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A Sunday In Paris

April 17, 2017

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Our second day in Paris was a Sunday. We started the day off by visiting a church service. While it was amazing to see a church service in Paris everything was in French so ya know we didn’t understand very much of it!

After that we started the day at the Musée d’Orsay. I had read a lot about how beautiful this museum was, and it did not disappoint. We ate a small meal there in the same room as the world famous clock. I was bummed we didn’t get a picture in front of it because there was a lady with a stroller who literally left the stroller there for the full time of our meal. Come on lady! It’s a famous instagramable spot!

The museum itself was really incredible though. I can’t believe that I walked through and saw Van Gough’s! We study so many things being an art major, but to think that I actually traveled to the museums that hold these famous works of art and saw them in person rather than just in a school textbook is incredible. People go their entire lives not even knowing about art, or studying it but never seeing it. Yet, I was so blessed to travel and see it! My brain is still blown!

One item that I absolutely knew I wanted to bring home from Paris was perfume. Your sense of smell if really strong, and the memories that attach to smell is incredible. So buying perfume and wearing it while in Paris was something I wanted to associate with my trip. We happened to stumble into this shop while exploring, and I fell in love with their perfume. It is meant to be layered so rather than just a bottle you can buy multiple and layer them in different ways to create different smells. I bought Immortelle, and Bigarade. You can see the little shop in the video below.

We happened upon the shop on our way to Luxembourg Palace. I think that this was one of my favorite places in Paris. The gardens are huge and amazing. The little pond/lake thing in the front with all the boats was so cute! I loved how a ton of Parisians just sat around the gardens, hung out, read, or watched their children play. It was just such a lovely outdoor spot. This is one of the places I would just love to go back to and see all in bloom and leaves on the trees!

From there we headed to the Pantheon which was pretty cool. I love physics so the whole pendulum thing was fascinating to me! After that we went to Shakespeare and Company. Now this is literally just a book store…I’m not sure what made me think it was going to be something else, but nope just a book store. Right across the way is Notre Dame. Again with the perfect timing, we headed there just as it chimed! I’m telling you, us and timing really got along this vacation!

There ya have it for Day 2 in Paris! Watch the vlog and let me know what you think!

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Paris Sunrise

April 13, 2017

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This moment, this glorious and perfect moment. The city was fairly quiet, not quite awake yet. Very few people were out and about; the photographers, the runners. Just enough to know the city had life, but not ready for the busyness of the day. There were a few car engines, but no honking. The tourists were not awake. It was simple and peaceful.

This moment when the sun was barely peeking over the rooftops, this moment when the light was not yet harsh but rather soft and warm, this moment of a golden hour morning. This moment is just another moment where Paris stole a little bit more of my heart. It will forever be engrained in my mind how even on a cool morning I felt warm. How in a boisterous and busy city I felt the calm. How in a city with a language gap I still felt like I belonged.

It was a small piece of heaven to sit and watch the city wake up. Slowly, more cars joined the road, slowly the streets became more crowded. Just another tourist on the streets. Yet, it felt like I had seen a secret part of Paris. A part that not everyone gets to see. Where she is shining and calm and just so close to perfection.

Sweater: LOFT
Jeans: Hollister
Boots: Saint James Bay from JC Penney
Necklace: J Crew

To see more from this day in Paris check out this blog post.

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Paris Day 1

April 10, 2017

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Paris! I still can’t believe that I was in Paris! Lately I’ve been seeing so many photos on instagram from other people who visited recently or are heading there and my heart just aches to go back. It was just such a wonderful experience. Did you see the first Paris post from last week? That post covered our travel day coming into Paris, and today is all about our first full day in the city.

By this point in our trip we were about halfway through, and man were we exhausted. We had been on the go the entire time, and we still weren’t slowing down. We definitely traveled like a tourist and went and saw everything! We did so much in this first day in Paris, and just by the morning we were falling asleep walking around (sorry Louvre). We also really realized this day how little we had eaten, and how much more energy we had from a simple crêpe.

So lets go through the day! Since we were staying in the city for a few days we got up early to see the sunrise over the tower (more pictures to come). It was seriously so magical! I seriously have a love affair with the tower herself. She is just so majestic. From the Eiffel Tower we stopped in Angelina. This café is on the side of the Tuileries Garden by the Louvre. It’s mostly famous for their hot chocolate and when I was planning our trip everyone kept telling us that we couldn’t skip this place. Boy were they right! In Paris when you order hot chocolate they literally bring you chocolate and milk. Then you get to mix them together in your cup. Best hot chocolate ever! It’s so rich and creamy. Also the croissant I had from there was incredible. I have no idea what glaze was on top of it, but it was just perfect.

From there we headed to the Louvre. Honestly, we didn’t spend much time in the Louvre. We walked around, saw the Mona Lisa, and then were so tired and barely paying attention that we just left. So this really does give me an excuse to go back to Paris because I saw such a small portion of the museum.

After we walked out of the Louvre we were heading to the Palais Royal and we ran smack into a crêpe stand. It was so perfectly placed and it was the first one we had seen. They are just as amazing as everyone brags about, and I don’t think I will ever be able to have on in the states that compares. We took our little Parisian snack and hung out on the famous black and white posts. So many people visit the Palais Royal, and I’ve also heard about Parisian’s taking their children there to play. It’s so beautiful and it was a fun place to people watch and relax for a bit.

Before the end of the day we did a little shopping, and stopped in at the Arc de Triomphe. This was probably one of my favorite views of the city, even if we had to climb more stairs to get there. As I’ve seen more pictures of the tower now it’s fun for me to guess where people have taken them from in the city. I feel like the top of the Arc is a pretty common place. After that we headed back to our adorable little apartment and relaxed a bit. Then of course we ended the day watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle. I kind of wonder if people who live in the city don’t notice her sparkle every night anymore. It’s so amazing to me, but I wonder if it’s just a common occurrence for them.

Here’s Paris Day 1’s vlog!

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Paris Here We Come

April 5, 2017

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If you haven’t already been reading my Europe travel posts, well you’re gonna want to start now. They are about to get real good! It’s officially time to start talking about Paris! After our day in Oxford we headed back to my cousins and had a lovely chill evening at their place. If you have been watching the vlogs, then you saw this. I was honestly so sad to leave them early the next morning. Being that my cousins live across the pond it’s rare that I see them. The days I spent with them in England was the longest time with them since I was probably in early teens or even before. So even as excited as I was to head to Paris, I was sad to say goodbye knowing I didn’t have a set time in which I would see them in the future. It’s amazing the bond that family can bring.

When I first started planning the hop from England to Paris I honestly thought it would be like a quick train trip via the chunnel and we’d be in Paris early morning. Once I started looking at train tickets I realized how wrong I was. From Bath we had to take a commuter train into London. Then we would need to go through customs and finally board the Eurostar for the like 3 hour train ride to Paris. There was nothing quick about this journey. We were up really early that morning…I’m talking like earlier than 5…it was not pleasant.

However, obviously it was all worth it because once we made it into Paris I just about died. It is literally just stunning. From the moment we got out of the train station I was just awe struck. Everything really does look exactly like the pictures, and the architecture is just stunning! We took an Uber from the train station to our little Airbnb which was about 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower (I’ll be doing a full review on that later so keep an eye out.). From the Uber was the first time that we saw the tower, and yes I did tear up. It’s just breath taking. Tori and I felt like the entire trip we just kept saying things like “Wow!”, “It’s all so pretty.”, “Woah, stunning!”. Literally everything really just stopped and took my breath away.

Once we got settled into our little place we freshened up and headed out on the town. We hadn’t really eaten since the morning so we stopped in at Café du Marche. It’s super close to the Eiffel Tower and had delicious pasta! The waiters there were kind and helpful, and spoke English. It was such a perfect little place for our first real meal in Paris. From there we were head to the Sacré-Cœur. It’s a Roman Catholic church that sits up on a hill that is the highest point of the city. It’s around 300 steps up to the top, but man is the view worth it! We had to hurry and walked a crazy amount to get there before the sunset, but we totally made it. Exhausted, but we made it!

The pictures really just don’t do it justice. It’s an amazing view of the whole city, and seeing the sun dip down as it sets was just an incredible start to the trip. My heart just aches to go back already! After that we headed back to our quaint apartment for a little bit before going back out to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle. Another moment of this trip that I will just never forget. I actually let out a small scream when she first started sparkling. The joy it brought me was just overwhelming, and it’s hard to put it into words just how amazing the tower really is.

The below vlog from this day of travel and half a day in Paris is probably one of my favorites! Let me know what you think!

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Oxford, Home of the Inklings

April 3, 2017

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When we first arrived in Oxford we visited their Botanical Gardens where Tolkien and sometimes Lewis would visit. The gardens were so stunning! It was such a lovely day too, so we hung out there a bit and ate biscuits and jam. We ended the day by stopping in for a pint at The Eagle and Child. This is the famous pub where The Inklings would meet and discuss each other’s work. Can you imagine them discussing The Lord of The Rings?! It’s just so cool to think of all the amazing things that those walls have been apart of.

On our drive back into Bath from Oxford we got to see the most amazing sunset. This drive was probably one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. The sun was setting so bright and beautiful over the rolling hills of the English country side. I don’t have very good photos of it, and the video only slightly does it justice. We were driving past, and didn’t pull over, but man will my memory never forget that sight!

I wore this adorable Free People sweater that I got from Nordstrom Rack. Technically, I think it was meant to be an off the shoulder sweater, but It worked perfectly as a cowl neck. It is seriously so soft! I liked a bunch of their other sweaters below, and most are on sale since we are transitioning out of winter. Time to stock up for next year!

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A Day In London

March 30, 2017

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Once, we got into London we had the best timing with everything! The changing of the guard only happens every couple days, but it just so happened that the ceremony was going on the day we visited. They were also knighting someone that day which made the ceremony a little bit more extravagant too. From Buckingham Palace we went to Big Ben, and just as we got there the chimes were happening. It was all so beautiful and amazing! We got to see Saint Paul’s Cathedral, and we also toured the museum of London. Oh! We also road in a double decker bus. Couldn’t pass that up.

London is such a beautiful city, I wish we spent more time there!

 

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Bath Spa, England

March 28, 2017

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As mentioned in my previous post while in England we stayed with my cousin in Bath Spa, UK. Our first day my cousin took us around the city to explore. It seriously was so beautiful! As you can tell I really loved the architecture. I felt like every time I turned a corner I just fell in love with it a little bit more. There are so many fun doors too! A lot of ones are painted some seriously fun colors. Tori and I were really excited to stay in Bath since we are huge Jane Austen fans. Bath has a small Jane Austen museum that we got to tour. It was so cool to realize that the city that we were exploring were the same streets that she walked and was inspired by so many years ago.

We also toured the famous Roman Baths, and Bath Abbey. The Roman Baths are stunning! It’s sad to think they can’t be used anymore because of toxins. The Romans built the baths in such a smart and incredible way. It was so interesting to see how they were intended to be used. The Abbey was beautiful. My cousin’s graduation was actually held there. Talk about a crazy beautiful graduation. I graduated in a convention center. I think he got the better deal there.

Here’s our travel video from day 2!