The Darling Nomadess: February 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Photo Diary: Afternoon at Strausburg Grande Île

Being centrally located, Frankfurt has a lot of options for day trips. There's tons of castles in the area, a Celtic burial ground, and it's just a few hours drive to France. When the opportunity to road trip to visit Strausburg, a charming UNESCO World Heritage city, you bet I was the first one in the car. Strausburg has a lot of Germanic influence as it is so close to the France-German border which makes for an absolutely adorable medieval city. 

At 466 feet tall, the Strausburg Cathedral is the world's sixth tallest church. The gothic architecture left me in complete awe of the amount of detail on this "gigantic and delicate marvel" as described by Victor Hugo. For just a few euros, I climbed the stairs to the top of the cathedral to find a breathtaking view from the top. 

After the exhausting climb up and back down, it was time for a 2 euro Nutella crepe from a street vendor.

Have you ever been to Strausburg?

With Love,

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What to Eat in Amsterdam

Thank you to Eating Amsterdam Tours for sponsoring today's discussion. All opinions are my own!

From Italy's delectable gelato and lasagna, sweet crepes in France, paella in Spain, and the savory schnitzels in Germany, it's no secret that Europe has turned me into a foodie. Amsterdam's culinary scene is quite underrated, and trust me, it goes far beyond just the rich gouda cheese and apple pie! 

When I discovered Eating Amsterdam Tours, I knew it would be a great addition to my New Years Week itinerary in Holland's capital. A collaboration was a great way to ring in the new year and celebrate The Darling Daily's second blogiversary! Since I was going to Amsterdam to celebrate my favorite holiday (NYE!), I purchased a ticket on the tour for Alex as a Christmas gift. Specialty tours are a great gift for travelers, by the way (hint hint, Sound of Music Tour in Salzurg for my birthday, anyone? ;p). Amsterdam quickly won my heart with it's tolerance, charming architecture, and have I mentioned the delicious Dutch food yet? 

Filled with excitement, we packed up our rental car around midnight and drove 6 hours overnight to the city. After finding a parking spot, I had a comfortable and restful 3 hour nap in the backseat (note sarcasm) before heading to Cafe Papeneiland, one of the oldest brown-cafes in Amsterdam, to begin the 4 hour eating frenzy!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10 Places to Visit in Europe in 2015

It's been 3 months since I packed my bags and took a one-way flight to Europe. 2014 created a whirlwind of (mis)adventure and I'm excited for what 2015 has in store! 

Originally, I planned to come back home after my 90 day tourist visa expired but I'm just not ready to pack up and head home to the good ol' midwest. There are still so many places to experience, foods to try, and people to meet. So, I applied and recently received a residence permit for Germany to learn the language and continue traveling! Hopefully, I'll be able to squeeze some of these places in to my schedule (and budget) in-between classes.