Let’s be honest. Denver was a place we had chosen on our 2 week road trip in America as the starting place purely based on the good prices of the flights offered by Iceland Air from Amsterdam. Apart from visiting the Columbine Memorial and a trip to see the beautiful Union Station, we had no other interests from the city centre. But sightseeing was still on our list of things to do, even if it meant just exploring the city one step at a time! Continue reading “Denver, CO Sightseeing & Top Things To Do!”
The Christmas celebrations had just passed and everyone was getting prepared for the New Years Eve celebrations. As a birthday present for my partners mum, we as a family, with his sister and her boyfriend, all went to Ghent for the day.
Our vacation to Prague started at the train station. We had booked ourselves on an overnight train from Amsterdam. Something completely new for us, but it was much cheaper than flying and we wanted a new experience!
We were lucky, since we didn’t book a private sleeping cabin but just chose two chairs due to our budget and we were placed in a cabin with 6 chairs in total. The lucky part was that only one other person joined us in this 6 chair cabin, meaning we could all lay down during the journey. Not that it was very comfy but we survived it fine.
Our first day in the city consisted of checking in at the Travellers Hostel which had a lovely breakfast included. Their breakfast room was situated perfect for the sunrise in the mornings. Good working wifi and perfect location to the city.
We picked up the free map provided and had a plan to visit the KGB Museum first.
This museum, which is more like a private collection, is situated in a small 3/4 room building run by a very enthusiastic Russian old man who has collected many unique World War II and Soviet Era artifacts on display, all related to covert operations and espionage. Maybe even ex-KBG himself? But highly recommended if you are interested and understand English well as his Russian accent was strong!
Of course no trip to Prague would be complete without walking over Charles Bridge. A very buzzing touristic spot filled with painters, jewellery sellers and live music. We stayed listening to the music for a while, some street performers really are good!
From here we walked up the St. Vitus Cathedral at the top of the hill. Below is the one photo I have that doesn’t show construction or scaffolding that was there for restoration.
We never went in, as it really was busy the weekend we had visited, but we enjoyed the atmosphere of the tourists and listened in on some of the walking tour guides close by to hear some of the history. In most cities we try and do a free walking tour but due to the short time planned we decided to explore on our own to the highlights we wanted to see.
Once you are at St. Vitus Cathedral you should take the paths all the way to the Petrin Hill & Observation Tower. There are some beautiful viewpoints along the way and all we could hear were birds singing to each other. The tower you can also go to the top with some pretty views towards the city. We decided for more exercise by walking up the 299 steps in the tower!
We decided against using the funicular railway to the city below as the weather was beautiful, and walked down the path ending the night with some dinner and a beautiful walk across the Charles Bridge again and local area.
We ended our second day with a delicious meal out in the city center for only €22.00 with drinks! We also visit to the top of the Old Town Hall for the views of Prague during sunset. A VERY popular thing to do, so some waiting was needed. This building also has Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock that can be special to watch (we missed it a few times before finally getting to see it between the many flocks of groups on walking tours).
It was the perfect evening to end our few days here. Prague, you were beautiful! One day we will be back to enjoy you again.
Unlike the overnight train from Amsterdam to Prague, we booked a proper sleeping cabin for our night train to Budapest as we wanted a decent nights sleep to explore the next day. You can check out our time in Budapest in my separate blog post here!
Breda is a beautiful little city in the province of North Brabant. It has a centralised square with the Grote Kerk church and filled with multiple restaurants where you can sit and enjoy the weather outside. The shopping street has all the usual stores with a few unique boutiques too and between the city center and the train station there is the Valkenberg park.
To me, Breda is the place where every year more than a thousand redheads meet together for the annual Redhead Days festival. This beautiful city comes alive with people of all ages who want to experience how amazing and unique it is to be in one place with so many other redheads of all colours.
I have been to the festival three times in total. I first time I attended was in 2012 after moving to the Netherlands, so there had already been 6 years that I had missed, however each year it has been expanding with popularity. The colour theme for 2012 was green, which is one of my favourite colours so I had plenty of clothes to choose from!
For 2013 the colour theme was blue. I was chosen from the 2012 festival to use one of my photos on part of the new advertising, which was pretty cool!
When I attended the 2nd time in 2013 we broke the Guinness World Record again for having 1,672 redheads in one place!
The festival always organises a group photo of all redheads at the Valkenberg park, where they also count how many redheaded people there are. This is the main part of the festival with the opening from Bart Rouwenhorst, the CEO who started the festival now 11 years ago. The festival also has many other activities such a a pub crawl, catwalk shows, live music, free mini photoshoots, kids activities and more.
The 3rd time I attended in 2014 the colour theme was purple, another great colour that goes well with the different red hair colours. They had a fantastic idea of stickers of your nationality flag to stick on you, so you could easily spot others from the same country and to meet new people who have travelled from abroad to visit the festival.
I even took part in the 2014 crowdfunding video for the festival to raise more awareness of the festival. So awesome to support the festival!
This year it will be the 11th year of the Redhead Days festival, with the colour theme as red. The funny thing is, red it not actually a colour I wear as I feel it clashes too much with my hair colour (pink and orange too!) but I will embrace it and plan to wear a red dress!
Being a redhead is something I have always loved, even with all the verbal abuse I had during my younger years. It wasn’t easy, but I’m still unique and I’m proud to be supporting the 2% of redheads in the world.
I was unable to attend in 2015, so I can’t wait for this year’s event in September. Will you be there too?
My flight was on time and I arrived in sunny Barcelona excited to see Lennart, who was already in Barcelona for work, so it was a perfect idea to join him for a cheap long weekend.
We had booked ourselves into the Hotel Acta Atrium Palace which is perfect walking distance from the Plaça de Catalunya square. Great hotel with comfy clean beds and very spacious. We tried the pool and jacuzzi during our stay which was relaxing but could of been a little warmer. We didn’t try the breakfast as we prefer going straight into the city and finding a bakery.
We had a rough idea of attractions we wanted to see, however there was also many attractions that we were personally not interested in. For the first day we decided to just go for a walk, and check out the city and the atmosphere. Since Lennart had already been there for a couple of days he had a good sense of where things were, and took me on a route to the harbour. Las Rambles is definitely the busiest street in Barcelona, even for November! All the tourists were found here. We enjoyed the warm 22c degrees walking with our sunglasses on and a bottle of water in my hand.
We planned the next day to visit the Montjuïc castle by getting to the top with the Telefèric de Montjuïc cable car. We got there fairly early (plus it wasn’t busy at all for November), resulting in us having our own cable car carriage to ourselves! We had a good clear sunny day so the views were good.
The castle was pretty simple, paying only €3 to get in and walk around to the top. There was no café and we had no drinks, so we decided to walk around the castle and walk back down into the city to find some refreshments. Behind the castle we found a hidden family café who only took cash, which we luckily had €5 left, just enough for two cold drinks. If we had more we would have tucked into a delicious pancake or something fresh from their BBQ.
The following day we headed to Park Guell for a relaxing walk on the hillside through the ruins and gardens. We decided not to go into the paid part of the park, as we had read that its rather expensive and not really so much to see. Plus this was also a popular place for all the tourists so we didn’t want to queue up and wait to get in. We could see parts of the beautiful architecture from our walk around it and really enjoyed our morning here.
In the evening we headed to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which was nice to see but after 5 minutes it wasn’t gonna get any more spectacular. They did use some of the latest music which entertained the crowd though. Even in November it was good to get early if you wanted to sit but we ended up standing and leaving before it was ended.
By the third day we visited the Mercat de Sant Josep. A very colourful place with a large variety of delicious things to eat. We enjoyed walking around it, but didn’t stay long as we were off on another walk around new areas of Barcelona.
A recommendation of dinner, even though you should be eating some of the delicious Spanish cuisine, we found ourselves a unique indian restaurant near our hotel called the Surya Barcelona. Every chair and table was different with the bar in the shape of a bus. Friendly staff and great service. We must of only spent about €30 in total for our corona beers, the curry’s and a warm nutella pancake for desert. Gezellig!
Our long weekend had come to an end and we were satisfied with all we had seen. However it’s a place we wouldn’t return to so fast due to the lack of attractions.
Our flight back home was rather rough, with turbulence most of the journey. When it came to landing, the strong winds that had been battering the Netherlands were giving the plane some troubles. We ended up landing with one wheel on the runway, cruising sideways for a good part of it before landing the other wheel and breaking. We always seem to be on the flights that have problems landing. Check out our vacation to Dordogne, where we so close to landing before the pilot took us back up to try again!