Wonderful Paris, France!

Warning: this is going to be a pretty big post.

Joseph and I recently took our greatest trip so far–four days in beautiful Paris! It was lovely and wonderful, and I can’t wait to go back again! The city is huge, but in four days I got to see nearly everything I wanted.

April 4

One of the first things we saw in the city:

How adorable is this hotel? I’m not normally the “take-a-photo-of-your-Best-Western-suite” type of gal, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this cute French room. Much better than a Best Western, in my opinion!

The Arc de Triomphe–this was much bigger than I anticipated. I guess I was expecting it to be around the same size as the arches I’ve seen in Rome, but of course Napoleon went all out on this one!

Every time I walked through gravel my nice leather boots looked hilarious! Joseph thankfully found a rag to clean them off–but not until our second day.

The Louvre! Only Europe can make yellow so beautiful.

This was taken inside the famous glass pyramid! I actually thought the pyramid looked pretty ugly and out of place, but it does make for nice photos.

Our first day there I just had to see the Eiffel Tower! I’ve always thought it was beautiful, but I never expected it to be so big! Pictures can not adequately describe how gigantic it is.

We climbed to the first level, and that was high enough for me. After that we sat in the lawn and watched the tower light up as the sun set. By the time the sky was dark, the tower was a solid orange color. In person it looked like it had completely transformed into an orange that looked perfect with the blue sky–as if the metal had actually changed colors.

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Budapest, Hungary & Vienna, Austria

Wow, I am very behind here! I went on a short weekend trip to Budapest and Vienna last weekend and had a great time. I’d never imagined going to Hungary, but it was very beautiful! I only got one day in Vienna, so I am definitely planning on going back.

Budapest, Hungary


I thought this building was so beautiful. It reminds me of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.


The streets of downtown Budapest were lined with buildings similar to this one. Very beautiful!


Saint Stephen’s Basilica


The inside of the basilica


Matthias Church


Me in a street in Budapest


Hungary is famous for its lace, so I couldn’t resist this little bit of handmade lace.

Vienna, Austria
The day was rainy, and we only had a few hours to spend in the city. It was beautiful but deserves a redo! Austria is one of my favorite places I’ve traveled to, and I think I need two or three days to fully enjoy Vienna.


The Michael Wing of the Hofburg Palace


Joseph and me in front of the Hofburg Palace


Veal weiner schnitzel–one of my favorite meals!


Apple strudel, to top off my very cliche (but delicious) lunch

My Little Town in Northern Italy

The weather has been perfect around here lately. I love walking around this little town, especially now that I can leave my coat at home and just wear a cardigan!


This is the view from my bedroom window. I love the mountains–living at the foot of the Alps has its perks!


This is one of the main roads in my town. Look at how small the “sidewalk” is! By Italy’s standards, this road is actually pretty big.


Every Italian town is built around a cathedral–if you’re ever in Italy, just follow the signs reading “centro” to find the center of the town. Ours is very simple! There is a line of benches right next to the church where I always see the locals eating gelato.


The clouds were perfect that day!

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Wow, I can’t believe I forgot to blog about this.

My mother-in-law visited last week. She had to do most of her traveling on her own, but we did get to take her to one of our favorite cities, Ljubljana, Slovenia! We went to Ljubljana last winter and were completely unprepared for the cold weather; even though we enjoyed the city, we were miserable! I knew it deserved a re-do and I’m very glad we went back. It’s a beautiful little city to spend the day in and was only a two-hour drive from us.


Old Ljubljana. Doesn’t it look perfectly picturesque?


I love these crazy roofs!


We went for a stroll around the castle and found a spot to view the city from.

Joseph and his mother Lezlee.


There was a big fruit market on Saturday. Everything looked amazing! We visited Ljubljana on a Sunday last year and saw a huge antique market; we are still regretting not buying a old sewing machine we spotted! I think I will plan a trip to Croatia where we can swing through Ljubljana on a Sunday to visit the market again.


I love owls!


The Slovene Parliament is adorned with naked people!
Off topic: I remember seeing a series of paintings of naked people doing farm work. I believe it was in Austria (maybe Innsbruck?)–would any of you remember what I’m talking about? It has been driving me mad trying to remember where I saw that!


We ate at the delicious restaurant Gostilna Sokol–I would highly recommend it! Slovene food is one of my favorites.


Enjoying the Ljubljanica river at night.

Right now we are planning an April trip to Paris. I’m so excited!

Roman Holiday

Wow, it’s been a while! The holidays have been busy for me–my family visited! My dad had been to Sicily, but no one else had been to Italy, so I had a good time showing them around. We went to Venice, Rome, Vatican City, and Milan. I’d visited all these places multiple times before, but I had fun showing them around and taking photos.


This is my sister, Victoria. She’s 16.


My parents have been married for 36 years now! They were married when they were 18, and they’re definitely a huge inspiration to me.

Milan Duomo, one of my favorite places in the world! I’ve seen this three times now and it’s so huge and beautiful.


Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio


My parents and sister


View of Vatican City from the Vatican Museum


The Sistine Chapel. These photos are against the rules, but I didn’t use flash, so no harm was done!


St. Peter’s Basilica


My sister in front of Palentine Hill. Isn’t that hat cute? She got it at an Italian store here called Oviesse.


My mom and sister throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain, ensuring their return to Rome.


The Colosseum by night. Though I’ve seen it four times now, I am still always amazed by the Colosseum! It was so beautiful light up at night.


The Arch of Constantine, just beside the Colosseum.


The next morning we went to the Colosseum and saw it by daylight!


Me inside the Colosseum


My dad taking a photo of the Colossum


With our matching scarves on their last day here. Can you tell I was falling sick? I’m still recovering


My sister at my favorite gelateria

My grandmother also visited, but she didn’t want to be in many photos! I also have two older brothers who didn’t visit.

I hope you are all having a good new year so far!

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