Pâques à Paris (Easter in Paris)

Morning in Paris, the city awakes to the bells of Notre Dame… A few Easters ago I was lucky enough to spend Easter in beautiful Paris! We started our morning with croissants and coffee (and hot chocolate and tea!) outside of beautiful Notre Dame, next to the famous buttresses that hold the beautiful Cathedral in…

Atop: Picture Perfect Prague

Growing up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and going to school in the Berkeley hills, I’ve always found comfort in vistas and views. Moving the East Coast has been difficult, and I’ve found that my heart misses standing atop of rock and concrete, peering at life below. I yearn for the top of…

A Good Match: Passeig de Gracia

Bright and beautiful, Casa Batlló sits on one of Barcelona’s most beautiful street, Passeig de Gràcia. And while these particular Gaudi masterpeice was my favorite building in Barcelona, few know about it’s neighbor, Casa Amatller. Sitting in contrast next to vibrant and magical dragon castle, is the blockly and beige Casa Amatller. With a pyramid of…

Monesterio de Pedrables

The monastery was beautifully perched in the hills between newly renovated million dollar homes and old  cobblestone streets. It felt like we had gone back in time a thousand years. One of my first explorations in Barcelona was to Monesterio de Pedrables, a beautiful monestary tucked away in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi (the upper middle class area of…

White House Christmas

Twinkling lights, the scent of pine, and a freshly baked gingerbread house. Snowmen, and holly, and a jolly good time was the theme at the White House Christmas Tour. While I don’t have  the time to explain the beauty and splendor of this dream come true, I will leave you all with a few of…

Bruges

On a cold winter morning, we wandered through the knolls and fog of Belgium to the medieval storybook town of Bruges. It was 6 AM when we left the warmth of our AirBnb to walk downtown and catch our BlaBla car to the countryside. As we napped in our carpool, we passed through the dense…

10 Necessities for your Summer Backpacking Trip

Are you embarking on a life-changing trip to Europe this summer? Perhaps you’ve bought a one way ticket to a random country and are waiting to see where it’ll lead you. Either way, here are some tips to help you plan and pack light for your next big trip! 1. A sturdy pair of shoes:…

Looking Up: Big Ben

On a dreary London day, under the eyes of Big Ben, I checked a box off my bucket list: Big Ben, Parliament, London, England, UK. The building that Harry Potter flew past in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, that Annie drove by in a London taxi when she went to live with…

Abstract: La Pedrera de Gaudi

When I was in Barcelona, I participated in a student program with the students of UC and University of Illinois schools. My favorite memories with this program were our field trips to different parts of Barcelona and the rest of Catalunya. The first field trip we took was to La Pedrera, a beautiful and spectacular…

Girona: Temps de Flors

Temps de Flors- an enchanting festival where an old Romanesque Catalonian town (featured in Season 6 of Game of Thrones!) turns into a wonderland of colors with flowers around every turn, decorating every balcony, and livening through every patio. This week is Temps de Flors in Girona, a town about a 30 minutes train ride…

Seasons: Winter Wonderland

   Beautiful white flurries fall from the sky, kissing the noses of happy dogs and youthful children. A sled for the children, and a coat for your pup, as the city awakens and becomes anew. The natural hum of the city has vanished, replaced with the whistling winter wind, and the soft delicate crunch of…

Time: Prague Astronomical Clock

The clock ticks as the day wears on, and the tourists crowd below the famous tour. Each second, the hand moves, another click of the clock and photo captured. This beautiful clock stood proudly, nestled between beautiful, colorful buildings. It stood proud, guarding over April’s Easter market and giving tourists a chance to step back…