We travelled to Prague for our wedding anniversary this year, Prague is the capital of what was once Bohemia, then the Czechoslovakia, then the Czech Republic and actually now technically Czechia. It's a busy city, bustling with tourists and really regular locals going about their life around the hordes of gawkers.
In July of this year, I had the opportunity to meet up with a Canadian friend and his family in Hungary for a tour around Budapest before they proceeded to a family reunion the following week. I booked the cheapest travel possible, which worked out to be a 21-hour bus ride from Amsterdam arriving a couple days before my friend. That was ok! I had Budapest to explore, and my camera in hand.
Yeah, London is touristy. It calls to us travellers like sugar to a colony of ants. How could we resist that sweet treat (I'm looking at you Big Ben!)? And so we swarm. Some countries, some cities, some attractions are worth the crowds, the hassle and the cliché, and London is definitely one of them.
Düsseldorf is a city for exploring on foot. So, when I twisted my ankle stumbling out of the bus toilet after not being able to find the flush button, it was more than an inconvenience. And when I twisted it twice more on the nine minute walk to our hotel, it seemed like our holiday might be a real dud.
When the opportunity came up to visit Paris for the second time, during Valentine's weekend no less, it didn't take much convincing for us to say yes. Is there any place more perfect to celebrate the holiday of love than the City of Love? But we did wonder, was it possible to do Paris on February 14th on a budget?
This week, the holiday street lights came down in Haarlem. The nights seem darker and windier and lonelier without them. The days are getting longer, but not long enough yet; the February blues are here. Our travels over the holiday season were full of light. Each city had unique decorations and holiday style. Brussels had a particularly whimsical style..