So for the month of June I spent my time traveling around western Europe with some close friends. We began our journey in Paris where we stayed for a ten days. After that we traveled up to southern Germany and visited the EU and a few cathedrals. We then drove down to Geneva Switzerland and stayed in a hostel on the Geneva Lake. We ended the trip in Provence (southern France) and took a few trips down to the Mediterranean before flying home.
So here is a small collection of photos from the trip with some advice and stories mixed in.
*All photos are mine*
I took this in the gardens of the Musée Rodin
Before heading out to a concert in a stain glass covered cathedral
After completing a four hour hike in the Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps panoramas
Mediterranean bathing :) (the only place I could truly float in water)
The Kiss by Rodin
The Kiss by Michaela :)
Smiles in Le Louvre
Napoleon asked me to move in (Napoleons Apartments in Le Louvre)
L'arc de Triomphe
We did a ton of sketching and writing while traveling. It is something I strongly recommend when traveling. By sketching a scene you are given the chance to truly see it, a quick photo does not allow the amazement to sink in. Writing is similar in the way that you are given a moment to put your awe on paper. It truly gives perspective to each situation and how amazing it all is.
Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart)
Some art from le musée Pompidou
above and below were taken at le musée Pompidou
View from the Eiffel Tour
kisses on top of the eiffel tower
Throughout the trip we would head on morning runs or swims. In Paris each morning we'd head out for a run along the Seine and past Notre Dame. In Geneva we'd take morning dips in the lake after conditioning. The Alps were the prime place for yoga and meditation and Southern France ended with runs just like Paris. Feeling the land and seeing sights as you pass is a great new way to experience a place.
When you travel make sure to become close and happy with those traveling with you. Traveling is the greatest way to expand your mind and soul and sharing that experience with others is wonderful.
The City Of Lights
A chapel in Germany
My new favorite place in the world: the Swiss Alps
We left the base around 12 and made it to the lodge by five. The hike was long and exhilarating. There was snow within two feet of flowers and cliffs that just seemed to tower. Rocks as old as gods and a sky so big and wide you could not fathom the space.
The air was crisp and so fresh you felt like you were breathing for the first time. The streams were cold and the water tasted like ambrosia, made only for the gods. The grass beneath bare feet for yoga was a dream mat and the amount of small animals that shared the space you felt as though you were surrounded by the purest forms of life.
No one else scaled the mountains with us and we stayed at a small lodge that served cheese fondue and bread for dinner and a large delicious breakfast before heading back down the mountain. The night in the small cabin was beautiful. I've never seen stars shine so brightly or so many shooting stars. The moons face was so clear and the silence seemed to echo. On the way down we all ran. Our backpacks strapped tightly to our bodies and our sports bras covered in sweat we ran our way down in an hour. The moment my foot touched the last slope all I wanted to do was turn around and never come down.
We visited an old colosseum in southern France
The Ochre mines in France
A monastery surrounded by lavender.
I hope you enjoyed the photos and small snip-its of the best month of my life :)