Once I got wind we were heading to the peak district ironically, a Tiktok came up on my feed about a crash site up in the mountains! The B29 Bomber plan crash and i love dark tourism so this was an awesome find. So upon learning it was also half an hour away from where we were staying I had to suggest it to the group and luckily they were down for it.
So we jumped in the car with our packed lunches, walking boots in the boot, our raincoats and drove down Snake Road and stopped on the side of the road which has limited parking as it was basically like a lay by either side of the road, right at the start of the walk!
It wasn’t the most beautiful sunny day and it had been raining the day before so the main pathway was like a mini waterfall with water running along side and down the actual path itself. Nothing too unbearable for us in our walking boots, although I did feel sorry for Jack who was in just his NIKE trainers for the walk. We saw some beautiful waterfalls and had a beautiful hike, it was so much fun to do because I’ve only ever been to the lakes before with my parents for Christmas and New Years not with friends so it was such an enjoyable walk.
Once we got to the very top we came across the B2 Bomber Plane Overexposed crash site. It was definitely an experience I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
So a little history. The B29 Bomber Plane was making a renaissance journey back to base with 13 passengers on board, including the pilots. Unfortunately the visibility was incredibly poor that day and its believed that they didn’t even see the ground before they hit it. The plane was destroyed and all 13 of the passengers died on impact. The wreckage is still up on the moors to this day (of course we you can walk there!). Its incredibly interesting and there is a mural for the remembrance of these soldiers.
Once we had walked through the wreckage of the plane we walked to the summit which was literally just beside the site. The views were absolutely outstanding and it was decided our lunch spot for the afternoon! Once we were done it was time to make our way back to the path! Now admittedly we when en route to the site went only slightly of piste, and because of this decided we could do the same walking back and in the process got, not exactly lost? But we definitely went the wrong way, we even climbed up a waterfall in the process! it was fun and exciting and just when Jack and I were looking at the map to find the path both Brad and Maddie turned around and were like guys, we found it!
We managed to stay dry most of the day as well until literally 30 metres from the car jack decided to stand in a large deep puddle. So nearly all of us stayed dry the whole way!
Have you ever been Canal Boating in Amsterdam? How was your experience?
This is something that I have always wanted to do and Brad and I have visited Amsterdam before but never had the chance or opportunity to do it, so when we met Mel and Stan in Amsterdam with Kaat we decided why the hell not? I don’t think Mel, Stan & Kaat had done one before either so it was a great experience!
So we headed to Amsterdam Central. A lot of the boat tours are down by Amsterdam Central Station, we paid €18 per person for a seat on the boat which I felt was really well priced all things considered! The prices of the tour can vary from €14 to €25. They last 90 minutes and you also receive a headset to hear about the history of the things you’re passing so they didn’t have a tour operator.
Our boat had all glass windows and ceiling, the windows slid open as well so you could see out of them easier. The water was calm as you make your way around the Amsterdam canals seeing all the historical points, buildings and bridges!
We saw the Skinny Bridge which has been round since 1934 and is also made of white painted wood and has pretty lights all along the sides. Not only that but you also pass a fair few popular museums and the red light district, the Opera House and also the Munttoren tower and so many more exciting sites, architecture and scenery!
Once you’re done in the canals you head out onto the main open water area between Amsterdam North and Amsterdam Central, past the A-Dam lookout and central station. Its really a great experience and totally worth the money, its a lot of fun and gives you a chance to see a lot of Amsterdam that you might not see whilst walking around!
I would absolutely recommend one of these tours, you can also get them from other locations in the city including nearby the Rjiksmuseum if you are far away from Amsterdam Central Station.
So today is the day I have been waiting for for about a month now, Its my birthday!
THIS MEANS WE LEAVE FOR PARIS TOMORROW MORNING!
My man has booked for us to go away for a few days as a birthday treat so this only means one thing, a Paris bucket list! I have so much that I want to see and do whilst we are there but here are just the few, I will be in Paris whilst this post is live and if there are any recommendations that aren’t on the list, they will be greatly appreciated! Especially food places! You can also tweet me at @_itsjustjessie_!
The Paris Bucket List
The Eiffel Tower
Climb the Eiffel Tower
Cocktails on top of the Pompidou
East Mamma for food
Avenue Des Champs-Elysee
French Statue of Liberty
The Catacombs of Paris (Ever seen the film As Above, So Below? If you’re not into horror films, don’t).
The gardens at the grand mosque
Maracron at Laduree
Arc De Triomphe
Seine River Cruise
The Louvre (If it has been re-opened as I know the Coronavirus caused it to close).