Happy Mother's Day!
In the last two weeks, I've spent time in Berlin & Amsterdam. I'm writing this quick note as I head to Paris by train. We're just leaving Belgium and entering France and the landscape is beautiful -- I only wish it didn't move so fast.
The highlight of the trip so far has been the weather! May has turned out to be a fantastic time to be in Europe with the nights in the mid-60s and the days in the mid-70s -- it makes you want to be outside nearly all of the time!
I started the trip in Berlin, in part because I've become fond of the direct flight from Dallas to Frankfurt on Lufthansa Airlines and otherwise because I love the freedom of expression and spirit of Berlin.
After adjusting to the time difference, it was easy to settle into everyday Berlin life. It's so fascinating to see how the East and West have merged since the Berlin wall has fallen. I'll be putting together a "perfect day" itinerary for each side of the city that highlights some fun and unique experiences like an old airport turned into a city park, a mall filled with boutique shops and a great view of the bombed church, and my favorite eating spot -- a jewish deli!
On Tuesday, travels took me into Amsterdam and old city full of beautiful canals -- seriously not sure why anyone thinks Venice is so amazing when we have the 7 canals of Amsterdam to wander. The city, it's people, it's cocktails, and night-time centric lifestyle really reminds me so much of New Orleans. Beyond that, my best day was spent biking around the city and into Vonderpark to relax and people watch. And, my favorite nighttime activity was taking pictures and having cocktails at Hotel Pulitzer.
I've attached just a couple of the photographs I took in Berlin and Amsterdam.
One from Berlin is of a proposal that happened in Mauerpark in Berlin -- a huge city park famous for its flea market and open-air karaoke.
The other from Berlin is a nighttime shot of the Cathedral. I actually had to follow someone into a private apartment building and the ascend to the top floor to find a small terrace to take that picture -- it's one of my favorites!
Amsterdam was the perfect city to take nighttime landscape photograph. The first photo is a landscape with a small shop to the left, a canal, a smokestack, and boats to the right -- it was featured on an Instagram account with 60K follows called Super Holland. It really captures that magic of Amsterdam. The second is a photo of a small waterfront cafe with a light trail coming in from the left side of the frame formed by a bicycle headlight -- I hope next time I'm in Amsterdam you'll be with me there having a coca cola, Aperol spritz, or something even stronger!
Until next time -- Bonsoir!