Although I’m in Colorado at the moment, it’s time to continue our journey across western Europe. (There will be a couple of posts and plenty of pictures about Colorado later!) In this ‘old post’ we’re going to visit three cities in three different countries: Bruges, Amsterdam and Berlin.
I left you guys in Antwerp last time. Our last destination in Belgium before crossing borders again was gorgeous Bruges. Many of you have probably read about it or seen pictures. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world, if not my most favorite – it’s pretty much a tie with Sydney.
We did what all tourists do in Bruges: walking around, snapping away and eating waffles and chocolate. It’s such a beautiful city, almost unreal, fairytale-like. Let’s go on a photo tour!
Bruges is also known as ‘the Venice of the North’. Some other cities in northern Europe also compete for this statute, but I really do think Bruges deserves it most.
A few days after visiting Bruges, we found ourselves on the Thalys to Paris. We would stay there four days, spend New Year’s Eve on the Champs-Elysées, visit the Louvre and (almost) every other place of importance in this impressive city. I recently wrote a blog post about it, so that’s where you can find the pictures!
Next stop was Amsterdam. This time our goal was not to try and see every famous thing in the city and we ended up spending three days just strolling around. It felt great not to have a plan for a change and explore a cosy and busy city like Amsterdam at our own pace.
Is there a better way to introduce Amsterdam than a picture of bikes and water?
Okay, maybe there is…
When thinking about Amsterdam, four things always come to mind: soft drugs, canals, bikes and the red lights. These are the main features of the city, and the ones that draw the tourists, but of course there’s way more to it. There are a couple of absolutely great parks and museums (the Vondelpark and Anne Frank House for example, both of which we weren’t able to visit at the time, unfortunately).
Two days later we were in Berlin. Berlin was another city I had never been to and to be honest, I didn’t really know anything about it. Good thing my aunt and uncle, who live there, were willing to show us around!
The first day we hopped onto a sight-seeing bus, just like we did in Dublin, to get an initial impression of the city. The weather totally sucked, so that definitely was a good idea.
No US Army checkpoint is complete without a McDonald’s right next to it.
The following morning we left early for a big tour of Berlin and Potsdam, with my aunt as a guide.
This stadium is the place where African-American Jesse Owens won four gold medals, surrounded by a crowd of nazis, including Hitler himself.
Perhaps the most interesting place we went to was on Bernauer Strasse: the Berlin Wall Memorial.
We finished off a great month in Europe with beer and schnapps in the oldest Stube (pub) in Berlin!