1.21.2019

689. Amsterdam Part 1

leftbanked despacito Amsterdam
We were in Amsterdam for 5 nights. We were to celebrate New Year's Eve here. While the city is very beautiful, there isn't too much to do there. So it was a very relaxing several days and I guess that was a good thing since we were both pretty sick during those days. I've been to Amsterdam once before when I was 17 but I don't remember much at all, so it was nice to rediscover the city again.

On our first day, we visited the Anne Frank House which I've always wanted to go. It's a very popular attraction so we booked our tickets about a month in advance. I didn't know this before but all the rooms in there are empty and unfurnished. They only included a photograph of a recreation of the room in each. I felt that took away from the full experience but it was the wish of Otto Frank (the father) to leave the rooms unfurnished. We were not allowed to take photos inside so all I have from that visit is this pic of our apple pie lol. It was really good actually:

Anne Frank House apple pie
Amsterdam
Dam Square lion
Dam Square Christmas tree
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam houses
I really love the style of the buildings here. They have a lot of character, especially the "crooked" ones. All of the ones I saw the inside of were so spacious and nicely furnished.

Dutch clogs
rubber duck store
Christmas tree
Amsterdam
car art
Amsterdam
Amsterdam dancing houses
balloon dog Jeff Koons

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1.11.2019

688. Dinner at La Cabra & Last Day in Madrid

La Cabra Madrid
On our last evening in Madrid, we had dinner at La Cabra, a Michelin-starred restaurant by chef Javier Aranda. Unfortunately I was pretty sick those days and happened to lose my sense of smell/sense of taste that night. Needless to say, I didn't taste anything at all :( Unluckily this was the only meal during the entire trip I couldn't taste lol. My boyfriend had to describe all the tastes to me along the way. He said everything was really delicious. I still thoroughly enjoyed the experience though, and everything was so beautifully and uniquely presented. Each course came with a different set of utensils that perfectly matched with how to eat it.

My favourite presentation was the eggs dish. I thought the square stands they were on were just pieces of paper to prop them up. But they were edible. I think they were made of extremely thin slices of fried potatoes.

La Cabra Madrid
La Cabra Madrid
La Cabra Madrid

The following day, with a few hours to spare before going to the airport, we just walked around the city park and streets:

Madrid City Hall
Alcala Gate Madrid
El Retiro Park Madrid
El Retiro Park Madrid
Madrid architecture
Madrid Congress
Madrid buildings
Kenzo box bag
& I got a new Kenzo sweater!


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1.04.2019

687. Day Trip to Toledo

leftbanked despacito Toledo
On our second day in Madrid, we took a day trip to Toledo which is a historic fortified city/UNESCO heritage site about an hour away. First we had breakfast at a famous chocolate restaurant (Chocolateria Valor) which was conveniently located beside our hotel. Afterwards we headed to Toledo. We spent a few hours exploring the streets then walked up to the viewpoint that overlooked the entire city. It was a pretty exhausting walk but the view was well worth it.

PS - we actually arrived back in Toronto yesterday so I'm updating this now from home!

Chocolateria Valor
Madrid train station
Toledo
Toledo
Toledo streets
Toledo streets
Toledo
Toledo
view of Toledo
Toledo

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