Vacation is something you need to reveal your stress, learn something new and be grateful. Last week, I had a small euro trip with my family. We went to United Kingdom, Paris, and Amsterdam. I learned a lot of thing specially how to be grateful to your country.
First of all, we need to prepare our document that we needed to go to Europe. We needed an UK Visa and UK schengen. Fortunately, it was not hard as I thought. We were able to manage it by ourselves. For UK Visa, we followed some steps from this website https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/home/welcome. Then, for Schengen Visa we followed this http://www.vfsglobal.com/Netherlands/Indonesia/Bahasa. As long as, we were able to provide the document and had enough money to live in Europe and UK, we were able to pass this process.
As we finished the visa document, we needed to prepare our luggage. We checked the weather in UK and Europe. Hence, we were able to choose some clothes that fit in there. Fortunately, it was summer session. We read that we needed to bring an umbrella due to sometimes it got rained.
1st of August, it is the day we flied to Europe. We felt excited and a little bit nervous because we arranged the activities and schedule by ourselves. But, we kept in mind that “it would be an interesting trip”.
As we arrived in London, we went to our Hotel, Marriott Hotel Regents Park. The hotel is not far from the airport. It took 45 minutes by car. Then, we took a rest for a night because we had already exhausted due to our flight.
In the next morning, we tried to learn about London tube. We took a tube to Picadilly circus because we wanted to take Hop On Hop Off bus in that place. We took a city tour using Hop On Hop Off bus. It was a fun trip using this kind of public transportation. We can get off in an interesting place and took another bus to continue our city tour. Then, firstly, we managed to get off in Buckingham Palace. After that, we had a lunch near Buckingham Palace, Pronto ‘A’ Mangia. It is a nice restaurant. There were a lot of tourists in this restaurant. Next, we took another bus to Tower of London. We wanted to take a city cruises tour. We used a mini cruises along Thames river and we were able to see some London’s icons such as London Bridge, Tower Bridge London, Big Ben Tower, London Eye and so on. We took a couple of photos there. After we finished this journey, we took a bus to Trafalgar Square. In this place, there is an art museum so we entered the museum, Art Design Museum. This museum has a lot of painting regarding to British’s history. As we had done in the museum, we turned back to Picadilly Circus area to buy some souvenirs. After that, we went back to our Hotel.
Next morning, we planned to go to Liverpool. We have already bought a ticket to Beatles Story and Magical Mystery Tours. Actually, I’m a kind of Beatles’s fans. So, I was really excited to go to Liverpool. In this journey, we met a couple of married person and fortunately, they came from Indonesia as well. But, they took this trip due to they wanted to go to Liverpool FC stadium. Once, we’ve arrived in Liverpool, we needed to walk about 20 minutes to the Beatles Story. In the Beatles Story, there are some story regarding to Beatles’s history. Once we’ve done it, we took a magical mystery tour. This tour will take you to see a place of Beatles member’s childhood. I was so interested and took some photos. In the evening, we tried to go around in Liverpool while we were waiting our train to London.
Next day, we managed to catch our train to Paris in the afternoon. But, first of all, we wanted to figure out Winsor Castle first. Once we’ve got there, we saw a beautiful castle. Unfortunately, we were not able to enter this castle due to we needed to catch our train to Paris. We saw a long line to enter this castle and we I thought that we will not able to make it time to catch our train. Anyway, we were almost late eventhough we decided to not enter the castle. We run to catch our train in Pancras Station, a station in London. Happily, we were able to manage it.
In Paris, we met a friend, his name is Raja. He is a kind of our tour guide in Paris and Amsterdam. Actually, after we had a trip in Paris, we planned to Amsterdam as well. So then, we went to Eiffel Tower first. At about 10.00 pm, we went back to our Hotel, Albe Saint Michel.
In the next morning, we took our city tour in Paris. We went to Versailles, the one of beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Hopefully, someday I’ll come back again and see the other thing in this place. Because, we had no enough time to go around in it’s garden. The garden is an incredible big. We needed to go somewhere else. We had to move to another place. We moved to Louvre Museum and we took some photos there. We went to Eiffel tower again to see a sunset in Paris. We can see a sunset in another way in Paris. Usually, people see a sunset at beach.
Next, we had to catch our train to Amsterdam but before that we managed to go to Louvre Museum first. Anyway, in this time, we entered the museum. There are a ton of sculptures. These sculptures, some of them, are taken by Napoleon from the country that he colonized. There are some sculptures from Egypt, England and another countries. Actually, there is a place regarding to Muslim history but unfortunately we were not able to enter the section about Muslim History due to there was a maintenance. Then, we managed to go to another place. My mother wanted to buy a purse near this museum.
In the evening, we went to Gard du Nord station in Paris to take our train to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, we needed to get off from the train in Amsterdam Central station. Once we got there, we went to our Hotel, CC hotel. The hotel is a kind of unique hotel. Sometimes, I felt that I was not able to stand properly due to its construction. We ate Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam. The owner is unique also. They can speak bahasa and they are already old. Otherwise, sometimes, they do something funny thing. I can not explain about it properly, but trust me it was so ridiculous After that, we walk around in the city and buy some souvenirs.
Next morning, we wanted to see Zaanse Schans. This place is really nice. You can see a traditional place in Amsterdam such as a fields, cows, lake and so on. I took some beautiful photos here and buy some souvenirs again for my colleague in my office.
We had done in Zaanse Schans then we moved to Volendam. That is a place for a sailor. You can see a bunch of boats there. We had a lunch in this place and the place is very nice.
Once we’ve done there, we needed to catch our train to London again. But unfortunately, the train was delayed. Actually, we needed to transit in Brussels before we went to London. We needed to catch our euro star train in Brussels to London. Due to this delayed we were not able to catch our train in Brussels. So then, we needed to stay one night. The good thing was that there was a compensation from Thalys, an agency who managed this train travel, because this incident.
In Brussel, we tried to travel using a tram. We went to Beurs, we were curious about Manneken pis. Once we got there, we just saw a child statue who are peeing. Honestly, this is not what I expected. I was dissapointed. But, the waffel in Brussel is so delicious. So the taste was able to make me so happy.
When we managed to come back to our hotel, we had an incident. We took a wrong tram. So then, I needed to ask someone but it was already 11.00 pm. I was afraid that I was not able to met the right person. Fortunately, I met a police so he gave me a direction. After that, we managed to go back to our hotel.
In the morning, we took our euro star train to London. We were picked up by a driver. We went around for a while in London before we took our flight. We went to Kensington Palace, a place where the Queen used to live. It is a beautiful garden in the middle of city. I wish that there will be a kind of this garden in the middle of Jakarta. It would be great. Then, we had our lunch in Noodle oodle. At the first time, we had a nice lunch in Europe. The taste is so fantastic and it is halal. Once we have done we moved to the airport. We needed to manage our tax refund then we took our flight to our country, Indonesia.