Our 3rd stop on this European adventure is BARCELONA!
After a couple days in the romantical city full of love locks & delicious crepes, we were ready to take on some paella & party our asses off.
So we did.
I guess my biggest piece of advice from this stop would be.... if two beautiful men ask you & your sister to meet them at 8:00am for a day full of adventure on the back of their mopeds, YOU WAKE YOUR ASS UP AND GO. Do you think we made it that morning? Nope.
...we never saw those tall dark handsome beautifully sculpted foreigners with accents again.
This was the hostel we stayed at in Barcelona. I wish I remembered the name of it (sorry, I’m basically no help at all), but I will definitely stay here again when I return.
The people we met at the hostel were awesome - full of 20 year olds from all over the world. Even the people who worked at the hostel were travelers who ended up staying in Barcelona. Each night, the hostel residents would go to the bars & clubs together, which made it that much more fun going out with a group of people.
Barcelona is such a great city for walking & doing some street shopping. Vendors line the streets, live music is always playing, and the best part of all...PAELLA!
I would definitely suggest heading out to the pier at some point during your stay. My sister and I spontaneously went to grab some paella and sangria at a restaurant located near the pier - we ended up staying at the restaurant for 5 hours! Yes, 5 hours of sangria…. we didn’t get drunk or anything.
One of the best views of the whole city is at Mount Tibidabo. Located at Mount Tibidabo is the Sagrat Cor church as well as the Tibidabo Amusement Park. Yes, an amusement park! This should 100% be at the top of your bucket list for the view alone.
That time we took a two hour nap on this beautiful beach. Trust me, it was just as relaxing as it looks...
After our nap, we went to another restaurant to have some, once again, paella & sangria.
Last but not least, the FC Barcelona stadium, Camp Nou. I didn’t have enough time for a game, but I did buy a t-shirt. I know, not nearly as cool. Maybe I shouldn’t have spent so much time partying here. Just kidding. If you are planning on visiting Barcelona, get ready for a damn good time!
Next Stop... R O M A !
Stop number 2 on this European adventure is PARIS!
We had a great time in London but were definitely ready to go explore the next city. We made it safe & sound and right on schedule... until we got lost. It shouldn't be that hard to find a hostel, right?
2 hours later... we made it.
My biggest piece of advice is to purchase a book of the French language. If we understood even a little bit of the language, we would have been able to find our hostel in 2 seconds. Oops. From here on out for the rest of the trip, we studied the key words of each language we were about to enter. I can't tell you how helpful this was for the other countries.
Hotel Andre Gill is the hostel we stayed at in Paris. It was extremely small but pretty dang cute I must say. When I say small, the elevator could literally only fit one person inside. I never saw anyone else staying in the hostel outside of the family breakfast prepared each morning. It was definitely a nice & quiet place to come back to after a long day of exploration. If I came back to Paris, I would be more than happy to stay here again.
This is the view from our room! Not bad, eh?
Moulin Rouge was actually right around the corner from our hostel. It's definitely a crazy area to be at during the night scene. We didn't go to a show but had too much fun people watching (you can only imagine).
Can it get more French than this? Love it.
We found the Arc de Triomphe! Check out that sunset in the background. Perfect timing? I think yes.
The Louvre is definitely a MUST see. The line will be extremely long, but it moves pretty quickly. If you are visiting Paris, you cannot leave without going inside this famous museum. You can always take some fun pictures while you are waiting to go inside.
Like I said... the Louvre is a MUST!
IF THERE IS NO OTHER REASON WHY, THIS IS WHY!
It's the original Mona Lisa guys...
Paris is famous for their beautiful Gothic style churches all throughout the city. As an Art major in college, I was so pumped to see these cathedrals up close in person. I had taken so many Art History classes on the architecture and history behind it all. I would highly recommend not only seeing these cathedrals up close, but also taking a peek inside.
The cathedral interiors are GORGEOUS.
So the food in Paris is definitely a step up from the food in London. For the time we were there, we only encountered one issue... with a raw cracked egg in the center of a sandwich. Yeaa, it was not good.
But most meals we got involved crepes. I think we had crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner almost every day we were in Paris. I'll just say, we definitely took advantage.
Pont des Arts is a famous bridge in Paris known for having "love locks" covering the whole bridge. If you are visiting Paris with a loved one, be sure to buy a lock, hook it to the bridge, make a wish, and throw the key into the water together.
Unfortunately I was with my sister and not a lover.
Do you think that stopped us? NOPE.
Definitely go visit the Notre Dame!
The Eiffel Tower is freaking huge!
I mean, look at the size of the people next to it... crazy. I really wanted to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but the line was just too long for us. I know, not an excuse. Do I regret it? Yes.
Instead we went and bought a bottle of wine to enjoy on the lawn right in front. At night, the Eiffel Tower will light up!
Stop #2 was definitely a memorable one.
STOP #3.... BARCELONA!
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So it finally happened, y'all! My sister and I went on a month long European adventure, traveling through London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Venice, Salzburg, and Munich.
Warning: If you are traveling the world with someone for a month, make sure it's with someone you love. Thank god we are sisters. (Aka - it's 24/7 together time. You will be more annoyed by this person than you ever have been in your life).
Our first stop on this trip was LONDON.
So we got off the plane and, of course, it was pouring down rain. Great start to this adventure, right? No umbrella and wearing the worst shoes possible for this situation. We quickly realized, neither of us had brought sneakers on this trip. Our first stop in London you ask? The Nike store.
My biggest piece of advice from our first stop in London would be to bring comfy shoes! I'm talkin bring some serious freaking walking shoes because that's all you will be doing. I brought a couple pairs of flats & sandals and, oh boy, was that a mistake. I threw 2 pairs of flats away and bought a pair of converse in London that I wore every single day for the rest of the trip.
Oh, just hanging with BIG BEN.
Loved walking the streets of London.
Reminded me a lot of New York City - heavy traffic & fast-paced.
This was the hostel we stayed at in London. We had a blast at this little pub and met some awesome people from all over the world. The bar on the bottom floor closed late at night for only the hostel residents. I would highly recommend The Green Man if you are looking for a decent hostel to stay at in London.
The Tower Bridge was obviously a must.
We took a tour through Windsor Castle. One of my favorites of the London stop. I would definitely go check this out!
I just had to....
I'm an architecture freak... probably took 100 pictures alone on this stuff.
Gates to the Buckingham Palace!
We probably stood outside for a solid hour hoping to see William & Kate... it didn't happen.
... this guy.
Hung out by The National Gallery of London.
We loved The Natural History Museum.
Walked through Hyde Park - it was beautiful.
The one thing I regret... not taking a quick ride on the London Eye!
Warning: the food here is not the best. I'll even admit, I might have had McDonald's at one point...
Fish & chips is a MUST though.
Touring the Queen Elizabeth Olympics Park for the 2012 Summer Olympics!
Our next stop... PARIS.
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