Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France

since my last post in Belfast, Ireland, i have been to 3 other countries alongside my ma, my sister kelly, my soon-to-be sister-in-law kristen (aka:kris), and my friend ashley. it has been great, but sadly we're on the last leg of this euroExtravaganza. these are some photos from the adventure

Portaferry, ireland, was really rad to see since that's where my heritage stems from. it's cool imagining what it would have been like way back when they lived there. now it's just a quiet little fishing town, but it used to be a popular place. it's gorgeous there. 

while we were there we went around to different graveyards with my aunt marty & uncle dee trying to find my families gravestones to give us an idea of dates & to verify they were there. unfortunately we couldn't read many of the headstones, but we did find the right graveyard which was cool. there's something about old school graveyards that really attracts me, so much history & detail, they're so different from todays cemeteries. 
after Portaferry we went to Amsterdam, holland (or The Netherlands, we never were sure which to call it). Amsterdam is amazing. i'm pretty sure the people never sleep there & all they do is ride their bikes everywhere. it's completely flat so   e v e r y o n e   rides bikes. it's cool to see cause they have so many different kinds of bikes & bike attachments, my sis was having a hay day with all of them. i loved the architecture of the city, it's old with history mixed with a lot of modern buildings. there is a real kind of character to the town. it's built along canals too which is really cool, they have the sweetest houseboats along the canals, some of them are incredibly nice looking. 
of course while we were there we had to stop by the red light district, and it was all i imagined it to be. semi-naked/naked ladies showing you their goodies in the was interesting. 
one day we went to the keukenhof where all of the pretty tulips & flowers you imagine to be everywhere are. they were gorgeous! i couldn't get over how many there were, different kinds, colors, etc. it was so pretty to see, it looked like a painting, i want to be surrounded by these at my house. i can't imagine waking up and just being surrounded by fields of flowers like the people in that town are.

Brugge, belgium, was our next stop. i've been dying to go since i saw the movie In Bruge (i really liked that movie, but my mom hated it). it looked so picturesque in the movie & they kept saying how it was a real-life fairy tale town, i obviously had to go. so i'm happy to say i finally made it and it met all of my expectations. especially their delicious belgian waffles. mmmm

kris & ash in the Brugge town square with their famous clock tower in the background.

Paris, france, came last. here i am with my ma, kris, and kelly. we were all so excited to be in france, and since kris was leaving at the crack of dawn the next day (4a.m. to be exact) we tried to take in all the sights. we went to the eiffel tower, where we got our crepes, & headed for a boat tour of the main attractions. all in all it was a perfect first night in paris.

the next day my ma, kelly, ashley & i went lunch at Le Jules Verne (it's in the eiffel tower, nbd), went to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, & made a pit stop at the Moulin Rouge... unfortunately that did not meet my expectations, i think the movie hyped it up too much for me. but the rest of the day was great!

me & ashley under the eiffel tower after stuffing our faces at lunch.

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