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La Vie En Rose (Easter in Paris)

We took the Eurorail to Paris for Easter. Our hotel was gorgeous and only a few minutes from the Eiffel Tower. In fact, that was the first thing we did. Our afternoon consisted of climbing the stair to the second floor of the tower and seeing the Notre Dame. We were even there for Good Friday mass at the Notre Dame. I had been to Paris before, but seeing everything again gave me a new appreciation for it. On the second day, we spent all day at Versailles. The gardens were breathtaking and the last time was there I barely went exploring, so naturally we spent almost 5 hours outside exploring. We even found Marie Antoinette’s private little house, her garden and the best macaroons and hot chocolate I have eve had in my life. That night, I had escargot for the very first time. Yes, those are snails and yes, it was delicious. On Easter Sunday (AKA my sister’s birthday!! Don’t worry, we skyped and dI sent her a present. It’s all good!), We spent a good six hours at the Lourve, just wandering and taking it all in. I even got to see the Mona Lisa and Wings of Victory again. We also found the lock bridge that is this famous romantic spot. Basically, if you are in love you fasten a lock onto the bridge to symbolize your relationship. If it falls off into the Seine, that means your relationship will last forever. General note, it is hard to no believe in true love after seeing that sight of so many locks dedicated to the relationships that made people’s lives meaningful. Amazing. The next morning we got up and got some fresh fruit and pastries and ate breakfast in front of the Eiffel tour before having to go back to London. Overall, I’d say it was a pretty successful Easter weekend. 

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How Irish am I? Well, I’d say it’s DUBLIN

A few weeks ago, I went to Dublin, Ireland. I loved it! It was really nice to be in a big city where literally everyone was SO FRIENDLY. I went exploring, crossed the Ha’Penny Bridge, went to the Guinness factory (where I even drank a pint in the Gravity Bar), went on an awesome walking tour of all of central Dublin, met up with some other flatmates who were were also in Ireland, went to the Jameison factory, found the leprechan museum, went to Trinity College, saw the Book of Kells (the oldest book in the world) and fell in love with the Long Room at Trinity College. Overall, a very successful two days in Ireland. I truly loved the city and the accents! Literally if you find an Irish person willing to talk to me or read out loud all day long…let me know. I’m in the market.

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(I didn’t take this because cameras are not allowed in the Long Room. However….sigh…)

 

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My City

A few weeks ago, my a few flatmates and I decided to finish off everything else on our London to-do list:

The British Library

Tate Modern Art Museum

Twinning’s 

Harrod’s (I know, I know I should have gone before the last week of march, but I have been busy!)

Portobello Road

Yes, we did all of these in one day. We started off with going to the Saturday morning market on Portobello road, then the British Library, followed by Tate Modern, crossed the Millennium Bridge, had a cuppa at Twinning’s and finished off our day at Harrod’s.

Portobello Road is incredible  and I highly recommend it to anyone. So cool and so much going on, but not like Camden or Spitalfield’s. It definitely had an energy all it’s own and has so much to see and do! I also got a really gorgeous watch, so check it out.

The British Library was unbelievable. I saw the Magna Carta, the original scrolls of the bible, the handwritten fragments of Jane Austen’s books and handwritten works by Shakespeare. This place is a gem and definitely something I would not have known about if one of my friends hadn’t said something. Also, they have a large portion of the gift shop devoted to Lewis Carrol and Alice in Wonderland. Loved it.

Tate Modern was built to look like a factory. However, modern art is not my thing. I can appreciate the art, but I don’t think it is my taste at all. That being said, it is still a cool experience and free. Both of which are always great. After that we crossed the Millennium Bridge, which was the one that was destroyed in Harry Potter. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then google it because you will definitely remember it when you see it.

Then we went to Twinning’s, a very famous tea company that literally makes the best tea I have ever tasted. Side note: the tea is so much better, I don’t know if I can ever really go back to liking tea from home. Sounds snobby, but if you have some you will realize it really isn’t. We even got to have a free cup of whatever kind we wanted. So amazing!!

Finally, we went to Harrod’s. I hadn’t been before that which I know is going to shock some people, but it’s very true. Also, I hadn’t heard of it before coming here so it’s didn’t seem like it was really that big of a deal. Harrod’s is a spectacle. Literally everything you could ever want is in the store all at remarkable highly prices. I do recommend checking it out just for the experience.

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Portobello Road Market

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Guess what this place is…

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Tea Time!

 

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Mussels in Brussels…and other things to do in Belgium

Hey Guys! Long time, no blog. I guess it’s time to make up for the last month that this page has been neglected. Well, here goes nothing….

On St. Patrick’s Day, four of us took the Eurorail (the train that goes under the English Channel)  to Brussels in Belgium. You’re probably like, “What is there to do in Brussels?” My answer: besides eating, not a whole lot. I really wanted mussels in Brussels…mostly because it rhymes and sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. So, first thing we did when we got there was go eat lunch. After that we went exploring and found a cool out door market and some of the prettiest architecture I have ever seen! Then we decided to stop by a chocolate shop to test out some world famous belgium chocolate and it was awesome. I got some for my mom, dad and sister, so don’t worry guys you’ll get to test it out too! Then we walked around for a bit more and found the famous fountain of the little boy peeing. He was even dressed up festively for the occasion. Then we had a Belgian waffle for dinner. Did I mention we ate a lot? We totally did, but I mean, you’re only in Belgium on St. Patrick’s  Day for seven hours once right?

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(Please take time to note the little boy fountain urinating in the background. Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone.)

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Liverpool

I took a train to Liverpool to see what there was to see in this city I had heard so much about. Also, my friend Brian is studying abroad there this semester so I had a built-in tour guide. I had a great time catching up, seeing his campus and exploring all of the sights and sounds of Liverpool. Of course I made a stop by Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, but there is a lot more to do than just Beatles stuff. Here are some of my pictures:

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Oxford University

I visited Oxford as part of an FIE tour. Specifically, we went to St. Anne’s College and St. John’s College. Not a whole lot to say, but here are some pictures:

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Surrey (Spring Break, Part Three)

When I got back (and had fully recovered) from the exhaustion that was Italy, I made a trip to Surrey to visit some (very distant and not-so-related) family. I went to see me Aunt Mary Jean’s sister’s sister-in-law and her family. Is that distant enough for you? I met Sarah, Murray 2/3 of their children (Zoey and Tom) and my aunt’s sister Julie and her daughter Hannah. It was really great to have a full family that was totally happy to have me impose on their lives and make me feel so welcomed. They were so incredibly sweet and it was really wonderful to meet them. They even took me to see my first British football game (Tom was the team captain of his football team at his secondary school so of course we had to go see him play)!! It was a fun day and I’m so happy I go to meet them. Hopefully, I will be able to meet up with them before I leave!

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Sarah and I on the football pitch

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Tom and his football team

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Murray and I at Tom’s school (St. John’s in Leatherhead)

 

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