Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My favorite city in the world

Paris. Whenever I watch movies or tv shows with scenes of this city I always catch myself smiling. I love everything from the language, the food, the beauty of the city, the darkness of its history, the smells, the crazy politics, the art, and the Parisians. I was an international studies major and french minor in college so I decided to study abroad in Paris for a semester. I lived with a french family with three young kids who knew way more about the world than I did at that time. I would do anything to be able to go back and relive those six months and truly appreciate everything the city has to offer. I remember being so annoyed at my daily commute that took upwards of an hour from the suburbs where I lived to my school near the jardin du luxembourg. I was in PARIS. What could I have possibly complained about? Oh, youth is wasted on the young :)  

view from eiffel tower 
I always forget how huge the city is 

love the mercedes cabs 

Galeries Lafayette
I even love gloomy Paris 
my favorite piece in the Louvre, called "psyche revived by cupid's kiss"
my second favorite piece at the Louvre called the winged victory of Samothrace 
visiting Paris a couple of years ago 
wine in front of the eiffel tower?? take me back.  

sacre coeur 

the artists of montmontre 
near marie antoinette's home
the grounds of versailles  

my study abroad group at the Opera de Paris

Paris... tu me manques. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer in Switzerland, please

My experience in Switzerland is a perfect example of the truth of the saying "when one door closes, another opens." I went to law school during arguably the worst time I could have. I was expecting to get some great internship during my first summer, and in reality, I had nothing. So what is a girl to do? Study abroad in Geneva of course! Looking back, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to live abroad once again because... sadly... it was probably my last time. I'll take my summer in Switzerland over a summer staring at the computer any day. 

our home for the summer

they just don't make buildings like they used to 

sailing from swiss to french waters 

chateau de chillon, quite possibly the cutest chateau ever 

Geneva was gorgeous at night 
United Nations 
amazing ceiling in one of the UN rooms  

real swiss chocolate yum

cows, fog, mountainside... sigh

gorgeous interlaken 

best view in the house 

the water color was unreal 

p.s. excuse the picture quality. I used to value the color of the camera (I just HAD to have the pink one) over the quality of the pictures :)