The end of my first semester of college was a blur, and I completely forgot to write a post about my trips to Berlin and Paris! I am attempting to get my life together this week, so I am traveling back in time for a recap of last semester! I traveled to Berlin for a weekend with my friends Emma and Kira. We saw as many historical sights as possible and tried to give ourselves breaks from the cold and rain by going to little cafes. We went to the Berlin Wall and were blown away. What used to be a symbol of oppression has been turned into an art gallery of inclusion and expression. There are no words to describe how incredible the experience was.
We visited the Parliament, which is an exquisite building. Next, we headed to the Brandenburg gate and discovered a charming Christmas market downtown. Emma and Kira had pretzels and I had chocolate covered strawberries. We had lovely short weekend in Berlin.
Paris was an absolute dream. When people ask me what my favorite city is, I’m often unable to answer, because I love each place for its own reason. Paris immediately comes to mind as the most beautiful city I have ever experienced. I travelled to Paris in November with 4 friends. We planned our trip perfectly so we were able to see the sights and have time to just relax and wander the streets. First, we spent a day in the Louvre and Musée de l’Orangerie. The Louvre was just as beautiful from the outside as the masterpieces found within. I hate to spoil it, but in my opinion, the Mona Lisa is extremely underwhelming. I was far more entranced by Monet’s Water Lilies in Musée de l’Orangerie, but I am a lover of impressionism. The Water Lilies are in series of white walled rooms, and the paintings fill the rooms with their colors. If you are ever in Paris, the Water Lilies are the one thing I recommend as a must-see.
We also visited Musée d’Orsay which is a restored railway station filled with masterpieces from all artistic movements. Paris is a city of art, and I think the Musée d’Orsay does a perfect job representing art throughout history. I also got to see one of my favorite paintings, Bal du moulin de la Galette by Renoir.
One of my favorite parts of my trip to Paris was an unexpected gem, Musée Rodin. Prior to this experience, I was not familiar with Rodin’s work, but now I am drawn to Rodin sculpture whenever I can see them. In fact, I stumbled across some of his work in Copenhagen the other day! Musée Rodin is a mansion and gardens filled with Rodin sculptures. I cannot point a finger to the source, but something about his work is so compelling to me. The museum is another that I would highly recommend!
We also visited Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, and an Yves Saint Laurent museum. Each destination was incredible! One of the most impressive parts of Paris is how traffic navigates from all sides of the Arc de Triomphe with minimal car wreckage. It is pretty much the world’s biggest traffic circle. Between our visits to museums, and other destinations, we filled our time with the most wonderful croissants and macaroons of my life! We visited countless adorable cafes and ate Ladurée macaroons in a park. Some of my most treasured memories from Paris are just enjoying the sunshine and strolling the streets! In Montmartre, I met the sweetest elderly street artist and was able to bring one of his smaller paintings home for my mom. I that memory sums up what Paris is all about for me – strolling the streets, enjoying the beauty, and meeting the most unique of people. Paris, Je t’aime de tout mon coeur.