Although my trip to the Netherlands was short (only ten days) one of the best parts of it was that we were able to see so many parts of the country. We spent a night at a B&B in Utrecht, which ended up being one of my favorite little towns. There is so much to do in this little canal town, including a bell tower climb, a beautiful garden, canal tours, and just strolling through the quaint streets. After Utrecht we went back to Amsterdam for a night and then we were off to Groningen, a city in the northern part of the country where my friend goes to school. The canals and buildings in Groningen were stunning and we also took a day trip to Schiermonnikoog, one of the Waddenzee Islands. Seeing the beach and tons of animals (I made friends with a sheep) was so refreshing from being in cities for most of the trip.
On my second trip to Belgium I was lucky enough to visit two cities: Antwerp and Bruges. Each city was so different but the architecture in both was simply stunning. I have to say – Antwerp was a little odd because we came on a Monday and everything was closed, but there was a certain solitude in wandering around the city with no one around. Bruges reminded me of a medieval fairy tale town and I couldn’t get enough of all the little chocolate shops. It was amazing being able to see so much, especially the countryside on the train rides to each city – it’s a place that I would love to come back to and explore more.