As expected when we reached Paris the security has tightened but it was not scary like the images I had in my mind. Everything was normal and I felt happy for not cancelling the trip. I always imagined Eiffel tower to be a mega structure but when I saw it, it failed to meet my expectation but it is beautiful. We could not go to the top floor of the tower since it was under maintenance but the view from the second floor was also truly breath taking. We could see the whole city from the tower and my word will fail to describe how beautiful it was. After that we went to visit museum, several churches, did ice skating for the first time, visited lovers bridge where you see thousands of lock and looking at those locks I thought that somehow in the midst of so many people who have stopped believing in the true essence of love , there are still some who does believe. It is a beautiful city truly meant for couple and romance.
After staying there for three days we went to Brussels in Belgium for our next destination. We went to see Manneken pis, Atomium, Royal palace and other places which I barely remember now. We had our lunch in one of Indian restaurant as I always look for something spicy. My mouth becomes watery now also when I think about that lunch. We only stayed in Brussels for one and half day. Due to time constraint we could not visit some of the places like aquarium and mini Europe. But we did see the view of the mini Europe from the Atomium. In Brussels we get delicious waffle.
Our next destination was Amsterdam in Netherland. It is completely different from the countries I have visited so far. I admired the building structure near rivers. You can see beautiful scene. But the city is so open. There are some places which really surprised me. We visited Anne frank’s house and they have some of her stuff from her diary. Sadly we were not allowed to take any pictures. Tears welled in my eyes when I read some of her words from her diary. Death will be better for me than to live a life under the fear of terror. We also visited heineken museum which shows how the heineken beer has emerged and how it became popular. Funny but so far I have not known about this beer so seems like it has failed to reach some people like me. They offered us beer and we were demonstrated how to drink beer. I never drank before but it seemed rude not to drink when they have asked us to drink all together. I at least took two sip and It was not bad.
The next stop was in berlin and it is filled with war history. We visited the institution of terror where we can see how people were punished during Hiter’s time. I went through some article and believe me I didn’t want to know more. It was terrifying for me. Berlin is meant for those people who like history. I donot hate history but I donot want to learn history where violence is involved. When I studied about world war one and two in my eighth grade I use to love world history about Hitler and Mussoloni the dictator of germany and Italy. But seeing how people were treated I felt very sad that they had to be born during such times. Berlin is cheaper than the other three cities I visited and we get very good asian spicy food. Sadly not with ema datsi and red rice though.
And our final stop was in Bremen Germany where we met three of our friends who studies in Bremen as a research assistant and after travelling for 12 days I got back to Riga safe and sound. It was a wonderful trip but tiring as we had so many places to visit but so little time.
p.s few pictures from trip.:)
|Night view Paris|
|On the way to eiffel tower at night: Paris|
|Painting of Mona lisa in Musee du Louvre: Paris|
|Front View of Eiffel tower during day time:Paris|
|View from second floor of Eiffel tower: Paris|
|Locks on lover bridge: Paris|
|Manneken Pis in Brussel;Belgium|
|Atomium in Bruseel;Belgium|
|View of mini Europe from Atomim Brussel;Belgium|
|Dawn in Brussel;Belgium|
|Anne frank's diary. Picture captured outside her house|
|Night view Amsterdam;Netherland|
|Heineken experience in Amsterdam;Netherland|
|Holocaust in Berlin;Germany|
|One of the painting on Berlin wall;Germany|
|Small city in Bremen Germany|