Our trip to Amsterdam was more of a pit stop, as we only spent two full days here. We tried to squeeze the most out of our time here, and I think we did a good job, unfortunately though this meant I took hardly any photos!
We visited in February, so it was very cold, and still felt lovely and wintery. We travelled around the centre on foot, and I loved walking along the pretty canals.
I love history, and after reading her diary a few years ago, I knew I had to go to the Anne Frank House. We paid to have the introductory program which was just a couple of pounds more, and I found it really educational. Everyone is given an audio guide and you can walk around the museum at your own leisure. It was a truly insightful experience.
I know there’s so many clichés surrounding Paris, and it being the city of love, but honestly it has a special place in my heart. I don’t know what it is that I love so much but I want to go back again and again (I must ask my boyfriend at least once a week when we will go back). I could happily spend the whole day just wondering around, hopping from one place to the next on the Metro, and admiring the cobbled streets.
As impressive as the Eiffel Tower is in the day time, you have to see it at night! We decided to go up it at night time, and the views were incredible, seeing the whole city lit up. It gets even better, as every hour on the hour it illuminates sparkling lights. This was a huge wow for me, especially as I didn’t know that this happens!
To try and make the most of our short trip, and to make sure we saw all the sights, we went on a boat tour down the Seine. There are lots of different tour operators offering these boat rides and we were able to just walk up and buy a ticket. It meant that we were able to see landmarks like the Hôtel de Ville, Notre-Dame and the Louvre Museum.
I thought I would start my blog off with a little throwback to mine and my boyfriend’s first holiday together (and also the first trip i’d been on without family!). We decide to book a little getaway to celebrate my 21st birthday.
I picked the destination and left my boyfriend in charge of picking the flights and hotel, as I wasn’t very clued up back then on booking trips, oh how times have changed! We visited in March, and although the weather was pretty rubbish (it rained basically the whole time we were there), it was nice to experience the city at a time when there were less tourists about. I remember getting the bus and it being full of school children, and feeling like a local.
The best way to take in the city, and it’s views, is to go on a walk along the city walls. The views were stunning and it was a great way to capture the charm of the city. The walk takes around 2 hours, depending on how often you stop to take pictures! We were able to just walk up and buy a ticket, but I would recommend booking ahead if you plan on going in peak season as it’s a very popular attraction.
The quaint old town is full of small alleyways, filled with cute shops and cafes, it’s almost like a maze and you can definitely get lost wondering around the centre. We stumbled across the Christmas shop, which is open all year round. They sell amazing handmade decorations, and the shop looks beautiful, it is definitely worth a browse and is a great place to buy some souvenirs. A must see for Christmas lovers!