Amsterdam, Barcelona & Paris Trip // March 2018

This month I went on a trip to Europe with a few friends of mine. We flew into Paris and then trained it to Amsterdam for a few days. I slept most of the train ride so when we got to Amsterdam, I was feeling excited. It was a lot busier than I expected it to be and the weather was a bit gloomy. We were able to try a bunch of great street food, hit up the "coffee" shops and see the Van Gogh Museum. If I ever go back to Amsterdam it will definitely be when the weather is a lot warmer. One thing that I really loved about the city was how bike-able it is. We also found this store Primark that had a ton of very inexpensive makeup, clothing, etc. It was like an H&M on steroids. 

One thing that I wish we had time for would be a canal cruise. It was just way too cold though for the thought of being on the water to be appealing haha. 

I was very fortunate to be traveling with some super cool kids. Seth (pictured above) is a photographer based near LA and Nicole (pictured below) does all sorts of magic with microblading. These two really taught me to get out of my shell, I am so glad that I was able to have the experiences with them that I did. They're two amazing humans.

I cannot believe the pigeon situation in Amsterdam. They're domesticated or something. People (likely tourists) stand around with bird feed waiting for the pigeons to come hang out on them. This seems incredibly unsanitary haha.

Also traveling with us were two other photographers, Brandi and Torii (pictured below).  I have been friends with these two for over a year and it was so great to be able to spend time with them. We all live far from each other, so getting together can be difficult. Thankfully they're always up for an adventure!

After Amsterdam we flew to Barcelona, which was my personal favorite stop of the trip. I would LOVE to go back to Spain. There were so many places that I wanted to explore, I just wish that we had more time. 

We thought about going to see the Sagrada Familia, but the line was incredibly long and I had two sessions while we were there that I needed to make sure to reserve time for. In the end, wandering around exploring and trying some incredible food won out. I'm sure I will be back soon and able to devote the time needed to make that stop.

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Following our time in Barcelona, we grabbed a super early flight to Paris and spent our remaining time in Europe there. Paris was great. A little more touristy and packed than I would have liked, but that should be expected. I think if I return to France I will try to visit a smaller town. The French buildings were so beautiful. It was hard to not be constantly photographing everything. 

The Eiffel Tower is pretty amazing to see in person. We weren't able to go up in it, though I'm not sure I would want to. I am insanely afraid of heights. I was able to make it to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and honestly, that and the veal I had for dinner that night were the high points of my time in Paris. It was collectively an amazing day. We saw some dancers across from the Eiffel Tower in the morning, watched the sunset over the city from atop the Arc and then finished up with the most amazing meal. 10/10 would live that day again. Make sure to take the stairs at the Arc, it's a total workout, but it makes the experience feel so much more deserved. We didn't know there was a lift until after we got to the top, but I am so glad we didn't take it. The juice was worth the squeeze.

Brandi and Seth are models.

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The Louvre Museum was so incredibly packed, but wow was it an experience. Napoleon's apartment was undoubtedly the highlight for me. The Mona Lisa was the low point. Just skip the Mona Lisa if you go. Especially if you don't like to be in crowds. I pushed my way to the front of a Lil' Wayne concert once and this experience gave me more anxiety haha. 

We spent our last night watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle and having hot chocolate on the steps of the Palais de Challiot. I tried to capture some photographs of it, but there is no way that a photograph or video could even come close to illustrating what it felt like to see it. I honestly thought I was living in a Disney movie. It was purely magical.