Luxemburg Road Trip

On Friday September 28, 2018 I left from school to go on a road trip to Luxunburg. The day after that I had a race for my school cross country team. In the race on the U12 squad, I did 3 kilometers and the U14 squad did 5 kilometers. Of course I was on the U12 team, meaning age 12 and under.

While we were in Luxemburg we stayed at Novotel Luxemburg. I would give Novotel a 5 star rating. Because they where a great host and allowed 60 crazy kids into their hotel. They also allowed us to use half of their restaurant for our pasta dinner. In the Novotel we had to meals including dinner and breakfast which where both buffets.

The rooms where cleaned and a good size. Although it did get a little hot in my room with me and my 2 roommates. We tried to turn down the temperature, but it didn’t get cooler and it stayed too warm.

Later on (after breakfast) we took a 25 minute ride by our private team bus over to a forest for our race of 3 kilometers. It was a great day and perfect weather. I enjoyed my run and met my goal.

After that we drove for 2 hours over to a lunch spot. Where we had lunch. Then we drove 3 more hours and arrived at school at 8:00 PM.

Iowa, Ames

On August 4, 2018 my family and I flew into Iowa, Ames and my dads parents (my grandparents) where there to pick us up. (All my grandparents and all of my cousins on my mom’s side live in Iowa). We stayed with my dads parents for two days. The night that we arrived we went to a restaurant called The Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company which is part of my top 2 favorite restaurants in Iowa.

Here’s a link to Great Plains (http://greatplainspizza.com/.

Two days later we went to my other grandparents house (my mom’s parents house) for two days. The first day there my grandma, my mom and I went to get our nails done at a place called Crystal Nails. My grandma said that Crystal Nails is her favorite place to get her nails done. I give Crystal Nails 3 stars because the lady who did our nails cut my mom’s nails to short, and did not plan well because she did the fastest first (me), then the second fastest and last she did the longest (taking of gel off then putting on gel). I was done and had to sit and wait too long. On our way back we went to an ice cream place that had rolled ice cream called Sweet Swirls Rolled Ice Cream.

Here’s the link https://www.sweetswirlsrolledicecream.com/.

Later in the week when we were with my dads parents we finally went to my favorite sandwich spot called Down Town Deli.

Here’s a link https://www.downtowndeliames.com/. I give Down Town Deli a 5 star rating. If you go to Down Town Deli then I recommend if they have their cheese soup on the menu, then definitely get it.

The week after that my mom and I went to the Iowa State Fair to watch Jim Gaffigan (who is a comedian).

The next day my family and I went back to the Iowa State Fair for a whole day of fun. The State Fair is a very fun place that I would recommend going to if you are in Iowa in the month of August, there is so much to see and do.

On our last full day of Iowa all of my grandparents and the family of my uncle came down to a farm owned by my dads parents. At the farm we grilled out hamburgers, sausages and marshmallows. We also got to ride four wheelers.

Here are some of my favorite things about Iowa. Corn dogs,

Iowa State Fair, Down Town Deli, Great Plains, bacon, sweet corn, pork tenderloin and BLTs.

I love Iowa!

Best tenderloin in Iowa

Vienna

On June 22, 2018 my family and I took a plane to spend 2 days in Vienna. We went to Vienna to selabrate my great uncle’s birthday.

On Friday (our first night) we went to a restaurant called Plachutta Wollzeile (https://www.plachutta-wollzeile.at/.) Plachutta Wollzeile has yummy food and a good verity. I give this restaurant 4 stars.

Saterday evening my family, my uncle and my cousin all went to a Buddhist center to celebrate my great uncle’s birthday.

The next day (Sunday) my family and I took a horse carriage ride around town. After the carriage ride on our walk home we stopped by an old restaurant called griechenbeisl. Here’s the link http://www.griechenbeisl.at/page.asp/lang%3Den/24.htm. The restaurant opened in 1447. My favorite part about it was the adografts. The man that showed me the autographs let my use a big stick to point at the autographs and didn’t let others use it. He also let me pour a beer from a 1447 tap! I give this restaurant 4 stars.

Croatia

On July 4, 2018 my dad and I left (Greece) to spend 11 days in Croatia. My family and I meet up with some old friends (arriving from the US) for lunch in Sibenik. Then we drove up to our house in Srima. Our Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms19618016?location=%C5%A0ibenik%2C%20Croatia&adults=4&children=3&guests=1&home_collection=1&s=iRDl-vmh) was perfect and the hosts were great. For our first night there we enjoyed a fresh homemade Croatian dinner cooked by our hosts.

A few days later we took a break from swimming in the pool, we rented a boat to take us around. We saw a few other islands and swam in totally secluded spots. My dad went diving for sea urchins and brought us back a tasty treat of super fresh urchins.

One of the other days we took a ferry ride out of Split and into to Brac and did a food tour. There, we learned a lot about the history of the island and that they just got running water 40 years ago! We had a great snack at an old olive press. Were we enjoyed olives in several ways. Then we continued the tour and had fantastic Brac lamb chops. We wrapped up the day by swimming on the beach.

For one day we headed down to the water organ in Zadar. Here is a link for the water organs (https://www.zadar.travel/en/city-guide/attractions/19-04-2007/sea-organ#.W2LDSVqxWfB.) While we were in Croatia, the croats had 2 matches in the World Cup. They won both games we watched with the locals, but ended up losing the championship match. Croatia ended with second place.

Once the week was over we drove down to Split for a few days to see family. On the way we went to Krka National Park: (http://www.npkrka.hr/) where you can go swimming in the waterfalls and on beautiful (but busy) hikes. The floor underneath the water of the waterfalls is quite rocky but the water is fresh and clean. If you go and want to swim then I recommend bringing water shoes.

In Split we got to really enjoy the city. The city is defined by the Diocletian’s Palace. On our last day of vacation we went to the top of Diocletian’s Palace or the belltower (https://www.sirena-booking.hr/.) The palace is a very popular place to go in the city. This statue is very popular in Croatia. If you touch the man’s foot they say that you will have luck.

On our way back we stopped at the Bacvice Beach and there we went kayaking and my cousin went on a jet ski.

Croatia is simple and beautiful, but also can busy and loud. Split is a great place to go if you want to visit beautiful busy beaches or small towns.

Did you know that the Croatian people call their country Hrvatska?

In many words, they have a mark above certain letters. When you see the mark, that letter is followed by an ‘h’ sound. So, Brač is pronounced “Brach” and Šibenik is “Shibenik.”

Three Greek Islands

On June 24 2018 my dad and I left to Mykonos for two days. The place that we stayed at was called Ilio Maris: http://www.iliomaris.com/. Our place had a great view of the Aegean Sea and sunset. The first day we where there we relaxed at the pool and for dinner we went out for sushi. The sushi place was called Sushi Med: https://m.facebook.com/SushiMedMykonos/. The sushi was good and worth the trip. The place was not busy. They had great customer service and where very kind. The next day we went to a rocky beach and beside it was https://mykonos.gr/en/.

In the middle of the day we took a fairy over to Naxos, Greece. Where we stayed with my friend for 1 week. (7 days) It was our 3rd year in Naxos with the same friend and staying at the same place. The place was https://www.studiosathina.gr/. In Athina’s place we enjoy our trip while being right next to the sandy Plaka Beach. She also provides free snacks and is now running a restaurant. Next to Athina’s are a couple restaurants. The first place is Yazoo which unfortunately does not have a website. Yazoo also has a gift shop run by the owner’s wife. The gift shop has things for the beach like shovels and beach balls but also has food like Oreos and they also have accessories like hats and necklaces.

The next place is https://el-gr.facebook.com/souvluckynaxos/. Souvlucky is a Greek food and also the name of the place.

Then we have https://www.picassoismexican.com/, The name is Piccasso. Picasso serves Mexican. The place is a family run business. Picasso also serves food on the beach.

Next up is Cedar Cafe which does not have a website either. Cedar is my favorite restaurant but is sadly only a lunch place, for us. Dinners are great for romantic nights out. After that is JAN’s Salmon and Deli. And Jan’s does not have a website either but the restaurant is new. Jan’s is a great view if Plaka Beach. Last is an Italian place called AMORE MIO. Which does not have a website either.

On the last day we said our goodbyes and took a ferry over to Santorini and spent our last two days in Greece there. We stayed at a fairly small hotel called https://www.villasonsantorini.com/. The hotel had a great view of the volcano and of the sunset. For our first dinner we went to http://www.vanilia.gr/ and enjoyed the sunset view. The food was good but there service was slow because they where super busy. At this place you must call and make a reservation. Unless they probably won’t have space.

Once our two days where over we took a sailboat tour before heading of to the airport. The tour was relaxing and thought us a lot about Santorini and it’s Coulter. We hade a few stops to go swimming in the sea around the volcano. The boat ride was called Santorini Sailing. The boat served small bites and makes sure that everyone is hungry for food before giving. At the end we had a lunch buffet then it was our choice what we wanted to do individually.

German Castles

On 5/18/18 my family and I went to Northern Germany (Rhine River and Moselle River areas). Germany is known for its castles. So of course while we are in Germany we had to go see castles!

After, seeing a few castles, we drove down to a castle (over looking the Rhine) and slept there for one night.

Then, we went to the Nürburgring which is the hardest race track in the world and also the fastest cars in the world tested their cars on the track to make sure the cars worked before they sold them. So we took a tour of the Nurburgring and we rented a BMW M and rode around the track. While waiting for the tour to start we could have free water and we could also play a video game based on a car race, which was awesome. But, good thing it was just a game otherwise I would have had a high repair bill. In the middle of the tour we got to watch cars race on the track.

If you like cars then I would definitely recommend going to the Nurburgring. Even though I’m not a humongous fan of cars, I still very much enjoyed our visit to the Nurburgring.

We continued The trip by touring a mid evil castle in Cochem. The Cochem Castle is built at the highest point around. It has great views of the Moselle.Then having a mid evil dinner in the castle. The waitresses (servants) where in costumes and pretending that it was actually in the time period of mid evil.Before the dinner the workers picked a couple to be the king and queen of the dinner. While waiting for the castle tour there is a wonderful view of the city. And a gift shop.

While in Cochem, we also took a chairlift up to look out over the river. At the top, we were surprised to find an amusement park. I was able to talk my parents into going. It was fun to try some new rides.

Croatia and Hungary

My last trip was to Croatia and Hungary. My dad and I took a plane into Zagreb, Croatia. Where we rented a car and drove down to my uncles place. The next day my dad and I drove over to Budapest. Budapest is in Hungary. While we were there we went on an amazing food tour called Taste Hungary. This tour was terrific, it taught us about food and it’s history. And brought us to plenty restaurants. The first restaurant  was owned by the same people that owned the tour. One thing I learnt was that Budapest is actually Buda and Pest there two cities separated by a river. I would give this tour 5 stars. The next morning we went back to Zagreb but a new apartment. And went on a tour called Zagreb BIG tour. The guys were super funny and shared traditional jokes with us. On the tour we learnt that there used to be 40 airbnbs and now there are 5000. After the tour we took a 20 min car ride to the factory of the fastest car in the world. The car is called Rimac Concept Two.20180418_170631 My uncle works there. We took a tour of the factory. Then we drove back 20 min to the last place we were at and went to a wonderful restaurant called The Witch and the Grich.20180418_211935 (1).jpgThis is one of the things we ordered. This is gnocchi. The gnocchi was very good.

The next day we went to Plitvice Lakes National Park. But on the way we stopped for lunch at a city called Slunj. And the restaurant was call Petro. This is what we ordered.

We got salmon with tomato, a cheese and meat plate and an apple strudel.

The place we went to had a very cute layout. And its own waterfalls and rivers.It was super beautiful. The place we stayed at was called Villa Mukinja. It was terrific! The people who worked there were super nice. And the rooms were very clean and great sizing. We had breakfast and dinner at our place and it was scrumptious.

The next day we headed down to the waterfalls.

I was amazing. Going on a hike trough the wonderous waterfalls of Croatia. Then we drove over to a cave place and took a tour.20180421_122036 And there were bats.

And that where our story ends.

 

Izzy’s Icy Lemonade

If you live in Amsterdam than happy kings day/koningsdag! kings day is the only day all year that you you can sell stuff without a store and with out paying taxes. Kings day is also the kings birthday so we wear his favorite color witch is orange.  So on kings day half the people sell food, drinks, objects, clothes and/or games for a very cheap price. And the other half walks around and buys it. For kings day the past 2 years I tried to sell and make profit but it did not work. But for the first time I celled lemonade and I was successful.

San Marino

San Marino is the seventh smallest country in the world. Witch is surrounded by Italy.a4ae83dd-aeea-4308-be06-cc0fbb207bf3This is a castle that me and my family past in San Marino. It’s capital is the city of San Marino and it’s largest city is Serravalle. San Marino has the smallest population of all the council of Europe. San Marino lays claim to be the oldest extant sovereign state as well as the oldest constitutional republic.

While me and my family were in San Marino on a road trip we stopped at a restaurant and got gnocchi, pizza and a folded bubble pizza. I would recommend gnocchi. #foodwasgreat

Italy, Siena

Siena used to be a mid evil city. Siennas heart is the central piazza known as ll Campo. The ll Campo has now been transformed into a museum with lots of mid evil treasures including sculptors, paintings, chests, cups, drum looking things, carvings, statues, etc. After that my dad and I went to a doughnut like tent. The donuts were good and I recommend them because they tasted scrumptious. The real name of the doughnut is Struffoli. If you like ice cream/gelato and you are either in Siena or want to go to Siena then you must go to suso. Suso is a great ice cream/gelato place. I would give suso a 5 star rating.