Fun Nail Friday [Nails Abroad]!

The last stop on our whirlwind western Europe tour was to the City of Lights.

I was terrified of Paris at first (“What if I can’t pronounce “bourguignon” correctly?,” “What if I get a nasty crepe filling?,” “What if waiters are mean to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…????”) but once we got settled in, the city was more beautiful than I could have imagined. And I guess that says a lot if my main concerns about the city were in regards to food.

Don’t worry. I was okay.

 

We made our rounds at all the key tourist traps: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Musee D’Orsay, Lourve, Notre Dame, Versailles, Disneyland Paris, etc etc. The best thing about going during the off season was the lack of lines. The worst thing? Rain. Almost every damn day. And sorry Woody Allen, Paris is not more beautiful in the rain. It’s awful. </endrant>

Onto the nails! Please note that on my thumb is an Eiffel tower and not a Japanese pagoda. Nail sketching is hard, yo!

Oh la la!

I’ve been back for a month but already want to return SO bad. I loved staring in awe at the monuments, built centuries ago and yet still so relevant. I loved digging into a fresh croissant in the morning, and climbing 84 steps up to my apartment at night, effectively burning off a small fragment of the aforementioned croissant. I wish I got to go vintage shopping, that will definitely be my first stop next time I’m in town. We also got to meet some family that we’ve never met before, and met up with some friends that were in town at the same time, so that was awesome as well.

Here are some pictures from Paris –

Disneyland Paris

Start of the Champs-Élysées, with L’Arc in the background

A tranquil moment at Versailles

Can’t get enough ballrooms.

Parc du Champ-de-Mars from the Eiffel Tower

Peek-a-boo Eiffel!

The view from our Montmartre apartment

“The Sleeping Lion” apartment in the St. Paul district

Aren’t those apartments beautiful? We found them on Airbnb.com, which I highly recommend for your worldwide travel lodging needs. Stay where the locals stay, don’t pay like a tourist! Definitely one of the best decisions of our trip!

Coming home sucked.

PS–if you’re interested in booking with Airbnb, use my referral link: http://bit.ly/T40bqQ

Happy Friday, and toodles!! ❤

 

Fun Nail Friday [Nails Abroad!]

Happy Friday!

This week’s Nails Abroad takes us to the heartbeat of Spain’s finances (no comment on whether that’s a good or bad thing) – MADRID.

We found Madrid to be a beautiful, walkable city. The buildings were phenomenal and old, which is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from anywhere in Europe. Something else that made Madrid great was the abundance of places to stop and stuff your face with cured meat. Like Museo del Jamon.

The thing we were most excited about seeing in Madrid was in the Reina Sofia Museum. We learned about Picasso’s “Guernica” painting a few months before the trip, and when the meaning was explained to us, we were rendered speechless.

Starting from the right, is a woman screaming because her house is up in flames. Below her is another woman dragging herself through the streets with an injured leg. To the left is a horse with a dagger in its side, trampling a man. Above the man is a woman holding her baby and screaming to the heavens. Above that, a bull, the symbol of Spain, looks over it all, confused. Uh………if that doesn’t sum up the senseless bombing of this northern Spain town, I don’t know WHAT does!

I’m obviously no Picasso (literally)!

Here are some happier pictures of Madrid.

Chocolateria San Gines – Madrid’s favorite churro con chocolate!

Delicious cured pig legs everywhere!

Strolling through the city at dusk

Xoxo!

Fun Nail Friday [Nails Abroad]!

Happy Friday!

Our second stop in Spain took us to Sevilla, the capitol city of Andalusia. We heard so many good things about this place, so we just had to check it out.  Stepping off the plane and onto the tarmac in Sevilla was amazing. There was a dry wind and it looked like we were in the middle of the desert. It was a nice change from the gloomy weather in Barcelona.

We stayed in a charming little apartment just a few cobblestone alleyways away from La Giralda Cathedral, which we quickly discovered was one of the only things to really “do” in Sevilla. Haha! Well, four days of strolling, eating and drinking can’t be all that bad, right? We also stayed in a quirky apartment in the Macarena district, which is the birthplace of THAT song.

I thought Sevilla was beautiful, but we definitely could have shaved a few days off our stay here (and added it back to Barcelona)! The intricate Moorish designs and architecture were so different from anything we’ve ever seen. La Giralda was a sight to behold and walking through Barrio Santa Cruz’s “kissing lanes” during sunset was definitely something to write home about!

During a flamenco show at La Carboneria, we met some new Bosnian friends who convinced us to travel to Granada for a day trip to see the stunning Alhambra moorish castle and the final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. So just a few hours later, we hopped on a train at dawn and headed 3 hours out into the countryside! What a great suggestion. Small but beautiful, Granada offered some of the best sights and eats of the entire trip. See for yourself!

Oh you know, just goofing around in an active bull ring.

So beautiful. So old!

Lunch. Typical.

 

View of the Alhambra from Mirador de San Nicholas

Take me back!

 

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