November – December 2005

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Intro

After realizing I had only done a cruise this year, I was getting antsy and needed a real vacation, like one with hotels… and cities and restaurants and nightlife.  So, I decided on a “city break”, spending a week in five of Europe’s greatest capitals – in winter

Have you ever walked through the streets of Paris in the snow?  You should.  Been to Berlin during its wonderfully festive Christmas market?  Spectacular.  Enjoyed a steaming hot coffee on a cold morning at a canalside café in Amsterdam?  Magical.  Seen the sights of London’s centre through a small opening under your unfurled umbrella… (hmm, yeah, most likely).  Got snowed in and stranded in Brussels, missed your flight, along with several important meetings (stupidly) scheduled at work the next day?  Yeah, that happened too.  Oops.

Needless to say, it was a fun-filled, cold, exciting, snowy, Christmas-y, rainy, trip – and I loved every minute of it.  Honestly, winter-time in Europe is a sight to behold.  And another plus – fewer tourists mean you often have the festively-lit and decorated (though sometimes wet) sights all to yourself!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1London, EnglandNovember 23, 2005November 25, 2005
    2Paris, FranceNovember 25, 2005November 26, 2005
    3Brussels, BelgiumNovember 26, 2005November 26, 2005
    4Amsterdam, The NetherlandsNovember 26, 2005November 28, 2005
    5Berlin, GermanyNovember 28, 2005November 30, 2005
    6London, EnglandNovember 30, 2005November 30, 2005

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    Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

    Close up view of the beautiful glass-domed Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building. After the war left the building and its original dome in ruins, Architect Sir Norman Foster renovated it in 1999, complete with this new and modern glass dome, symbolizing the new united Germany.

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