The Netherlands: Groenendaal Park, Heemstede

We were invited to go to a park that is near from where we live.

We thought that the activity will be only walking in the woods, but we were wrong. This includes a little petting zoo and children's playground.

But that is not the only thing that it can offer, it can also give you a clear picture and proof that you are in Holland because of the nearby windmill that is picturesque enough to enjoy natures charm.

We did enjoy the day and it is best to visit this place when it is sunny for it can be muddy during raining months.

 

France: Cote de Granit Rose, Bretagne

Driving through the beautiful roads of Brittany, we found a special place where we fell in love with. It is called Cote de Granit Rose. It is known for it’s unusual rock formations. This place was our favorite hangout. We went 2x here within our 7 days stay in Trevelern and spent 2-4 hours.

This location is near our camping site, we did not even knew that this would be possible to visit. We spent the whole afternoon in this region, just walking and enjoying the high cliffs and the beautiful rock formations. Parking is easy and there are several places where you can enter the park. I think it’s best to visit this location is during the sunny days. It could be very cold during winter for it is surrounded by the sea and the wind is kinda stronger than the usual.

What to see here?

Unbelievable pink rock formations.


Beautiful horizon of the blue sea.

The Lighthouse

Beach

The Netherlands: Lelystad

Free from work and we decided to visit the famous Batavia stad in Lelystad. It was just like an open mall full of designer clothes and accessories with great discounts. Did not get a real pic of the place, but it just look like the typical houses in holland but in full blown colors. 😊 

The highlight of our road trip was also going to the harbor. My husband told me that they usually went there to chill. It was one of his childhood memory to be in this harbor. He says that in all of this time, nothing really much changed. Same old, same old. 

    
 
 

   

 
I must say that it’s very pretty to go there on a sunny day 😊 
19th of September 2015

 

Day 2: Cochem, Germany and other little towns.

Our second day of stay in Cochem, Germany.

Since Cochem is not a big place to explore, we decided to go a bit further and visit one of the nicest places along the river. This day, we visited Bern Kastel. It is a 30 minute drive away from Cochem. It is a bit bigger than Cochem, but you will see the difference with their buildings, the amount of tourists and the surroundings.

We stayed in Bern Kastel for 2 hours to walk and explore what it has to offer. They have lovely buildings and also a nice view of the river. They also have many varieties of shops and restaurants around.  

    

Slanted house

   
After visiting Bern Kastel, we looked at the map and thought of going to Monreal. Monreal is one of the places that the owner of the hotel suggested for us to visit. I was actually surprised how beautiful Monreal was.  It is a small town with a lot of very beautiful typical German style houses and I love their bridge on which you can just sit and relax from the sound of the running creek.

   
 
Next we went to Burg Eltz. This castle is hidden in the mountains. It is not very easy to find but worth the visit. What I find amazing is that, they still have the antiques of the castle since the 1500’s. There is a guided tour that explains everything about the castle and a museum where you can find all the treasures of the Castle.

  

And at the end of the day, we went to the center of Cochem and ate at one of the best restaurant there. It’s an Italian restaurant and it’s called Castello.  

 

Salad

  

Seafood Plate

  

Mixed Grill

 
30th of June 2015

Day 1: Cochem, Germany

My week free starts here!

I told my husband that I want to go travelling again within Europe. I want to see a new view other than house-work, work-house routine. So, the first thing I told him, I want to visit Luxembourg. I havent been there yet and I know that it is a very nice country. But, he have a nice suggestion. He told me that we should go first to the Mösel. I dont have an idea what is it, but I told him sure and let’s go.

Mösel, it’s a long river in Germany. Along that river are very nice places too. It is surrounded with mountains, wine gardens and little towns. We ended up staying in Cochem.

First glimpse of the river

Cochem is a little town, with a very nice center and an awesome view of the river. They have mostly the things you needed for travelling. It is also located next to the river. Everywhere there have such a good view of the castle, wine gardens and river. It is a pretty place to relax and enjoy the view.

The little challenge we have in this town is looking for a place to sleep. We did not book a hotel because we want to surprise ourselves with what we can find in the place.

After an hour of looking for a cheap, good place to stay (thanks to tripadvisor) we found a nice bed and breakfast 5km away from the center of Cochem (it is better to be a bit far from the center because it is quieter and money wise to travel). We ended up in Ernst. Tripadvisor reviewers gave 4-5 stars with the b&b, and we are satisfied. It is neat and the owners were really friendly. Tip: in the summer when you want to open the window for fresh air, it is better not to get a room near the street. It could be very loud.

The bed and breakfast

The view from our room

After booking and placing our things in the hotel, we rested a bit (we drove for 4 hours) and then we roamed around again.

The first thing we did, was drove around til we found the chair lift going on the top of the mountain. This is actually the first time for me to go on a chairlift, as usual, the first seconds of the ride made me scared, but after a while, im really enjoying the ride and loving the surroundings.

Sesselbahn

After the chair lift brought us above, I must say that Cochem is really a beautiful place.

On the top of the mountain

While we were on top, there are walking paths that will lead you to the cliff and get a nice view of the whole town,  you can go hike and from what I believed, they also have this little animal petting farm where you can visit while you are above. We did not have the chance to go there since we are already late and they were closed. Instead, we stayed at the restaurant eating schnitzel, it’s a must because we are in Germany! The restaurant is near the Sesselbahn and it got a great view of the Mosel.

Jager schnitzel FTW!

After our chair lift ride,  we decided to visit the town of Cochem.  It is pretty from the inside, It really shows the typical German houses or buildings. We were a bit late when we arrived in the center so every shop were already closed, only restaurants were open at that time. But I may say that we did really enjoyed that it’s not busy in the center. It gave us the chance to have a clear look of the buildings and explore the center. It is beautiful.


And to finish our day by sitting next to river and enjoy the peaceful and relaxing view.

29th of June 2015