Another Form of Eye Candy

Long time, no sew over here!  It’s been close to 3 weeks since I even touched my sewing machine.  But I have been busy – I promise!  My husband and I went on a week and a half long trip to Europe with two other couples that we have been friends with since college.  And we culminated the trip with a 3-day electronic music festival in Brussels!  We got back about a week ago but I’m just now starting to get back in the swing of normal life (catching up after a vacation makes you feel like you need another vacation sometimes!).

I don’t normally share much of my non-sewing life on the blog but since I don’t have any sewing projects to share, I thought I’d share some photos from our trip!  I tried to post a photo collage a day to my personal Instagram (I have separate personal and quilting IG accounts) to keep my family up to date with our travels and I wanted to share them here with you!

We started our trip in Paris.  We had about 24 hours (split into 2 half days) to see Paris while we waited for the last couple to arrive.  Luckily, my husband was the only one in the group who’d never seen Paris so we tried to cover all the big tourist hot-spots for him!  First we went up to Sacre Cour for the beautiful views over the city and then we walked around the city and did a riverboat cruise to hit the other important sites.

Paris - 2

We also wanted to include something I hadn’t done the first time I went to Paris so we spent our second half-day going down into the Catacombs!  The science nerd in me was fascinated by all the bones but I’m sure some would find it pretty creepy.

Paris - 3

Then we took the train to Amsterdam in The Netherlands where we were spending 3 days and 4 nights.  The first day, we simply explored the city.  Between checking out the Van Gogh museum, going on a canal cruise, and just seeing the beautiful bridges and buildings, we had plenty to occupy our time.

Netherlands - 2

The next day, we rented bikes and took a 3-hour bike tour around the Dutch countryside.  It was absolutely beautiful!  I think this might have been my favorite thing we did all trip!

Netherlands - 3

Our last day in The Netherlands we spent doing a day trip.  We went to two nearby cities, Delft and Den Hague.  We took another canal tour in Delft and climbed to the top of the tower of the New Church in the central square where we had stunning views!

Netherlands - 4

In Den Hague, we checked out the Parliament and the Peace Palace but our main destination was the beach.  The ocean was so pretty but the water there is freezing!

Netherlands - 5

Then we caught the train to Brugge, Belgium.  We had about 24 hours in this little city where we saw the Madonna and Child statue by Michelangelo, climbed the bell tower, biked by some windmills, and went on a canal cruise.  Oh – and enjoyed Belgian waffles, beer, and chocolate of course!

Brussels - 1

My husband and I also celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary while we were in Brugge!  One of the chocolate shops we stopped in had the perfect chocolate for us!

Anniversary - 1

Then it was on to Brussels, Belgium for our music festival.  We planned this trip around the Tommorrowland electronic music (EDM) festival.  This is one of the biggest music festivals with ~200K people attending each of two weekends and the tickets literally sell out 1 second after they go on sale!

Tommorrowland - 1

Tomorrowland - 2

This was the first music festival I’ve ever been to and we had a blast!  There were 15 stages featuring hundreds of DJs over the 3-day weekend.  We even managed to position ourselves at the very front of the crowd at the main stage for one of our favorite DJs, Krewella!

Tomorrowland - 3

Tommorrowland - 4

All in all, we had an awesome time and really enjoyed the break as well as travelling with some of our good friends!

I’m hoping to spend some time on my machine tonight so we’ll hopefully back into my normal sewing and quilting posts soon!

Any other quilters out there like EDM?  I feel like those two hobbies don’t typically go together!  Or do you have any other hobbies that you’d guess are unusual for a quilter?

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