My husband and I recently went on an amazing trip to Europe, We traveled to Amsterdam, Rhodes, Greece, Munich Germany and London.
First stop Amsterdam, We only had one full day and night so it was go go go to try and hit the spots we planned. We stayed at Sara's Boutique hotel which was centrally located and walking distance to everything. We first did a lot of walking around to take in the unique architecture. Next, we did the Anne Frank tour which I highly recommend; its a must see if your in Amsterdam. We did a quick tour of the Rijks museum one of the most famous in the world, where there is over 800 years of Dutch art. After hours on our feet we went back to our hotel to freshen up for dinner. We went across the street from our hotel to a place called Ciro Passami Lolio. It's a small Italian inspired restaurant which was delicious! It was great food, service and the atmosphere was romantic. One of their most popular deserts is the Prosecco and Vodka meet Sorbet. They whip it up right in front of you at the table and its so yummy!! After dinner we decided to walk the Red Light District. You can't go to Amsterdam without doing some window shopping. One day in Amsterdam was perfect depending on your travel plans.
Next stop Rhodes, Greece, we stayed at another boutique hotel called "" inside the castle of the Old Town. Staying Inside the castle was a great choice because it has all the historical sights and so many wonderful shops/restaurants. Our first day we got up early and bought boat tickets to the island Symi, which is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Symi is about an hour and a half boat ride and once you get there you have half a day to explore. Symi is different from the other Greek Islands because the houses are all different colors, not like the traditional blue and white of say, Santorini and Mykonos. I think the homes look similar to Cinqua Terra in Italy for reference.
The next night we stayed at a more resort hotel while making the transition half way to Lindos. This hote was very nice but kind of in the middle of no where and not as scenic. It was right off the beach but looked a little like Mexico to me. I highly suggest staying in a boutique hotel for a more authentic feel. Finally the next three nights we would spend in Lindos, where our hotel Melenos was a dream. The hotel grounds and rooms were so beautiful and had breathtaking views. Make sure to spend some time on your terrace to take it all in. The hotel bar was by far my favorite spot because of the blue and white interiors.
The temple of Athena at the acropolis was right by the hotel and St. Paul's beach is only a few miles on foot. Right on the water at St. Paul's beach there is a gorgeous restaurant called Tambakio, where we ate, watched people swim and passing boats go by. The day we spent at the beach sipping rose (well beer for Philip) was one of my favorite days on our trip. It was so relaxing swimming in the bluest water Ive ever seen. If you have ever been to Greece you know the food is pronominal, roasted feta gyro and tzatziki at almost ever restaurant. The roads of Rhodes were meant to get lost in and I'm so happy we have now seen another beautiful island in Greece.
Off we go to Oktober Fest in Munich, Germany; where we stayed in a very simple hotel walking distance to Oktober Fest. Philip and I wore the traditional dirndl and lederhosen which is a must to fully get the Oktober Fest experience. I had ordered mine a few months in advance and Philip got his lederhosen when we got there. There were plenty of places to shop for them close by since Oktober Fest is a huge deal in Munich. Once you get through the gates there are several huge tents to grab a beer or traditional German plate, I myself love the huge pretzels! Only 20% of the tents are reserved so if you go early there should be plenty of open tables. Each tent has a band and even played some familiar american tuns such as "sweet Carolina". We spent the day drinking great German beer, riding rides and even made a few new friends. We will definitely be doing Oktober Fest again in the future!
Last stop London, We only had one full day in London so we tried to make the best of it. Philip and I had both already been to London once before and done most of the touristy stuff like Buckingham Palace and the museums. This trip was all about the food! We arrived in the evening and grabbed fish and chips at a local spot. the next morning we took an Uber into town to grab brunch at a place called Coppa Club that I had wanted to try. It's right on the water looking out at the Shared and London Tower! This place was so cute with the blooms on the terraces, they even had blankets at each table outside.
Next we took the tube to Covent Garden District where that was some good shopping and pubs. Next, we made our way to another spot I had been dying to try called Peggy Porschen Cakes! This place was adorable and the flower display was insane!! We sat outside and ordered the cutest cappuccion's I had ever seen, we got to pick out a fun stencil design. FYI I also picked out Philips design!
We of course had to check out Harrods and do a little shopping before we headed over to my favorite place in London to get high tea. Sketch London is a must do if you want a fun place to get high tea. Sketch is probably one of the coolest restaurants I have ever been too; they have strange but hilarious novelty drawings all over the walls. The tea cups and tea pots have funny little word sayings on them and the bathroom is a room full of eggs, which are where the toilets are (see picture below to get a visual). Overall an amazing experience because of the unique art and atmosphere.