus station in Sarajevo but when I arrived at the bus station where I arrived the other day coming from Zagreb, I was told that my bus to Podgorica is in another bus station 30 minutes away.  I hurried and took a taxi as I am really almost out of time already.  Luckily, I was able to catch my bus to Podgorica.  Travel time from Sarajevo to Podgorica is 6 hours.  I arrived at Podgorica bus station almost 3 pm and got lost again looking for my hotel.  I will make a separate blog post about this one.

Day 54

I did a whole day Kotor Tour.  Kotor is located almost 2 hours away from Podgorica and it is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Kotor.

Day 55

I did a quick Podgorica city tour before taking a bus to Tirana.  Upon arrival in Tirana, I took a taxi to my hotel.  Later in the afternoon, I walked around the vicinity of my hotel.

Day 56

I did a whole day tour in the historic City of Berat, about 2 hours away from Tirana.  Berat is a UNESCO world heritage site.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Berat.

Day 57

I did a short Tirana city tour before transferring to Skopje by bus after lunch.  I arrived at Skopje late at night already and from the bus terminal, I took a taxi to reach my hotel.

Day 58

I did a whole day Skopje City Tour.   I find it really funny (forgive me) because Skopje looks like a newly built Disneyland with so many statues everywhere.  The city is trying so hard to look like “a real European city” by constructing buildings and statues that look old like those in Greece, Italy and the like.  I will make a separate blog post about my Self-Guided Walking Tour in Skopje.

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Day 59 to Day 101

Part 2 | Europe Itinerary: 101 Days Across Europe Visiting 101 Cities in 47 countries – The Preview (Day 59 to Day 101)

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