And….I’M BACK! Miss me?
I miss Europe already. It honestly feels like another place over there. The food was amazing, the people beautiful (that’s an understatement), and the sites…breathtaking. Their countries just generate love and romance. It’s hard not to be swept up in the European dream world.
Now I NEVER thought my trip would end out this way, and who would when you’ve thrown up four times in an airplane bathroom on the six hour flight it took to get part of the way there! Yes, that’s right, I put a few barf bags to use and I’m pretty sure the flight attendants hated me from the first one on. No worries though, I think it was just the plane ride mixed with some pretty awful food that did me in.
Anyways, we landed safely after that in Brussels (Belgium) and were greeted by Mickael, Paul’s old French friend from high school. The first place we stayed was in Lille (northern France, practically a stone’s throw from Belgium) at his “other French mother’s” house. She only spoke French which was actually kind of nice. Her house was very cute, it had a beautiful garden, breakfast table, low lying beds, and in true European fashion minimal bathrooms including one without a sink (which made “potty” breaks just a little more challenging….).
On the first Saturday, Mickael married his love Capucine. Their wedding was gorgeous and included a traditional civil ceremony, the religious ceremony, a cocktail hour, a brief break, and a reception that lasted until 5 in the morning. French weddings blow ours out of the water! Dinner was a five course meal: scallops and truffles, beef and veggies, cheese, salad, and of course desert! There wasn’t a traditional wedding cake but instead were 4 different kinds of cakes, cookies, pastries and even crepes with chocolate which were freshly made! The reception was simply fantastic. The music was mainly from America, and oddly enough included “YMCA”, “Macho Man”, and “My Heart Will Go On” (The main theme from titanic haha!).
The wedding was just the beginning of our trip. We wandered the streets of Lille which was amazing! Cobblestone roads everywhere, simple bakeries, and oh my goodness the shoes! SHOES! I fell in love with every pair without fail! Next, we went to the beautiful city Brugge, Belgium. It’s nicknamed “the Little Venice of the North” and for good reason! Water channels went in and out of the city, little canal boats went under the cities bridges and all of the houses that were right on the water had little doors that opened literally right on to the canal.
Our last big stop was in non-other than Amsterdam. What a city! The houses on the canal were amazing! They all slanted every which way, and it turns out that there’s a fifteen year waiting list for any one of them! We booked an amazing hotel (I was actually really afraid it’d end up in a bad part of town but we lucked out), took a romantic boat tour around the city complete with wine and cheese, and even made a visit to the incredible Anne Frank house. The whole thing was so moving, I mean I was in the house she hid in for those years, and I saw her famous diary and writing first hand…there just aren’t any words to describe it. I was in the Secret Annex….that’s something to tell my kids one day.
Overall, my trip was one to remember! Not many people make it over to Europe in their lifetime, I’m just glad that I did.
EDIT: So I'm having a hard time adding pictures today...as soon as I'm able to I'll make another post with some included!