I will always prefer the small towns to the big cities, but there is just something about Paris. When we were planning our U.K. and Europe trip, we knew that we had to time it, so that we could celebrate our anniversary in Paris! After all, it was one of the first spots we travelled to together. In 2015, we spent part of our honeymoon in the city of love. We decided to recreate parts of that honeymoon trip, by finding the same restaurant and visiting the Eiffel Tower. Today, I’m going to share the highlights of our first day in Paris, on our third wedding anniversary.
Hey Y’all! I am excited to share another travel-related post with you today! I finished up my series on Taiwan (for now), but I still have a lot of stories to share. Over the next several weeks, I will be telling you about our most recent trip to Europe. Some locations were repeats for us and others were brand new. One of the beautiful things about traveling is, even if you revisit the same location, there are still so many things left to see and do. We always leave, feeling like we could have stayed for a lot longer, and still not have seen it all. That’s why I never regret going back! Today, I’m going to start this new series, by telling you about our first full day in London!
The Decision to Revisit London
When we were deciding on where to go for our third wedding anniversary, we ran through a lot of options. Part of me wanted to do a tropical location and still another part of me wanted to try something completely and totally new. It just so happened, that Nashville International Airport, started having nonstop flights to Heathrow, back in May. As world travelers, this news thrilled us! Our airport, while it is international, has only ever offered straight flights to Canada and Mexico, so this was huge progress. We were even happier to find out the flight would be operated by British Air. This played a major role, in our decision to go back to Europe. Even though we had been to London, once before, it was a very short stop, and we didn’t get to see much. I was excited to get to spend a few days there and explore the city more and some of the surrounding areas.Read More
I am a little sad to say, that today I am concluding my Europe Honeymoon series. It has been so fun to write about our adventures in Europe and it has made me so very nostalgic. I want to go back! Hopefully, one day that will be a possibility. For now, I will leave you with our last stop on this amazing honeymoon trip: The Netherlands!
When we arrived in Amsterdam, we had already been traveling for over a week and even though we had mostly recovered from jet lag, we were exhausted from the constant moving. That didn’t make us any less excited for this part of the trip, though. Justin’s mom and his Oma and Opa are from Holland, so it was especially meaningful for him to be able to go there. Our first day there we took a train to Hilversum, the small town where Justin’s Oma and Opa lived, and where his mom was born.
Not only were we able to see the town, but we found the very same house that they lived in. It was rainy and cold, but that didn’t stop us from asking an older, local man to take our picture. He spoke very few words in English and Justin spoke very few words in Dutch, but somehow we managed to get a good photo taken!
The next couple of days, back in Amsterdam, we took our time walking around the city and exploring on our own. Justin had already introduced me to Vructenhagel at home, so I knew I had to have some while were there. We discovered sweet little shops, where the local owners were friendly and didn’t mind talking to us. We mostly got around on foot, but a few times we took a boat ride from one part of the city to another.
Things I enjoyed most in Holland:
- Delicious pastries and tea
- The locals were incredibly friendly
- Paper stores!!
- Tulips everywhere
Holland was an amazing end to an over all, amazing trip! I am so glad that we had the opportunity to see and do so much, in such a short amount of time. We do plan to go back to Europe (especially Holland) in the future. Until then, I will daydream of buttery, soft pastries and gorgeous scenery.
Until next time, my friends!
Hey y’all! I’m back today with another post in my Europe traveling series. As I told you previously, my husband and I spent a little less than two weeks in Europe for our honeymoon. We wanted to take in as many countries as we could, in a short amount of time. The third stop on our trip was Munich, Germany. Today, I’m going to give a brief overview of our time spent there.
Food and Drink
I titled this post “History and Culture in Germany,” but in all honesty it could have been “History and Delicious, Savory, Mouthwatering Food in Germany”. I know I have gone on and on about the food in Europe, but each place we stopped on this trip, had it’s own unique food and beverage selection. Munich, Germany was no exception to this. We visited a few Beirhalles (aka: beer hall or garden) while we were there. Hofbraeuhaus and Paulaner were a couple of our favorites. Before this trip, there were very few beers that I would even tolerate. I’ve always been a wine and cocktail kind of girl. Munich changed that! Now, I love a good German, wheat beer. I also became a huge fan of Dunkel Radlers while I was there. Radlers are beer mixed with a fruit juice, such as lemonade. Delicious!
Believe it or not there was more than beer at the beer halls. The food was absolutely delicious. Munich is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of place. All of the dishes were hearty and filling. I guess they need it to soak up all of the beer! It was in Germany, that I first tried duck and loved it. I also enjoyed their pretzels and sweet, fruit filled, desserts.
The White Rose
One of the most interesting and awesome things we learned about in Munich, was The White Rose. This was a group of students, at the University of Munich, that started a resistance against the Nazi regime. The bravery and determination in this group of young people was truly inspiring. In an attempt to expose Hitler and other Nazi leaders, the students created and distributed pamphlets that told the public about the atrocities that were being committed. Most of the members ended up being arrested and later executed for their attempts to take down the Nazi regime. The most notable, were Sophie and Hans Scholl, who brought suitcases full of pamphlets into the University of Munich and dumped them from the top of the stairs. That is when they were caught and taken into custody. During his trial, Hans Scholl had this to say: “I knew what I took upon myself and I was prepared to lose my life by so doing.”
Dachau was a concentration camp in Munich. You may ask, why would you visit a concentration camp on your honeymoon? My response would be: Why not? Yes, it was somber and eye-opening. It was also something Justin and I both wanted to see. Of course, we learned about concentration camps in school, just like everyone does. We both knew the history going in, but nothing can prepare you for the feelings you experience, standing on that property and being inside of those buildings. I will not share all of the photographs that we took there. We really didn’t take many, because it felt almost disrespectful to do so, but I do think that it’s important to learn from our history. Germany could have destroyed what was left of these places, but instead they have allowed them to be educational. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Germany, you should take a trip to one of these camps. Pay your respects to the innocent men and women that suffered and died. Count your blessings and hope and pray that what occurred in that place never happens again.
So, that sums up how we spent a few days in Munich, Germany. It was definitely the biggest learning experience out of all of our stops on this Europe trip. We are so thankful for the time we had there and hope to one day go back.
Please, check out my previous posts in this series below and keep an eye out for the last leg of our honeymoon trip: Amsterdam!
Until next time!