I definitely have a life-long travel bug. For as long as I can remember I have had a keen interest in travelling the world and I have been incredibly fortunate to do more than most. There are so many reasons why I think it’s important to see and experience different cultures first hand. From the challenges and adventures to learning and expanding your perspective, appreciating your life and what you are fortunate to have in comparison to others, as well as escaping every now and again to relax and rejuvenate – everyone needs a little R&R!
After being on the road for the best part of 3 years, when committing to 7 weeks of Panto season I found myself actually getting quite anxious and battling with itchy feet. I started making plans to tick a few more Cities off the bucket list. With 2 weeks in between Cinders’ and All or Nothing, it was possible…
Best moment in Prague has to be having Charles Bridge all to myself at 5AM 🌙 By day you fight your way through a never ending crowd, I woke up early for this and it was so incredibly worth it. It’s such a gorgeous City. Prague, you’ve been beautiful… but Vienna waits for me!
I have to admit, Billy Joel made a few appearances on the 4 hour train journey to Vienna. It was stunning, even in the rain! I feel like I accomplished quite a lot in the short amount of time I had; Klimt, Belvadere, horses, the most amazing cake at Cafe Central, I even visited my lovely Aunt’s old house and – of course – the SCHNITZEL!
Final stop; Amsterdam! Just as gorgeous as the others, if not more so. I spent most days exploring the Golden Age canals by bicycle and boat, and strolling down the cobbled streets lined with beautiful architecture and long narrow houses. I visited numerous cafe’s and museums, including Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum (…possibly one of my absolute fave!) and most notably, Anne Frank’s Huis at Prinsengracht 263. Now a sobering exhibition about the persecution of the Jews, and where her family lived in hiding for more than 2 years during World War II. I thought it was a great museum, and getting to understand Anne Frank and her fascinating story was one of my biggest highlights. I also explored Vondelpark, De Hallen and finally I took a boat over to the A’DAM Tower to see the City from above before heading home. As well as stepping out onto the 360°Sky Deck, I decided to go ‘Over the Edge’ on the Lookout Swing! It was a phenomenal trip.
I will always have a strong desire to travel, always. So until next time…
Slow down, you crazy child. Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while… 🗺️