We know it’s been a while since we’ve last updated the blog, but that’s only because we just got back from an amazing trip in Europe!
For most of November, we spent our time traveling to several different countries in Europe and had the opportunity to visit friends/family, go sightseeing, and try new cultural dishes. Our first stop together was in Milan, Italy.
Of course you know we had to visit one of the top fashion capitals in the world and it definitely did not disappoint! Driving there is not for the faint of heart. Most of the time we were left questioning how our car would fit making a turn, trying to enter a garage, even how people would be able to get into the cars with an inch separating them. 🤔 We were able to park without a scratch and made it to our first stop in Milan, which was the Duomo di Milano. The Duomo di Milano is one of the largest cathedrals in the world and it took over 600 years to complete. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Milan and is adjacent to the The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
If you are interested in an amazing shopping experience in Milan, The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is definitely the place for you. It is the world’s oldest shopping mall and is full of high-end designer stores such as Versace, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. If shopping isn’t your thing, it is still a perfect spot for sightseeing and taking pictures due to the beautifully detailed Renaissance architecture.
We spent two days in Germany and our first stop was in a small town named Waldkirch. As you can see in the picture below, the scenery there is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The views were breathtaking and architecture was definitely different than what we are used to in South Florida. Although it was a small town, everyone was very friendly and inviting and the food was especially appetizing.
Our next stop in Germany was Freiburg. Freiburg had more of a city vibe than Waldkirch, but was definitely still quite a small town. The city center was full of small shops and restaurants, and it also home to the Freiburg Minster.
This amazing cathedral was built in the 1200s and displayed stunning Gothic architectural details. By the way, can you tell how cold we are yet? 😂 The average temperature in most of the countries we visited was 40 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a big adjustment from the typical 80 degree weather in South Florida!
Before heading out for our two hour drive to Switzerland, we decided to stop for some brunch at the lovely Sam’s Cafe. 🤤
Off to Switzerland!
While in Switzerland, we got to visit the town of Winterthur, less than half an hour from Zürich. Winterthur is also a “garden city” with a large number of parks and gardens. This city is full of life no matter what time of day, filled with shops, restaurants and markets. At the time we were there, they were setting up an outdoor ice rink. We would have loved to do some ice skating, had it been ready.⛸ We were suggested to try Kebab, specifically a döner kebab sandwich, which has become one of the most popular take-away foods in Switzerland and much of Europe. However, since it literally means “rotating kebab” in Turkish, which is sliced lamb, beef, or chicken, slowly roasted on a vertical rotating spit, we opted to have falafel in ours, still very delicious. Winterthur is a small city, but definitely had a big-city atmosphere.
Our last stop together ended in Amsterdam. We started off our day by taking a tour through the city’s picturesque canals and got some insight on this city’s rich history and amazing architecture. We got to see historic sites such as the Anne Frank House and The Smallest House. We then walked over to the infamous Red Light District🚨 and visited the The Red Lights Secret – Museum of Prostitution, one of the most well known museum tours that displays the reality of prostitution in the Red Light District. It’s actually a former brothel in a 17th century monumental canal house. We highly recommend checking it out, perfect for rainy days! It definitely was an eye opener before we got to experience the Red Light District at night for ourselves.
During the day the Red Light District is fairly calm, with mostly tourists walking around and visiting local shops and restaurants. However, the night life in the District is a completely different scene. Around 4pm, you will start to see more “windows” open up for business and as the night goes on there are long lines for live peep shows, striptease shows, leaving nothing to the imagination. But despite all the stereotypes, we know that Amsterdam is much more than that and there was lots more for us to see. So we hope to be back soon!
We’re grateful to be able to share this experience with you and actually have another trip planned for next year 😉 We won’t be announcing where to yet, but stay tuned! In the meantime, let us know in the comments if there are any other countries you suggest we should visit. Also, if you’ve been to any of the countries we visited let us know what your experience was like!