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i’ve been wanting to go to new orleans for a looooong time. it’s one of those U.S. cities on my bucket list that i just never got around to visiting. i was asked by the city of new orleans to come stay for 4 days and tell people my favorite things to do there. they are all about everyone having a different experience when they travel whether it’s families, young people, or even someone like me. they were super cool and let me plan the trip how i would like to plan it (and you guys were so helpful in that too!) so that i could genuinely tell you what i would recommend doing when you visit. so here it goes…
i brought my friend anna along (one of my long time best friends since i was 16 and my cali neighbor!) we stayed at the international house hotel. it was in a really great location, quiet but a very close walk to all the action in the french quarter. comfortable rooms and nice service. all the hotels in the area seemed to have a very traditional vibe to them. our first night we decided to just walk around the vibrant french quarter (new orleans’ oldest neighborhood) and get our bearings. i loved looking at all the historic architecture, plant filled balconies, and tiny charming alleys.
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hey there! i’ve now done 12 full blog posts on each city that i’ve visited in europe recently (except geneva, because i didn’t do much but relax with family friends there.) i thought i would make a post that you could bookmark & easily find all the resources if you’re planning a trip over there. click the links to see each individual post. happy travels!
paris post : click here
champagne post : click here
tuscany post : click here
tulip fields : click here
amsterdam part 1 : click here
amsterdam part 2 : click here
berlin part 1 : click here
berlin part 2 : click here
how to pack : click here
amsterdam apartment 1 : click here
amsterdam apartment 2 : click here
berlin apartment : click here
you can find part 1 of my berlin guide right here. today i wanted to show you the rest of the places i’d recommend visiting if you are in berlin! of course there are so many places we probably missed due to time, but i really loved a lot of the spots we were able to see.
jen, jesse, and i all had one day together in berlin before jen flew back to LA. we mostly stayed close to home, hit up the neighborhood coffee shop and then had dinner at lokal (which was delicious!)
jesse and i had brunch at aunt benny. love their minimalist decor and their food! the weather was very mixed in berlin. one minute it was warm enough to wear no coat or jacket, and the next we were all bundled up. very hard to predict.
concierge coffee was somewhere we visited 4 or 5 times. a short walk from our apartment and delicious coffee! they serve you out of this green window in a small charming alley.
we wanted to check out the store in the soho house berlin. we knew it would be pretty crazy expensive, but it was so beautiful to just wander through. they have a cute little beauty parlor, cafe and work tables. (you don’t have to be a member to go in the store)
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hey guys! happy friday. the last stop on my european trip was berlin. i was there for about 2 weeks, and my two friends jen and jesse each spent a week with me there. we rented this apartment (see here) in kreuzberg and wandered around eating, drinking and all sorts of other things. this is part 1 of 2 of what we did while in berlin!
we were used to walking a lot or taking ubers in amsterdam, so when we got to berlin and realized it’s actually very big and ubers aren’t really available, we decided to take the train a lot. i really loved the train there, so easy and quick. definitely try it. berlin is interesting and very hard to explain actually. i wouldn’t say it’s a picturesque location, but it has a “cool” vibe almost everywhere we went. graffiti all over the streets, but gorgeous white interiors and minimalist decor. it’s full of contrast like that! it has a huge design focus, and you will always see people stylishly working on their laptops in the trendy cafes. and just wait till the next post when i talk about how i saw over 100 people naked!
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i have visited paris (here and more recently here) and the south of france (here), but have never ventured to the champagne area! after a few days in paris, we took a short 45 minute train ride to reims. an adorable town that i had no idea about!
the train station sits conveniently right near the town. it felt like we walked onto a movie set! i can’t believe people really live in these charming little places. we had a guide from the champagne tourism office who took us around everywhere and showed us the sights. in all of the cabins on international air france flights they serve free champagne, so they wanted us to see the origin of where they get their champagne. let’s just say we weren’t complaining about that.
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