Time to Travel || A Month Abroad

Hi all! I'm super excited to announce that I'll be traveling for four weeks in Europe with my family! Right now I'm researching the cities for things to do, determining what to pack, & just finishing up getting ready in general. I'll be away for four weeks, but I do have posts scheduled for your reading pleasure. Don't worry! Most of the places we're staying have wi-fi, so I'll still be social & send intermittent updates. :]

The last time I was out of the country was in 2012; I went to my cousin's wedding in Canada. Back in 2010 my family did another Europe trip. We went to several countries. If you want to read about my travels, check out the Journal of my Journeys series. If you want to go wayyyyy far back on my blog, check out this post. It was my third post ever!!

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Okay, so I leave on Tuesday, July 21. Yep, that's coming up immediately. Like...tomorrow. At the moment I'm piecing together my luggage & having a hard time narrowing it down. It's kind of difficult to fit/determine what you'll wear for a month abroad in a tiny suitcase. But it's a challenge I can manage. Now for the revelation. Where are we going?  Honestly, it's still up in the air. We're traveling to:

  • Copenhagen, Denmark 
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Haarlem, Netherlands?
  • Leiden, Netherlands?
  • Delft, Netherlands?
  • Antwerp, Belgium? 
  • Brussels, Belgium  
  • Trier, Germany?
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 
  • Paris, France 

I would love to have your input on where to go & what to do if you ever visited any of these. Where should we visit? Where should we eat? Please leave a comment with any suggestion you have! :]

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  1. That is awesome!!! A little tip of these two cities (as I have been for more then once / my dad originally from here) Amsterdam = Museums (all are great!)/ Anne Frank house/ Red Light district/ flower market/ albertkuip mkt/ flower market/ eat beef steak at Loetje!!!!!!

    Haarlem - check out their live music calendar. you can google it!

    Paris - view eifel tower fromTrocadero during the day and the night before 10pm why before 10pm? magic happen exactly at 10pm!
    all museums are okay but check the days -some are closing on Mondays.
    Everything paris are greatttt!!!!

    You can check out my blog on the travel buttons right after the title banner of you want to... otherwise, have a greatttttttttttttt trip!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for this!! I will write it all down. Definitely going to take a look ath the Haarlem music calendar. :]

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  2. I just came back from Japan last month and already feel like leaving for vacation somewhere...that travel bug feeling, you know? Lol have fun! And defitnelt following you on instagram to stay updated :)

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  3. I wish you have an amazing time in especially Copenhagen! It's the capitol of my country!

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    1. Thanks so much. Anything fun that I should do/go/eat? :]

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  4. I hope that you will have an amazing time!

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

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  5. This sounds like an AMAZING trip! I don't have any suggestions because I haven't done much international traveling, but I'm excited to hear about your travels :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Quinn. I will write about my travels, so don't worry. :]

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  6. Your Europe trip sounds amazing!! I would love to go on holiday right now. Hope you have a fabulous time!! :D

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  7. Europe is a very beautiful place to visit & I am very happy to call it my home! :)
    You have picked really great destinations and I bet you will have a lot of fun and great family time with your family!
    Bon voyage & I cannot wait to read your updates!

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    1. Thank you, Maddie. Europe is an amazing place. I love it. :]

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  8. The only place I've been to on your list is Paris, but the entire list looks incredible. I hope you have an amazing trip!!! You'll have the most amazing pictures and can't wait to read about it.
    xo Bre

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    1. Thanks Bre. Hey, Paris is a must-see destination. :]

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  9. Oh, it sounds like you'll be having such a great time! I have, unfortunately, never travelled to any of those places so I can't help you, but I do hope you have fun! (Isn't packing the worst?!)

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Packing has been a laborious adventure to say the least. :P

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  10. Wow! I've been to both Paris and Amsterdam before out of your list, and they're two of my favourite cities in the world, they're so beautiful! I hope you have an amazing time! I really want to go to all of the other places you're going to too, I can't wait to read about them! :)

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  11. Wow, this sounds amazing! Unfortunately I have never been to Trier although I'm from Germany ... therefore unfortunately no tips from me :(
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    1. I wish I could see more of Germany!! :]

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  12. Yay!! I live in Copenhagen and I'm so in love with this city after moving from San Jose, CA! You should definitely check out the spiral church in Christianshavn and then see Christiania the hippie Freetown, just to see it. You should also have dinner one night at Geist on Nyhavn it's a little pricey but the food is INSPIRATIONAL. Do a canal tour as well, and check out the palaces :)

    Danika Maia
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    1. Thanks so much for these tips, Danika. I am writing them down write now. That's so cool you live in Copenhagen. :]

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  13. Yes it can definitely be tricky packing for that long away. But how exciting that you get to do this!! You'll have so much fun. I'm so incredibly jealous. While you're in Paris you must eat at Paper Boy. The food is amazing and it's reasonably priced (for Paris).

    --Samantha

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  14. This sounds awesome! I would love to go to Europe sometime! From what I heard those cities are lovely! Have fun!
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    Pili
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  15. Your travel schedule sounds absolutely amazing!! I stayed 1 year in Amsterdam and I would highly recommend to visit: the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein, Begijnhof, Vondelpark, have a stroll around Jordaan, (not sure if you will be going out) but I would definitely recommend La Razza at Ludwig or a huge party every Saturday at Milky way (Melkweg) called Encore. Amsterdam is definitely worth exploring and have a stroll around or cruising through the canals of this beautiful city. :)
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    1. Oooh, thanks for this amazing list. Melkweg sounds fun; I'm going to look it up right now. :]

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  16. This sounds like such fun, Carmen! I haven't been to any of these places (yet) so I'm extremely jealous. Paris and the south of France are high on my list, so I can't wait to see what you have to share about them!

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    1. Southern France is on my list as well. Maybe for another trip. :]

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  17. I haven't visited any of those places but hopefully one day! I'm sure you'll have an amazing trip!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  18. Oh my gosh! That sounds so exciting. I wish you the best of luck on your travels and hope that you have an amazing time. I've yet to visit the cities that you're traveling to so I don't have any travel tips. However, I will be waiting to hear your recommendations when you get back. :D

    -Helen
    Sweet Helen Grace

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    1. Thanks Helen. I'm sure I'll have tons of photos, content, & tips after the journey. :]

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  19. This is so exciting! Can't wait to see all of your photos from your adventures!!! I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to go to Europe, but I'll just have to live vicariously through you!

    be the plebeian

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    1. Vicariously through me for now, but then one day you can experience it yourself. :]

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  20. How exciting! Hope you have a safe journey and an amazing time!! I have no travel tips, it's been a long time since I left the country aha! Hope you take lots of photographs :D

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  21. I've always wanted to go to Germany!
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  22. oh wow! what a super itinerary, stay safe and have fun

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  23. Nice post

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  24. That's a pretty awesome list! I haven't been to any of those places but I hope you have a nice and safe flight there! Looking forward to some of your check ins too!

    -M
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  25. Sounds like an incredible trip! Paris was my favourite in Europe -- make sure to go to the Arc de Triomphe for the best view of the city :)

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  26. omg this is so exciting! It sounds like you will have a great time, from the cities that you might be traveling to. Sorry I haven't been to any of those on the list to be able to give you any suggestions. Really enjoy! And cannot wait to read about ti after :D

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  27. What an exciting experience! I can't wait to hear all about it! Have fun and be safe!

    xx,
    Susie

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  28. Wishing you a lovely trip, you should visit The algarves in Portugal , you will love the beaches here. Great tourist attractions. I'll add you on snapchat.

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  29. Sounds like a blast! I've always wanted to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark. Can't wait to see your pics :)

    xx Yasmin
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  30. That's so exciting, have a great trip!
    xo
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  31. Man, I am so jealous! I'll be keeping an eye out for future posts to add some European bucket list travels. So many people I know are headed to Amsterdam right now, which is kind of funny!

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  32. Wow you are going to have such an amazing time!! I wish I was coming!!

    Danielle

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  33. Brussels is one of my favourite cities to visit, you must go to grand place it is amazing, the Atomium is cool as well as the small theme park are close by. Food wise if you like seafood you must try their mussels, we have eaten at Chez Leon and La Grand Bi for their mussels and they are amazing. Our favourite restaurant is a Thai called Fanny, which is amazing and at summer you can sit outside.
    xxx
    Lyndsey
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    1. Thanks Lyndsey for these fantastic suggestions. :]

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  34. I hope you have an amazing time, looks like you're going to some amazing places!

    Emma emhasrednails

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  35. Many tips have already been given for Amsterdam, but since you have a soft spot for music: check out the agenda for Paradiso, it's one of the older concert venues in an intimate setting (a former church): http://www.paradiso.nl/web/English-Agenda.htm.
    For Brussels you can check out Ancienne Belgique: http://www.abconcerts.be/en/. I think it's Belgium's most famous concert venue (for alternative music anyways).
    Have fun and looking forward to your travel stories!
    XO

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    1. Thank you so much for these tips for Brussels! :]

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  36. Add Barcelona, Berlin, Cala D'Or in Mallorca to your list :) It's beautiful there I have just arrived back. When you go long haul, go for Cancun Mexico! www.shehearts.net

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    1. Ah man! I wish I were visiting these places! :]

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  37. Amsterdam is always great but i am missing a town in England!

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  38. This should be an incredible experience!! Please do share how you able to do this (finance-wise) :)

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