Sunshine. Lots of sunshine. I loved my time at Portugal, not only was it warm, it was also relaxing. Spending a couple of days just sitting by the beach, witnessing unbelievable sunsets, gulping down cups of orange juice, all while reading a book. I would say this trip was probably the most relaxing out of all my travels. You'll see what I mean in the photos.
The past weekend was a break from travelling before I embark on my 20 day trip covering Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. I also started a 365 project, a photo a day for 365 days on things I'm thankful for, each and everyday. Here are some photos from this weekend.
Blogging from Amsterdam on my iPhone. For the first time in years, I'm travelling without my MacBook Air. I decided to leave my MacBook in Paris mainly to lighten the load in my backpack, but also to avoid getting glued to it while I should be enjoying and experiencing the city. So all the photos you're seeing are unedited and simply transferred from my Fuji X-T1 to my iPhone via wifi.
The journey began with me waking up early to catch a 6am train from Paris to Amaterdam. Arriving a few hours later, I was able to begin a full day in Amsterdam. Most of the 48 hours was spent walking the streets of the city. I love to simply head out the door and get lost walking as I find it allows me to focus on capturing photos that portray the beauty of each town. Tourist activities aren't really my thing but I did visit the Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience exhibition, and took the boat tour.
The most memorable moments of this city was definitely when I pulled myself out of bed at 6am to walk around town as the sun came up. The city was dead quiet and calm; the morning light made everything even more beautiful. I've decided to experience the early morning of each place I visit. Of course I went to a local cafe for breakfast afterwards. Brussels tomorrow.
I don't know what it is about London, but it's been one of those places I've always wanted to visit. A week ago, I stepped foot in the UK for the first time and immediately I felt back at home, mainly because I was able to communicate in English. London is clean, feels safe, but also ridiculously expensive.
It was nice to personally witness Buckingham Palace, it made me watch National Treasure 2 all over again just to see Ben Gates hunt down clues in Queen Victoria's desk. Of course I'd never miss out on opportunities to visit the local cafes, and if you were to ever visit London, I would recommend stopping by Timberyard Seven Dials, TAP Coffee, and Kahaila Cafe.
London is truly a beautiful city, composed by the vibrant river bank, the bustling markets, and the classy people. I was extremely impressed with how clean the streets were and the overall infrastructure despite being such an old city.
It's hard to describe in words, so just take a look yourself.
Skip the video if you don't want to be bored.
One of the most amazing sunsets I've witnessed from above the clouds.
I was pretty fortunate to run into good weather.
And I'm back in Paris. The Netherlands and Belgium are now on the clock.