October 18, 2018

Europe Travel Diary | London, Paris, Nice, Monaco, Brussels and Amsterdam


"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." 
- Mary Ritter Beard

I've recently returned from the most amazing Eurotrip! It was jam-packed with a lot of city-hopping: 17 days, 5 countries, 6 cities, 7 flights (as well as taking a lot of ground transportation and walking) and 7 accommodations later, I've come back home with memories that will last me a lifetime. In case you missed it, I shared a Pack With Me in my last post in which I showed everything I brought with me on this specific trip - things I surprisingly managed to fit into a single carry-on suitcase! We started our journey off in London and then made our way to Paris. We got to experience an extended summer in both Nice and Monaco and finished our adventures off by visiting Brussels and Amsterdam. We opted to stay at both hotels and Airbnbs (First time trying? Get $45 CAD in travel credit when you sign up*)! Sometimes videos and photographs speak louder than words, so I thought I would share my travel photo diary with you below (get ready to scroll!), along with a travel vlog that captures the highlights of my European travels. I hope you enjoy!


LONDON

London Buckingham Palace
The National Gallery, London

London Travel

London Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace, London

London Buckingham Palace

London St James Park Buckingham Palace
St. James Royal Park, London

London St James Park Buckingham Palace

London St James Park Buckingham Palace

London Underground Westminster Station Subway
Westminster Underground Station, London

London Classic Red Telephone Box
Classic Red Telephone Box, London

London Black Cab

London Eye
London Eye

London Eye

London Big Ben
Palace of Westminster and Big Ben (undergoing restoration), London

London River Thames Boats

London Travel

London Borough Market
Borough Market, London

Borough Market Big V London

London Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge, London

London Castle
Cradle Tower, London

Wellington Arch London
Wellington Arch, London

London Hyde Park

London Hyde Park
Hyde Park, London

London Hyde Park

London Hyde Park

London Hyde Park

London Royal Wedding Harry & Meghan

London Covent Garden By Chloe
By Chloe - Covent Garden, London

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London Harry Potter

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London Harry Potter

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London Harry Potter

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London Harry Potter
Warner Brothers Studio Tour London Harry Potter

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London Harry Potter

PARIS

Grand Palais Paris
Grand Palais, Paris

Petit Palais Paris
Petit Palais, Paris

Paris Travel
Place de la Concorde, Paris

Paris Fashion Week
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Arc De Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe, Paris

La Madeleine Paris
La Madeleine, Paris

Paris Eiffel Tower
Tour Eiffel, Paris

Paris Eiffel Tower

Paris Eiffel Tower Sunset

Paris Eiffel Tower At Night

Paris Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

Paris Jardin des Tuileries

Paris Louvre Museum
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Mona Lisa Louvre Museum
Mona Lisa, Musée du Louvre

Paris Louvre Museum
Italian Renaissance Paintings, Musée du Louvre

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Venus de Milo Louvre Museum
Aphrodite (Venus de Milo), Musée du Louvre

Paris Louvre Museum
Modern Sculptures, Musée du Louvre 

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum
Egyptian Antiquities, Musée du Louvre

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Louvre Museum
Grosse Tour Dungeon built c. 1200 AD, Musée du Louvre

Paris Louvre Museum

Paris Travel

Paris Travel
La Seine, Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Paris Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
Paris Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris Île Saint-Louis
Île Saint-Louis, Paris

Paris Île Saint-Louis

Paris Île Saint-Louis

Paris Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris

Paris Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Paris Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge, Paris

Sugar Sammy Paris Poster
Sugar Sammy in Paris

NICE

Nice Travel
Port de Nice

Nice Travel

Nice Promenade des Anglais

Nice French Riviera Baie des Anges

Nice French Riviera Promenade des Anglais

Nice French Riviera Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Nice French Riviera Promenade des Anglais

Nice Beach
Florida Beach overlooking Baie des Anges, Nice

Nice Beach

Nice Palais de l'Agriculture
Palais de l'Agriculture, Nice

Nice Palm Trees

Nice Sorbet

Nice Promenade des Anglais

Nice Le Negresco Hotel
Hôtel Le Negresco, Nice 

Nice Eglise Notre Dame du Port
Église Notre-Dame du Port, Nice

Nice Promenade des Anglais
View from Parc de la Colline du Château, Nice

Nice Promenade des Anglais

Nice Promenade des Anglais Le Petit Train
Le Petit Train, Nice

Nice Beach

Nice Beach

Nice Promenade des Anglais Sunset
Promenade des Anglais at sunset, Nice

Nice Casino Ruhl
Casino Ruhl, Nice

Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Palais de la Méditerranée, Nice

Nice Hotel Le Royal
Hôtel Le Royal, Nice

Nice Hotel Le Negresco
Hôtel Le Negresco, Nice

Nice Promenade des Anglais Sunset

Nice Bistrot de l'Opéra
Bistro de l'Opéra, Nice

MONACO

Monaco Travel
Port de Monaco

Monaco Travel

Monaco Casino de Monte-Carlo
Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monaco Casino de Monte-Carlo

Monaco Casino de Monte-Carlo

Monaco Travel

Monaco Prince's Palace
Prince's Palace of Monaco

Monaco Prince's Palace

Monaco Prince's Palace

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel
View from Prince's Palace of Monaco

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

Monaco Travel

BRUSSELS

Brussels Zenith Casino
Brussels Zenith Casino 

Brussels Travel

Los Churros & Waffle Brussels
Los Churros & Waffle, Brussels

Brussels Travel

Belgian Frites Brussels
Belgian Frites, Brussels

Brussels Gaufre de Bruxelles
Gaufre de Bruxelles

Brussels Travel

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Brussels
Grand Place (Grote Markt), Brussels 

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Brussels

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Brussels

Grand Place (Grote Markt) Brussels

Manneken Pis Brussels
Manneken Pis, Brussels

Brussels Travel

Brussels Music Band Street Performers

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert Brussels
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Brussels

Corné Port-Royal Chocolatier Brussels
Corné Port-Royal Chocolatier, Brussels

Grand Place (Grote Markt) By Night, Brussels
Grand Place (Grote Markt) by night, Brussels





Grand Place (Grote Markt) Brussels

La Bourse Brussels
La Bourse, Brussels


Brasserie Ô Lion d'Or Brussels
Brasserie Ô Lion d'Or, Brussels

Notre-Dame du Sablon Church Brussels
Église Notre-Dame du Sablon, Brussels

Notre-Dame du Sablon Church Brussels

Brussels European Commission
European Commission, Brussels

Brussels Travel

Arcade du Cinquantenaire, Brussels
Arcade du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

Arcade du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

Parc du Cinquantenaire Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

Parc du Cinquantenaire Brussels

Parc du Cinquantenaire Brussels

Brussels Place Royale
Place Royale, Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels
Royal Palace of Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels

St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral Brussels
St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels

Brussels Travel

Brussels Atomium
The Atomium - built for World Expo 1958, Brussels


Parc D'Osseghem Brussels
Parc D'Osseghem, Brussels

Brussels Basilique du Sacré-CoeurBasilique du Sacré-Coeur, Brussels

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam Canal Bike City
Spiegelkwartier, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canal Bike City

Amsterdam Bike City

Amsterdam Travel

The Mill Diamonds Amsterdam
 The Mill Diamonds, Amsterdam

Cannabis Bake Shop Amsterdam

Cannabis Edibles Jelly Beans, Brownies, Muffins Amsterdam

Cannabis Museum Amsterdam
Cannabis Museum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canal Bike City

Red Light District, Amsterdam
Red Light District, Amsterdam

Dam Square Amsterdam
Dam Square, Amsterdam

Madame Tussaud Dam Square Amsterdam

Dam Square Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canal Bike City

Amsterdam Canal Bike City

Amsterdam Canal Bike City

Vondelpark Amsterdam
Vondelpark, Amsterdam

I Amsterdam Sign
I Amsterdam Sign

Amsterdam Canal Bike City

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Anne Frank House Amsterdam
 Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Theater Tuschinski Amsterdam
Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam

Bake My Day Bakery Amsterdam
Bake My Day Bakery, Amsterdam

And that concludes my whirlwind of a trip! Stay tuned as I will be travelling to China next month (my first time in Asia - eek!) and will be documenting my adventures as well.

Looking for more travel posts? I invite you to check out my travel diaries from Greece, Italy and Alberta!

Have you been to any of these countries? Which foreign nation would you like to visit next?

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33 comments

  1. Wow, what a trip you went on. These photos are incredible. I'm glad you had an amazing time. I'd love to do this one day.

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  2. Wow that was a ton of pictures to scroll through. We have been to all of these countries, seen and enjoyed what you have experienced. We didn't jump around that much just did one country at a time because there is so much to see and do.

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  3. That is such an awesome place! Talk about an adventure. Every area you showed us was more beautiful than the last.

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  4. Oh my what a trip. London is somewhere where I would like to go. I know my son would love to go!!

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  5. You really took some great pictures and what a trip, it had everything including museums, architecture and beaches. I wish I had the time to take a great trip like this.

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  6. This is a trip of a lifetime. You have written about a lot of stuff in this post. It's hard to digest and pick one favorite things. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.

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  7. Your trip looks amazing. I visited London last year. However, I still have a ton of places that I would still like to visit in Europe.

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  8. So much to see there. I would never get bored with a visit to here.

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  9. WOW I can't believe how much you got to see in such a short amount of time! I love all your photos what some beautiful sights, I really want to go to the Harry Potter experience definitely something on my wishlist.

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  10. What an amazing trip!I can't believe that scaffolding on Big Ben. How cool to see both the clock and the restoration in action! Amazing.

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  11. Sounds AND looks like and amazing trip!! I did this when I was in college and loved it

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  12. Hi Natalie, You sure covered a lot of countries in only 17 days! It is great that you can do it while you are young and have the energy! :) I was on a Mediterranean cruise last month and it was fantastic. I need to go back next year to discover northern Europe. Your photos are spectacular and make feel as if I was there. Looking forward to seeing Asia! Have fun!

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  13. Wow, your trip looks incredible! You saw so much stuff. What an awesome experience to see so many things on one trip. Love your photos! That triple decker bus is funny.

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  14. I'm feeling so jealous of your trip... all the places on my own bucket list!!! Just beautiful!

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  15. Wow, wow, wow! Your photos are stunning! I just pinned a few so I can come back and virtually travel whenever I want! Thanks for taking us on your fabulous journey.

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  16. This is such a great trip. I love that you had so many experiences on this trip. So many amazing cities!

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  17. It looks like you had a fabulous vacation! Cradle Tower looks pretty impressive and the Wellington Arch is a must see.

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  18. Europe is really an interesting place to go to. I love the Harry Potter side trip. I am glad you had fun. I also love the photographs!

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  19. wow, now this is an experience diary! I have been to London and Paris. I'd love to go to Brussels and Amsterdam.

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  20. OMG! Everything looks amazing! You got so visit some wonderful places! This sounds like a great vacation!

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  21. OMG! This is such a beautiful post. I love Europe. I would like to visit every European country! They are full of art, culture and history!

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  22. Indeed such a great vacation experience! Your photos are amazing too, I want to make such video as well to document my travels too.

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  23. I have lived in paris, currently live in London and visited Nice. Love those three cities! So many things to see! Amsterdam is defo on my travel bucket list!

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  24. Wow! That is a lot to fit in, in 17 days. You got some amazing pictures from the experience.

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  25. Europe is so very beautiful! I absolutely love how much you got to see in such a short amount of time. Amazing!

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  26. Looks like such a fantastic trip! I loved your video as well! I miss Europe so much!

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  27. Oh my gosh! I’m so amazed by it all. I’ve been to Europe but only fit two countries in during my visit. I need to go back though. I’d love to do this exact trip.

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  28. You had a great trip and you capture those moments perfectly.

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  29. This is my dream tour. I hipe I too would be able to have that amazing experience at least once.

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  30. Oh NATALIE!That trip you had across Europe was full of many escapades and memories worth remembering. From the streets, the architecture, the buildings, the beach, the bus transport! I'm in love!

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  31. You have some truly awesome pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing them!!

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  32. Love all the pics, especially the red telephone booth! Looks like you had a lot of fun :-)

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  33. wow!This is really exciting.I am sure you had memorable experience in your Europe trip.Love to visit all around Europe one day!

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