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15 Things to Do in Amsterdam

1. Be romantic. Find the The Fault in Our Stars Bench in Leidsegracht and pretend to be Gus and Hazel for the day. Don’t forget to take that awesome selfie to commemorate the moment.   2. Visit the Dam Square. The Dam Square is Amsterdam’s central square that plays a huge role in history because it is where the city was founded. Some important monuments can be also found nearby such as the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and the National Monument.  ...

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DIY Paris: Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Le Marais

Day four and five, coming up! DAY FOUR 7 AM | We started the day early, packed our bags and headed to our second hotel in the 10th Arrondissement so we could be closer to Gare du Nord station (since we were taking an early train to Brussels the following day). Our plan was to tour the nearby district of Montmartre and our first stop was Sacre Coeur Basilica. It was a lovely morning and we didn’t want it to go to waste. So instead of taking the funicular railway towards the top of the  ...

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DIY Paris: Tuileries, Île de la Cité, Arc de Triomphe

And the adventure continues. Here we go. DAY THREE 7 AM | We left the hotel early for some authentic french petit déjeuner. We chose a cafe called Terrasse Saint Lazare about one block from where we were staying and we both ordered their breakfast special. Kent had his traditional french omelet and I settled for some bread and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). What I learned about typical french breakfasts is – you can never have too much bread in the morning! My, my! What a surprise it  ...

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DIY Paris: Eiffel, Versailles, Louvre

Hello Francophiles! I’m very excited to present you with the DIY Paris series and to share the five unforgettable days that we spent in this city. I know Paris can be a little bit intimidating especially for first-timers (like I had been when I first set foot there) but fret not because I’m going to lay out our very own itinerary for you to follow or just get ideas from. Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned so just be open to a few adventures and  ...

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A Friendly Beginner’s Guide to Paris

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. – Elizabeth Barett Browning Ninety-nine percent of the random people I ask always included Paris in their bucketlists because, hey, what’s not to love about this romantic city? I finally ticked the City of Lights off my bucketlist last year with my husband, surprisingly on our own with a little help from the internet and Lonely Planet. How did we do it? Well, here’s a simple guide I’ve put together based on experience. Read  ...

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Brussels in a Day

It’s been a while since I last made a travel post. I was supposed to write one featuring the top five things I love most about the places I visit, hence, the MMWTravelogue series. But because my husband and I were just passing through Brussels (we were on our way from Paris to Amsterdam) and spent only a day in the city, I think it is best fitting to elaborate on how we spent merely twelve waking hours in its charmed cobblestone streets, a staple in any old European city. At 6 AM we  ...

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MMWTravelogue: Budapest

My friends and I spent two days in this charming city during our European summer trip in 2015. We boarded the Hop-on-Hop-off bus on our first day to get to the top attractions and spent our second day just relaxing and taking in the city’s laidback vibe. If I were to describe Budapest, I would say it’s quite refreshing and easygoing for my taste – with all the typical baroque architecture all around but without the cliched “old town” tone to it. Personally I  ...

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MMWTravelogue: VIENNA

The first time I stepped on Austrian soil, my first impression was that it was a bit metropolitan for my taste. The ambiance was quite different from Prague and Budapest (the two other countries we visited in June of 2015), which in my opinion showcased more of historical and traditional architecture. But don’t get me wrong, I was impressed all the same. On the other hand I was really hoping to do a sidetrip to Salzburg (I grew up watching The Sound of Music), but perhaps we could  ...

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