Amsterdam, France and Berlin

(18 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Tracey Hummel

La Crosse, WI
Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Specialist

I listen to your needs and your wants to find the perfect destination with your budget in mind. Knowing the different legal requirements for getting married in another country is extremely important and I know what these are. When planning your we...

Anne Frank House - Amsterdam
This particular trip to Europe began in Amsterdam, walking through Anne Frank’s apartment. It was a somber experience to imagine how she lived in that small space with seven other people. My biggest learning curve in this city was how not to get run over by a bicyclist as there are more bikes than humans here! Of course, I loved the canals and everything that makes this city so interesting.

My next stop was Normandy, easily a new favorite destination in Europe. Point du Hoc (the first landing point on D-Day) was eerily poignant. When you arrive, you are able to see the very large craters made from bomb shells. Walking into the concrete gun pits and bunkers that still exist is very surreal. You almost expect to encounter an enemy soldier, while entering one of the below-ground storage areas. The American cemetery has a fantastic and moving museum and pictures do not properly describe the vastness of grave markers.

Within an hour and a half drive from Normandy, Mont St Michel (monastery, abbey, island commune) is a World Heritage Site not to be missed. It is unique in that the tide dictates when you can come or go, to or from the mainland. Be prepared for many steps, my Fitbit tracked 51 flights of stairs!

Paris is always a favorite and I was able to be the guide for some family and friends touring Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Couer, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. In addition, we all very much enjoyed crepes, wine and the neighborhoods. I was very excited to re-discover my favorite fondue restaurant in the 6th Arrondissement.

My final stop was Berlin and I was amazed at how new the city was, because of the vast destruction during WWII. The Church of Remembrance, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate, along with many other dedicated memorials throughout the city were very touching. These areas are among my favorite places to sell; if they are on your ‘bucket list’, please contact me.”

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