Archive for February 2013

Dublin

Ireland was exactly how I imagined it to be, green and charming. Dublin was definitely a change of pace after visiting Paris and London, but enjoyable none the less.  I loved the quaint shops, traditional eats (lamb stew!), and laid back atmosphere of the city. Street musicians lined Grafton Street, a popular shopping destination.  Saint Stephens Green park St. Patrick’s Cathedral Trinity College was across the street from our hostel and fun to explore.

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London

I had extremely high hopes for London. GC had such an amazing experience studying abroad there, and I was so excited to discover the city on my own. London lived up to, and exceeded all of my expectations.  From the language, to the sites, to the food, I just loved the overall vibe of the city. My favorite moments were those spent strolling the streets and soaking in the culture. By the end of my stay, London completely won my heart. It was so surreal to see a building as iconic as Big Ben up close and personal. The London…

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Paris

The city of light did not disappoint   I loved the food, the pop-up shops, the sights, and the postcard views throughout the city.  I’ll never forget when I saw the Eiffel Tower for the very first time.  It was just a small portion of the top, sparkling in the dark, yet I was instantly mesmerized.  Our first night was spent at the Louvre Museum, where those twenty-six and younger get in for free on Friday nights.  I was in awe of the massive collection, the overall architecture, and the actual Mona Lisa. Notre Dame cathedral was crowded, but still stunning.  I…

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Venice

          As I stepped out of the train station in Venice, I realized that the sinking city of canals was one of the most beautiful places that I had ever seen.  The city continued to surprise me throughout the weekend, and I ended up having a fabulous time.  Saturday’s intense rain prompted us to explore indoor activities including a visit to the incredible Doge’s Palace, but on Sunday, the sunshine allowed us to take the Valporetto water taxi to the islands of Murano and Burano. A rainy Saturday without a gondolier in sight Doge’s Palace in San Marco…

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