My First Rave; Avicii in Frankfurt, Germany

The following post really doesn't need a lot of explanation. Just know that 5 of us Americans living in Luxembourg spontaneously bought tickets to an Avicii concert in Frankfurt, Germany (about 2.5 hours away) and roadtripped it down the Autobahn to the concert. Unfortunately Nathan had to sit this one out due to a last minute schedule change for practice. I can now officially say I have been to a "rave" (check!) and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. If you ever have a chance to see Avicii live, dont even think about it, just go.

Paris Weekend Getaway - Day 3

Our last day in Paris. What a sad day. The sun was out and the Eiffel reopened, so we finally made it all the way to the top. Of course, we still walked the first 2 stories to avoid the line (Nathan's decision) But climbing nearly 700 stairs, again, was worth it to see the incredible view of the city. It was very windy and a little unnerving up there, so we both agreed that it was a good thing that they closed the lift for weather the day before.
That afternoon we visited my absolute favorite spot in Paris, the lock bridge. I've seen this on a few TV shows (most recently on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, when Kourtney takes Mason) but there are no words to describe seeing it in person. It is unfathomable how many millions of locks are attached to this bridge. It's so eclectic and colorful and just awesome.

Paris Weekend Getaway - Day 2

Rain was not part of the plan 
Day 2 we hit the ground running. Our plan was to beat the crowd to the Eiffel, after all it was Saturday and we hear the lines back up pretty early. We obviously needed some breakfast to start the busy day, but let me tell you that is no easy task in Paris. In fact, one of the biggest cultural differences I noticed while we were there was their take on breakfast (besides everyone from 4-40 constantly smoking). As Americans, we try to eat big protein packed, filling breakfasts. The Parisians are on more of a liquid diet. Their breakfast special (at the only place we found serving breakfast) consisted of 1 cup of coffee, 1 glass of orange juice, and your choice of a croissant or baguette. Thats it. No fruit, no yogurt, no turkey bacon with a side of scrambled eggs, nothing. It was good, but definitely not filling for me, or my poor 6'6" husband.

Paris Weekend Getaway - Day 1

The beautiful view from the roof of the Arc de Triumphe
Oh Paris. The city of love. The city of stairs (seriously, I've never walked more). With the weekend off we set out to see a city that was near the top of both of our "to see" lists. We caught an early morning train from Luxembourg on Friday and needed to return Sunday afternoon. We had about 2 1/2 days there and a LOT to do. We set out with a list of things we wanted to see, and a list of thing we wanted to eat (because thats just how we roll). For 60 hours we soaked in everything we could of Parisian culture including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumphe, Champs Elysees, the Louvre, the Lock Bridge, croissants, macaroons, french wine, Sacre Course, Notre Dame, and Moulin Rouge. Whoa. I know.

The Week of A Lifetime

It is very safe to say that this week has been one of the craziest, most amazing weeks of my life. In one calendar week I traveled to 3 different countries (4 if you count a very long layover in Switzerland!) Since last Saturday I have been to Paris, France, Frankfurt, Germany, and Siena, Italy. I traveled by train, by car, and by plane. I traveled with old friends, new friends, and 1 romantic getaway with my husband. I had croissants and coffee in France, pretzels and beer in Germany, and lots and lots of Italian wine and pasta.

It is safe to say I am currently suffering from what can only be described as a "travel hangover." A feeling of exhaustion and bliss. Of wanting to do it all over again, and at the same time, wanting to stay in bed for the next week. I am im desperate need of some cleansing, some laundry, and a foot massage. My bank account runs low, but my memory card runs high, so Ill be updating all week with lots of exciting posts and pictures!