Travel Guide: Paris, France

Paris was easily one of the cities I was most looking forward to spending time in while I was in Europe, as it has been near the top of my travel bucket list since I was sixteen. And let me tell you: it was well worth the wait. Despite meeting other travelers along the way who had expressed that Paris was overrated, I refused to lose my wide-eyed wonder and excitement for the city of love… and it did not disappoint, as I fell in love hard and fast. Six days hardly felt like enough time — as I’m convinced that I could have spent many more days wandering the charming streets and arrondissements that make up metropolitan Paris — and yet they gave me enough of a taste to know that I will definitely return some day. And while there are so, so many things you can and should do if you find yourself in Paris, I wanted to compile a short list to get you started. So here is a little guide for your (hopefully) next weekend getaway in Paris…

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Travel Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia was easily one of my favorite cities that I got to spend time in during the first half of my Europe trip.  It was also the hardest city to get to (cough *27 hour travel day*), but was totally worth the travel headache because the city itself was stunning, the people were so kind, and I left with countless incredible memories.  If you don't know much about Dubrovnik, it is one of the largest cities in Croatia, it borders the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, and it's a massive filming location for the likes of Game of Thrones and more recent Star Wars movies, which has become a big tourism draw in the last few years.  Whether or not that matters to you, I can't fangirl enough and say that everyone should make it a priority to visit and experience all that Dubrovnik has to offer.  Here is a short list of things to do when you find yourself in Dubrovnik, Croatia!

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Travel Guide: Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, the beautiful area comprising of five coastal towns in Italy, has had a place near the top of my bucket list for some time, so when I started planning for this massive trip across Europe, I knew that Cinque Terre absolutely had to happen.  I recently spent three glorious days there in the middle of some sort of paradise, and, in retrospect, I wish I would have stayed a little longer, but that just means I'll have to go back, right?  I mean, you would have to be crazy to not want to spend as much time as possible in the picturesque villages etched in cliff-sides along the sparkling mediterranean sea.  I've had a lot of friends asking about what to do, where to stay, and how to travel around Cinque Terre, so whether you're an outdoorsy human who lives a good hike, a foodie craving some authentic Italian eats, or a beach bum who just wants to lay by the water, I've got you.  Here are, from my experience, alllll things Cinque Terre.

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Travel Guide: Notting Hill, London

Last week, I dedicated much of a day to wandering around Notting Hill in London, and it did not disappoint, especially at the beginning of spring. From blooming cherry blossom trees to pastel-colored homes, there is plenty to see and do in the picturesque neighborhood just west of the city center. If you find yourself in London, make sure you take some time to explore Notting Hill, and here's a short list of things you can see and do.

First things first: take the central line underground to Notting Hill Gate, grab a pain au chocolate from Paul's, and then start walking north. Stop to take in the gorgeous architecture, take photos of the blooms, and chat with the locals. Walk through the circular streets, and then head toward Portobello Road.

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