Located in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
I like to collect miniature buildings when I go places and surprisingly found one of the building that I liked to stare at outside my hotel room window.
and another hotel room view…
The bed and candy
There’s my favourite flower
and out of the room
A journey downstairs…
The breakfast at the hotel was a lot of fun, since donuts were included. There was a lot of other food to choose from and a variety of teas.
out and about
Hotel an der Oper
Located in Munich
The dining space
The welcome candy
and the not so secret passageway…
On my final day in Germany I walked from my last hotel the Holiday Inn Express Munich City West to Nymphenburg. Walking over was much better than taking a taxi because of the fall colours and surprisingly warm weather. Unfortunately after a few hours at Nymphenburg I was so tired that I had to taxi back to the hotel.
The night before touring Neuschwanstein Castle with Viator, a staff member at Hotel an der Oper gave my mom and I some insight about the connection between Neuschwanstein Castle and Walt Disney. Neuschwanstein Castle was an influence for some of Walt Disney’s creations, such as the film Fantasia. Along with the castles connection to Disney, there is the historic yet unresolved tale of King Ludwig II “The Fairytale King.”Stories take place everywhere, but even just walking into the castle feels like walking into a storybook.
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.
One day in London goes in this sort of direction
In the day and the night lit up
desserts and pretty interior
floral cocktails and a city view
along the water
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.