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Vacation rentals

22 Dec

Although we enjoy staying at hotels, Sebastian and I really like renting apartments on vacation. We love feeling like locals, plus rentals typically have more space and are less expensive.

If you’re new to the rental scene, some of the well-known sites are Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. We prefer Airbnb and have stayed at some pretty awesome places.

This duplex near Avignon, France, was so lovely. The owners, Emma and Herve, were beyond great, and we loved cooking meals at night and relaxing in the garden.

Rental in #France | www.the-wild-child.com

Avignon rental apartment #France  | www.the-wild-child.com

Rental duplex in #France | www.the-wild-child.com

The apartment we stayed at in Rome was perfect – just a few blocks from the Vatican and not far from a Metro stop. Our host, Cory, was so sweet. He even provided us with a map of the city with restaurant suggestions.

Rome Kitchen  | www.the-wild-child.com

Rome Apartment  | www.the-wild-child.com

Airbnb has some awesome roundups if you’re looking for a truly unique vacation. Here are some of the places I’d love to stay:

Treehouse in Hawaii

Treehouse  | www.the-wild-child.com

Converted train caboose in Malibu, CA

Caboose | www.the-wild-child.com

Houseboat in Amsterdam

Houseboat | www.the-wild-child.com

Clock tower suite in London

Clocktower  | www.the-wild-child.com

If you could stay anywhere, where would you choose?

P.S. All photos are from Airbnb, except the one with Sebastian.
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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

Locking our love

27 Sep

I have a confession. I LOVE doing uber touristy things. For example, taking my picture with the I Amsterdam sign. Or posing with horse statues. Sebastian, on the other hand, does not. He does them for me (because I force him). So you can only imagine how often I put him outside of his comfort zone – and Paris was no exception.

Pont_des_ArtsWhile researching for our trip, I discovered there was a bridge in Paris, the Pont des Arts, where you could “lock your love.” I’ve since found out there are several cities where you can do this, but needless to say, it was something I was determined for us to do in the City of Light. The goal is put your initials on a lock, lock it to the bridge and toss your keys over the side into the Seine River. Before I left, I bought said lock and decorated it with our initials.

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Pont_des_Arts_lockAlthough our second day in the city turned out to be cold and rainy, I made sure we found the bridge. The Pont des Arts itself is incredible. There must be thousands of locks – something truly heartwarming. You could really feel the love and those who had come before us. We set out to find a place for our lock, performed our little ceremony and tossed our keys into the river below.

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Pont_des_Arts_standingWas it cheesy? Oh yes. Did I love every second? Of course I did. Even though our lock might not stay there forever, it’s nice to know we left a little piece of ourselves in Paris.

Up next: Palais des Papes

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.

Vacation memories

12 Jun

It’s hard to believe two weeks ago today I was on my way to the South of France. Vacations always fly by quickly, but it seems the weeks that follow go just as quick. Reality returns with a strong vengeance and gives you a good slap in the face. No worries folks, I’m hanging in there. And I have some great pictures and memories to keep me smiling for a while.

With that being said, let’s do a quick recap. After a delayed flight to Germany, I finally arrived in Düsseldorf, and we were on our way to Sebastian’s hometown of Warendorf to spend the day with his parents. Since Sebastian lives in Berlin, the opposite side of the country, I hardly ever see his family when I visit. In fact, I hadn’t seen his parents in two years (talk about pressure to make a good impression). We had an awesome visit though – from lunch with his Mom to cheering on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final with his Dad, it was an awesome (and very full) day.

strawberrycake{strawberry cake in the garden}

garden{Mrs. B’s backyard}

soccergame{BVB fan club of Warendorf}

cookies{Borussia Dortmund themed cookies}

Due to my delayed flight, our time in Germany was shortened, and the next day we were already on our way to spend a week in France. This was my first trip there, and I absolutely loved it. From the architecture to the food to the people, it really was a lovely country. I’ll be spending the next couple weeks recapping the trip, so stay tuned!

Up next: our morning at the Eiffel Tower and lounging on the Champ de Mars.