Paris for the Weekend

I’m sadly writing this post from South Carolina, but I do still have a few more things to share from the month I spent in Europe!

On my one free weekend my friend Maggie and I decided that Paris would be the best way to spend it. Obviously, right?

It was a weekend filled going to see all the major spots: shopping the Champs-Elysees, visiting the Palace of Versailles and of course, viewing the Eiffel Tower.

The history, the shopping and the endless amounts of flowers surrounding every street made this city easily one of the best ones I visited while abroad.

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First Stop: Tour Eiffel

There will really never be words to describe the magnitude of this monument. It was incredible, during the day and lit up at night. I’ll never get over that experience of seeing something that has influenced so much.

When you think Paris, you think Eiffel Tower and it did not disappoint…and I like to think neither did my outfit.

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I got my dress (that actually has shorts built in underneath) from Zara in my “hometown” Toledo before leaving for Paris.

It’s a mini-dress and comfortable. The deep V in the dress leads plenty of room to play with accessories. I love the dress with slip-on sneakers or Converse, but I went with my Sam Edelman studded sandals for the day.

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Like I said, the deep V is cute and flirty, and so is the neck scarf trend. My scarf is also from Zara, and I’m a fan of mixing floral patterns with stripes. All the colors in my scarf contrast well with the blue and white of my dress.

The neck scarf trend is very European, I saw the look so much in both France and Spain! Instead of a necklace, I like that this older idea fashion is coming back into play.

Day Two: Versailles

The town that holds the most magnificent palace is almost as exciting as the actual Palace of Versailles, just saying.

After our tour of the Palace, Maggie and I explored the market. There were more veggies and flowers than I could have imagined and it was perfect.

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This embroidered denim skirt, also from Zara (can you see I found a new favorite store?), was a great pick for adventuring around the city for the day.

I lived in this basic white tee the entire time I was abroad, mainly because it is comfortable and goes with everything I brought and everything I bought.

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More Favorites:

Laduree: BEST macaroons in the entire world. I felt very much like Blair Waldorf after purchasing my box.

Town of Montmartre: Right near the Basilica du Scare-Coeur, are the streets of Montmartre. There were cafes, souvenir shops and so many artists selling their work. It was quaint and wonderful and the perfect surprise that my friend and I cam across.

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Paris was a must-see, a once in a lifetime weekend get-a-away and I am so glad I had the chance to see it all!

More to come about my favorite spots in Toledo, Spain where I spent the majority of my European adventure.

 

 

 

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Day Trip Rankings-España

It’s been another week and a half (maybe two weeks, time seems to run together here) of multiple day trips and meandering around Toledo.

While Toledo is absolutely amazing, and easily my very favorite city on Earth, it has been nice to see other cities.

We still have a day trip to Madrid to go (and I have a weekend in Paris and Barcelona!) but so far here is the ranking:

  1. Toledo: While this technically does not count as a day trip, this is home. Therefore it has to come first on the list. The majority of my time is spent mastering these streets and restaurants and shops and there is nowhere else I could travel in this country that could ever really compare. The town is tiny and that makes it all the better. We frequent the same places (especially for the best ice cream) but we also still find new things to experience everyday.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  2. Córdoba: I have never seen a city with more flower boxes, and that is my ultimate weakness. Every single street is lined with color and the Alcázar and Mosque/Cathedral are some of the most impressive buildings, and gardens, that I have seen so far. The city itself doesn’t look modern, but the restaurants and shopping give it the aspect. Ranking right behind Toledo, I could definitely see myself living in Córdoba for a semester.
  3. Segovia: I love the history behind this place. The aqueducts, Alcázar and gothic cathedral are as appealing on the outside as they are in the inside and they are all dripping with stories to be told. I wouldn’t want to stay here for a long period of time, but it was the perfect town to spend a Sunday in.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 preset
  4. Granada: Being that my first experience in Spain was in Toledo, it’s hard for me to see any place as being modern. Granada is a lot like Madrid. It is modern: the buildings are modern, the restaurants are fancy and upscale and while the streets are cobblestone there are still many stoplights. The exact opposite of Toledo. There is of course the cathedral, and the Capilla de Real where the bodies of Isabel and Ferdinand (yes, their actual tombs) are held and the Alhambra, but the history and oldness of the place is very condensed. Despite that fact, the views from Alhambra are unmatched.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 preset
  5. Salamanca: We didn’t spend a lot of time here apart from the catedral (are you seeing a trend with how many cathedrals I have seen?). Because it was a Sunday when we went, the shopping was a minimum. The Plaza Mayor was extravagant and I’m sure usually highly popular. As for the experience, it was historical but nothing compared to the cities above.  Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

This trip has been nothing short of inspiring. From the history to the fashion trends, Im learning something new everyday. I have also mastered a menial Spanish accent for the few times I order at restaurants or talk to my host mom.

This outfit is from the Alhambra tour in Granada, where the buildings and gardens and everything in between extend for miles.

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Granada is not usually as hot as everywhere else in Spain because it is situated within a mountain, but this day was very warm.

I bought this skirt at J. Crew before I left the U.S. and I personally think it is perfect for days like this (and really any day because look at those stripes). It is really light and not thick like the winter sidewalk skirts.

I have been wearing so much white, like I mentioned in “España-Week 1”. I don’t see that changing for the rest of the trip which is why this shirt is perfect. It’s silky and lightweight.

Only a few more weeks before I have to come home, but I still have a few more posts (and outfits) to showcase before that happens.