Holland & Belgium

February 27, 2014 Filed Under: Travel Journal, Worldly Whereabouts 0 Comments

Second leg of my Europe photo diary! Sorry for the late update, but I guess it’s better late than never. ;)

After London we were able to visit Holland and Belgium, both of which were breathtakingly beautiful.

We rode a huge boat from London to Amsterdam, and I stayed up all night ‘cause of intense jetlag. Nevertheless, it was cool to experience the “suite life on deck” feel (the theme song kept playing in my head the whole time, lol childhood). The call time was 6am though, so no fun in that.

We arrived first thing in the morning and went on a day tour.

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Stunning scenery, freezing weather, and really good cheese. <3

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Amsterdam’s culture is pretty rich and I love the architecture and how bikes are an essential form of transportation here. They have a special bike lane on every side of the road.

I happened to pass by places with ‘Vincent’ written all over the walls. I’m told Vincent Van Gogh has a museum here and I’ve yet to visit. (I am so going back.)

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We spent quite a short time only (a day to be exact) and at night we were able to visit the night market and I happened to have found the best tasting stroopwafels and Spanish paella. I cry.

The next day was en route to Belgium, where chocolate, beer and waffles are quite popular. We spent the day exploring the central square after lunch.

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Maison Dandoy has the best Belgian waffles. Although it was a bit more expensive than the 1 euro ones near the sidewalk, it was really, really, really good. ;_;

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The photo does not do it justice, please.

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Bought a whole lot of chocolate as well ‘cause Belgium has really good chocolate, of course. Most of them are handmade so you really know it was outsourced from the best ingredients and made with lots of love.

Funny how the saleslady reprimanded me after I took this photo. (The things I do for blogging…)

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Road signs are always my favorite subject to take photographs of, for some reason. So here’s a road sign from Belgium, lol

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Beautifully constructed architecture is always photo-worthy.

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Sneaky shot at Godiva! Look at those gigantic strawberries ;_;

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Mannequin Pis is the iconic symbol of Belgium, and here it is in many forms. The little (and original) one can be found somewhere in this area, too.

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I’m told this is the exact location where Tintin’s setting was derived from. Pretty awesome how a lot of popular comic characters came from Belgium. 

Not much to share here but those two days were definitely fun (and short). See this is why I tell myself I’m going to travel as often as I can once I start working and earning – the world’s just too beautiful to be ignored and looked at only in pictures.

Sharing more of my travel photos soon! 

Abbey

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