London is the Landmark Capitol of Europe

London, EnglandIt was a long drive from Amsterdam, Netherlands via Bruges, Belgium back to Calais, France. Taking the Calais ferry back to Dover, England was bitter sweet because I knew that my European adventure would soon be coming to an end. England being the last country on my one month 15 country tour with of Europe with Top Deck. Seeing the White Cliffs of Dover brought to me back to the first day of my tour when I saw the stunning gigantic cliffs for the first time. Although bitter sweet, my journey had come full circle and would soon land me in London, England to finish my eventful dream bucket list tour. Continue reading

Chips, Chocolate, and Waffles in Bruges

Bruges, BelgiumBruges, BelgiumOn the drive back to London, England from Amsterdam, I stopped in Bruges, Belgium for a quick lunch stop. Some stops are shorter than others. This was one of those occasions. I couldn’t go to Europe and not stop over in Belgium for the world’s finest chocolate and waffles. I made the best of my limited time there. When I landed in Bruges, I was told that I couldn’t leave Belgium without enjoying my heart’s desire of hot chips, chocolate, and waffles. I did just that. I was nearly ready to burst. Continue reading

Amsterdam’s Top 10

Amsterdam is especially significant to me because I had the opportunity to spend my birthday in the charming dancing city of lights. Not only that, but on the day of my 31st birthday, I was able to share my special day with with Anne Frank; her spirit lives on. It was a day before my birthday that Anne and her family were found so many fateful years ago. Ironically, I landed in Amsterdam the same day Anne and her family were captured. The day after, my birthday, I walked through Anne Frank’s house remembering her spirit. I found a part of myself there that day. Anne teaches us more about ourselves and without her, we otherwise would not understood.

Here are my Amsterdam top ten favorites:

1. Amsterdam’s sunsetsAmsterdam, Netherlands Continue reading

Holland: Windmills, Tulips, and Canals

Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands was one of the last cities I visited in Europe on my way back to London before departing back to Canada. After visiting so many places across western and eastern Europe, I knew once arriving in Amsterdam that it’s a city with charm unlike the others. I had to ask myself: what’s so different about Amsterdam? It’s not the red light district, but the vast canals throughout the city, yachts and house boats, the abundance of bicycles (there are more bikes then people in Amsterdam), tulip markets, and the ordinately decorated buildings lining the narrow streets. There was just something about Amsterdam that made me fall in love with it. Continue reading

Clogs and Cheese in Netherlands

Netherlands

NetherlandsEven though it may seem like a stereotype, I was told that I couldn’t go to the Netherlands without watching a clog making demonstration at one of the few local clog factories in the country and tasting different varieties of traditional Dutch cheese. Would you agree? Continue reading

Exploring Berlin and the Captivating East Side Gallery

Berlin, Germany

Eastside Gallery- Berlin Wall

Berlin, GermanyBerlin is the European city where I went back in time to relive WWII history. Exploring Berlin’s famous wall and walking the city, while learning more about the past was an important part of my European tour. A recent conversation I had online with a fellow travel blogger reminded me of Germany’s heavy history. Luckily, what’s in the past is in the past. Remembering the past assures us and future generations that history will not repeat itself. Continue reading

A Puppet Paradise in Prague

Prague, Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic is another destination I had heard about, but never expected to visit in 2014. My European adventure through eastern Europe landed me in Prague, one of the most beautiful (and one of my favorite) cities I visited on my trip. It wasn’t just the abundance of gothic style buildings, castles, Czech beer, or Czech puppets and marionettes that made me fall in love with Prague. It’s more than that. The vibrant colours, the swans floating below Charles Bridge, the smiles of passing locals and visitors, and the laid back culture of the city are enough reasons to love Prague. Continue reading