Friday, October 28, 2011

europe saver.. here we come!!

finally! it's our official honeymoon. hahaha.. thank God i found this tour. though it was departed from jakarta, it was worth it. since it's low season, no tour departed from surabaya. and we, me mostly, were desperate finding a tour in october, so when we found out about this one, we just took it. and so here we gooo...

#day 1 : arrived at jakarta and flight to abu dhabi
oh my gosh.. it's a long flight and we arrived in the middle of the night. we were starving and the only open restaurant were BK. so, we ate BK and we found out that our connecting flight to milan was delayed for 3 hours. damn... we assumed some from the agenda will be removed since we lost 3 hours. yaikss.. not too good for first day...

#day 2: arrived at milan finally..
after a long and tiring night.. gotta sleep at the airport since it would be morning in milan, and as compensation for the delay, we got a food voucher which only available at BK, upper crust and yumcha, but since it was 2 AM in the morning, we only had few options, sooo... croissant at upper crust was our breakfast.. the bad news since we got delayed, they cancelled the visit to san siro..noooo... but we still got to visit the cathedral and a little time to shop. the cathedral there were amazing! there were carvings and paintings everywhere. very amazing.. even they got carvings at the gate. it was made from iron! unbelievable.. and then we were heading to swiss to spend the night.

#day 3: ski resort
today's agenda was going to the top of alpen mountain which is the jungfraujoch mountain. people called it top of europe. we were warned not to be super excited, not to wandering around too much so we caught our breath. since it would be thousands feet above sea level, the oxygen level would be decreasing, so we had to save our breath. we rode the train to the top. it was amazing. the view.. were so breathtaking. the green grass, the trees and the houses.. even the snow on the grass. and as we were approaching the top, we could see the snow were covering the tops. it was white and clean and shiny. once we were on the top, all i could see was snow everywhere. contrasting to the clear blue sky. even though it was minus 5 degrees, it was okay since there were no wind. my husband said i was lucky it was a sunny day.. when he were in mount titlis, there were  snowfalls so he couldn't see much. too bad we couldn't do the dog riding sleigh. and we couldn't play ski either. but it was fun. we played at the ice palace and then headed down to interlaken by another train. on our way down, we could see a waterfall. it was amazing. liked in the movies. at the interlaken we just ate dinner and shopping again.

#day 4: on the bus..
today we were going to paris. but had lunch stop first at dijon. since everyone were excited for paris, the tour leader made the stop really quick. just for lunch and then went straight to paris. no city tour. and no escargot dining, since only 2 people in the bus who were curious for eating it, so we decided to eat chinese food again. hahaha.. we were craving for rice!! during our walk to the restaurant (the driver kinda gave us the wrong direction, so we kinda walked around the block like some duck group missing its leader.. ) i saw a pastry shop. they looked really good...yeah, i do have sweet tooth. so, to ease my cravings, after lunch we stopped by at the shop and bought few pastries. turned out it was soooo... delicious.. yummy.. pricey though. but it's worth the money.. and when we arrived at our hotel, it turned out to be a cool one. free wifi at the lobby, magical decorations, beautiful lake behind it, and also it was near to disneyland! yay... but too bad it already late so we cancelled our getaway to paris and saved it for tomorrow.

#day 5: just like a parisian
today we separated from the group. our mission today was exploring paris like a true parisian. first stop was disneyland park. since we only had short time, we decided just one park. disneyland was awesome. though i couldn't ride some attractions.. (he had no intention to accompany me playing roller coaster and stuff. i had to play by myself, which is no fun at all.. aisshh..) but we rode most of the safe attractions. too bad the parade hasn't started yet. and as we were about to exit, there was a disney villain show.. we didn't stop to watch it until the end since the clock is ticking. another bad news was no fireworks in autumn. *sob2..
we joined the group again for lunch only. we hurried since we were already late, but we had to be patience since we couldn't force the metro to go faster. haha.. but it turned out that we were on time. the traffic was pretty heavy, so the bus was arriving late.
next stop was the hop on-hop off bus. we chose the l'open tour paris bus. it had open deck so we could take picture more freely. we chose the green route which included several famous sites such as grand palace, concorde, madeline, and louvre, which was actually our next destination. louvre was hugee... and i'm pretty sure if i wanted to look at all the stuff there, a day wouldn't be enough. so we just skipped all the stuff there and just went straight to the famous stuff, such as milo and monalisa. hahaha... pretty bad tourists. wkwkww.. but we were running out of time. if only i could go there once again.. *sigh*
and then since he wanted to show me eiffel at night, he insisted to find the port for canal cruise. we had to walk from notre dame (since i had to go to there...i never went there..) back to the port neuf.  finally we found it, but the boat's already sailed. we decided to ride the next one, it was 6 pm, but the sky was still clear.. oh noo.. we forgot that night came later in europe. hiks. so the light on eiffel just lit after we were docked back at the port. sighhh... too baddd...
actually, since everybody said in paris everything were cheaper, we planned to spend the night shopping. but we were starving and i haven't been photographed in front of the arc the triomphe, so... we rode the metro once again.. long journey to champ-elysee and walked and walked and walked.. until we found McD to eat. haiss.. and after we ate, it was already late. so we decided to skip the shopping and go home, hoping that it won't be that expensive in the next city. and sooo... that's how we ended the day.. running to catch the bus back to the hotel with eyes half closed.

#day 6: on the road again
bye-bye paris... we going on the road again.. headed for amsterdam with quick stop at brussels. lunch at chinese again and then city tour and shopping. there was this statue of a peeing kid. i wondered why they made it into tourist's interest. turned out the story was, back in world war 2, when the enemy tried to bomb belgium, this kid peed on the bomb, so the plan was falling apart. the kid save the country. hahaha.. is that story even true? and then as we were gathering around at the city center, there were this sudden crowd. a lot of guys dancing and singing across the yard, wearing tux and bringing beer and flowers. we assumed they were getting a marriage registration, but we were wondering where the bride was. some guessed they were gay. and our tour leader also said like that. so i guessed they were right. after that we headed to amsterdam.
the hotel was even better. free wifi everywhere. more complete toilletries.. hahaa.. i guessed that's why we loved being colonized by them. they provided everything. hahaha..

#day 7: windmill. cheese. clog.
first agenda for today were being photographed in front of the windmill, which holland was famous for. and then went to cheese and clog factory. after that we headed to volendam. took picture in traditional local clothing and then ate their famous fish and chips. then we were back to amsterdam for canal cruise. but since there was a demonstration along the way to the port, the bus kinda stucked there and couldn't move. so our local guide decided to go on a walk. through the red light district. hahahaa... since we were going on shortcut, apparently we had to go through that district. wakakkaa.. the first girl that we saw was a he-she.. wakkaka..
the canal cruise turned out to be a big disappointment. the canals were not so clean anymore and there were no exquisite building along the canal borders, unlike paris. we stopped by at jewel factory.. another agenda in every tour to rip our money.. hahaha.. and the last and best part for the day was having indonesian food for dinner.

#day 8: ouch.. eau de cologne city
today we were on the road again, to frankfurt with a stop at cologne, the city origin of eau de cologne. we started this trip with excitement, since our tour leader said she would give us 4 hours to shop. since i had to find shoes for dad, i was excited also. at cologne, we ate chinese again.. (it's cheaper than swiss) and then headed to the dome, the famous church there. it was huge and magnificent like the one in milan. but unfortunately, there was a demonstration outside the church. it was a huge commotion, even the number of police guarding there were increasing as the mass were getting bigger in number also. then we walked around the shopping center. we were wondering, why all the shops were closed. but at first we thought since it was lunch time, probably they would open again after lunch time was over. but then every single shops were closed, the only opened shops were the souvenirs shops and cafes. then my husband suddenly remembered, it was sunday.. and all shops closed at sundays.. hikkss.. so i was standing there, outside the shops, looking at the shoes that we were supposed to buy for my dad. i was so clooosseee ... aiyaaa... *crying out loud* there were another shops opened at the central station near there, but no shoes shop. so when we were back at the bus, as an apology from the tour leader, she gave us a small sample bottle of the famous eau de cologne, no 4711. after that we headed to frankfurt with heavy heart. today was our last day there...

#day 9: auf wiedersehen...
today we headed back to indonesia, with a long stop at abu dhabi. 7 hours. sigh... after breakfast everyone were busy packing stuff.. then we headed to frankfurt airport. at the airport no shoes shop again. *sigh* but i found longchamp.. (since we didn't have time to shop in paris). we were hoping that they will delay us at frankfurt to lessen the waiting time at abu dhabi, but our wish were not granted. the plane arrived on time and we spent the night on the plane

#day 10: jet lag
we arrived at abu dhabi, got something to eat and then looked around for a place to sleep. we had to sleep since it was night in jakarta. so if we didn't want jet lag, we had to sleep so when we arrived we were wide awake. we could sleep for one or two hours, but the AC were not favoring us to sleep also. it was chilly cold so we decided to get up and looked around for information, whether our flight got delayed again or not. turned out the flight was on time. so at 5 am, we were boarded to plane and back to jakarta. hiks.. i wanted my vacation.. mooorreee..
since we were from surabaya, we had to wait again for the plane to be back to surabaya. long and tiring journey back home. but at 8 pm, we were arrived at surabaya safe and sound. and tired. and ready to sleep. it was fun.. though there were troubles and misfortunes.. but overall, it was fun. i wish i could have the time and money to be back there once again.. swiss and paris particularly..

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