Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Break

I had 11 days off for fall break, so I took the opportunity to travel to Prague, Berlin, Paris, and Amsterdam with some friends through a program called Bus2alps. They planned out the entire trip, so it was a relatively stress free way to travel. We started out in Prague, which was probably my favorite city of the trip. We were there for 2 full days, during which we did a guided walking tour of the city and explored on our own. I also got the chance to meet up with my Czech friend who I met in New Zealand, so it was really great to spend some time with him. 

Astronomical Clock in Old Town

The Crew

Climbed Petrin Hill to get a view of the city

Prague Castle

John Lennon Wall

Next we took a bus to Berlin. We were only there for a day, so we decided to make the most of the short time by doing a 3 hour guided walking tour with our group then another 4 hour alternative walking tour of the city. This was a great way to learn about the history of Berlin as well as see some unique parts of the city that showcased their famous street art/graffiti.

Bradenburg Gate

Berlin Wall trail

Berlin Wall

Holocaust Memorial

Checkpoint Charlie

Part of the graffiti tour

That night we took an overnight bus to Amsterdam. In the morning we again did a walking tour of the city. We were there for 2 full days, so we took our time exploring the city and went to the Anne Frank house, the Van Gogh museum, and did a guided tour of the Red Light District.

Street of our hostel (on the border of the Red Light District)

Van Gogh museum

Danish Pancakes!

Dam square carnival

Skinniest house

The last stretch of the trip we took a bus to Paris. Having already been here before I was least excited for this part of the trip, but it was still fun to walk around the beautiful city.

Best hot chocolate in the world

Notre Dame

Lock Bridge

Le Louvre


Macaroons at the famous Laduree

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