Monday, August 24, 2015

Rothenburg & Amsterdam

Town Square, Rothenburg.
I went with my parents to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany this past May. My dad was a keynote speaker at this year's Rothenburg Kongress, the largest annual European conference on Traditional Chinese Medicine. We arrived a day and a half before the conference so my dad had a chance to get over jet lag and to explore the town before lecturing for 4 days. Between talking to potential collaborators, meeting contacts, and supporting my dad at a few sessions, my mom and I managed to squeeze in 2 day-trips to nearby Bamberg and Würzburg along the Romantic Road. 

When the Kongress came to an end, we packed up for a week in the Netherlands. We stayed mostly in Amsterdam with a few days in Rotterdam. The beauty of the Netherlands lie undoubtedly in its ever-changing skies and abundance of water to which light can constantly play off of. I remarked on a photo that "besides the trashy main streets, Amsterdam is just like a painting" to which a friend replied "Right?!" 

We spent a total of 15 days in Europe before making our way home. Here is our itinerary and the activities we packed in. I will post on these places later and link them for whoever would read this for reference. 
  • Day 1//  May 10, 2015 Frankfurt to Rothenburg. Rothenburg: Ramparts Walk. 
  • Day 2//  May 11, 2015 Rothenburg. Saint Jakob's Church. Town Hall Tower.
  • Day 3//  May 12, 2015 Rothenburg: Castle Garden, Franciscan Church.
  • Day 4//  May 13, 2015 Wurzburg: Market Square, Site Residence Palace, Fortress Marienberg.
  • Day 5//  May 14, 2015 Rothenburg
  • Day 6//  May 15, 2015 Bamberg: Old Town Hall, Domplatz, Neue Resident'z Rose Garden, St. Michael's Monastery, Little Venice.
  • Day 7//  May 16, 2015 Taxi transfer to Frankfurt Main Station. Amsterdam Main Station.
  • Day 8//  May 17, 2015 Keukenhof Gardens / Zaanse Schans / Marken. 
  • Day 9//  May 18, 2015 Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum. 
  • Day 10// May 19, 2015 Amsterdam to Rotterdam: Rotterdam Market, Markthal, Walk along the Nieuwe Maas River.
  • Day 11// May 20, 2015 Ferry to Kinderdijk & Dordrecht. Eindenhoven.
  • Day 12// May 21, 2015 Hague: Peace Palace & Mauritshius Museum. Amsterdam: Leidseplein, Flower Market, Begijnhof. 
  • Day 13// May 22, 2015 Kröller-Müller Museum at the De Hoge Veluwe National Park
  • Day 14// May 23, 2015 Frankfurt: Ebbelwei Express, The Danube. 
  • Day 15// May 24, 2015 Flight to US. 

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