With my family!
06.27.2011 - 07.05.2011 32 °C
Ok. So this post is hard for me because I used to writing about all the stupid things I did. I'm used to getting lost, losing things, and just generally wondering around aimlessly until I see something shiny and need to go find out what it is.
But, this trip I had everything planned. Why? Because my mom(Susie Q or momsie), aunt (Susie), and family friend (Lori) came to visit me!
The first was actually the biggest hassle out of all the days. There plane was supposed to land at ten. I finally saw them come through customs after noon. Flight delays sucks! So I had WAY too much coffee by the time I finally saw them... and I may have shed a tear or two because I was excited to see them. Then we hopped on the train and headed to Den Haag.
I had arranged with my friends to have a bbq that day so that they could meet everyone. We made tons of food, drank lots of beer, and then made everyone leave because the three travelers started falling asleep.
The next day we got up bright and early to catch our train to Paris. Our first stop after we dropped off our bags at the hotel was breakfast. We sat right beside the Bastille monument.
Then we walked down to the Notre Dame and the center of Paris
Outside the Notre Dame
The Center of Paris
There is somethinng that I love about the candles in Cathedrals.
The windows of the Notre Dame were amazing!
After we finished wondering around the Notre Dame we decided we should do a boat and bus tour so we could see as many sites as possible. We started on the river and headed up to the Louvre. Which was closed. The one day in the entire month that it was closed and of course that was the day we went.
Here we are waiting for the boat:
Here's us being the typical American tourists on the boat:
I'm taking a picture of Susie, who's taking a picture of Lori, who is taking a picture of Susie.
Anyways. We still went to the Louvre to see the giant glass pyramid. We stayed here for a bit because it was a milliuon degrees out and they had a fountain that you could soak your feet in to cool down.
Then we hopped on the bus to take us to the Arc Du Triumphe
We grabbed Dinner here and booked a show for the evening, then went to the Eiffel Tower. I opted to not climb the tower because I'm petrified of heights, but the rest of the gals made the trek up.
Here's us at Dinner
After we finished the Eiffel Tower we headed back toward the Arc for a Burlesque show. Which was actually really good.
The next morning we got up super early to go to Switzerland! The train ride wasn't super exciting until we got into Switzerland. Once we got into the country it was beautiful. I think the Swiss countryside wins as one of the most beautiful places I've been.
We went into the harbor and took a boat ride around Lake Zurich. Which was peaceful, but wasn't a guided tour, so we were basically staring at water for two hours.
Later on we took a tour into the Zurich falls which take you a few hours away to a mini version of the Niagra Falls, then brings you back to Zurich through a brief drive in Germany.
We took a boat out to a tiny island in the middle of the falls and climbed a million stairs. The view was amazing!
Here I am hanging out in front of the falls:
The next day we took a train from Zurich to Milan. Again, the train ride was gorgeous!
We arrived in Milan in the late afternoon, so we went to dinner next door to our hotel. Our waiter was the most adorable thing ever. And he kept making fun of me, so I was instantly in love with him.
The next day we wondered around Milan. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that Milan looked exactly as I had pictured Italy.
We walked to where the Last Supper is and started to look around the cathedral, but we got kicked out... because some of the girls were wearing shorts and short sleeved. Goodness.
So we moved on...
We walked to a medieval castle where these Jamaican guys talked my mom and susie into paying them money to give them a "good luck" string around their wrist. They fell for it at least twice.
Then we went to the Duomo, the whole reason I wanted to go to Milan.
But, I was the only one allowed to go in because I was the only one with sleeves and pants on.
If you can't read this, it says:Jesus on the Web. Yah know, just in case you were worried he wasn't
Then, before we headed in for the night we made sure we had some goodies and a nice shop.
We even basked in the extreme heat and had a coffee:
The next morning we flew back to Amsterdam.
Over the next few days I showed the gals around Amsterdam, Den Haag, Delft, and Haarlem. My friend HEidi and I introduced them to Buses and Delicious Frites (Fries).
It was a relatively accident free trip. We got to see some of the most amazing European cities and we fit it into a week!
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