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By the Numbers: The first 140 days of our worldwide adventure

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

It's been 140 days since we packed up and headed to Europe. From our first sweltering summer days in the Italian Alps to the festive Christmas-y streets of London, we've done a lot. Here's our trip so far by the numbers.


Feet (2,774 meters) of the highest elevation hiked (Courmayeur, Italy, across the valley from Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Europe)


Wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano surrounding us in the aging room on our tour of a cheese farm/production facility in Parma, Italy


Miles driven (4,423 km)

1,350 Number of steps climbed to the top of Kotor San Giovanni Fortress Walls in Montenegro

837 Times we asked ourselves why Italy doesn't believe in having toilet seats in public rest rooms


Miles (1,307 km) walked


Cats encountered in Croatia and Montenegro (and about 230 fed once we started carrying around cat food with us everywhere; 7 taken to vet to be neutered)


Pandas spotted in the panda game, in which we battle to spot and call out the most ubiquitous and best selling car in Italy, the Fiat Panda (we continued to spot Pandas in France, Croatia, Montenegro and London, so the panda game is on-going and multi-country)


Kilograms, the amount of cheese Joe ordered at the deli counter in Montenegro, equal to 440 pounds...after seeing the surprised look on the worker's face he corrected that to grams (less than half a pound)


People packed into a single rail car on the way to see Siena's Palio horse race - about 51 more than it was meant to hold, making for a very cozy ride


Nights in Airbnbs


Waterfalls visited in Croatian national parks


Lemons purchased to make homemade lemonade everywhere we traveled


Scoops of gelato (most ordered: dark chocolate and pistachio)

81 People gathered outside our Nice, France apartment for a ceremony to christen a new tug boat in the port, complete with French political officials and a flying bottle of champagne shattering into its hull

68 Octopus salads consumed by Joe


90+ degree days (in Italy and France)


Pizzas eaten


Times we bemoaned the fact that European apartments do not have laundry dryers (while hanging clothes on a drying rack or clothesline)


Nights in hotels


Seconds the energy-conserving automatic lights in Italy's men's restrooms stay on before going out and leaving you urinating in the dark (and waving one hand in an attempt to make the light go back on while you can't see the toilet is problematic, according to Joe)


Funicular and gondola rides (Courmayeur, Italy; Bolzano, Italy; Verona, Italy; Salzburg, Austria; Grenoble, France; Ljubljana, Slovenia)


Airline flights (1 missed connection in Paris on our way to Zagreb, Croatia that resulted in 3 lost bags; 1 marathon sprint through two terminals in Frankfurt which resulted in us getting to the gate out of breath as they were about to close the door and 3 of our bags not making it onto our flight)

10 Countries remaining before we head back to the US for a visit (Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus)


Airbnb washing machines with indecipherable icons that make guess-work out of laundry


Total number of bags/luggage we packed for our travels


Water taxis taken in Venice in a single day (twice what we needed to get where we wanted to go because we couldn't figure out the system)


Giraffes seen (3 live ones at Tete d'Or park in Lyon, France and 2 life-sized sculptures at Hôtel Château de La Chèvre d’Or in Eze, France)


Languages learned to say Thank you, Hello, Goodbye and Beer please (Italian, French, Croatian, Montenegrin)


Games of boules played in Corsica

2 Bee stings (Joe: toe in Nice, France; Jennifer: neck in Kotor, Montenegro)


White truffle dug up by the dogs on our truffle hunt in the forest of Motovun, Croatia

0 Days we've regretted setting off on our worldwide adventure

It's been an interesting journey so far, lots of fun, a bunch of oops moments, and so many new experiences. The world is a beautiful, quirky, fascinating, and exciting place. We can't wait to see more of it!

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Alison Sunshine
Alison Sunshine
Dec 05, 2022

What?! You're playing Panda without me?!

Dec 05, 2022
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Yes, but it isn't the same without you :)


Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor
Dec 04, 2022

You two are my heros! After just two weeks in New Zealand and Australia, Angelo and I were itching to be home. We couldn’t find a good burger in New Zealand or Australia. lol

Dec 06, 2022
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Yeah burgers are not the same but what we miss most is turkey!!! Cheers to you both!


April King
April King
Dec 04, 2022

That magical number SEVEN cats taken to vet to be neutered should be highlighted! (Wait! I thought there were EIGHT) And don't forget the countless hundreds of unwanted kittens you saved from suffering!

Those were the most impressive and beautiful numbers of your trip so far!! 😽😽😽

Gratefully, Kotor Kitties

Dec 05, 2022
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There were 7, two males and five females. Wish we could have done more before leaving!! Next time :)

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