As expected, I have returned with fresh ideas and renewed energy that I am super excited to channel into Dear Edna this fall. I'll share all of that fun stuff with you in due time, but first things first: vacation recap!
Despite all the travelling I've done in the past, believe it or not, I have never even had a stopover in London. I was thrilled to begin our journey there, easing the transition while staying with family and speaking English! Overly excited about the trip that lay ahead, I'm afraid I feverishly dragged poor Mikey J around to all the tourist sites he had seen before, plus a few extras. Our feet were aching, but it was worth it. As a lover of historical fiction, this city was a treat. Add fashion, farmers markets, and pubs on every corner, and you've got a tourist for life.
Of all the cities we visited, I could most see myself living in Amsterdam. I loved it from the moment I arrived. Everything from the people to the weather has an effortless style about it. More bikes than cars, more handmade than brand name, more old than new. sigh.
I feel like we owe Brussels an apology, as we've been bad-mouthing it a little ever since we left. We were there for less than a day, so we only saw a small portion of the city, and we were there when the heat wave of the century hit, so we were dragging our feet and grouchy, to say the least. I will say that their Grand Place was impressive. All of the buildings in that square had incredibly gorgeous and detailed architecture. I can only imagine what it was like as a bustling centre of commerce back in the day. You may also be interested to know, the chocolate, waffles and beer were also yummy here (we factored enough time in for that of course)!
You can see these pictures in more detail, complete with captions, plus many more in my Picasa photo gallery.
Stay tuned for Part 2... The City of Love! Ooh la la!