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Travel Tuesday: La Grandeur de Paris

Everyday Paris

Everyday Paris

Many people will tell you that Paris is their favorite city to visit.  It’s splendor and magnificence are evidenced in the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées as well as the incredible artwork, language, and pastries.  And while all this is true, I’ve found Paris’ appeal to not come from the obvious, touristy attractions, but rather from the quaint, beautiful, everyday aspects of the city.

That is where this picture comes into play.

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Travel Tuesday: Oberstdorf

Quaint Oberstdorf

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve done a Travel Tuesday post, and I apologize for that!  But as today is Tuesday and I find myself free for the rest of the evening, I figured this was the best time to resume.  So today I will write about one of my favorite places in Europe:

Oberstdorf, Germany.

Why, you may ask, is Oberstdorf one of my favorites in Europe?   Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Istanbul

Illuminated Interior of the Blue Mosque

I know I mentioned Forum-Nexus in the first Travel Tuesday post I made…and now I shall mention it again.  While travelling around on my study abroad trip to many different cities, we completed our journey in one that I had 1) never been to, and 2) never thought I would ever visit: Istanbul.

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, though is not the capital (that would be Ankara).  It is huge and beautiful, and is probably the most astonishing city I have ever visited; I really did not anticipate that it would be the way it was.  This is what I took from Istanbul:   Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Torino

Cappuccinos Amidst Beautiful Architecture

So, I know I’m on a trip right now and should probably post a picture and update about that, but I can’t forget my Travel Tuesday posts!  I think, for now, I’m going to keep them international, though eventually they may be of different places in the US.  For now, I want to share Torino (also known as Turin), Italy.

Torino was the host of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.  As such, they have the perfect venue for skating competitions, and therefore hosted the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships.  Evan and I qualified to compete there and, despite sustaining a concussion prior to leaving, we ended up placing 9th.

After the competition, a lot of us went to visit the old Olympic Village there and were saddened to find it falling apart.  However, the rest of Torino was just incredible!  The city itself is in a beautiful location.  In the northwest of Italy, Torino finds itself surrounded by the Alps for a gorgeous view no matter where you look.  My mom and I spent a day just wandering around Torino, eating at various cafes, looking at statues, and admiring the architecture.

First of all: the food!  I made it a point to try anything Italian-sounding.  Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Paris

La Tour Eiffel

I’ve travelled quite a bit in my lifetime.  Most of this is due to my competitive skating career, which has taken me literally to the other side of the world (Japan, China, Taipei), though I have also travelled quite a bit for fun as well.  Therefore, I’m going to try to introduce a weekly posting about a different city I have visited and will call it ‘Travel Tuesday!’

So let’s start with Paris, France!

Paris is known as “the City of Light,” or “La Ville-Lumière” for those of you who speak French.   And it truly is absolutely full of lights!  The most striking beacon of light in the entire city, though, is (you guessed it) the Eiffel Tower.

I highly recommend visiting the Eiffel Tower if it’s your first time to Paris.  This structure is absolutely incredible, though I have to admit that my first thought upon seeing it was “Why did they ruin such an architecturally and historically gorgeous city with such a huge metal stack of bars?”   Continue reading