Length of trip: 10 days
Number of flights: 4
Albuquerque to Atlanta, Atlanta to Amsterdam, Paris to Atlanta, Atlanta to Albuquerque.
Total steps per FitBit’s calculations: 155,988
…for a total of…
66 miles walked
Museums visited: 5
Amsterdam: Anne Frank Museum and Rijksmuseum
Paris: Musee de l’Armee, the Louve, and Versailles
Churches visited: 3
Bruges: Basilica of the Holy Blood and Church of Our Lady
Paris: Chapel in Hotel National des Invalides
Fries eaten: 769
Because this is important, let’s break it down further…
Belgium fries – 358
French fries – 411
(Kevin preferred French fries; Amy preferred Belgium fries.)
Total number of train rides (excluding tram and metro systems): 6
Amsterdam to Antwerp, Antwerp to Bruges, Bruges to Brussels, Brussels to Paris, Paris to Versailles, Versailles to Paris
Total number of train rides (including tram and metro systems): 47 (approximately)
Number of times we felt lost: 2
Once when we first arrived in Amsterdam and were riding a bus for an hour to get to our apartment.
And once when we were searching for the Red Light District in Amsterdam. We’re clearly not the pot-smoking, prostitute-seeking sort because we couldn’t even find the center of all that madness with a map.
Number of accommodations: 3
AirBnB in Amsterdam – 4 stars
Hotel de Tuilerieen in Bruges – 5 stars
AirBnB in Paris – 4 stars
Pages filled in travel journal: 44
We alternated recapping the days in a travel journal – it will be a fun keepsake in the years to come. I’m crediting the idea to my pal Rach at This Italian Family. When she and her husband traveled to Italy last year (or the year before?), they kept a journal together.
Days spent recovering from jetlag: 2
In Albuquerque after we’d returned home. Ain’t nobody got time for jet lag at the beginning of a trip.
Canal boat tours taken: 2
One in Amsterdam which was a total joke with commentary along the lines of, “Ahead you will see an old, skinny bridge.” And that’s all. (SO MANY QUESTIONS. How old? Why so skinny? Who built it? Tell me more, recorded English voice!)
One in Bruges, which was very well done and informative.
More details to come in future posts!