Sunday, April 15, 2012

I'm back! Spring Break 2012

Hello friends!
I'm so happy to be back and tell you all about my spring break on the continent! The cities I visited were absolutely gorgeous and exceeded my expectations. I'm so happy and appreciative I got the chance to see a small section of Europe over two weeks! Below I have posted the best photos from my trip. First, my friend and I met up with our friend in Paris, then we traveled to Barcelona on our own, stayed in Madrid for a few days, and then I flew to visit my friend in Florence. The pictures hardly do the sites justice, but I did my best to capture them!

The Eiffel Tour, Paris, France.

This was a wonderful restaurant/cafe that our Parisian friend took us to. The food was the best I have ever had. It was a "Sunday Brunch" breakfast. On the bottom left you can see scrambled eggs, bacon, and fresh squeezed orange juice. On the right you can see the best hot chocolate I've ever had, which I dipped the croissants (on the left) into (they told me to!). All the food I've had abroad is wonderful, and I've documented it all. (If you want to see a post about the food in Europe let me know!) Paris.
The beach in Barcelona...  I brought my bathing suit thinking I was going to get a nice tan... but it was extremely cold. I only wore shorts a few times! Barcelona.
A Gaudi building... I didn't know if I liked him at first or not, but I quickly fell in love with his style, and coloring. Barcelona. 
There were these "magic fountains" that danced to music that was played. We went on a beautiful day and it seemed like a popular attraction... there were hundreds of people there. Barcelona.
The campus in Florence: they were gifted a villa. Probably one of the prettiest places I have seen.  My Florence pictures were done the least justice, but you can get the idea here. Sigh. Florence.
They had a "lemon garden". I really wanted to pick one, but couldn't because it was a museum! A friend told me that during a certain day they had a "festival there" and made Limoncello, and lemon cookies... yum! Florence.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures. I certainly had a great time looking back at them, and remembering the past few weeks. These are only a few of many pictures, so if you would like a second blog post of just pictures, let me know, and I will post another one. I have planned for my next spring break post to be on traveling (boy, do I have recommendations for you!). I had such a wonderful time, and I am just so thankful I got to see all of these places. This is definitely not the last time I will be visiting Europe. There is so much to see and do, and multiple times, that I can't wait to get back!
So glad to be back with you all!
Until next time,
Kelsey Elizabeth