Le Havre France Park
Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Discovering Le Havre, France

When I went on my Grand European Cruise, I knew we would be stopping in some places that I wouldn’t have chosen to visit if I was planning a trip on my own, but only because I didn’t know they existed!

This ended up being a great aspect to joining a cruise since we got a chance to visit non-touristy cities in Europe and see how people live in their everyday lives (and they DO eat beautifully decorated pastries even if there aren’t many tourists to attract)! Plus, I discovered that I absolutely love one of the cities we visited, Óbidos, Portugal!

However, today is all about Le Havre, France.

Le Havre France Park

While we didn’t have to go through customs when arriving in France from Spain, we did have to exit this area once the ship docked.

I’m glad we did, otherwise I wouldn’t have seen this sign, which shows that Le Havre is a World Heritage Site. Very impressive!

Le Havre Customs

One of the first places I saw was this charming square with a museum and lovely cone-shaped trees. Not a bad start first impression of Le Havre!

Le Havre France

Since this is France, I should have expected to see many patisseries and shops selling macarons and exquisite pastries!

Le Havre France Patisserie

Le Havre France Patisserie

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Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland
Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Keukenhof: The best place to see tulips in Holland

While it’s still the beginning of winter here in the Northeast, it’s never to early to think about spring and the abundance of flowers it brings!

Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland

If you’re like me, you wish you can surround yourself with flowers every day. Well, there’s a glorious place where you can literally do this! Today let’s visit one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and THE best place to see tulips in Holland – Keukenhof!

Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland

Only open for 8 weeks a year, Keukenhof is located in Lisse, Netherlands. It has more than seven million tulips, plus many other types of flowers, in its almost 80 acres of space.

Currently, ticket prices are €18,00 (equivalent to $21.95) if you buy them in person, and  there’s a €1.00 discount if you buy them online.

Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland

As you can see, it’s a very popular place to visit. I recommend buying tickets ahead of time so you don’t waste valuable time queuing for tickets when you could be inside enjoying the gardens.

Let’s go inside!

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Review, Sightseeing, Transportation, Travel

Thinking of going on a cruise? Here’s an overview and reasons why you should go!

If you love to travel to many countries in one trip, or you want to start traveling and get a feel of a few different countries, then cruises might just be the way to go! No matter what your age, a cruise has a lot of perks. When you’re on a cruise, you don’t have to worry about unpacking and packing every few days, which makes it even better than booking a vacation with tour company like Trafalgar or YMT. Similar to a typical tour, when you book excursions, you have an informative guide who fluently speaks a country’s language. Plus, when you book excursions with a tour group, the ship will not leave you at a port if you’re running late. I’ve done tours with both companies, and now a cruise with YMT, and I think I prefer cruising the best. I really enjoyed living on a ship!

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You’ll visit so many cities on a crusie, and even if you’re there less than a day, you do get an overview of all the city’s highlights. Usually there is a walking tour around the most touristy places.

The YMT tour I booked is the 18-day, 8-country tour called the Grand European Cruise and Tour. We flew into Milan, Italy and from there went to:

Savona, Italy

Marseille, France

Barcelona, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Vigo, Spain

Le Havre, France

Harwich, England

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Berlin, Germany

Stockholm, Sweden

If you are worried about spending so much time on a ship, you needn’t worry. I would say about 90% of the time, it didn’t even feel like we were moving. Out of the all the sailing days, there was only one evening where I felt a little seasick, and that was at the beginning of the cruise  as we approached Marseille when the sea was quite rough.

Our ship was the Costa Luminosa and it was humongous, yet very stately.

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