|Notre Dame- Paris, France|
So as promised, here is my update about Spring Break. Let me start by saying that Spring break in Europe is a thousand times more awesome than it is in America. For starters, it was 2 weeks long. Then, traveling from place to place can actually be done some somewhat cheaply. I flew almost everywhere and some of my flights were only about $70, way too awesome. That being said, going to 6 cities adds up. I truly feel like the stereotypical broke college kid now! Whatever, money doesn't matter when all is said and done. This experience isn't something that can be assigned a monetary value. All of it is so worth it to me.
So I acknowledge there is no way to make this a short post, so I will try to limit what I say about each place that I visited, and give you lots of pretty pictures to look at, sound good? Okay cool, let's get started then. [As a brief disclaimer, I believe you can click on the smaller sized pictures and they should come up larger. If this is not the case please let me know and I will make the images larger.]
Stop #1- Vienna Austria
|Me, Liz, and Stefano departing from Linz!|
|Inside of Stephansdom|
|Awesome Panorama of Schönbrunn (not taken my me)|
Stop #2- Paris, France
|The "backyard" of Versailles. What a view.|
|Stephanie and Me in front of Notre Dame|
Stop #3- Madrid, Spain
|In the Botanical Gardens next to the Prado Museum|
|Sangria from La Tosta|
|A lovely Tapas dinner from La Tosta, notice how all of the sangria was consumed before we even got our dinner...|
We were actually there on Good Friday which was pretty cool. The churches were closed to tourists so that citizens could come and pray/attend mass/etc., but we did encounter 2 Good Friday processionals. Apparently there were 9 scheduled for that evening all around town. Basically, a lot of important men in the church dressed up like KKK members and marched around. I know it is more sacred and serious than that, but it just looked so odd! We decided to try a different restaurant for dinner, but went back to La Tosta for more Sangria. It was just too tasty to not have again before we left Spain.
We somehow picked a really great hostel without even knowing it. it was a great price, and had a really great location. It was pretty much directly in the middle of all of the things we wanted to see. We walked everywhere, it was rather pleasant (if you pretend it wasn't raining 75% of the time)
Ultimately I really enjoyed Madrid. We were only there for 2 days but the food and sangria were delicious, there was so much beautiful green space, and I found it to be really accessible on foot.