Tuesday, April 12, 2016

photo diary: amsterdam

I really had no idea what to expect when we arrived in Amsterdam.  We had taken the train from Paris to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam Centraal Train Station, we hopped right onto the tram to head to our airBNB to drop off our bags.

First, our airBNB was amazing.  Seriously, if you're ever in Amsterdam, see if Brigit's apartment is available.  It has two bedrooms (comfortable for three people), a glorious bathroom with a huge soaking tub (after about a week of us showering in the tiniest European showers, we were so glad to see a bathroom where we could actually comfortably shampoo our hair!), and an great little kitchen area.  We ended up picking up some groceries from the Albert Heijn down the street so that we could eat breakfast in the apartment.  Plus, Brigit was a great host!  She met us at the apartment and showed us around, and then texted us a few restaurants/places to check out.  It was really nice to get a local's view on what to (and not to) do during our stay!

Second, unless you're in a time crunch, don't use public transportation.  Amsterdam is a walkable city, and you miss so much by being on the tram.  Our last day, we got a 24 hour tram pass so that we could squeeze in a museum and a few shops we wanted to go back to (they were closed when we had passed them on the previous day) before we had to go back to the airBNB to pick up our bags and head to the airport.  Just an FYI - it is possible (and quite easy!) to get to the airport using the bus that's included in the tram passes.  It takes about 15 minutes longer than the train that goes to the airport, but if you have the tram pass, it's more economically friendly to hop on the bus.

(these wooden tulips were so popular in Amsterdam! I really debating back bringing a few to put in a vase in my room, but I was afraid they wouldn't make it back in one piece...says the girl who brought back three Royal Copenhagen Mugs and a Royal Delft stein without any incident...)

(The bicyclists in Amsterdam are insane!  We thought riding bikes in Copenhagen was scary, but Amsterdam would have been way worse.  We contemplating renting bikes, but after seeing how everyone the locals ride, we decided not to.)

We only spent about three days in Amsterdam, and I wish we would have had a little bit more time...but I guess that just means I have to go back!

xx, Rebecca

Thursday, April 7, 2016

eating my way through europe


(chicken salad on traditional danish rye bread)

(all the varieties of somersby brewed by Carlsberg in Denmark)

(pot pie and oreo pie from The American Pie Company...amazing.)

(couldn't resist the reflection of the pie lights on the marble counter tops!)

(traditional Danish brunch at Cafe Taenk)


(eclairs on our first morning in Paris)

(chocolat chaud at Angelina's near the Luxembourg Gardens)


(build your own burgers at Burgerlijk.  The homemade ketchup was amazing.)

(brunch at Bar Spek on our last morning in Amsterdam.  This was the second time we had eaten here...we also had dinner here on our first night.  Amazing little restaurant, chic aesthetic, and great food.)

Needless to say, I did a lot of eating (and in turn, a lot of walking) on my trip...and just looking at these pictures again is making me drool!

xx, Rebecca

Friday, March 18, 2016

paris in two days

What a whirlwind.  If I ever made one travel suggestion, it would be to spend more than two full days in Paris! Despite our short visit, we certainly packed a lot into each day...averaging over 30,000 steps!  On our first day, we arrived at CDG around 2pm and headed to our friend's apartment south of Paris where we would be staying.  That night, we took the train into Paris and visited Notre Dame.

The next day, we wasted no time by visiting Le Marais (and eating delicious eclairs...there will be a whole post on the food of Europe when I get home!), napping in the sun at The Parc des Buttes Chaumont, climbing all of the stairs up to Sacre Coeur, and then weaving our way back down through the winding streets of Monte Martre.

(a sneak peak of the Eiffel Tower from Sacre Coeur)

(at the Rodin Museum's sculpture gardens)

(the most glorious view of Paris from the Arc de Triomphe)

On our last night in Paris, we climbed up the Arc de Triomphe to find the best view of Paris.  I'm so glad we did it at night...it was so magical to see the Eiffel Tower lit up!

 I'm exhausted all over again just thinking about everything we did in a little over two days! We took the train up to Amsterdam on Thurday morning, and we fly back to Copenhagen tomorrow (Saturday) evening.

xx, Rebecca

Saturday, March 12, 2016

københavn: day one

We have safely arrived in Copenhagen! Despite the jet lag (and the fact that we left the 75 degree temperatures at home and arrived in Europe to 30 degree temps), we're having the best time.  The flights were smooth, and we conquered they Copenhagen Metro within minutes of arriving...and the best part is that I'm reunited with my bestfriend from high school.

Here's just a little peek of what we've been up to today...climbing to the top of the Rundentårn, eating a franske hotdog, and walking along the canal in Nyhavn.

(from the top of the Rundentårn)

(the canal in Nyhavn)

No pictures yet, but we've been biking around the city like a real Dane!  Everyone bikes here, and for the most part, the bike lanes are bigger than the car lanes!

We leave for a week in Paris and Amsterdam on Monday, and then we'll be back in Copenhagen for another three days before coming home.

xx, Rebecca

Monday, March 7, 2016

european adventure

Awhile ago, I had mentioned that my bestfriend Diana and I were planning a trip to visit our other friend Kristen in Copenhagen.  That turned into a 12-day tour with visits to not only Copenhagen, but also Paris and Amsterdam!

Well the time has come, and we leave for our big trip on Thursday evening, landing in Copenhagen bright and early on Friday morning!  I'm a huge fan of overnight flights, especially when there's a time difference involved.  I hop on the flight at JFK, watch a movie or two and sleep until we land at our destination.  Once we get out of the airport, I'm rested and ready to start the day with little to no jet lag.

I don't know how much I'll be blogging while we're away, but if you want to see what we're up to, be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram (@rebecca_mill on both!)  I'm still trying to come up with some fancy (and funny) hashtag for the trip...who know's what I'll come up with on the flight!

And lastly, if you have any recommendations for things we have to see (or eat!!), especially in Amsterdam, please let me know!!

xx, Rebecca