We love this city and our work, but sometimes we need to get out and explore this incredible world out there. For almost a month in December-January, Amanda MacInnis and her new husband Sterling travelled Europe on a honeymoon of a lifetime. She came back, starry-eyed and giddy (or just severely jet lagged) and shared her favourite memories and best travel tips with us.
Q: What was your itinerary? How did you two decide where to go?
We started in Rome (top of my bucket list) on to Berlin, Amsterdam and Prague. I was lucky – I said I wanted to go to all these places and he said, “Me too!”. In particular Sterling wanted to go to Germany and the Netherlands (really, Amsterdam). A stop over in Brussels was an added bonus – beautiful!
Deciding was based on rave reviews about these cities from other people and our friends over the years. If I did the same trip 5 years ago, some of the choices would have definitely been different (as I would not have heard about them).
Q: So many cities in just 3.5 weeks – do have a favourite day/moment/place?
WAY too much eye candy to pick a favourite! The best overall was blindly spending a day exploring each city with no map. Turning a corner to see another picturesque monument in Rome, stumbling into a street market in Amsterdam, standing amongst ornate spectacles of Grand-Place in Brussels… Endless favourite moments.
Travel Tip: food tours are the best. Local food curated by a local, history lesson and hidden gem finder.
The most impactful was visiting the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, just north of Berlin. Walking in the footsteps of 200,000 political prisoners on a blustering cold (January) winter day is a truly humbling and mindful experience.
Q: Was there a sort of the soundtrack to this journey?
Does the BBC count? LOL! European TV leaves you with a slight lack of English entertainment (but the BBC was everywhere). We were plenty up to speed on the news of the world.
Q: What would you say, was the most essential thing to pack while you travelled?
- North American cold meds.
- An old phone. When your phone is stolen, that hand me down tech comes in *super* handy.
Q: A lot of your visits were documented on Instagram. What were your favourite posts?
1) Because Rome.
4) La Grand-Place has a grand place in my heart.
Thank you Amanda!