Epic Escapades in Madrid

Almudena Cathedral has a traditional Neo-Gothic exterior, but a surprisingly modern interior. Many visitors had a very strong opinion of the cathedral. I loved the bright pops of color, but others disliked it. I even heard one man next to me say it looked tacky. Either way it is definitely a sight to behold and the grand scale of the cathedral will overwhelm your senses.

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Buen Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in Madrid, and was my favorite place I visited while we were there. You could spend days getting lost among the beautiful trees, sculptures and monuments. Not only that, but there is also a lovely lake to walk around, go boat riding or simply sit by the water’s edge and soak up the sun.

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I went to Mercado de San Miguel, which is an incredible tapas market located in the center of Madrid. Boy is this place incredible! yummm

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There are many amazing day trips you can take while staying in Madrid. My friend and I chose to visit Toledo. Toledo is known as the City of Three Cultures, a place where Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted for many years. We took a lovely train ride to this province.

Check out this incredible view as we are crossing over the bridge to the town. It looked this stunning everywhere we went!

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This is one of many beautiful cathedrals in Toledo. We had the place all to ourselves and the deafening silence added to the magnificent feel of the place.

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We wandered along small narrow streets, allowing ourselves to get lost among the beautiful  crumbling buildings and stunning architecture.

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Toledo is up on a hill and is surrounded by water. We just sat at the bottom and enjoyed the sun and grand views. We had just climbed through every inch of that amazing city and what a journey it was.

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I hope this blog has encouraged you to visit Madrid one day. I will never forget what an amazing time I had there.

Have you ever been to Madrid or a neighboring city? Share below! I would love to hear about your adventures.

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Buda and Pest and Everything In Between

I was in Budapest for nearly a week! I have to admit that I knew very little about the city, so I was excited to have so much time to explore. I visited a lot of places, went on a bunch of tours, and tried to squeeze in as much as I possibly could. What I’m sharing below are my absolute favorite places:

  • We went on a tour of the Parliament Building. Look how stunning the inside is!

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  • We rented a group bike and toured Margaret Island. Hope you enjoy this mid-pedal selfie 🙂

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  • We walked over to the Buda side and saw Castle Hill, the Royal Palace and the Fishermen’s Bastion.

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  • Check out this AMAZING view from the top of the Fishermen’s Bastion!

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  • This is an image from inside the Buda Castle. It was more like a wonderful historical museum. There was so much information to soak up and I wish I had spent more time there.

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  • We went into the Matthias Church, which was absolutely gorgeous from the inside. We also took a tour up to the bell tower. The steps were very tiny and steep, but it was well worth the trek to the top. The view was incredible!

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  • Shoes of the Danube is a memorial for the Jewish victims who were lined up and shot at the edge of the river. The shoes are made out of iron, but so realistic that even up close they look like they could be made of old weathered leather.

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  • One of the best decisions we made was taking a night boat cruise. Budapest lights up all the main attractions along the river on both the Buda and Pest side and it is truly a sight to behold.

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I hope you enjoyed my travel blog, and as always comment below with your favorite places to visit!

 

 

 

 

Stockholm in 6 Steps

I want to go back! Stockholm was stunningly beautiful and exceeded my expectations. Surrounded by water and with cute cobblestone streets it reminded me a lot of Copenhagen. I was only there for three days, but I was able to see A LOT! Here is a list of my favorite places!

 

We visited the Stockholm Cathedral: Storkyrkan, and got there just in time to hear the choir sing. It was magical!

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We took a tour of the Royal Castle which was amazing and I learned a lot about Swedish history.

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The Photography Museum had some incredible exhibits and is definitely worth visiting.

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We visited Old Town and found this delicious restaurant called Magnus Ladulas. It had great traditional food and a very cool vibe.

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Vasa Museum has one of the most fully intact 17th century ship on display and it is definitely a sight to behold.

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Skansen is the first Open-Air Museum and Zoo in Sweden. It was very fun wandering around and it gave us a great view of the water!

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I’ve only visited Stockholm, but I would love to go back and explore more of Sweden. Have you ever been? Share your thoughts or favorite places below!

 

Paris, Crepes, and Other Adventures

Bonjour! I went to Paris for the weekend and had an incredible experience. It was my second time going, which was really nice because I didn’t feel the same pressure to check off all the main tourist attractions from my list. If you only have a few days in this gorgeous and busy city here are some places I would recommend:

Shakespeare and Company is a cute and very famous book store right off the water front.

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Notre Dame will take your breath away. It is a medieval Catholic cathedral and one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture.

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The Eiffel Tower gives you a stunning view of the city and is great exercise if you choose to climb the first two levels! There is an amazing crepe place nearby that is a must for afterwards.

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Le Bon Marché is the oldest department store and a magical place for anyone who likes to shop.

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The Louvre, known for housing the Mona Lisa, is the world’s largest museum. Because of this it can feel very overwhelming, so I would do some research ahead of time and choose a few exhibits that you would like to tackle.

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The Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur is resting on the top of Montmartre, which is the highest point in the city. The hike up the hill is well worth the view!

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I spent most of the weekend alternating between tourist destinations and simply wandering the city. My favorite part about Paris is people watching and getting lost in all of the different districts. What is your favorite spot in Paris? 

Master Prague in 5 Easy Steps

Prague is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever been to. There is so much history and it is mesmerizing to walk around and simply soak in its beauty. If I had not visited a single tourist destination I would still have been content just wandering and getting lost among the incredible buildings, markets and people. The food was also astonishingly good and I enjoyed every second of my stay!

Without further ado, here are the highlights of my trip:

Walking over the historical and very old Charles Bridge. What an amazing view!

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We made it to Prague Castle just in time to see the changing of the Guard.

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The John Lennon Wall was beautiful and just what I imagined.

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The narrowest street in Prague was scarily tiny and very cool.

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Prague Astronomical Clock had an incredible view from the top!

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Have your own favorite spots in Prague? Share below!