Paris: The Eiffel Tower

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I'm only... uhh... two months behind on posting about Paris, but I'm going to do it! I'll start with this - my first ever view of the Eiffel Tower!

Gustave Eiffel - he didn't actually design the Tower, but he was responsible for its construction

We only went up to the 2ème étage but it was still very high! Here I am with the Sacre Coeur behind to my left

Another view of the Sacre Coeur

Champ de Mars and Tour Montparnasse

The wheels for the (kinda scary) elevators

Gotta say, la Tour Eiffel did not disappoint! It totally and completely lived up to my expectations. I absolutely loved it!

Le Mur pour la Paix, the Peace Wall

...and finally, the stereotypical jumping pic! 
A bientôt!

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Les Calanques

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I think this is what heaven looks like. Les Calanques! One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my whole life. The pictures don't do it justice at all. It's absolutely breathtaking. And best of all, this view is just a thirty minute hike from my school in Marseille, so I've been able to go several times already.

Here I am reppin my I Believe in Nashville t-shirt out here in Marseille!

To get to the best part of the Calanques, you have to really trek! There are parts that are basically rock climbing without a harness; you've got to watch your step! But once you get there... it's the best swimming spot with the most gorgeous, crystal clear blue water. And of course - cliff jumping! You can jump off practically anywhere, as it's all a straight drop with no risk of hitting rock underwater. 

One of the best places to jump is from this little island. I was too afraid to jump off the highest point, but I still jumped from pretty far up there! Here's one jumper contemplating his next move...

...and the backflip!

Climb back up and do it again!

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I Believe in Nashville

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I spent my last Saturday in Nashville with my two favorite people doing all of our favorite Nashville things! We started out at Barista Parlor for a delicious brunch, then did some shopping in East Nash before heading back to 12 South, where we got some great shots at the newly retouched "I Believe in Nashville" mural. Next, a visit to Local Honey to browse through the vintage clothes and accessories. And of course, no Nash day would be complete without dinner at Chago's, our favorite hangout spot.

I'm so glad I spent my whole last weekend/week in town doing all of my favorite things with some very cool kids. A great way to end the summer.

In a few short hours, I'll be about 4,600 miles away from these beautiful babes (and everyone else I know!). It's gunna be so strange to be apart from everyone and I definitely already miss them, but I'm beyond excited to explore Europe for the rest of the year! France, here I come!

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Raleigh: The Big Acorn

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Practicing my tourist skills in my hometown by taking pictures in front of the Big Acorn in Moore Square Park downtown. No matter how much I've explored downtown Raleigh, it's always still fun to wander around our old familiar haunts. Especially with an old friend!

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Nashville Eats

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Flashback to when my mom came to visit me in Nashville back in May. I showed her the sights, but what we really enjoyed were the restaurants! Here's a little photo round-up of our eating adventures. I'd highly recommend any of these places.
(Above) The Wild Cow is my absolute favorite restaurant in town and the best vegetarian restaurant I've ever been to! Literally everything on the menu is perfection. This time I got the Wild Reuben. Yum!

A quinoa wrap and absolutely amazing fries from blvd, a new place that opened this year right across the street - the dessert was orgasmic, too.

A delicious quinoa burger, plus sweet potato fries with homemade ketchup from Burger Up, a classic Nashville restaurant.

Tried out the Sunflower Cafe for the first time - it's a new vegetarian place! Delish.

I decided to switch it up at Pancake Pantry (possibly the most famous restaurant in Nashville, for good reason) and went for these heavenly ligonberry pancakes. Get there early - we didn't wait too long at 7:45, but by 8:15 the line was down the block.

I don't know why I was surprised, but breakfast at Frothy Monkey is phenomenal! Whole grain buckwheat waffle, tofu and fruit.

And a summertime classic - a pineapple paleta from Las Paletas!

Mmm, looking back on these pictures is making me hungry! What are your favorite places to eat in Nashville?

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