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.

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!

 

 

 

 

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!

3 Must Visit Sites in Berlin

What a whirlwind! I traveled to Berlin with my Business Strategy class, and we spent three days in the city. We didn’t have very much free time because it was mainly for school, but here are some of my highlights!

  • We ate lunch at the top of the Reichstag building, which gave us an incredible view. Bonus: the food was delicious!

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  • We visited Checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War, which was fascinating to see in person.

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  • Right next to Checkpoint Charlie is part of the Berlin Wall and a small exhibit. It gave background information on those who tired to escape by climbing over the wall.

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  • Then we walked through the Holocaust Memorial. This was by far my favorite stop, and the exhibition was like nothing I have ever experienced before.

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Berlin has a very intense history and one that is unavoidable when visiting. I want to go back because I think there is so much more for me to see and learn.

Let me know if you have ever been to Berlin and your must see spots!

 

 

Falling in Love with Barcelona

Barcelona reminds me of summer. Everyone I met was so warm and friendly and there is an undertone of excitement in the air. I loved just wandering the streets with my friend/ amazing tour guide Theresa, and taking in the incredible smells, colors and people. I stayed at the Garden Factory Hostel, which was located in the center of the city and was walking distance to nearly everything.

Check out some of my must see spots:

  • One of my favorite places was St. Joseph’s Market. It’s a very popular market, and was filled with the hustle and bustle of morning shoppers. They had an incredible array of food and a very impressive treats section.

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  • I took a beautiful walk down Ramblas De Canaletes. Here we ran into many human statues- a skill which I find extremely impressive.

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  • Parc Guell was incredible. We simply walked around and admired the view, gardens, and buildings in the area.

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  • Anella Olimpica is located on the hill of Montjuic and was the main sporting area for the Olympic games in 1992. We went on a weekday when there wasn’t a soul in sight, and we were just in time for the sunset. To put it simply- it was breath taking.

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  • Barcelona definitely puts New York City’s “The City that Never Sleeps” saying to shame. Dinner starts at 9pm and the partying…well it never stops.

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My stay in Barcelona ended all too quickly. I fell in love with the city and the people. My biggest regret in life to date…not taking Spanish in high school.

Have You Heard? I’m in Copenhagen!

I’m studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark! My plan is to bike, eat, and travel my way through the semester. I can’t wait to share my journey!

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A Lovely Street Near Rosenborg Castle Gardens

From its colorful buildings to fashionable inhabitants it is definitely an underrated gem. One of the only things I knew about the country when coming here is that the Acapella World Championships were hosted here in Pitch Perfect 2. I know, I know… the Danes must be awesome right?!

Well here are some things I have learned about Danish culture so far:

  • Like most European countries men and women dress very fashionably, but boy do the Danes love their black, white, and grey color palette!
  • Danes are not very chatty. They will not strike up a conversation on the train with a stranger, and they value their space. Danes have even gone so far as to create their own system of movements and grunts to inform others of their presence or their intention to move. But don’t be fooled by their cold exterior, they are all quite lovely and helpful.
  • They leave their babies outside. Yes, even in the snow. Have you ever heard of the woman who left her baby outside of a store in New York and got arrested…she was a Dane.
  • Everyone bikes! This is one of my favorite parts about Denmark. It is super safe because there are clear bike lanes and drivers are very aware of bikers. I bike and take the train to school every morning, and I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a commute more!
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Christiansborg Palace Marble Bridge

Overall, Denmark is treating me very well and i have gotten into a daily routine that makes me feel at home. I can’t wait to share more of my adventures and photos!