When you go to Amsterdam, one of the best ways to explore is by renting a bicycle at one of their many rental locations.
We really enjoyed taking the ferry across the river away from the busy part of the city and into the beautiful country side. We had the lady at the bicycle shop circle where all the windmills were in the city, and we went on an adventure to find them all:)
Many of you have not heard of Enkenbach, but it is one of the cutest little towns in Germany and where I happened to live when I was little. If you want a taste of true German culture without the tourists, it's a great place to visit.
Next we boarded the train to... Berlin
|the Berlin wall|
There are two organized tours I highly recommend when you reach Salzburg. The first is the Sound of Music tour. This will take you out into the beautiful country surrounding the city, and on a bus where they play all of the music from the movie!
|the Von Trapp house from the movie|
|the famous gazebo! "I am 16 going on 17..."|
|the church where Maria and the Captain got married in the movie|
The other is a tour of the Salt mines.
|There's this really fun slide you take to get deeper into the cave:)|
Our next stop was Garmisch, Germany in Bavaria
This was my favorite city on the trip, absolutely beautiful!
We stayed in a camping village about an hour outside of Venice called Alba D'Oro in one of their cabins. I don't recommend it. What I recommend is trying to find one of the cool hostels in Venice on a canal before you arrive in the city. We were kind of winging it, which proved very entertaining most of the time, but we would've preferred to stay in the city.
We made two mistakes in Florence. One, we were there on a Monday. Museums are closed on Mondays. So we didn't get to see the David statue or anything else. Still a very cool city to walk around with some awesome cathedrals. Second mistake, we planned to just sleep in the train station that night. The Florence train station actually closes at 1am. So we ended up hopping on the last train out of there, which was to Pisa. The Pisa train station doesn't close;)
|This was the only picture we took in Florence;)hehe Now Mattioli is this awesome Italian leather boot shop where I bought my boots! Highly recommend!! ;)|
We finally made it to Rome: from Florence, to Pisa, to Rome. If you're ever in Indiana, I'll tell you the full story over a beer;)
|Reformation Wall in Bastions Park|
|Lake Geneva. Lyd went paragliding off that mountain!|
Our final stop on day 13 was London, England
We made sure to stay in a Bed and Breakfast here. London has some great ones. The highlight of our stop in London was seeing Phantom of the Opera at Her Magesty's Royal Theatre, which is absolutely beautiful.