J’aime la France

July 14, 2011

Happy quatorze juillet Frenchies!

Missing the friends, food, scenery and lifestyle.

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everybody has one

July 8, 2011

here’s to 100+ years of influential mass duplication

May 19, 2011

After the storm last night, the air has become crisp and springy here in Maryland. Too bad I have to sit in the office most of the day! Looking for an excuse to get lost in nature…

Grant Monahan 

Ansel Adams 


Montsurrat, Spain


Christopher Talbot Frank

Calli Nicoletti 

reminiscentia

January 10, 2011

Tomorrow is the first day of the spring semester here in Charleston. As happy as I am to be back in the place I love with the people I missed so terribly, I can’t evade reminiscing about my European adventures. It doesn’t really help when every familiar face asks, “How was being abroad?”. But then again, why would I want to forget? I’ve decided to continue posting more photos I have taken, just for kicks. Happy New Year!

As if the decorations in the streets of Barcelona and having my Christmas playlist constantly playing on my macbook (maybe with a few interruptions from the new Kanye album) had not yet gotten me in the mood for this holiday season, one last trip to Paris definitely did the trick. Per usual, my flights were delayed 4 and 3 hours going to and from the lovely grey city but it was for a beautiful and greatly missed reason…SNOW! Surrounded by snow, I was welcomed by chocolate, cheese, the worlds greatest space heater and two of my best friends.

After some ungodly-thick hot chocolate from Angelinas by the Tuleries and a stroll through a gallery specially designed by Monet for his works, the Christmas markets along the Champs Elysees were the perfect place to start some of my very delayed gift hunting. While Peyton was finishing up her classes for the semester I took a train over to Versailles, only to find the Chateau closed for an event! Luckily for me, the gardens were open for jogging and exploring. I chose the latter of the two, taking pictures of the grounds and some of the unusually friendly swans that I encountered.

Paris was an amazing end to my European adventures outside of Barcelona… Only 8 days left in España. How did time fly by so quickly?

Jet Settas

November 5, 2010

This past month has been an amazing whirlwind of traveling, family and friends. My sister and I met up in Dublin, where we spent a few nights at a lovely B&B and traveled along the coast to a small town called Malahide. After a few too many ciders and a missed flight, we made our way over to London to visit gorgeous Borges and family friend, Jeremy. We had an adorable tour guide who we swore could feel the connection that we felt toward him and would ultimately stop tour-guiding for the day and hang out with us… no such luck. The tea and scones 3 times a day (plus some pretty amazing art at the Tate and few good nights out)  finally mended our broken hearts and we made our way back to Spain to meet up with our parents.

While my parents were in town, we made a trip by train over to Monsurrat; a jagged mountain range that houses one of the most elaborate basilicas I have ever seen, as well as some amazing views of Cataluña. We managed to eat our way through Barcelona during the week that they were in town and by Thursday Ali and I decided it was time to head to Paris to see Peyton!

If I knew how to speak french, you would need to google translate this entire post. Luckily I don’t know french but I came to love the language during my few days in the city. Pan au Chocolat managed to become the entirety of our diet besides a few pieces of cheese and many, many bottles of wine. It was an all too short of a weekend in Paris and I hated to say bye to Ali and Peyton but I will be going back shortly!

This past weekend was Halloween and I was a little nervous that Barcelona hadn’t fully grasped the concept of dressing up just to get crazier than usual… but I was pleasantly surprised that I could bring some of my best friends from college to an amazing Halloween party at a beach club. How could I have doubted this city?

 

Paris in the fall

May 30, 2010

So many things that I want to do in Paris… cafes, macaroons, visiting friends, MGMT…

Doubting one weekend will be long enough.