We’re back in Vienna after 12 amazing days in the Netherlands and Belgium. After a year and a half of being together, I finally got to really spend time in Jacco’s home country (Holland), so this was a meaningful and special trip for the both of us.
We visited Amsterdam, the Hague, and Amersfoort before heading south and seeing Bruges.
The most amazing tulips of my life in Keukenhof
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer, The Hague
I think I’ve experienced more history, art, and culture in the past few days than I have in my previous 24 years combined.
We visited the Anne Frank house and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, walked through Mauritshuis in the Hague, and said a prayer over the cloth stained with Christ’s blood (yes, really) in Bruges.
If you love old things as much as I do, you might understand why the past week and a half has been so exciting for me. The architecture from the Middle Ages, the paintings preserved for almost a thousand years, the streets that Van Gogh himself walked had every history-nerd bone in my body tingling.
The cities are also filled with stuff for the younger crowd, of course. I’m pretty sure no one parties like Amsterdam. I think the coffee shops, restaurants, and bars may be worth the trip just by themselves, but I’m glad we got to experience at least a little bit of a lot of different attractions.
And now we’re back! Returning to Vienna really felt like coming back home… it’s great to be here again.