I’m currently behaving like an overexcited kid who has just returned from holiday and wants to spill all the beans. There’s so much to tell you guys but I don’t even know where to start?
When Ahmed told me he had applied for 2 long weeks off from work I was convinced one week would go in choosing the destination itself (as goes the norm). But this time we decided to make things more adventurous by choosing 3 destinations (his pick, my pick and a mutual one). A no comprimise holiday sounds fantastic right? I thought so too which is why I didn’t even let Ahmed finish his sentence before announcing what my choice was.
Since this was my first holiday as a blogger (I went as a boring human on all previous ones) I went absolutely nuts taking pics. So it’s only fair I make this post very little about words (I always say that yet end up writing an essay) and let the pics do most of the talking. It’s the only way I could do some justice to these gorgeous destinations.
So fasten your seatbelts and don’t check for visa coz it aint required for the free tour I’m about to give you.
AMSTERDAM – THE MUTUAL CHOICE
“Prepare to fall in love as you’ll be surrounded by canals, boats, floral bridges and plenty of romantic views. Of course do the mandatory (I was talking about the museums and canal tour ok? :D) but do not miss out on the best apple pie in the world at Winkels! The Science Museum and Vondel Park was also fun! Watch out for the bikers though!“
Accommodation: Ambassade Hotel. Ideal location and amazing staff. They serve breakfast until 11am which was a huge bonus!
Duration of stay: 3.5 days. Felt sufficient and just right!
SWITZERLAND – MY CHOICE:
“That magical place called Switzerland! Pictures don’t do justice to just how beautiful and serene it is in person. Don’t think any city I’ve travelled to has had such an impact on me as much as this one. Have thoroughly enjoyed being so close to nature and taking in all those breathtaking views. I’m super glad I chose a place like Switzerland for my first ever hike. The beautiful views of Interlaken from Schynige Platte was worth killing my knees for (although I wasn’t expecting to encounter a bull along the way!). But the real magic was at 6am in Zermatt where watching the Matterhorn mountain come to life was surreal!“
Accommodation in Interlaken: Jungfrau Victoria. Felt classy and was just a 5 minutes walk from the Interlaken OST station where you’re bound to end up daily.
Duration of stay: We were in Interlaken for approximately 5 days and made it our base. We made daily trips from here to all the different villages/towns. But if you would like a more Swiss experience then you can even make Grindelwald or Murren your base. They’re all located fairly close to each other.
Accommodation in Zermatt: Alpenlodge. I’m super glad I chose this lodge over a hotel. The decor was immaculate, staff was friendly and the room was THE BEST. If it was upto me then I would have never left the lodge during our stay in Zermatt.
Duration of stay: 3 nights. Perhaps just 2 nights would have been plenty as Zermatt is more for hiking rather than sightseeing. That being said, it ended up being the highlight of my stay in Switzerland. You’ll have to watch the video at the end to find out why.
And now I’m about to show something truly spectacular! Thanks to our amazing terrace view at Alpenlodge, I woke up early the first morning in Zermatt hoping to catch the sunrise but what unfolded in front of my eyes was truly magical. It was literally like watching the mountain come to life. I made it a point to wake up at 6am the next 2 mornings as well and each day seemed even better than the previous! I luckily managed to make a video of this magical moment. Have a look and see for yourself. Isn’t it absolutely breathtaking?
VIENNA – AHMED’S CHOICE
“Welcome to Vienna – where modern meets historical.This city took me by complete surprise! I was convinced I’d be bored here as I thought it would only be about historical stuff (sorry am not much of a history buff) but much to my surprise it had such a quirky side to it which I had no idea about. It felt like a win-win destination as Ahmed loves history while I love quirky. Thank you for meeting us somewhere in the middle Vienna! Had I known you were going to be this awesome I would have booked more days!❤️“
Accommodation: Le Meridien. Can’t recommend this hotel enough. Everything was walking distance from it and the hotel itself was top-notch! I really enjoyed the breakfast here!
Duration of stay: 2.5 days. I would say 4 days would have been enough to visit all the places in Vienna, but our time still felt sufficient to feel the quirky and chilled out vibe of the city.
All good things must come to an end and so has our holiday. I guess it’ll officially be over once I publish this post as there would be nothing more to say then (unless you follow me on instagram where I brag about it every opportunity I get :D).
This trip was the best experience of our lives and also felt like an accomplishment as we both stepped out of our comfort zone (hiking for me and paragliding for Ahmed). At least I now know there is an adventurous side to me as well! 🙂
What have you been upto this summer?
Until the next post, ‘Let’s Keep it Strictly Lighthearted!’