Finland, Estonia, Holland, France, Belgium 10/17

Hello from Luxembourg. It has been an eventful couple weeks since we last posted. We arrived into Helsinki, Finland via high speed train from St. Petersburg, Russia, spent a couple days wandering around the city and eventually caught a boat to Tallinn, Estonia. We weren’t in any rush to leave Estonia, so we spent a week at a nice hostel, relaxed, and saw the city at our own pace. We even rented a car for a day and drove out into the countryside of Estonia. From Estonia, we flew to Amsterdam, Holland. We arrived a day early so we could check into the apartment and do some prep work for the arrival of Jenny’s mom and sister, Katie. Once we collected them from the airport, minus one bag, we were off, walking around the city and seeing the sights. From Amsterdam, we took a high speed train to Paris, France where we saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre, and even Joaquin Ruiz, Diego’s brother from Paraguay. After a cold and rainy Paris, it was onto another train headed for Brussels, Belgium, home of the fries, waffles, chocolate and delicious beers. Several junk food meals later, it was back to Amsterdam for their flight home. We spent a couple more days in the city and then rented a car. Our first stop was Brugge, Belgium, then onto Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, where we are now. We had a great time with Debby and Katie. We saw a ton of great sights, ate a bunch of unhealthy foods, and drank some great local beers. We have a few more days to get to Munich, Germany before Brad’s parents arrive. We can’t wait. Enjoy the photos!

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Helsinki, Finland.

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The harbor of Helsinki, heading out into the Baltic Sea.

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An old castle in Estonia.

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Unfortunately we didn’t see any.

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Behind the history museum in Tallinn, Estonia lies a bunch of Russian statues, remnants of when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. Pretty cool.

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The main square in Tallinn.

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Old town Tallinn.

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The canals of Amsterdam, Holland.

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Delicious Holland cheese!

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Making some Dutch wooden shoes.

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Windmills at Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam.

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The inner workings of an operating windmill. Amazing!

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Some canal houses in Amsterdam.

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Katie, Jenny & Debby in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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Wether you are seeing it for the first time or the twentieth time…AMAZING!

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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

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The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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Looking straight down!

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The Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

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Brussels, Belgium.

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The main square in Brussels.

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Katie enjoying a Belgian waffle.

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Fries in Brussels…a must!

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Manikin Pis, a small statue of a boy peeing…dressed up in different outfits every day!

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In Brugge, Belgium, known as the Venice of the North.

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On one of the many bridges over the canals in Brugge.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

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We hope you are enjoying the posts. We are off to explore a bit of Luxembourg before driving on toward Strasbourg, France and eventually Munich, Germany.

Until next time,
~B

2 thoughts on “Finland, Estonia, Holland, France, Belgium 10/17

  1. Love the pictures. I remember the times I was in Brugge and Paris. I saw the same sights. I miss Europe. I want to go back with Anika and watch cyclocross racing and enjoy great food. Anika and I are enjoying your pictures and blog. We can hardly wait until you guys are back in town. Have fun

    .hi brad and Jen! This is Anika you are so lucky to go to the top of the Eiffel tower. I always wanted to my self!
    have a great time !

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