Passport to Europe

In honor of throw back Thursday, I thought I would share my favorite adventure so far!

I had the opportunity to go to to Europe for a study tour through my University. It was such a great experience getting to go with an amazing group of people & friends. There wasn't a moment that I didn't love...well, besides walking with blisters everyday BUT it was totally worth it. I wish I could share all the pictures and stories with you but then, you would be reading for hours. I'll let the photos do the talking! Enjoy.

Our Itinerary consisted of visiting:

- Florence, Italy

-Paris, France

-London, England

Florence, Italy

Out of all three, Florence was probably my favorite. Such a gorgeous old-world city. There are no subway systems like Paris or London so we walked everywhere (an average of 9 miles per day). I think that's the best way to be fully immersed in the city though. I basically ate all the pasta & gelato and gained no weight so I wan't complaining too much. The food exceeding my every expectation. Everything is fresh, natural and hand-made. We saw, we ate, we walked, we laughed, and ate a little more. I can't wait to come back!

Some of the places we visited:

  • Duomo 
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Botegga Floretina
  • The Academmia
  • The original Salvatore Ferragamo Store
  • and many many restaurants 
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 Ponte Vecchio  During World War II it was the only bridge across the Arno that the fleeing Germans did not destroy. 

Ponte Vecchio

During World War II it was the only bridge across the Arno that the fleeing Germans did not destroy. 

 Duomo di Firenze- The main church in Florance. It was begun in 1296. Gothic style architecture. 

Duomo di Firenze- The main church in Florance. It was begun in 1296. Gothic style architecture. 

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Paris, France

Paris is always a good idea.It's full of breath-taking views & thrills. The cafes are picture perfect and can we talk about Paris fashion?  Some of the highlights Paris was the art, architecture & shopping. I got to see my favorite collection of lily pads by Claude Monet and visited THE Chanel. When in Paris do as the Parisians do right? So I ate snails. Not something I would like to try again but i'm glad I tried it. BUT I would eat the snails again over the foie gras (Duck liver).

 Someday, I'll be back!

Some places we visited:

  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Notre Dame
  • Ile Saint Louis
  • La Sorbonne
  • The Pantheon & the Bloulevard St. German
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  •  Montparnasse
  • Eiffel Tower (of course) 
  • Palace of Versailles
  • ...the list goes on!!
 Rooftop views from Notre Dame

Rooftop views from Notre Dame

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Palace of Versailles 

 Palace of Versailles- Hall of Mirrors

Palace of Versailles- Hall of Mirrors

 Over the last six years, as the  Musée de l'Orangerie  underwent a $36 million renovation and expansion, its most valued treasure, the eight tranquil paintings of Monet's large-format waterlily series

Over the last six years, as the Musée de l'Orangerie underwent a $36 million renovation and expansion, its most valued treasure, the eight tranquil paintings of Monet's large-format waterlily series

London, England 

London, the most modern cities we visited. There are thousands of reasons to love London. It's THE cooler-than-cool city. I feel like it's the city that you can spend a lifetime exploring and you would never stop being surprised. THE FOOD. We went to different gastro-pubs because I mean, you have to. British food is definitely not for the calorie conscious. My favorite memory was having afternoon tea at Kensington Palace. Now, I'm hooked!

lis ledeay