With great sorrow we said goodbye to the town and drove back through a beautiful mountain pass, crossing the border and driving in the direction of Kranj and Ljubljana’s airport. It was a great ending to an exciting trip that was a grand celebration of nature.
Walking down from Anna Frank's house south to the Museumplein (a square in Amsterdam where three major museums are located: Van-Gogh, Rijcsmuseum, and Stedelijk museum) I saw the eastern entry to the big Vondelpark, one of the biggest parks in Amsterdam. It was a sunny day, and many people were having a picnic on the grass or riding their bicycles through the park roads.
For one weekend each year, a selection of canal houses and museums open their doors to the public and reveal the beautiful gardens hidden behind Amsterdam's brick facades. For some (mostly elderly) people it's a dream came true.. to stroll into some of the most amazing houses in one of the world's most beautiful cities and catch a glimpse of how the locals live. Well, the wealthy ones anyway.
The open Garden Days took place from 14 to 16 June, exactly at the weekend I was there. this event is very popular, the three-day pass costs 15.00 euros.
For 75 euros, you can get a small boat (we were 3 people and a dog) for 2-3 hours cruise, and navigate on your own through the canals and the Amstel river. It's a very pleasant way to have an Amsterdam tour, slowly, with a bottle of wine, just watch out for the big fancy boats.
The ancient empire of the Inca, with its unique culture, historical monuments and sacred traditions, has long been a source of interest and fascination for people all around the world, who travel to Peru to follow with their own two feet the footsteps of the lost civilization.
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The next day we remembered we missed visiting the stave church at kaupanger. We visited it and it seems less impressive than what I saw in the pictures. Visit in the place cost 50 krone.
The church was built in 1184 and well decorated from the inside. It looks like an upside down viking ship.
Huancayo is the capital of the Junín Region, in the central highlands of Peru. The original inhabitants of the area were the Huancas. In 1460 they were conquered by the Inca leader Pachacutec, and incorporated into the Inca empire. The town was a notable stopping point along the Inca royal road.
Huancayo's Plaza de Armas. Photo by Jorge Gobbi
We skipped sailing to the the other two islands (which were supposedly less impressive). But we didn't agree to skip the ice cream in the city center. What ice cream! Everywhere we ate ice cream, and it happened in every place we reached, we were disappointed.
After dinner (not something to "tell the kids" about), and bumping with local officers (which were dressed in civilian clothes, they showed us their badge and asked to see the restaurant receipt - apparently business's taxes are a major issue in Italy) we then retired to sleep for the night.
As the evening rolled in, we continued to our final destination - Mezzano In Chianti, a place in the middle of nowhere, where we discovered an old stone house divided into very large apartments (well equipped kitchen, pool, BBQ outside and other goodies). This is the place we would spend the following two nights.