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.
The grab and go
Hotel de Russie
The calm sit down
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.