Travel: European winter

Everything starts again on Monday so there goes my two-week break. Time surely flies when you are having fun and I sure did. I’m writing this post from Prague where I currently will be until my return flight to Paris tomorrow night.

This week had been utterly fun albeit a little tiring with all my bits of travelling. What did I tell you before about the best thing of living in Europe? It’s always too easy to visit the neighbouring countries. Unfortunately holidaying during the New Year’s period had not been too kind on transport and accommodation expenses even though they're mostly short journeys but still worth it. I can’t tell you how beautiful these cities are when all the Christmas lights are twinkling but Paris is definitely not the only city of light come winter time.

It was very interesting to see how these cities differ between seasons as I have visited before during warmer months. Whilst there are pros and cons when choosing your time of visiting, there’s always something enticing about how the cities present themselves whenever you decide to visit.

I’m looking forward to writing further travel entries at the end of January where I have a little more time to sit and think about what to recommend within each city. In the meantime, here are pictures of each city I’ve travelled to in the last 2 weeks. Stay well wherever you are. smiley

Amsterdam's canal

Graben, the exclusive shopping street of Vienna

Budapest's Parliament House

Astronomical Clock and Christmas Market at Prague's Old Town Square

Travel: Amsterdam – part 1

Amsterdam is the floating capital city of Netherlands and also one of my favourite destinations in Europe.

Some of Amsterdam's canal houses are listed in UNESCO World Heritage.

Amsterdam Centraal is the main train station of Amsterdam which is conveniently located in the middle of all attractions.

Start your itinerary with a canal cruise to get a great outlook of the city

With over 100km of canals and 1500 bridges, the city is also called "The Venice" of North Europe.

The second thing you should do when you arrive in Amsterdam is do a free walking tour. Let the guide walk you through the history of Amsterdam, the tragedy of Anne Frank's story and Nazi occupation.

When you think Amsterdam, first thing that come to mind is… red light district. Am I right? Well everything you heard from windows of women – of all nationalities, ages and body shapes – displaying their “assets” to the likes of brothels, adult toy stores and museums dedicated to the triple-x category truly exist. Tip: do not ever attempt to photograph those working ladies, you might get punched, have your camera thrown or even splashed by a cup of pee or all of these combined. Not great.

Now let’s talk about "coffee shops" – first of all, coffee shops in Amsterdam do not sell coffees. They sell pots, hashish, cannabis and marijuana. Some also sell cannabis in an edible form such as pot brownies aka “space cakes” or “space cookies”. When you go into one to “try”, go inside to the counter and ask for a menu. You will see the available product listing, they are usually sold by the grams. Hint: do not attempt before flying. Sniffer dogs at the airports will guarantee your disqualification in entering your next destination.

I will be visiting the city again (for the third time) in less than three weeks and I am mostly excited about these Vlaamse Frites – french fries served with rich mayonaisse, it is the most famous food item in Amsterdam and is available everywhere!!  After tasting several vendors, I have found the best (according to my tastebuds). I know exactly where it is located but unfortunately forgotten to note down the shop's name. Don’t worry, I will ensure to do that on my next visit smiley

Good night Amsterdam, see you soon!