Interrail Belgium || Brussels

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So, our InterRail trip comes to an end. We used the last day of the ticket getting from Amsterdam to Brussels and then we decided to spend two days here and then get a late afternoon Eurostar back to London. Then, we were homeward bound. Sad times.

We arrive not too early, we head to the metro and make our way to the BnB we’d booked. Located near the Brussels Expo, the trip began to end well as we passed a “you are now leaving Brussels” sign on the way. We checked in, dumped our bags, grabbed our umbrellas and gathered all our leftover energy for a last city visit, rain and all. The map we had, had split Brussels up into three sections, perfect, we could plan our trip around each part and start with the nearest part. This was where the Expo, Atomium that area was.

We had a short look around Atomium, which wasn’t too thrilling and then we couldn’t resist miniature Europe, just out of curiosity to see if we had seen any of the places. Turns out we hadn’t and it was then that we realised that what we thought with the Arc de Triomphe was actually not. I’d share photos, but by this time in the trip the camera had been washed up on a beach, dropped multiple times and then accidentally washed under the taps in the toilets by Kris. Needless to say, the photo quality had been a little downgraded.

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From Miniature Brussels we then ventured out into the real thing and spent the first day wandering around the EU area and finally got to visit a Natural History Museum that was open. Whatever, Germany.

After half a day of attractions, the rest of the trip was spent milling around and taking in the last sites before returning to reality.

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And that, is the end of our trip. The Eurostar to London, then another train home from London and then to bed, for many many hours.

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Interrail Netherlands || Amsterdam

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We arrived from Berlin to nice weather and not too early, which is always a bonus. The hotel we had booked the day before was a two-minute walk from the train station so we headed straight there to drop our bags off. This was our first hotel of the holiday, we’d booked it on Last Minute and it was pretty much the only option for accommodation we could find. It wasn’t a bargain but it was a nice way to spend one night of our holiday. I was forbidden to touch the mini bar too!

As with Berlin, we spent the two days just wandering around the city, enjoying the warm weather and not thinking about the end of our trip.

I think Amsterdam is a very beautiful place, the canals, the buildings, even the many may cyclists add to the feel of the city. It’s easy to walk for hours just watching the water and looking at the individual houses, something we’re not used to in the UK. We made our way through the city to the floating flower market, which sounded a lot more interesting (and floaty) than it really was. We passed by a shop that sells Christmas decorations all year round and we slowly made our way towards Anne Franks house. Apparently, a relative of a relative lives near there and we were semi-obliged to go to that area…

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We rarely go to museums when we travel, in fact, this is as close as we got to the museum. History, art and such things just don’t interest us that much. I like history and art that is interesting to me personally, but I wouldn’t hunt it down to specifically look at it. I guess we could be missing out on the history of a place, but to me, I like the here and now and I like just seeing the world as it is.

After missing the museums and playing with the I Am Amsterdam letters we eventually made our way round to Anne Franks house. This is something I would visit, just to see what it was like but the line was too long so we passed and just enjoyed the area. We went to Madame Tussaud’s as neither of us had ever been which took us into the later afternoon.
We walked back to our hotel and decided that as the holiday was almost over we’d go out for a meal. We had a little wander nearby and settled on a little Chinese Restaurant. After dinner we took a little walk about the infamous Red Light District, just because.

Every time someone mentions the Red Light District, I normally reply on the lines of “It’s a bit different and a little uncomfortable”. It really is. I see why people would go and look, but in the end, it really is women in windows… and I think that’s a little strange.

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With our holiday coming to its end, we took our last early morning train ride to Brussels to mark the end of our InterRail ticket.

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Interrail Germany || Berlin

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We arrived in Berlin bright and early on the Monday morning. We left the station and started to head towards the town. On the way, we passed the Natural History Museum and decided this would be the perfect place to start. Sadly, it was closed and what’s sadder, is that it took us about an hour to work this out.

Plan A down, we just went off to explore and somehow ended up at the zoo for a few hours and then back in the city. We had plenty of time to explore, well into the evening as our next train wasn’t until around 1am. After fitting a zoo trip, some exploring and some sight-seeing we still managed to fit a good few hours of sitting on the train station floor rolling a marble between ourselves to pass the time.

Aside from the dramatic weather changes, there’s not much else to report, so I’ll just show you some of the photos.

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After a day of sunshine and showers we took another overnight train to Amsterdam.

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