Anne Frank House| Amsterdam

Anne Frank’s story is pretty well known worldwide and I remember reading her diary when I was only 15 years old and being already very shocked with all the events. Now 13 years later, visiting The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam had a really big impact on me.

Of course, as we get older we see things differently and understand every little detail, but this was a very special experience that I believe everyone should go through.

The Anne Frank House was established on 3 May 1957 in cooperation with Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. They are an independent non-profit organisation that runs a museum in the house where Anne Frank went into hiding and their goal is to increase awareness of Anne’s life story all over the world.

We were not allowed to take photos inside and there was no point on doing it because you wouldn’t be able to feel it through the photos. You need to be there and I recommend you do it after reading her diary and the story in her own words. They have a guide during the visit and they will explain everything to you, but I believe it would be more impactful for you if you know the story already and then let the guide be your reminder during the house tour.

If you want to know more, such as prices, opening times, etc, visit The Anne Frank House on TripAdvisor.

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PARK| Amsterdam

And more than 10 years later, I went back to Amsterdam. Travelling when you’re little is not the same as when you visit a place as an adult. It’s still as amusing as a child, but your interests are so different. So we came back to Amsterdam for my sister’s 20thbirthday, looking for a nice city break with interesting places to visit and of course, delicious food.

That’s when we found PARK, a hideaway in Oosterpark.

This place has a really cosy and elegant lounge and everything, including the restaurant/bistro area, is so well decorated with plants and minimal design. The fireplace was obviously a big win for us since the weather during our stay in Amsterdam was extremely cold. Even more than in England.

So here’s the wonderful food that we order and that I absolutely recommend you to try if you have the opportunity to visit the restaurant:

We started with pumpkin soup with coconut foam. My sister and my husband both went for the Park Burger (Angus beef with cheddar and truffle mayo). My mom went for the Focaccia Spianate calabrese and Provolone cheese and I’ve ordered the Focaccia Caprese with tomato, mozzarella and pesto. For the dessert, we’ve ordered the caramel brownie.

The service was very quick and professional. It was like this everywhere we went to Amsterdam, which really helped to make this mini holidays amazing.

After lunch, we want for a stroll in the park that I’m pretty sure it’s even more beautiful during summer time with all the sunshine. So we’re certainly coming back and I recommend you to visit this wonderful space very soon too.

More information about this restaurant here.

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Life Hacks for Cats: How to Travel with Your Cat in the Car| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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If you’re a proud cat owner who doesn’t what to go anywhere without their cat – welcome to the club! We completely understand your concerns, but if you’re worried because you’ve never travelled with your pet, all we have to say is: stay with us and keep on reading. Here are four amazing life hacks that will make your upcoming trip a piece of cake, so check them out and learn how to travel with your cat in the car without any problems. Enjoy!

Always put your safety first

The first thing you should do before hitting the road is to put your overall safety in the first place and get your car checked. Of course, a breakdown is the last thing you want when travelling with your cat on a hot summer day, so make sure to take your car to your trusty mechanic for a safety check-up and tune-up. Let’s take Aussies as an example: as road trips have become extremely popular in the Land Down Under over the last couple of years, more and more people have started to realize the importance of regular check-ups and seeing their mechanics. Before their trip kicks off, they usually rely on a trusted mobile mechanic in Sydney or another nearby town and have a professional come over and run a thorough check-up of their car in their own garage. This is the best way to save some time and make your car the safest place for you and your cat, so don’t skip this step and you’ll see what we’re talking about!

Don’t forget to get a good travel crate before you hit the road

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A quality travel crate is what you need before embarking on a longer trip with your kitty, so make sure to get one according to the size and weight of your cat. Needless to say, it should be big enough so that your cat feels as comfortable as possible. We must say that letting your pet move freely around your car while you’re driving isn’t safe at all, as it can get under your feet and negatively affect your driving skills, which is exactly why a travel crate is an absolute must. Besides that, your cat can easily get injured if you allow it to move around, so be sure to provide a safe, quiet place for your kitty and it will certainly relieve any anxiety it may feel.

Make sure to familiarize your cat with your car

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One of the most important things before hitting the road with your cat is making sure that it feels comfortable in your car. In order to accomplish that, you must give it a chance to get familiar with that type of environment, which is particularly important if you’ve never taken it for a ride before. You should start by taking your cat out to the car and just sitting in the back seat together. Be sure to bring some treats, too, so that your kitty feels safe in your car. Let it sniff and explore the new environment. Then put it in its crate, so that it knows where it will be when you travel, and drive for a few blocks. Repeat the practice a few more times before your important trip, so that your cat can properly adjust and get used to your car.

Talk to your vet about medications for your cat

Another important thing you should do before your trip is talking to your vet about medications for your cat. This is particularly important if that is your first time travelling with your pet, so that you can learn what to expect and how to deal with any potential problems. You should also talk to your vet if your kitty didn’t respond well to test drives so that you can get medications for anxiety or motion sickness in time. You should bear in mind that too long trips like cross-country ones may be too overwhelming for your cat, so you can always ask for a prescribed relaxant or herb to relieve anxiety and help it feel at peace. Besides that, you should also know that your cat should be microchipped, which is of the utmost importance when travelling. If it already is, be sure that the information associated with the microchip is up to date, and your cat will be more than fine!

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to make your trip a lot more pleasant and comfortable – no matter if you’ve already travelled with your cat, or it’s your first time. Apart from a quality travel crate and medications prescribed by the vet, you should also make sure that your car is safe enough and that your cat is familiar with the new environment so that it can feel as comfy and relaxed as possible. Once that’s done, you’re ready to go!

Zara Lewis

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