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Paris is always a good idea

16 Oct

One of my favorite parts about visiting Paris was walking around and exploring. There were so many great neighborhoods, and the architecture was incredible. It’s hard to escape some of the touristy spots, but I really enjoyed when we wandered off the beaten path and saw the real parts of the city.

Here are some of the sights from during our time there:

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Dear Paris,  you were lovely. I’ll be seeing you again someday.

xoxo

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Lounging on the Champ de Mars

14 Jun

We arrived in Paris later in the evening, and instead of rushing out to sightsee, we decided to explore the neighborhood where we were staying. We found a little Arab restaurant, picked up some falafel and shawarma, and headed back to our apartment to make a plan for the following day.

We both agreed the Eiffel Tower had to be our first stop. It’s easily the most recognizable landmark in Paris, drawing in millions of tourists from around the world. So we woke up the next morning, stopped at a café for a coffee and croissant and were on our way.

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The Eiffel Tower is as majestic as you’d imagine it to be. I first spotted the tip, peering above a line of trees, and it validated for me that I was definitely in Paris. We finally turned a corner, and there she was in full glory, rising above the city. I could have stared at her for hours.

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Eiffel.Tower.5Below the Eiffel Tower lies the Champ de Mars, a large public green space. We joined the other visitors, lounging in the grass, taking in the view. Luckily it was a beautiful day, perfect for relaxing in the sun. I loved watching other people as they took touristy pictures, conducted impromptu picnics and enjoyed the Paris scenery. As we were lying in the grass, a street performer nearby started playing his accordion, and it all felt oh so French.

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Eiffel.Tower.7After an hour or so, we walked northwest toward the Eiffel Tower to take it in up close. It’s a unique structure, one of both elegant beauty and magnificent strength. We made our way under, and then crossed the Pont d’Iéna bridge over the Seine river to see it from the Esplanade du Trocadéro. No matter which angle you view, the tower is stunning. I loved that during our time in Paris, I always caught glimpses of her from different places in the city.

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Eiffel.Tower.12When I make it back someday, I’ll definitely be spending time at the Champ de Mars again, taking in this special landmark.

Up next: Some of the churches we visited in Paris.

Berlinstagrams

1 Oct

Another trip to Germany has come and gone. Yesterday I arrived back in the States with so many wonderful memories. I don’t know how it’s possible, but each time gets better and better. And luckily, I won’t have to wait too long for the next visit since Sebastian will be here in November.

I have many stories to share, but until I get caught up on sleep, I’ll just share a few pictures for now. These are the Instagram photos I captured during the trip. I call them Berlinstagrams. Enjoy!

{one of the best burger shops in town}

{views from the Berlin Cathedral}

{a giant map of Berlin}

{yummy food at Transit}

{hanging out on the runway at Tempelhof Park}

{museum island at dusk}

{chicken dinner}

{Berlin Zoo}

{fun. concert}

{miss this guy}

P.S. Happy October! It’s amazing how fast this year is flying by.

Berlin: things to see and do

19 Sep

During my upcoming trip, I’ll be spending the majority of time in Berlin, Germany’s capital city and where Sebastian lives. I’ve really come to love this city. It’s colorful, vibrant, rich in history and always a good time. If you think about all it has been through over the years, it’s incredible to see the beautiful, thriving city it’s become.

It will be my third trip there, but this time will be a little different. When we’ve spent time there before, we were both visitors. Now that Sebastian calls Berlin home, he will really know his way around, and I won’t feel as much like a tourist.

As I prepare for my trip, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite places I’ve experienced in Berlin so far. (And hopefully when I return, I’ll have even more to share with you!)

Brandenburg Gate – This is probably one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which Berlin was once entered. I love seeing it every time I visit as it’s stunning to see, day or night.

Berlin Zoo – The oldest zoo in Germany, it’s located in Berlin’s Tiergarten, very close to where Sebastian lives. I love zoos, and this is my favorite of all the ones I’ve visited. It’s so relaxing to spend the afternoon walking through the zoo, which feels more like a park.

Holocaust Memorial – Located near the Brandenburg Gate, this is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It’s very calming to walk among the giant slabs of concrete.

The Reichstag Building – This is the meeting place of German parliament and home to a large glass dome, which has a 360-degree view of the surrounding city. It was freezing the last time I visited, and too cold to take pictures outside the dome. Hopefully it’s much warmer this time around.

There is still so much of Berlin I have yet to see. Here are a few places I would like to visit:

Museum Island – I’ve visited the island, which houses five museums in Berlin, but I haven’t yet been to any of the museums. It’s on my list in case we get a rainy day when I’m there.

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Tempelhof Park – Opened a couple of years ago, Tempelhof Park was once a fully functioning airport. Now you can roller-skate down a runway or grill under the shadow of an airport terminal. I’m really excited to check it out.

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Sebastian’s Restaurants – I always hear about the BVB bar where Sebastian watches soccer games or the little restaurant with the best chicken or the amazing burger stand. I’m looking forward to visiting these places in person.

We’ll also be spending two days in Munich for Oktoberfest, but that’s another post. I can’t wait for this trip!