First EuroTrip Part 2

The second country that I visited during my First Euro Trip was The Netherlands.

I took the ICE from Berlin Central Station to Amsterdam Centraal. The train left at exactly 10:30 am. I almost missed it as I got lost in the Berlin subways *sigh*. Got off from Hermannplatz or so I thought. Got out of the station and hailed a taxi (i know its a sin to take a taxi in Europe as it costs a lot, but idc anymore lol. Its either I pay 27 Euros or Ill waste 120 Euros). I reached Berlin Central Station panting and confused af as to which platform to take, thank God for their Information who told me to take the Platform 14. And you know what, Platform 14 is all the waaaaay up, so I again I need to move quickly as possible as I can. Fly if I can! As soon as I got on to platform, the train arrived. *WHEEEW* All’s well that ends well. Got on the train that will take me to Amsterdaaaaaam!

Amsterdam Centraal
Amsterdam Centraal

Arriving in Ams, the vibe is a bit different from the more reserved and hushed city of Berlin. Ams is loud and bright and colorful with too many tourists here and there. If you are not into these (like me) and if you like quiter moments with yourself or friends, I recommend that you explore and discover hidden gems at the back streets. I don’t know how to ride a bike so obviously I really looked like a tourist, ugh! I highly recommend that you rent a bike (if you know how) it will defo save you from walking a lot around the city. >>> BIKE HIRE <<<

I stayed at Ramada Apollo Amsterdam. If you don’t like the crowd and would like to stay away from people (lol, just like me again) – I highly recommend this hotel. And should you ever decide to stay here, you must go to their roofie to see the view of the city. Don’t worry this is just 15 minute tram ride to the city centre.

Must do: First, get yourself the Iamsterdam card. You can purchase it from the visitor centers. It costs 75 Euros. You can use it on trams, ferry ride and free entries in selected museums. Too bad Anne Frank House and A’dam Lookout aren’t included.

Get the IAmsterdam card
Get the IAmsterdam card

Must visit:

  1. Eye Filmmuseum – This is included in IAmsterdam card. All you have to do is to take the ferry behind Amsterdam Centraal. Ferry cost = zero
Eye Film Museum
Eye Film Museum

 

2. Van Gogh Museum – I didnt know his life is interesting until I visited the museum. Included in the IAmsterdam card. Go check this!

3. Micropia – This is included in IAmsterdam card also. Not sure if this is a permanent exhibit but if yes, then this one is a very interesting place to visit whilst in Ams. Beside Micropia is the zoo, which i wasn’t able to visit because they were already closed at 5pm.

Spiral staircase in Micropia
Spiral staircase in Micropia

4. Zaanze Schans – The Windmills, need I say more? It’s a 30 minute train ride from Amsterdam Centraal.

 

5. Amsterdam Museum – learn more about the Dutch history!

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6. Museum of Prostitution – learn more about the oldest profession in the world located at the Red Light District.

A tourist poses as a prostitute.
A tourist poses as a prostitute.

7. The Art of Banksy – This isn’t included in the IAmsterdam card so I paid for it. The exhibition is a collection of all Banky’s art pieces and is considered as one of his biggest exhibitions. Runs until January 8, 2017.

8. Anne Frank House I wasn’t able to go at Anne Frank House as I thought that you can only get in when you book online (which is fully booked til the end of the year). On my last day in Ams, I learned that they also accept walk ins from 3pm til late. Will definitely come back soon and make sure to visit Anne Frank!

Outside Anne Frank House
Outside Anne Frank House

 

9. Stuff your face with their stroopwafels. Chill by the canal. Rent a bike! Enjoy life 🙂

So there you go! My first Eurotrip! If you have any questions, feel free to send them over to me. Peace!

Camera used: iPhone6

Post process: VSCO

First EuroTrip Part 1

I know, i know! I have been MIA for months. So sorry about that! But this is moi making a comeback! Yeah RETURN OF THE MACK!! With some amazing news.

Let’s start off with my first Euro trip last August 26 to September 2nd. First stop – Berlin. Then Amsterdaaaaaam!!

I was one of the finalists in 2016 EyeEm Awards under the Architecture category. Below was my entry 🙂 I didn’t win, but who cares! I got to see BERLIIIIIN!!! ❤ Walked the streets, rode the metro and learned from their history!

The Architecture Finalist
The Architecture Finalist

I stayed at Ibis Neukölln on Jahnstrasse. It just a stone’s throw away to Grenzallee, a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U7. It was my home for 3 nights, from August 26th to 29th. It’s just weird that I only get to know that my room was next to a cemetery when I woke up the next day and looked out my windown. It was all good. I didn’t experience any supernatural thingy other than super tired by the end of the day from walking around too much. The hotel is really just for getting some rest so, don’t expect it to be super luxurious like the Ibis hotels in Dubai. I came to Berlin during summertime so just imagine, no AC in the room and even when the sun sets, the heat was still in the room. But like I said, I still love Berlin, regardless! And if there is one city that I will go back again and again, I think it will be Berlin.

Instant replay: I applied my Schengen visa at VFS Global located in Wafi Mall in Dubai. After I secured all the necessary requirements, I immediately scheduled an appointment. After less than a week of waiting for the good news, I finally got my Schengen visa! It was 30 day, multiple entry. Oh yeah!!

For more details about how to get a Schengen visa in Germany, click this link.

Here are some of the photos of my room in Berlin..

Here are the photos from 2016 EyeEm Awards held in Heimathafen Neukölln. The nearest metro station is Karl Marx (my fav, cuz its KARL MARX!)

Some random photos of Berlin..

Next stop is AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands. 

(photos shot all by me. shot on iPhone6, post processed on VSCO)

Debbie F. On Apple World Gallery

Hello again!

I guess this time you are all aware of my inclusion in Apple World Gallery #ShotOniPhone6. Wherein they picked photographers (pro and amateur) to be a part of this award winning campaign and the largest mobile photography gallery ever assembled to be featured in 70 cities in 25 countries through billboards and magazines in subways, highways and airports. It is an honor to be a part of it and I am so lucky to have met some of the Apple World Gallery photographers on Twitter and Instagram. Helping each other to look out for our images. I cannot thank my friends in real life and my instafriends enough for their undying support in helping me find my Apple image/billboard while they are on their holidays.

I would like to share some of the photos they have sent me and some photos I have screenshot on Twitter. If ever you see my image anywhere in the world, please do not hesitate to take a shot of it and send it over to me at hello@debbiefortes.com. I appreciate each and every one’s help and support! Peace! 🙂

 

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, USA

Manhattan, New York Photo Credit: Brand Cities
Manhattan, New York
Photo Credit: Branded Cities
Manhattan,New York Photo credit: Brand Cities
Manhattan,New York
Photo credit: Branded Cities
Manhattan, New York Photo credit: Yasmine Ferdjani
Manhattan, New York
Photo credit: Yasmine Ferdjani
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY Photo credit: Leslie Parrott
W 47th St. New York, NY
Photo credit: Leslie Parrott

 

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona, Spain Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
A street across from Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain Photo taken by: Rula El Kaliouby
A street across from Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain
Photo taken by: Rula El Kaliouby

 

 

BERLIN, GERMANY

Berlin, Germany Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Berlin, Germany
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal

 

Berlin, Germany Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal
Berlin, Germany
Photo credit: Ahmed El Gamal

 

HAMBURG, GERMANY

Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha
Hamburg Central Station, Germany
Photo credit: Huda Bin Redha

 

FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal
Frankfurt Terminal 2, Germany
Photo taken by: Ahmed El Gamal

 

LONDON, UK

Camden Town station, London Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Camden Town station, London
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Monument Station, London UK Photo credit: Robbie
Monument Station, London UK
Photo credit: Robbie
Somewhere in London Photo credit: Karen McLean
Somewhere in London
Photo credit: Karen McLean
Waterloo Station, London, UK Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Waterloo Station, London, UK
Photo credit: Hyku Desesto
Oxford Circus Station, London UK Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK
Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK Photo credit: Jakub Mroz
Oxford Circus Station, London UK
Photo credit: Jakub Mroz

 

PARIS, FRANCE

St. Lazare Station, Paris France Photo credit: Karen McLean
St. Lazare Station, Paris France
Photo credit: Karen McLean

 

ABU DHABI AND DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Photo taken by: Altamash Javed
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure
Photo taken by: Altamash Javed
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Photo credit: Me
Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1, Departure
Photo credit: Me
Dubai Airport, Terminal 3, Arrivals Photo credit: Kriks Krikorian
Dubai Airport, Terminal 3, Arrivals
Photo credit: Kriks Krikorian

 

MUMBAI, INDIA

Mumbai, India Photo credit: Geet Rathi
Mumbai, India
Photo credit: Geet Rathi
Mumbai, India Photo credit: Internet
Mumbai, India
Photo credit: Internet

 

WASHINGTON, DC USA

Street Sense HQ Washington, DC USA Photo credit: Street Sense
Street Sense HQ
Washington, DC USA
Photo credit: Street Sense

 

AUSTRALIA

Men's Fitness Australia Photo taken by: Peter David
Men’s Fitness
Australia
Photo taken by: Peter David

#ShotOniPhone6

Hello everyone! I am honored and excited to let you all know that one of my images from the Empty Quarter or Rub’ al Khali in Abu Dhabi has made it to Apple’s award winning World Gallery #ShotOniPhone6 Campaign. The first use was in a Spanish travel magazine called De Viajes, it went on sale last June 24th. I cannot wait to see it on billboards around the globe soon!

I ask each one of you to help me look for my image, may it be on print or outdoor, by taking a photo and sending it to my email: hello@debbiefortes.com. I will update this entry every now and then by putting up the photos you guys took along with credits.

Am looking forward to seeing all the photos taken by you from all over the world. Thank you!

The Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi UAE. Part of Apple's World Gallery
The Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi UAE. Part of Apple’s World Gallery