A trip to Germany often gets combined with other countries. Just look at its nine picturesque neighbors – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
As the European country with the most neighbors, it’s no wonder Germany’s borders tempt one to contemplate side trips.
Once we pulled out a map and began counting the possibilities within this country, our German interests quickly outnumbered our days.
Idyllic. Unique. Secluded. Transporting. Those are just a few of the characteristics of a signature Aman property.
Amangiri, one of only two Aman properties in the United States, lives up to this resort chain’s exacting standards.
Anytime a vacation itinerary requires a 4-something wake-up call, I begin questioning the merits of the venture. I’m not lazy. I’m just sleep-deprivation averse.
After a rapid deployment out of bed and quick coffee, we met our driver to begin our dark journey through the streets of Jaipur, India. It seemed most of the city was already up, with people stoking their curbside fires and preparing their breakfasts.
About an hour into the drive on the outskirts of Jaipur, we exited the highway and began traversing bumpier and rutted dirt roads that did nothing to comfort my coffee-filled bladder. My husband and I began shooting each other dubious looks. Was this experience really going to be worth it?
Then we began to see a glow.
We weren’t sure what to expect from India’s “Pink City.” Jaipur, India, got its name from the distinctly colored buildings painted to resemble red sandstone. For good measure, the city later repainted the town in the same rose tone to impress the Prince of Wales during a visit in 1876.
For us, the color paled in comparison to the more vibrant city tucked past its larger tourist stops.