Hever Castle was the childhood home of Mary, Anne and George Boleyn. It was an easy and short trip from the Gatwick Airport. The castle holds several paintings, some of the love letters that Henry VIII wrote to Anne Boleyn and a letter that she wrote to him. Hever Castle felt like a grand home, that I wished I grew up in.
On my last full day in Russia with Amawaterways we went to Peterhof. Peter the Great was inspired by Versailles when he visited in 1717, which influenced the design of Peterhof. I remember being told that some people preferred Peterhof but that “you would have to see for yourself.” I found Tsarskoye Selo more beautiful, but I remember Peterhof as the fun palace. At Peterhof a set of sprinklers would go off if you stepped on the wrong spot while trying to sit on a grand bench outside. The inside was beautiful and the outdoors was magical.
On a train I passed the border which separated The Netherlands and Belgium. After the train ride I took a taxi, which was a shorter ride in a quainter space.
I arrived in Brugge in almost no time at all. Brugge looked like the setting in a fairytale and I happily got lost in it.
Hotel Dukes Palace
…and into Brugge
Touring Pompeii with Viator
Early morning in Rome, I met with the group and travelled to Pompeii. There was one stop along the way, which I used as time to buy chocolate. The day was guided with amazing storytellers.
After exploring Pompeii, it was time for pizza in Naples; the essential for climbing up Mount Vesuvius. How far you climbed up Mount Vesuvius was your choice, which made the tour suitable for all age groups.
Snow cones and then it was back to my temporary home in Rome.
Tsarskoye Selo with Amawaterways
Travelling to Pushkin from Saint Petersburg, we were early enough to beat the lines at Tsarskoye Selo. Amawaterways gave us a tour of the palace, taking our group through the history of the different rooms, including a romantic spot for Catherine the Great. There was a great amount of destruction there from World War II, as some parts were still being restored. Once the tour of the rooms which we were able to see was over, it was time to explore the gardens freely.
Saint Paul de Vence is one of the oldest villages on the French Riviera. beginning as a bustling town in the Middle Ages, it also became a protective force for Provence run by Francois I. Later in the 20th century the Saint Paul de Vence was a home to French actors and artists, such as Marc Chagall.
First Cruise and First Time in Russia
As the plane started to descend to Moscow, the plane tilted and I saw a dome shaped building through the clouds.
Shortly after arriving I was on a bus tour to Amakaterina. My Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Mom, Dad, Brother and I travelled along the river with the rest of the passengers to different cities and villages. The cruise provided music, dance, language classes and surreal sunset dinners. However before all of that happened, I had a day in London.
The beginning of our journey
The Kremlin Palace
Lunch cruising through Moscow
The mystical town Uglich that dates all the way back to 937.
One story I still remember is of Dmitry Ivanovich, Ivan the terrible’s last son who was banished to Uglich. Tragically he was found dead one day, ending the line of the Rurik Dynasty.
During my time here I got to stroll through the markets, as well as go inside a former governors house. A lady dressed for the time period show the group around the place. Near the end a miniature ball was featured, for those who decided to dance.
The Hermitage Museum/ Winter Palace
The beautiful grey building is the bookstore we stopped in shortly.
After exploring Saint Petersburg some more I went to a ballet at The Hermitage. We took a hydrofoil there and back. On the way there our first hydrofoil stopped working and another had to come and pick us up. We all transported to the other hydrofoil in the canal. The ballet we saw was “Odette.”
The next day we went to Peterhof and then the Yusupov Palace. However I won’t be showing photos from Yusupov Palace.
Windsor Castle has served as a home to Royalty such as Queen Victoria, Queen Mary, a young Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Inside the castle you can see Queen Mary’s (wife of King George V) extensive doll house, as well as an impressive art collection. Windsor Castle has captured my interest and Shakespeare’s; as Windsor Castle holds the setting in the Shakespeare play “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
Monte Carlo, Monaco is the cutest city in the world. Streets of pink, French style balconies, to finish with the yachts bordering the land and ocean. Although I have no photos of my hotel in Monte Carlo I stayed at Hotel Novotel.
Down below is a peek at Monaco.
Grace Kelly, a 50’s actress who starred in Alfred Hitchcock films such a Rear Window, ended her movie career when she fell in love and married Prince Rainier. Grace Kelly became Princess of Monaco. Down below is Fontvieille Park, Princess Grace Rose Garden, Prince’s Palace of Monaco and Saint Nicholas Cathedral.
Another spot to take a look at in Monte Carlo is the Casino. The Casino in Monte Carlo is the perfect place to pose for pictures, make money, lose money and have dinner.
View from Novotel Monte Carlo