After three days in Amsterdam, we woke up early on a Thursday and headed to Antwerp (northern Belgium). I booked an Airbnb apartment in Brussels for that night, so we only did one day (technically half day) in Antwerp. That morning in Amsterdam was the first day we activated our Eurail pass and used one day of travel to go from Amsterdam to Antwerp and then Antwerp to Brussels.
I’ve been meaning to get around and post pictures of our Europe trip; but with Thanksgiving and jet lag and other things, I’m barely getting to it now. Europe was absolutely wonderful; and we only saw a bit of it. It really gave me a thirst to explore it more. The weather was very different than the Southern California weather we are used to. It was a feat to dress in all the layers but it was so worth not standing in lines and and walking in crowds.
Declan did amazing. He was better than the adults! I’ll save tips and such for traveling with a toddler for another post.
To sum up, our trip was 16 days. The countries we visited were The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. We flew in and out of Amsterdam and had a Eurail pass to travel to the other countries. The only downside of our trip was the attacks in Paris; but it didn’t effect our traveling plans. We were out of Belgium before they closed that border and our soccer match in Amsterdam wasn’t cancelled. Everyone was just on high alert, but everything continued as normal.
I’ll start with our photos of Amsterdam. We were there at the beginning and at the end of the trip for a total of 8 days. Before we went I had 3 random people tell me that Amsterdam was like Disneyland but for adults. Let me just say that I now totally know what they mean and could not agree more. There was so much to do there that we barely scratched the surface. I definitely want to go back and explore that magical city more. From the bicycle culture to the cafes and people; everything was wonderful.
I’ve been dreaming of going to Europe since, well, since I knew what Europe was. I took French in high school so that when I went, I would know how to politely order a coffee and croissant. And finally, I get to go!
Although we are not going to France, because I feel like I would want to spend a whole two weeks in France instead of making it a quick stop on this trip.
This trip, we are going to Western Europe. And I say “this trip,” because I have decided to not hold off on traveling anymore. There are so many places to go and life is just too short. I’ve also been doing a lot of research of savvy traveling – points, low tourist seasons, etc. – I’m hooked.
In November we will be visiting The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Eeek! It feels so nice to type that.
We’ll be visiting Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg City, Berlin and Cologne, to name a few. I also planned out some shorter day trips to some smaller towns outside of Amsterdam and Berlin.
I’m SO excited to be going and to have the opportunity to experience such different countries and cultures; be prepared for photo overload.