Hotels generally don't look as good in person as they do on their websites. Although our hotel in London came close. It's called The Park City Hotel and is located in the royal Kensington and Chelsea district of London. Here's their website:
Our hotel in Paris was recommended in Rick Steves' guidebook but it failed to impress. The room was so small it barely contained a bed and little table. But the good thing about it was that we could see the top half of the Eiffel Tower from the bathroom! The elevator was really tiny too. It was only big enough for the two of us and after riding in it once, I opted to take the stairs. They did have a laptop in the lobby that was free.
Our hotel in Bruges was good. It's called The Walwyck Hotel Brugge. They had a huge bell you could ring at the front desk (one of those bells a teacher has on her desk). We forgot to take a picture of it but they gave us a postcard of the bell. The innkeepers were very friendly and gave us good restaurant recommendations. They had a flat screen TV in the room that we watched Enemy of the State on and enjoyed the commercials. The floors were quite squeaky though.
We stayed at a nice B&B in Amsterdam called Tulips. The owners, Karen and Paul, were very nice. I had told them it was our 30th anniversary so they had a small bottle of champagne in a silver bucket and a napkin with champagne glasses on it. They included a note that said Many Congratulations! From Paul and Karen. They also had a bottle of cherry liqueur on the table with 2 little glasses and they put chocolates on our pillows at night. We had great bagels at a place called Bagels and Beans.
Here is a photo of me outside the B&B -
The museums were great in every city but the ones in London were excellent and free except for special shows like the Grace Kelly one I wrote about earlier. The Louvre was beautiful but it was extremely overcrowded, hot and noisy. It was hard to see the Mona Lisa with the huge crowd in the room and the painting is behind glass.
Lots of people ride motorcycles in Paris. Nobody wore helmets while riding their bikes in Amsterdam. The tram system is great in Amsterdam. We saw some guys break dancing in Amsterdam which drew a big crowd.
Well, I have to stop for now. I'll write more memories later. Oh, while I'm thinking of it, actor Jeremy Irons does the narration on the headphones for the Westminster Abbey tour and he says, "God bless you," at the end in that deep wonderful voice of his!
|Doors to the Westminster Abbey|