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.
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 →
Berlin 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 →
Rome is probably my favorite European city (so far) because it’s a mighty city that has everything from culture, food, nature, architecture, art, history, and charisma. Rome captured my heart from the moment I laid eyes on the grand Trevi Fountain (even though it was under construction). The Trevi fountain is 25.9 metres high and 18.9 metres wide; the fountain is huge and is one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. Rome was bigger and better than I ever expected and I couldn’t believe that I had the opportunity to visit the world famous historical city and landmark. Continue reading →
Saying farewell to Switzerland was hard, but I knew my day would be exciting crossing three borders to get to Nice, France: Switzerland, Italy, and France. The drive from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland to the Italian border was incredible. We drove through numerous alpine towns: Sulward Isenfluh, Gstergwiler, Matten, and Interlaken and past the green-turquoise Brienzersee Lake. Endless tunnels took us through mountains and past waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and typical Swiss towns. My desire to return grew the more I saw of Switzerland. Once we crossed the Italian border, surprisingly, the scenery quickly started to change. Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe that after a 6.5 hour flight from Toronto I landed in London, England at the Gatwick airport. It is surprising that I’ve never made it to Europe before with it being so close to Canada. Previous to my year off, my travels always seemed to bring me south, to the U.S., Caribbean, Central America, and South America. A 6.5 hour flight seems short compared to my 13.5 hour flight from L.A. to Sydney. With all of the flying I am doing I am getting uses to it, or as used to it as you can. My 65th flight in 12 months landed me in London. Continue reading →