bavarian roll: the road trip across the alps

If it is going to be your first time in Europe, I am assuming that your expectation was just like mine, coated with sugary frostings, glitters and fairy dust. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but Europe is not all fairy tale, castles, unicorns, knights in shining armor and gorgeous porn stars. Just like any other urban hubs around the world, the capital cities are mostly made up of 70-90 percent concrete, neon lights and quagmire like a real bastion of capitalism built by McDonalds.

So the only way to experience the quintessential europe is to avoid staying in the cities and move out to the countryside. There’s no better way to do it than the good old road trip!

We took the road to go around Bavaria, however, Car rentals are expensive in France and Switzerland so it is a good idea to do a little bit of research on booking a hire car in Germany. Why in Germany? Because around the Alpine region, Germany is where everything is cheaper. Beer, potato, Romanians—name it!

The thing with taking the road trip option is that you get to stop whenever and wherever you want, have a quick detour in small villages to sample their local wine, beer and cheeses. Or when you get tired of stepping on the pedal, you can pull over by the lake and jump off for a quick dip. We did all these while spinning with Bon Jovi’s You give love a bad name on full blast—It can’t get much better than that.

Hours later and the spitting angst of Bon Jovi faded out to the contrived innuendos of Miley Cyrus. I started humming and mimicking her raspy cartoonish voice while grooving with some discrete hip thrusts… Me singing a Miley hit was like a classic case of bad gag reflex, but it was fairly compensated with the slopes of the Alps in the background.

The country-side of the Bavarian region is disgustingly beautiful: The rolling green hills, patches of chestnut trees and flying dandelion seeds all wrapped with weak rays of the summer sun. You can actually shoot a video of yourself running using your phone, upload it online and VOILA! You have a kick-ass sanitary napkin commercial. It is that beautiful.


The occasional stops for our cheesy mandatory “we were here” photos gave us the chance to sit on the grass, feel the warm earth under our butts and simply walk around with a demeanor like we were in the medieval cum magical set of Game of Thrones (Minus all the bloodshed and boobs)

While it is true that taking the low cost carrier to hop between Paris, Zurich, Salzburg and Munich will be faster and  more efficient, It would not give one the chance to taste the simple yet enchanting experience of seeing the Europe that we all remember from the pages of trafalgar’s annual catalogs and dreamt of seeing when we were kids.


After more than a week on the run across Bavaria, I couldn’t help but utter to myself and audibly wish that I could stay longer. Maybe to milk cows, sleep on haystacks and run around the vineyards like those opening “film” sequence before the techno music starts playing. I could no longer churn adjectives to describe the experience, I believe the photos speak for themselves. After all, this part of europe was meant to amaze travelers and even give one a good reason to finally go and have an instagram account.


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  • Aleah |

    August 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Love love love your pics. I’ve taken pics from buses, but I’m afraid most are blurry hehe. If I had traveled with someone else like you two, I would have welcomed a road trip too. It’s certainly a different way of traveling!

  • lamyerda

    August 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Certainly road trips are fun! Bet ko ung pede lng bumaba anytime pag may nakitang magandang view at sympre ang eksenang f na f ang playlist! sarap humiga jan sa last picture! <3

  • flipntravels

    August 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    o next time mag road trip tayo!

  • flipntravels

    August 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    f na f ang mga banat ni bon jovi pramis!!! lalo na pag walang ibang sasakyan

  • Cathy Fournier

    August 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    In the Swiss alps, you can actually stay up the mountain to take care of the cows in summer. You get paid for it. =)

  • flipntravels

    August 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    really?! damn, that would be the nearest to the dream heidi experience we can get! next time! 🙂

  • Cathy Fournier

    August 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    it’s hard work, mind you. Heidi is a really tough girl. 🙂

  • killerfiller

    August 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Milk cows? Mas madali ata kung yung mga Romanian na lang.hehe Anyhoo congrats sa Eurotrip! Pag-iipunan ko to. 😀

  • flipntravels

    August 31, 2013 at 4:13 am

    hahahaha thanks. dapat pag ipunan worth seeing once in a lifetime

  • Stella Sandoval

    September 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I love these photos! Thank you for sharing them. That’s the good thing about Euro trips: You can just get a van and travel across borders. I once made a route when I was in high school, outlining a probable road trip from Spain to Switzerland. Up until this moment, that is still a dream. By and by, I shall get there; for now I’ll amuse myself by reading great articles such as this. ^_^

  • flipntravels

    September 15, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Agree, same here, I made this itinerary ten years ago! We all get inspired by our dreams, we just have to wake up and start living it! 😉

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