We’re officially starting to get a little bored here. We’ve kind of maxed out the things to do in this town, and while it’s nice to have a lot of down time, we’re definitely getting the itch to go somewhere else already. I’ve been hard at work playing travel agent and have put together our itinerary for the next two months, so I thought I’d give y’all an update.
On December 13th our time is officially up here in Dubrovnik and we’ll be heading to Nice to spend a month with a family friend of mine who lives there with her husband and two kids. We’re really looking forward to being around friends, and we lined up a place that is way nicer than we should have in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (it helps to know people). It’s a little above our budget, but we have a few friends and family who have expressed interest in visiting so we’re confident we can make it work. At any rate, we got way more space than we ever thought we’d have for the same price we would have paid for a closet, so we’re not complaining. Getting there from here was a tricky trip to put together without spending an arm and a leg, so we will be flying to Paris, spending the night and then taking the TGV (high speed train) down to Nice. I’m sure that will be a fun adventure to recap!
After Nice, we rented a studio in Seville, Spain. We’re both really excited about this. Spain is Jared’s favorite country and we’ve been wanting to go for a long time (it was actually our original honeymoon destination) and the thought that we were running out of time to go there was part of the impetus for this trip. Our place doesn’t look much bigger than the one we have now, but it has a little terrace and it looks pretty cute (fingers crossed!).
The problem is that once we leave Seville, we’re kind of stumped. We have one more month that we can spend in any of the EU agreement countries (the Schengen Area), and then we have another month that we can spend in Croatia, which we will likely spend in Zagreb so that we can go to Plitvice Lakes National Park and some places up North when the weather is nicer. One idea is to stay in Spain and go to Barcelona. I need to at least go to this city for a few days, so if we don’t go there after Seville, we’ll take a side trip while we’re there (don’t worry, I can’t leave Europe without seeing the Sagrada Família). Another contender is Paris. Jared has never been there, but I’ve been several times and know it pretty well and can speak the language (or could, last time I was there…we’ll see how it is this go round). The drill is the same – if we don’t spend a month here we will definitely go while we’re in Nice. The problem with both of these cities is that they have expensive rents! So far, no dice on finding an affordable apartment in either city. We have heard Lisbon is cheap and underrated but we have also heard it’s kind of boring and we’re wary after things being so quiet here.
I thought I’d open it up to you guys, and get your opinion (and maybe any contacts you have that could help us find a cheap place??). Weigh in below and let us know if you have any other suggestions! I’ll leave this open for a month, and which point I sincerely hope we have this figured out or we’ll be scrambling.
Check back tomorrow for Jared’s end of the month budget update!