travel: london, paris, and madrid

This post is a long time coming! The day after we returned from Europe I started a new job and jumped back into a full rehearsal schedule. And then I went on family vacation to Georgia at the end of June. Needless to say, I didn't unpack for a solid week (okay fine, there was still stuff that finally got put away this week). Anyways....I'm going to share some of my favorite photos and a little bit about our experience in this post. I'm thinking I'll do a more in-depth post on each city as well, if you're thinking of traveling to any of them!

We were only in Europe for 10 days, which is not a ton of time to fit in three cities. One thing that we found convenient was to start with a hop-on/hop-off bus tour in each city. It helps you get your bearings and gives you ideas of what you might want to explore more later. If nothing else, it is great transportation around the city if you have a lot of sites to see and little time!

We tried to keep this a relatively low-cost trip once we were there which means we didn't do a ton of tours or museums. We were selective on what we were willing to spend money on which enabled us to do a lot of just wandering around each city, stopping in any stores or restaurants that caught our eye.

International travel is no small feat, especially when you know little to nothing of the language. But I think it's so important to expose yourself to different cultures, languages, and ways of life around the world. We definitely faced some challenges when it came to communicating and navigating these cities (paper maps FTW, guys). Especially when our flight back to London from Madrid was cancelled after midnight and we were stuck in a foreign country where we didn't speak the language trying to book another flight so we wouldn't miss our flight home from London and I know that this is a run-on sentence but it was stressful as all get-out. But, anyway, we survived all of these challenges and even have some good stories as a result!

As a weird side note before we get to the pictures, I have found that wherever I travel, my favorite experiences always involve good views. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, the London Eye, the Top of the Rock in NYC, and you get the point now. I LOVE A GOOD VIEW, PEOPLE. Okay, now pictures.


one. Westminster Abbey // two. Tower of London // three. Covent Garden // four. Kensington Palace // five. Kensington Gardens // six. fish & chips at The Old Swan pub // seven. colorful houses + doors in Notting Hill // eight. Buckingham Palace


one. Gare du Nord // two. Eiffel Tower // three. view from our Airbnb // four. the Louvre // five. Notre Dame // six. on top of Arc de Triomphe // seven. Laduree on Champs Elysees // eight. Arc de Triomphe


one. Palace Hotel // two. Palacio Real // three. Chocolatería San Ginés // four. secret door on the grounds of the Palacio Real // five. dinner on the rooftop of Círculo de Bellas Artes // six. view from the rooftop of Círculo de Bellas Artes // seven. rose garden // eight. paddle boat in Parque del Buen Retiro

Get an inside look at our trip in our travel video!