We took a quick weekend getaway to the Poconos to round out the year.
My grand European eight day tour with Gate 1 tours, on route to the start of the tour I transferred flight at Reykjavik airport in Iceland, and naturally I picked up an Icelandic sweater. Tour started in Amsterdam, then on to Bruges, Brussels, and Paris.
First visit and so going back, two days of fun filled events, went on a canal boat tour, visited a cheese + clog farm and saw an authentic windmill still working. I visited the Anne Frank House it was very real and touching to be walking thru the very rooms where they all hid.
It rain buckets the next day, and not to be deterred I sloshed thru the rain to visit the Van Gogh museum. At it's heart the citizens love to go about by bicycle, it is an every part of life in Amsterdam.
Our guide Arjan took us on a walkabout night tour, tame enough, but we did see a few things to go make us go oohh!
|Van Gogh Museum mural I added the smaller image|
|Irene Hoeve Cheese + Clogs store|
|Small bike park the most bikes I have ever seen at one time, |
until I saw the multi level bike park wow.
Bruges and Brussels
When I saw the name Bruges on the travel itinerary. Movies are famous for many things, and geography is one of them.
I wish I thought of that while growing up, geography was my favorite subject. I am pretty sure my parents would have allowed more tv watching if I had presented that argument, nah probably not, but it is a nice thought.
Transport you back to another time with its medieval architecture, craftsman ship and history.
I tried so many unique chocolate, and had waffle smothered in chocolate for desert. It was like a chocolate paradise, and they sure do take their beer seriously.
|Each beer has it's own glass, |
if glass is not available time to drink a different beer
I visited Paris in 2011 on my birthday, for a one day tour during my visit to London, we visited the Louvre, went for on a cruise on the Seine, and had lunch at the Eiffel Tower restaurant.
This time I had two whole days in Paris, I got to see the Eiffel Tower lit at night, went to Versailles one word to describe this palace "Massive"
|Flowers at Versailles sandwich by hedges|
Dinner at A La Petite Chaise was great, french onion soup and the duck, such a unique atmosphere.
Many of the iconic landmark in Paris have some great views. I was inspired to climb to new heights.
|Eiffel Tower viewed from a top the Notre Dame|
|Gargoyle a top Notre Dame|
|View from a top the Arc de Triomphe|
|Stairwell in the Arc de Triomphe, yep that many|
|View from a top Musee D'orsay|
|Unintentional blurry artsy picture at dusk of the|
back of my tour friend Arlene at Montmartre Paris
Visited Jamaica again in 2015 and the island flowers were in bloom, enjoy them all, I sure did.