Thursday, June 28, 2012

Belgium Purchases



About a week ago (man, time flies!) I was in Brussels, Belgium. It was a wonderful, albeit short, trip. Here are two items I managed to snag from a great street market. 
I love big rings so when I saw a stall with hundreds for sale for good prices, I knew I was doomed. I chose this one because I don't own much red jewelry and thought it would be a good addition to my collection.
I've never really worn big statement necklaces like this one, but I fell in love the moment I saw it. I didn't buy it at first but 24 hours later I was still thinking about it so I had to go back. I'm just glad no one had bought it in that time.

xx
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wanderlust Wednesday: Strasbourg, France

Wanderlust: a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.


I've been wanting to start a feature like this for some time now, so yesterday I said to myself "I'm in Europe! Traveling away! What better time than now, when I'm actually experiencing new cultures?" 
So my first pick is going to be Strasbourg.

 Strasbourg is a very quaint city located in Northern France. According to Wikipedia they have a population of 272,975 which is very relaxing compared to Paris' 10,354,675. The city is filled with rivers and gorgeous old-style architecture and there are tons of restaurants and shops lining the streets. It has a wonderful combination of French and German culture, due to the number of times the city changed ownership due to war.

 This is a staple of the city centre, an old church called "Notre Dame". I believe it was named after the Notre Dame in Paris. Our tour guide told us a brilliant story behind the wind/chills of the church courtyard. I can't do her version justice, so here is what I found on Wikipedia.
"The legend of the wind blowing around the cathedral is as follows: In olden days, the Devil flew over the ground, riding the wind. Thus he caught a glimpse of his portrait carved onto the cathedral: the Tempter, courting the foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), in the guise of a seductive young man. It is true that his back opens up and toads and snakes come out of it, but none of the na├»ve girls notices that — nor do many tourists for that matter. Very flattered and curious, the Devil had the idea to enter to see whether there were other sculptures representing him on the inside of the cathedral. Taken captive inside the holy place, he could not come back out. The wind always waits in the square and still howls today from impatience on the places outside the cathedral. The Devil, furious, makes air currents from the bottom of the church to the height of the pillar of angels."
 There is also an island in Strasbourg known as "Petite France". Apparently the then German-owned city referred to the island as Petite France because that was where all the sick and diseased people lived and, being German, they believed that the French were the cause of all the illnesses. According to some research it was also a very popular area for prostitution, which is more likely the reasoning behind the diseased citizens.

Overall, it was a beautiful city. I was only there for 2 days but I wish I could have stayed for weeks! It was incredibly refreshing and everyone we met was very nice, even though everyone in my group only spoke English.

What do you think?

What are some of the top places on your travel list?

xx

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Zilla Slashed Platforms

I'm on vacation and have been spending 99% of my time wandering the streets and exploring, but I found a few moments to do some online window-shopping and I found these amazing shoes so I just had to share! This trip is making me broke so I doubt I'll buy them anytime soon, but I am in love. They're so rock-n-roll yet so chic! I couldn't get a front or back view to save, but here is the link.

What do you think?

xx

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Upcoming D.I.Y.



I love these tops. I find them to be really interesting and exciting. I've seen them on sale a few different places, most recently on Nasty Gal. I've considered buying it but I've held back because I believe I can make my own version which will be cheaper and more fun. 

What do you think? Is this your style?

xx
  

These are from my last night in Paris. It was a lovely evening. We had exquisite crepes at a beautiful little creperie, then went to the Eiffel tower and waited in line for 2+ hours, managing to be the last people of the night allowed at the top. 

More pictures and updates later.
I'm off the explore the wonderful city of Brussels, Belgium! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sneak Peak: Louvre


We went the Louvre yesterday and it was beautiful. I was honestly probably more intrigued by the building itself than the paintings. I've been there once before, around 2 years ago, but it's still breathtaking.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bienvenue!

I arrived in Paris yesterday and it is every bit as lovely as I remember. Sadly, my french is horrible. I really should have taken more than 1 semester.
The bus stopped by la Tour Eiffel on  the way to the hotel, so we all hopped out and I snapped this shot. I thought this man was just perfect with his stylish suit jacket, his cigar and little dog. 

xx

Thursday, June 7, 2012

London, Day One


Landing in Heathrow. 
The view from my room.

 Drinking Mango juice from a wine glass and eating chocolate croissants.








My room for the night. 


What a crazy day! I walked around town for hours with my huge pack on before finding this cute little hotel. It's very nice and homey and has gorgeous high ceilings. Tomorrow the plan is to just check out, find the Copthorne Tara Hotel, check into there and hopefully meet some people from my class. I'll probably spend some time exploring, but who knows where yet.

xx

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

London



I'm at the airport right, ready for my flight to London. I'm spending the next month in Europe, exploring the cities of London, Paris, Brussels, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Prague, and Berlin. Throughout the month I'll be taking a class on "Business and Politics of the European Union". I seriously can't tell you how excited I am. I've been super busy lately and really haven't been thinking about it, but now that I'm here in the airport, waiting on my (3-hour delayed) flight, I'm just itching with enthusiasm.

xx