So like they say.. When having fun time just moves super fast.
Our 10days with family just ended in Amsterdam.
We have had such amazing time with my aunties and uncles. It’s been a while since I have seen them or spent time with them. Am so grateful that we got the opportunity to visit them and spend some quality time with them in Amsterdam.
My cousin was super helpful driving us around Amsterdam and also driving us to Belgium. Really appreciate that.
Now it’s time to say our goodbyes and as usually some tears must be expressed… Yeap after all our travels we still have those moments.
Here are a few pictures of love ones
When we travel we always hope to make new friends… But we also wish to have our friends visit us in those countries or we meet them.
Today kids and I got to spend the day with one of our amazing doctors who use to work with us in Ghana.. And we got to meet her Prince… Super cute and cuddly baby boy.
Had a great time just catching up and remembering all the times we spent in Ghana.
Here are a few pictures of our trip to Den Haag to meet our friend.
Such a blessing to be able to celebrate our only sons birthday in 2 different countries all in 1 day.
Our son turn 8yrs on Friday and really he might probably be the easiest 8yr old to please… He is not asking for cakes or anything huge… All he wants is for you to take him to a toy store so he can pick one thing… Which in this case cost less than €15 and he is super excited and the day is great for him… Of course there is the part where he wants his sisters to Serve him which is not too much to ask for, for just a day… Lol!!!
Today we decided to spend the birthday at a Belgium zoo and then spend the evening with family in Amsterdam… Yes 2 countries one birthday.. Here are a few clicks with our birthday boy…
Today as we are journeying on through Europe we decided to take a trip to Belgium… It was a lovely ride from Amsterdam and we enjoyed the greenery environment.
We visited one of their famous places which happens to be their massive unique train station in central.
Which al had a full zoo right next to the train station… And just around that area there are just so much to get into..
Here are a few of our pictures
Today kids and I ventured out to explore more of central Amsterdam.
What I reliaze is not knowing is actually very exciting.. Because you just don’t know what is around the corner.
My cousin was worried we might get lost… But I was totally excited and ready for that moment also… Getting lost.
Also we found out when buying tickets for tours make sure to ask the right questions if you plan on saving.
Like are there discounts for going at certain time or is there a different price for kids. And yes
So the original price is €22 per adult and for children under 15 pay €17 but if you go off peak after 5pm adults pay €17 and kids pay €12… And you get to skip the line…
Here are few pictures of our experience..
So every year in Amsterdam they have thus festival called the Kwaku festival… And from my understanding it’s for the freedom of the slaves that where Brought here. So it’s like how you have african americans in America… In Amsterdam they have the surinams(which is basically the slaves that where brought to thus country) and every year they get to celebrate their freedom.
At the festival they have food from all sorts of countries like Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana and so many different countries.
It goes on from 15th July till August 6th….
Now the fee to enter is €4 for adult and €2 per child under 12yrs old.
And you can use credit card to pay entrance fees but only cash is used inside.
The music is set up at different locations with people performing on stage. Pretty fun…
While walking to the festival I came across an apartment that had a flag bagpack at the window so I asked my cousin about it and he said in Amsterdam when someone finishes college they hang that at the window to show that someone has graduated in that home. It’s such a beautiful culture that I think will motivate kids to want to go to college and do their best.
So will share that picture on this page too…
After many late nights researching for the best ticket price for me and my kid to take a trip to Amsterdam to visit my auntie who lives there. I finally got a great deal on vueling airline.
So we took on the journey… It’s really exciting to be able to spend quality time with my aunties and uncles. Arriving there felt like home with family love and all the Ghanaian food that I miss during most of our travels.
Today.. The day after we arrive my cousin took me and the kids into town…
We enjoyed the canal boat tour.. Where we got to Learn a little history about Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is truly a beautiful city of so much to keep your mind wondering and your eyes busy. Am so grateful for my family being there to host the kids and I.
Here are a few pictures of today tour around the beautiful city of Amsterdam..
So as we travel we try to cross out some of the wonders of the world. So I think it’s only fair that we see and save the leaning tower of pisa while in Italy.
Here are a few poses of our trip.. But before that let me give you an idea how easy it is to travel to this site.
From rome you can take the train for about €22 per person one way or less depending on the time and day you get your ticket. When you arrive at the train station in pisa.. Right out front of the train station is the pisa bus… For €2 per person you will be dropped right in front of the site… And there you are in 3 hours from rome to pisa you will be able to take a picture with this beautiful site…
Now enjoy the pictures…
Our family have totally enjoyed this beautiful city… What do I personally love about firenze? Well it’s those small alley ways and… Just the artsy lifestyle.
And the people are so friendly as well as the transportation system is so easy to enjoy.
I think am starting to fall in love with cities that have built their city around some form of water. And firenze is just one of them.
I hope to return back to firenze city one day in the future…
Here are a few picks of our families last days in firenze
Milan’s layout, with streets either radiating from the Duomo or circling it, reveals that the Duomo occupies what was the most central site in Roman Mediolanum, that of the public basilica facing theforum. The first cathedral, the “new basilica” (basilica nova) dedicated to St Thecla, was completed by 355. It seems to share, on a slightly smaller scale, the plan of the contemporaneous church recently rediscovered beneath Tower Hill in London. An adjoining basilica was erected in 836. The old octagonal baptistery, the Battistero Paleocristiano, dates to 335 and still can be visited under the Milan Cathedral. When a fire damaged the cathedral and basilica in 1075, they were rebuilt as the Duomo.
In 1386, Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo began construction of the cathedral. Start of the construction coincided with the ascension to power in Milan of the archbishop’s cousin Gian Galeazzo Visconti, and was meant as a reward to the noble and working classes, who had suffered under his tyrannical Visconti predecessor Barnabò. Before actual work began, three main buildings were demolished: the palace of the Archbishop, the Ordinari Palace and the Baptistry of St. Stephen at the Spring, while the old church of Sta. Maria Maggiore was exploited as a stone quarry. Enthusiasm for the immense new building soon spread among the population, and the shrewd Gian Galeazzo, together with his cousin the archbishop, collected large donations for the work-in-progress. The construction program was strictly regulated under the “Fabbrica del Duomo”, which had 300 employees led by first chief engineer Simone da Orsenigo. Orsenigo initially planned to build the cathedral from brick in Lombard Gothic style.
We had the opportunity to stroll around and shop for hours around this beautiful building.
Now if you decide to go there better reserve your entry in the duomo ticket online or you will spend at least 2 hours in a line waiting to get inside.
But if you decide to visit outside which is as magnificent as the inside… You can do that with bird feeding and some pictures.
And after that you can spend days shopping around that area… So enjoy and make sure to bring sun screen and some mosquito repellent for the night walking.