Khyati Desai-Seltzer

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Khyati Desai-Seltzer




Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 13th 2011

When planning our trip, we knew our layover in Iceland on the return would be a welcome bonus. After a 4 1/2 hour trip from Paris, we reached Iceland at 9:30 am. We had 7 hours before flight home just enough time to see the famous Blue Lagoon. There was a bus outside the small airport to take passengers to and from the Blue Lagoon so we bought tickets and set out on the 10:15 bus. It took about an hour to get there after all stops, 40 minutes longer than advertised. It was a rainy day and we did our best to see the terrain of the fascinating island best we could. When we reached the Blue Lagoon, we could see the lava rock terrain and geothermal waters. We had never been to such an ... read more
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 12th 2011

Our morning in Brussels we debated whether or not to sacrifice time in Paris on our last day in Paris or to see more of Brussels, which we were really enjoying. We decided against it to avoid any travel mishaps getting back and ate breakfast at the hotel after heading out on the 10:40 train arriving in Paris in a couple of hours. It was our last train in Europe which made us sad though we tried enjoying our time in spite of a screaming baby. Once in Paris, we had difficult time buying tickets and navigating the rail system, clearly fatigued from all that comes with traveling especially in a big city. Our new hotel was near our old one so once we were off the metro stop it was easy to find our way. ... read more
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels July 11th 2011

So we woke up in Brugge and planned to head straight for the ATM to retrieve the money to pay for our accommodations...but not until having another lavish breakfast with our new German friends. We had a great conversation talked about all things German. We were fascinated to learn more about the Autobahn and how many Germans feeling driving fast is a treasured freedom (like owning guns can be for some Americans). There is a minimum speed but no maximum and in spite of people traveling at crazy speeds, there are few to no accidents. It partly may be due to being trained to drive like that but the German cars also are equipped with very few distractions like a cup-holder so that the driver has his or her undivided attention on the driving. We also ... read more
Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium


Well for over 25 days we had been enjoying the high life-seeing the most beautiful places in Europe, eating delicious food, enjoying great accommodations. All of that came to a its-time-to-face-reality halt our 2nd day in Brugge. Our day started off great when we enjoyed a delicious and lavish breakfast at the B&B which include various types of breads, assortments of jams and jellys, boiled eggs, yogurt, cereal and so forth. They even had this spread this is the new hot item in Belgium which looks like peanut butter but tastes like cookies you eat during Christmas. And, of course, they had the nutella which is an essential part of breakfast in Europe. As Khyati nervously ate, paranoid of the house cat she caught a glance of, we were joined by a young couple, who we ... read more
Brugge, Belgium
Brugge, Belgium
Brugge, Belgium

Europe » Belgium July 9th 2011

It was our final morning in Amsterdam and we had early afternoon train to Bruges. Jordan went to a cafe while Khyati did some shopping and then we met at the hotel to pack up and leave. It was quite a distance to the train station but with time to spare, we decided to make the hike. By now, we felt very familiar with Amsterdam-it was a long time for us to be in one city. It was Saturday and there were day tourists all over the city. We navigated through the crowds and stopped at the help desk in the station to reserve our remaining train tickets. Before boarding the train, we stopped for lunch-light and refreshing tabouli and lentil salads and a fruit smoothie. Our ride to Bruges was not long though we had ... read more
Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp, Belgium
Brugge, Belgium

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 8th 2011

Our third morning in Amsterdam, we headed directly to the Anne Frank House to beat the line. We were there 15 minutes before it opened and a line had already started forming. It was one of the most popular tourist sites in city. We had both read a Diary of Anne Frank and knew that this was THE house where they hid from the Nazis but being in the house and feeling the weight of what that actually meant was an experience we didn't expect to have. It was incredible to peer out the same window she would to see the sun and clouds or walk up the same stairs to the attic she would to find privacy. We couldn't imagine what that experience would've felt like as a 12 year old girl. In her diary, ... read more
Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam, Holland

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 7th 2011

We had intended to go to the Anne Frank House our second day in Amsterdam but when we walked over (5 minute walk from our hotel) around 10:30, we noticed a long line that had formed after just being open for an hour and half. So, we decided to try the next day. Fortunately, we had eaten a breakfast because we spent the entire day walking the streets of Amsterdam. The city's name used to be Amstelredamme which means a dam near the river Amstel. It's also referred to as the Venice of the north because it has so many canals (100 kilometers). We think it should be have a named to reflect it's strong culture of bicycling. EVERYONE bicycles in Amsterdam. Not only do they have more bicycles than cars but they have more bicycles ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 6th 2011

We had a few hours to spare the morning on the Rhine so after breakfast, we walked along the river and ventured into an old church near our hotel. It was warm out and town was crawling with day tourists. It was amazing how scarce it got by 21:00. The final journey was to the lower countries-Netherlands and Belgium-which are called that on account of being low lying lands near the deltas of 3 rivers. It was a four hour and 3 train transfer journey to Amsterdam-with lunch in Cologne-as we arrived in the Dutch capital at 16:30. We understood why this part of our Eurarail pass required reservation as the final train to Amsterdam was packed. We hopped in a cab to check into our hotel, which was situated next to a canal in the ... read more
Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam, Holland

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate July 5th 2011

We had a brief morning in Rothenburg as we had to take an early train to the Rhine. At the station, we met 2 woman from Sacramento and an older couple from San Diego as well all working together to navigate the train system. We helped one another out traveling together to the next transfer point and helping the elderly couple with their bags. The two women were teachers on vacation in Germany without their husbands and parted ways with us in Frankfurt but the older couple headed to the almost the same destination so we traveled together for a couple of hours, helping them with their luggage and sharing life stories. Our train to the Rhine was delayed by 20 minutes, surprising since the German trains are notorious for being on time. We chatted with ... read more
St Goar, Germany (the Rhine)
St Goar, Germany (the Rhine)
St Goar, Germany (the Rhine)

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber July 4th 2011

After breakfast in our hotel and some quick castle souvenir shopping for our nieces, we took a cab to Fussen and hopped on a 4 hour train to Rothenburg. The German countryside was beautiful though flatter than what we had seen. We played cards while watching various animals grazing along the ride-cows, sheep,horses, even alpacas. We reached Rothenburg-another 1 platform station-in the early afternoon. It was a significant walk to the hotel and within minutes from the station, we entered the town gates to old medieval Rothenburg. It was as if we were on a movie set but, in fact, the city had been preserved and maintained as a medieval attraction for nearly 100 years. Walking the cobble stoned streets of the historic town, we found our hotel which was equally as historic and very German ... read more
Germany
Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany




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