France

Crepes, Macarons and the Eiffel

4:20:00 AM


It's surreal walking around a city that you have read so much about. Paris was so magical at every step, and I am still amazed that I was actually there a few weeks ago. Seeing the Eiffel tower was incredible.

Paris

Our only clear day was on Friday, which we took full advantage of after going to Versailles and walking down the Champs de Elysee to Laudree where I picked out 8 macarons. The line looked intimidating at first, but moved really quickly. I had a hard time picking out which flavors I wanted. Eventually, I decided on Lemon, Vanilla, Chocolate, Chocolate and Hazelnut, Pistachio, Rose, Raspberry, and Ginger. Honestly, I think my favorite was the Ginger and I had purely chosen it because it was shaped like a heart! 

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Laduree Macarons

After filling up on some macarons, definitely go for a stroll to the Eiffel Tower and pick up some champagne on the way, and a baguette. Sitting down to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle really took my breath away. It was so beautiful, and I feel so lucky to have been there with my cousin (who's studying abroad in Italy) and all of her friends. 

Eiffel

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Eiffel Tower



There's a lot to talk about that I did in Paris, but it definitely was the city that I stood back and really took in the moment. Every moment was magical, and there is still another post coming your way soon! 

See ya next time! 
Have you been to Paris? What do you recommend doing? Any tips? 







Arthur's Seat

Edinburgh: Top of the World

9:00:00 AM


While balancing homework and travelling, it can be a bit difficult to keep up on blog posts. Today, I'm going back into the trip I took to Edinburgh, Scotland at the beginning of last month. Climbing to the top of King Arthur's seat is something you must do while you're in the city. 

Scotland

Whether you're a morning person or not, waking up early to catch the sunset is totally worth it when you get the most breathtaking views. 

Scotland

Arthurs Seat

Edinburgh Scotland

Hiking boots strapped on, and hats taken off, we worked up a sweat going to the top, cooling off quickly at the top. 
Scotland


It was one of those things where you have to sit, and really realize that you're in England, with your best friends and this is your life right now. 


Kenzie Kuivanen

If you're thinking about climbing King Arthur's seat, I would defnitely layer up. I had on a cuddledud shirt, a pullover, rain jacket and a light jacket. I took off my hat climbing up because you will feel really warm when you reach the top. It's a bit of a climb, the steps can be a bit steep at times, and we definitely took the difficult way up, but going down was easier. 

Edinburgh

You also might think about quitting, because it can be really hard. Don't. Just do it, it's worth it. 


France

Golden Gates of Versailles

8:22:00 AM

Golden Gate

Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France.  (March 3 2017)

Recently, I took a trip from England to Paris France to meet up with my cousin and her friends. The one day that it didn't during this weekend there was Friday, which luckily was the day we had chosen to go to the palace of Versailles. Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI lived here and each step was incredible.

Golden Gate

The inside of Versailles was just as striking as the outside, lined with paintings and filled with breathtaking detail. I can't imagine even living in a place like this when it had been new. It's so big and we only saw a small portion of it. 
Mirage

Versailles

Versailles


Cousins

Versailles

To go inside the palace it only cost about 18 Euro, which wasn't bad and actually cheaper than I had thought it would be! You can also opt for an audio tour, but I didn't do one, I like to gawk at my own pace. 

After being inside, we thought the palace was outstanding until we stepped into the gardens. In March, the gardens aren't really in bloom and the fountains aren't on, but they are still magnificent and there is a lot to explore just inside there! 

Versailles

Gardens


Versailles

If you're planning a trip to Versailles in the winter, I would definitely recommend going, since it's off-season the lines aren't as long and there isn't as big of a crowd as there would be in the Summer, though I'm sure the fountains and flowers are gorgeous in the summer time! 
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Versailles Info: 
Open: 9a-530p
Getting there: 3 train stations near Versailles (closest is Chateau Rive Gauche)

(ps you don't have to actually go inside if you don't want to! but I would recommend it!) 
I hope you enjoyed this post, there are a few more Paris-styled ones coming up soon so stay tuned for those! 

Have you ever been to Versailles? What was your favorite part? Who is your favorite Royal Member of France? 





Fashion Weekend

A weekend in London

8:14:00 AM


A few weekends ago, my friends and I hopped on a train shortly after London Fashion week and headed for the city. Seriously, life will never be the same once I go back home where there are no train stations and I have to actually remember how to drive.




Anyway, we stayed in a cute little airbnb in a suburb called Herne Hill. On Sunday they have the cutest market and while the train may not have been running, it was lucky for us since it forced us to go through the market.

Kensington

We traveled to Farm Girl Cafe near Hyde Park, where I got what I had been craving. Avocado Toast. Inspired by a few of my favorite bloggers, I was really excited to have a meal. Let me tell you. It was great. There was a line, as we went on a Friday, but it was totally worth it.

Avocado Toast

Walking through Hyde Park while the sun was shining and looking at the little pond there, was one of the best feelings. Little moments like that really make me realize how lucky I am. I even saw Max Hurd (coblogger of The Trend Pear) walking his dogs, I didn't say hi, but wow.

Eleanor Calder

We didn't hit up Harrods last we were in London, so we headed over there after Hyde Park. Harrods was much bigger than I had expected it to be, which had us lost at least three times. That place is a serious maze filled with designer clothes, food stops and restaurants. Did you know that just around the corner from Harrods is where they filmed The Parent Trap (the one with Lindsay Lohan)?

London
PC: Hannah Perdew


Parent Trap House


We had so many laughs during this trip, and it really made me feel blessed. This past week we had a happy cry about how much we love each other. So i'm warning you all now that there will be a sappy post or two come April.

London
PC: Hannah Perdew

I only have one more free trip to London in March, do you have any suggestions? I would love to visit Hyde park again, as well as tour Westminster Abbey and maybe hang out around Trafalgar Square! Also the food in London. Fantastic.
Cupcake


ps Catie and I had a treat yo self moment in Covent Garden when we bought Birkenstocks for our upcoming trip to Greece. Also, you're not best friends unless you have matching Birks right?
pps. Niall Horan was in London near Big Ben while I was in Camden and I'm really upset our paths haven't crossed yet.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Adventure

3:38:00 AM


These blog posts started off in order I swear. I'm taking you all back to my time in Ireland last month. We hopped onto a Paddy Wagon tour from Dublin to Northern Ireland to see Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Giants Causeway. Both really beautiful. 

This was my first taste of Ireland. 

Irish Coast

Our tour stopped at the Dark Hedges, a really cool and old line of trees with branches that reach above the road. Used in Game of Thrones, these trees are starting to get so old that they're falling over, so they won't be there for much longer. 
Game of Thrones

It cost six pounds (or eight euro) to cross the rope bridge, and if you're not afraid of heights then I would recommend doing it! It was a little nerve wracking walking across a bridge, especially since i wasn't the only one on it and having other people making their way across made it a bit more wobbly. Nonetheless, I was really glad I did it. The scenery was gorgeous. 

Northern ireland

NorthernIreland

The entire time, I thought about my friend Catie and how much she would not have liked that, so if you don't like heights, you definitely don't have to do it. The view is still gorgeous on the other side! 
Northern Ireland

After visiting the rope bridge and braving the wind, the wagon headed onward to Giants Causeway. This stop had me falling in love with Northern Ireland even more, and I was happy to just sit there and soak in the moment watching the waves crash against the rocks and the people climbing around them. 

Kenzie Kuivanen

Shoe pic

Giants

Giants Causeway

It's so amazing that our earth has places like this on it. I really enjoyed this day trip, and was happy to have a long sleep after it was finished. I hope you've either been there and loved it, or are going there someday soon! You do need tickets for Giants Causeway entry, and just a ticket to cross the bridge if you want to! 

Have you been to Northern Ireland? Have you ever sat somewhere beautiful and taken in the scenery? 






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