Two nights ago I flew in to JFK Airport after almost two weeks of visiting Jay. It was the first time that I came home and didn’t have that lurking feeling of “when will I see him again.” Even when I flew to Amsterdam I didn’t have that same sense of adventure and excitement as when I visited him in Australia. Traveling to visit Jay has just become a part of my life.
Our visit together was definitely one of my favorites. We were constantly on the move from the time I arrived until the morning I left for home. Here’s a mini snapshot of our itinerary:
DAY 1: I arrived! We explored Jay’s homecity for a while, went to the grocery store, and made a nice dinner of burritos together.
DAY 2: I have never felt so Dutch as I did this day. After transferring from trains to a bus we arrived at Keukenhof, famous for vast displays of tulips. We later rented bikes to go see the sand dunes at the beach and see more tulip fields!
DAY 3: Since we didn’t want to get too adventurous too quickly we decided to take a trip to Jay’s school this day. That way I could see where he studied and really learn more about his day-to-day life from this past year. We also stopped by the city center for some window shopping.
DAY 4: We traveled by train to reach a quaint Dutch town and a really cool castle. We toured around the inside of it and had a nice lunch of Dutch appetizers before heading home.
DAY 5: High-speed train to Paris, that’s what’s up! We traveled First Class (oo-la-la) to Paris and headed to Champs-Élysées after checking into the hotel. Later that night we visited Montmarte for some more sight-seeing and saw the city lit up from a really astounding lookout point.
DAY 6: Today we went to see the Mona Lisa and other pieces of art in the Musée du Louvre. Then it was off to the Eiffel Tower! We wandered around the area eating chocolate-drizzled waffles and taking in the beautiful scenery. Later we visited the Notre Dame Cathedral and met up with my cousin and her boyfriend for some drinks. They recommended a nice French restaurant for us to try for our last night in Paris.
DAY 7: It was our last day in Paris already! We started with Les Invalides and saw Napoleon’s tomb along with a really interesting army museum. Then we had a decision to make since we hadn’t seen everything on our list but we decided to head to Ménagerie, le zoo du Jardin des Plantes. This is a really fun zoo in the center of a big park. They have a surprising amount of animals and really cool old buildings. Later we stopped by Galleries La Fayette, a very fancy department store, and bought a few last minute souvenirs before heading back to Gare du Nord for our train back to the Netherlands.
DAY 8: Happy King’s Day! We dressed up in our orange gear and then headed to Amsterdam. There we drank along the canals while exploring the city and enjoying all of the other orange-clad people. We continued our celebration by making pannekoeken for dinner!
DAY 9: It’s Cheese Market Day. 🙂 Almost every Thursday morning Gouda has a cheese market. I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy some cheese for the trip home. Gouda also makes some super delicious stroopwafels so Jay and I stocked up on those as well!
DAY 10: Rest is for the weak. We traveled 2.5 hours to visit Jay’s sister in Maastricht. We went into these underground “caves” and even saw the point where Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands all meet. We finished the day with a nice steak dinner and headed back home.
DAY 11: And just like that is was my last day with Jay. We walked to the grocery store and prepared a nice charcuterie board for lunch before heading into the city for center for shopping. We both got some nice shoes, among other things, and then headed home to relax and watch some movies together.
DAY 12: Alas, it was time for me to leave. We woke up early to get in as much bonding time as possible before I had to leave. He made us croissants and we watched some Arrested Development before heading off to Schiphol Airport. Even though I didn’t want to leave it really was the perfect way to end my visit. And it was great hearing Jay tell me that this would be the last visit I need to make to see him.
This is only a short description of everything we did on my recent Euro Trip. There was so much to see in a short time and I think Jay and I really stepped up to the challenge. We saw so many things and ate a lot of wonderful food. What more can you ask for out of a vacation? 🙂
I can’t wait to share more details about my trip with you. Check back soon for more in-depth posts and pictures!