Amsterdam and London, WOW!

Wowzer, what else can I say?  Two amazing cities, very different from each other and so different than my home town.  Beautiful, rainy, Royal, historic, energetic, busy . . . just a few of the words I can use to describe Amsterdam and London.

Recently, my husband and I took a late 20th anniversary trip with Collette Tours.  I would first like to say – Yes, Collette Tours is worth it!  They were amazing from beginning to end.  Our tour manager, Evan, thought of everything and was able to help with anything needed.  We were a smaller group of 27 people ranging in age from 20’s to 70’s.  A very fun and entertaining group.

Amsterdam . . . this is a must do for everyone.  But, make sure to go in the Spring when all the tulips from Keukenhof (a quick side trip) are in bloom.  They were amazing, like nothing I’ve ever seen.  I actually got a little misty eyed just viewing their beauty.  I could not believe how manicured, fragrant and vibrant the gardens were.  I would go back for sure.

Amsterdam itself is extremely lively.  The architecture is so historic and interesting.  The people are busy and bike everywhere.   Everyone is in great shape and has a professional attitude.  I was a little surprised by there is as Marijuana is legal and everywhere.  It’s a way of life for many of them.  Worth a visit to the Rijks Museum and cruise through the many canals.  While getting lost looking for our hotel one night, it seemed every corner had a different “happening”.  One had a carnival, one led to the “red-light district” and another had market stands.  A very fun town to get lost in!

We then took the Eurostar from Brussles to London.

London – its like living in a museum in the making.  It’s just cool to feel like you are in history as it’s being written.  We thoroughly enjoyed riding the tube and “minding the gap” several times to find new parts of the city to explore.  We loved the romantic walk along the river and over the Tower Bridge.  BTW – if you see the street vendor selling nuts, buy them!  Amazing!  Also walking through Piccadilly Circus, SOHO and China Town is just plain fun.  Eat at Hung, Drawn and Quartered – they have the best meat pie!  And take the trip to Windsor!  We loved walking through knowing in two weeks would be the amazing wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  It was so neat to see first hand where things would take place.

In short, go if you have the chance.  Love both cities and would go again in a heart beat!

I love Europe but the world is out there to explore!  Looking forward to the next stop on our adventures . . . Toronto?

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