Patrick and I finally got our butts in gear and planned our belated honeymoon for the end of October and early November. We're going to London and Rome, so we are both terribly excited. I'm having a great time looking through scores of restaurant and attraction recommendations for our trip.
The whole shebang is still a couple of months away, so I feel a bit sheepish planning it all out this soon. But we'll be in Europe for only a little over a week, and it would be a shame to squander our time. Already there are a few details which I'm very glad to have figured out ahead of time. For instance, there's only a single full day during our time in Rome that the Vatican will be open to the public, for one reason or another. It turns out my birthday is a national holiday in Italy! Although the Vatican won't be closed because of my birthday. At least I don't think so.
Modern technology has made vacation planning so much easier. It's so interesting to see websites where thousands of people have posted hotel photos. Although Yelp isn't nearly as popular in the UK as it is in the US, there are still plenty of reviews on the already dozens of restaurants I've earmarked for our days in London.
What's amazed me the most though is Google Street View on their Maps. It's just crazy to me that I can walk virtually all the paths that we'll actually be on in a few weeks time. Not that I'm actually trying to Street View every little cobblestone lane in Rome, because I know the live experience will be infinitely more fascinating, but it is pretty cool to get get an idea of how all the major attractions are laid out in relation to each other.
Although I am alarmed to report that there is some CRAZY shiz going on near the Colosseum:
Maybe we can bring my father-in-law's ghost meter along.
If you have any recommendations/advice of any sort for our trip, I'd love to hear it!