Saturday, June 7, 2014

München

Beer and bread.
Basically the only thing my mind and stomach have worried about the last five days.
Munich has been one of my favorite cities on this trip.
Big city feel, but still relaxed.

I didn't take as many pictures as I should have while here, but I guess that's to be expected by the last stop. 
My phone also always seemed to be dead.


I visited the Dachau concentration camp with some guys I met from Tennessee.
Words can't describe it.


The guys enjoyed stopping at the playgrounds. The playgrounds in Europe seem cooler than the ones in America. And usually a bit more dangerous. 


Ate some sausage and kraut.


Drank a lot of beer.


Took a tour of the beautiful city.


Visited the Olympic Park.


Visited the castle that Disney uses for their logo and Sleeping Beauty.


And drank more beer and ate more bread.









Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Firenze


Florence. What an incredible city.
The streets wind in every direction, I ended up walking in circles, and there's a plaza about every other block.
Visited the Uffizi and the Galleria Dell'Accademia, where The David is.
And I loved every minute of it.


Ponte Vecchio. The only bridge in Florence to survive World War II.


You really can't walk anywhere in Florence without seeing a building that makes your jaw drop.


Ate gelato at least once every day.


Spent many hours wandering the gardens of the Pitti Palace. Beautiful and huge. Hard to imagine living there and having that as a backyard. 


More of the gardens.




Made some great friends.


Ate some great food.


Saw some great art.


Made more great friends.


Walked A TON.


And ate the best pizza in the entire world.











Thursday, May 29, 2014

So Nice

Nice is beyond beautiful. 

I had my first solo traveler meltdown the first day there. Traveling by myself is tiring and can be lonely. The hostel I was at was very quiet, no one spent time outside their rooms, there wasn't a common room or kitchen, it wasn't my style. Luckily the afternoon of the first full day I was there, Dana from Connecticut saved the day.
He ended up in the same room as me at the hostel and introduced me to people at the hostel down the road, where he had stayed a few nights before.
I had a blast exploring the city with wonderful people. 




The market in Nice has beautiful flowers and produce. 


Had so much fun goofing around with these guys.


And they are actually all insanely good rock climbers. So Beth and I tagged along one day and jumped and sunbathed while they deep sea rock climbed. 


One of the walls they swam to and climbed. Could the view be any better?


After a day of climbing we got some beers at a club on the beach. We definitely stuck out as poor tourists, but who cares. 
Dana willingly modeled the beach club lifestyle.


I had a lot of leisure time in France - walking the city and visiting a couple museums. The Matisse museum was my favorite.





Monday, May 26, 2014

Barcelona

My couple days in Barcelona have been amazing! This city has so much I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed. 

The Sagrada Familia is probably my favorite thing I've seen in Europe so far. Gaudí had such an original style and learning about his inspirations along with looking at his work made me admire him even more. 




It was dedicated by the pope a couple years ago on my birthday. I probably think that's way cooler than it actually is haha. 


Visited Park Güell with a couple friends from the hostel.


And we couldn't skip the beach, even though it was way too crowded to enjoy hanging out for long.


I couldn't miss a flamenco night before I left. It was a lot different than I was expecting based on the clips I'd seen before. We went to a small little bar and there was just a singer, guitar player, and one dancer. She only performed a couple dances, but she has amazing skill. 






Saturday, May 24, 2014

Still Goin

On my last day in Granada I spent a couple hours walking to the Cathedral and touring it. The signs everywhere said no pictures, but everyone else was doing it, so I snapped a few too :)


Words can't even describe the beauty and detail.



For lunch I indulged in churros con chocolate. Heavenly. 


The city has so many plazas and I enjoyed stopping in quite a few to people watch and do some reading.


Yes, I took a selfie in the plaza. I was trying to get a shot of how beautiful the flowers were, but the shot underneath definitely does a better job. 


Last night I took a night train to Barcelona and spent the day exploring the city.

I arrived way before check-in, so I headed to La Boqueria Market, which reminded me of a Spanish Pike Place. 


Later I explored the city with a couple people I met at the hostel. 
What a beautiful city! Bummed I only have a couple days here - definitely on my list of places I'd like to visit again. 










Thursday, May 22, 2014

Granada

After two long days of traveling by bus and train and a night in Avignon, I arrived in Granada! In hindsight, a plane ticket would probably have been easier, but I already had my train ticket so I might as well use it! My time so far in Spain has been pretty chill. I'm visiting my friend, Max, who has been studying in Granada this semester. Him and his friends have shown me around this wonderful city. 


One of my train switches out in the middle of nowhere.


Wednesday morning a few Canadian guys from the hostel and I got up early to stand in line for tickets to the Alhambra, an Islamic palace in Granada. The line grew quite quickly and we were glad to have made the trek up the hill as early as we did. 
The rain held off while we were in line, but it poured the rest of the time we were there.


A couple of the friendly Canadians in one of the gardens.


Such an amazing view of the city.


The gardens were unbelievable.


Another view from the Alhambra. Those buildings in the distance are still part of the fortress - it's huge.


This morning we took a hike with some of Max's classmates and friends. 
The scenery was amazing and the bridges were a little sketchy.


I wish I could've snapped a picture a few seconds earlier. Those men were climbing the rock wall at heights quite a bit higher than I'm comfortable with.


It's been so fun to hang out with Max in Europe!


While waiting for the bus on the way back from the hike, these girls were so excited about American boys who speak Spanish ;)