SOTM Tour Europe Itinerary: Come Meet Me!
Yesterday, Mario and I began the Someone Once Told Me Tour (SOTM Tour). For one year, we’re traveling the world!
It’s been beautiful so far — we left cold and rainy England behind and were welcomed into the glorious sunshine of a Parisian summer. My last two trips to Paris have been in the winter, and I’d forgotten how utterly fantastic summer is here!
We spent yesterday strolling around Montmartre. Our friend Marie-Claire took us for a great dinner at Chartier, a huge bistro with so much character — and one of very few places in Paris with entrees under 10 euros ($13).
Berlin Bear, my tiny travel companion, has been taking in the sights as well.
For more of Berlin Bear’s adventures around the world, check out my Instagram feed!
While in Paris, Mario and I are both looking to meet up with as many of our readers as possible, taking their photos for Someone Once Told Me. Mario’s ambitious goal is to get 1000 pictures over the course of the year. He’s off to a good start with two taken last night!
PARIS MEETUP: Tonight (Thursday, June 6) at 8:00 PM at Cafe Rouge in the Marais. The address is 32, Rue de Picardie. We’ll be hanging out and taking SOTM photos. All are welcome — please come and bring your friends!
The Eurail and Interrail passes provided to us by Eurail.com will enable us to travel from Paris to Vienna entirely by train. I’ve always dreamed of traveling Europe by train long-term, and the passes will allow us to take lots of day trips as well!
Here is our schedule:
June 5-9: Paris. A city we adore where we have lots of friends — I couldn’t think of a better place to start.
June 9-12: Geneva. We have few plans, but I hope to work in a day trip to Annecy.
June 12-19: Bologna. We will be taking part in Blogville Emilia-Romagna and traveling all over this delicious region: tasting cheese, exploring the beautiful towns, checking out a nice spa, and visiting the tiny nation of San Marino. Mario and I will also be meeting a number of interesting characters from Emilia-Romagna, and I can’t wait to reveal them to you.
June 19-22: Augsburg, Germany. Remember Josh and Daniel’s offbeat wedding last year? That was the legal wedding. This year is the fancy wedding.
June 22-25: Zug, Switzerland. We will be staying with Mario’s cousin and her family. And we might dare to venture to Zurich, one of the world’s most expensive cities (then get scared by $10 coffees and leave).
June 25-27: Vienna. I’m hoping we can work in an ambitious day trip to Budapest, too!
June 28-July 10: Malta. Two full weeks on the sunny island where Mario grew up.
July 10-18: Istanbul. If you haven’t been reading about what’s been happening in Istanbul this week, please give this piece a read. If the protests are still going on when we arrive, we fully intend on covering them.
July 18-31: Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Romania. My itinerary is yet to be finalized, but I’ll be flying into Skopje and immediately traveling to Ohrid, and I’ll be flying out of Bucharest. I hope to visit Prizren or Prishtina in Kosovo and Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria. Romania will be limited to Bucharest. During this time, Mario will be in South Africa.
Will you be in any of these destinations on these dates? Please let me know. I’d love to meet up with you!