Day Trip to Siena, Italy

T.W.O. had the opportunity to take a day trip to Siena for business.  Short on time and unlucky weather, T. was able to see the famous square where the Palio takes place each year, have a proper lunch, tour the Duomo, wonder the small streets of the Tuscan town and most importantly get a gelato! Here are some snapshots from her adventure.

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Rome, Italy

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ROMA, ITALIA

Most recently, half of T.W.O. got to travel to Rome for work – first time for T and it won’t be the last! Though only one of us went, that didn’t mean K wasn’t there with her in spirit. Like always – an itinerary was set and restaurants were researched.  Here are some of the highlights of the trip!

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London: Sleep, Eat, Play

In this post we are talking about our hotel, dining options and places to have some fun in London.  We didn’t waste any time during our short visit back and we are already excited about another visit! Continue reading “London: Sleep, Eat, Play”

Dublin, Ireland

AND WE ARE OFF TO IRELAND!!!!

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Tastes of Mallorca

Mallorcan cuisine is just as beautiful as the scenery. Its fresh, flavorful and carefully prepared. We enjoyed eating dinners out and snacking during the day at the hotel and Nikki Beach. Here is our Mallorcan Food Story! Continue reading “Tastes of Mallorca”

Mallorca

So why did we pick Mallorca – why not? Mallorca is part of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean known for its beach resorts and protected coves. The island sits off the coast of Spain (a 30 minute flight from Barcelona) and is a popular holiday destination for Europeans. Yes Europeans – not Americans…which makes it that much better! The island is actually bigger than we expected and has very different terrain. Flat land, mountains and fertile plains. If this place isn’t on your list of travel destinations…it will be after this post! (We hope!) Continue reading “Mallorca”

Day Trip to Cascais, Portugal

While in Lisbon, we decided to take a day trip to Cascais. Cascais is a small beach town that used to be the former residence of the royal family. It took about 40 minutes by train, from Cais do Sodre station and costs under €10 round-trip. Well worth it! The train ride reminded us of the train from Orange County, CA to San Diego, CA because you are traveling along the coast the entire journey. Continue reading “Day Trip to Cascais, Portugal”

Being a Tourist In Lisbon, Portugal

A glimpse of some neighborhoods of Lisbon:

Bairro Alto
This is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city’s bohemian haunt of artists and writers. During the day, the streets are less crowded, but once night fall hits the Fado Houses are packed and restaurants filled with hungry people. Continue reading “Being a Tourist In Lisbon, Portugal”

Amsterdam Eats

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Hallo!! T.W.O. ate a lot of good food in Amsterdam, and in this post we will be highlighting our favorite meals.  Thank you to family and friends that sent us recommendations!! Enjoy!

 

Foodhallen

Foodhallen – it’s the Dutch version of the Ferry Building in San Francisco, the Bourough Market in London and the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid.  Our perfect place to spend a couple hours – tasting food and mingling with the locals.  It was hard to choose a place to eat at so we had to visit the Foodhallen twice!!

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Restaurant ‘t Zwaantje

If you are looking for traditional Dutch food, this is the place for you to go.  It’s a quant restaurant located on Berenstraat and happen to be on the same street as our apartment.  Not a far walk for us.  The onion and vegetable soup, filet and chicken were all delicious.  All entrees are served with chips/fries and a salad.  Don’t forget the apple streusel – delicious!!! If you don’t walk out of there feeling satisfied….I don’t know where you went then!

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Cafe George 

Cafe George was the perfect dinner spot for us during our stay in Amsterdam.  The diverse menu had something for everyone.  The tomato soup and lobster bisque was the perfect start to our meal.  We sipped on some vino while we enjoyed our main entree – pasta vongole and the lamb shank.  Both were impeccable from the sauces they used to the side salad that accompanied the dishes. Since it was near our apartment, we stopped here for a glass of rosé and cheese plate one afternoon. Don’t miss out on a Cafe George visit!

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The Seafood Bar

After touring the museums all morning and walking through the Vondelpark, The Seafood Bar is the ideal spot to grab lunch.  It feels like you just stepped into a coastal lifestyle…classy, nautical and fabulous. The menu has something for everyone and will even satisfy the non-seafood type.  The fish is fresh and cooked to perfection in the open aired kitchen.  Make sure this is a spot on your to-do-list while visiting Amsterdam.

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Vyne 

Tired of Bier?  Well, we got the spot for you.  Vyne is a small wine bar located on the Prinsengracht and has an amazing wine list.  They also serve small plates from Thursday till Sunday, so if you want something to eat and a delicious glass of wine from France, California, Italy, German, Australia or South America – this is the spot.  If you are lucky enough like us, you might get to enjoy some “vault” wine with a famous local.

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Pancakes!  

It’s not a complete trip without eating at Pancakes!.  T.W.O. was lucky enough to have it right across the street, so we rolled out of bed and were first in line on a brisk morning.  Sounds crazy?….no not really.  Every day there is a line out the door to get into this small cozy Dutch restaurant. We ordered the“poffertjes”  (powdered sugar),goat cheese,spinach,garlic oil,pine nuts pancake, and a vegetable pancake.  All were amazing!!! Don’t miss out on Pancakes!

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Café De Doffer

For a quick lunch and drink, stop in this café.  Its the perfect place to escape the cold and feel like a local.  

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Cheers,

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Hallo Amsterdam

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LONDON -> AMS

From London to Amsterdam we go!. You can’t go around it, got to go through it….Yes indeed our train took us underneath the English Channel to France and then to Brussels  on EuroStar and then changed trains (Thalys) to get to our final destination.  (No need to book tickets separately…the EuroStar site does it for you.) The train ride was great – we enjoyed the countryside and our cabin company for a total ride of 4 hours.  The 21 minutes underneath the English Channel wasn’t a big deal…a couple ear pops and loss of cell phone reception and we made it to the other side! In typical T.W.O. fashion… we brought snacks for the train ride – sandwiches + salads + rosé!

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We arrived to Amsterdam on New Years Eve.  After checking in at our Airbnb apartment, we walked around before we got ready for the big night.  We stumbled upon a cheese shop and a bakery that sold oliebollens (delicious round doughnuts coated with icing sugar) and ‘appelflappen’ (tasty apple fritters). And they sure were good-good-good!!  After cruising a couple of The Nine Streets we headed home to get ready for our NYE out! We had dinner (will discuss in  Amsterdam Eats post) and then headed to a local pub where we watched the fireworks. Oh and ‘minor’ detail….Trigere did the NYE countdown for the entire audience present in the pub! haha.. IN ENGLISH!! Needless to say we danced the night away and had fun with our new Dutch Friends.

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Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a must see in Amsterdam….get your tickets before hand though.  The lines are long and not worth it if you don’t get your tickets HERE.  Arrive on time and you will be let in a side door where you can immediately start your tour.  It’s a very interesting tour about Anne and her family during 1925-1947.  Being in the same house that was their hideout was pretty incredible and unnerving at the same time.  This is a MUST see while in Amsterdam. Please note – there is no photography allowed in the museum.

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Van Gogh …the post-Impressionist Dutch painter whose work was notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty who was a big part of 20th century art. While in Amsterdam we had to stop in the Van Gogh Museum which houses the most prestigious paintings and drawings from Vincent along with his artist friends.  Before you go, make sure to get your tickets HERE, so you avoid the long lines.  After visiting the museum you can take pictures in front of one of the three “I amsterdam” sign.  (Pictures were not allowed in this museum, expect for designated areas.)image

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VondelPark

The VondelPark is the Central Park of Amsterdam.  Its where people have picnics, take walks, ride bikes, run and kick a soccer ball around.  We enjoyed strolling around this park after a couple hours in the museum.  Take note of the lost and founds that are around the park…you never know what you are going to see hanging on them!

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Canal Walks

T.W.O. enjoyed walking around The Nine Streets popping into stores and pubs occasionally.  The Nine Streets is home to many restaurants, pubs, cafes and boutiques.  It was the area we stayed and would suggest staying here to any one….Jordaan region.   There is no place in this city that has a bad view.image

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Tot ziens,

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