Cabo da Roca is the most western point on mainland Europe and it is just extraordinary. It alone is reason enough to travel to and visit Portugal. It also makes for a adventure of a bus ride to/from Sintra. You … Continue reading
A little day trip to Sintra was an all around success for my friend and I. Sintra is super easy to get to from Lisbon, so if you ever find yourself in Lisbon, I highly recommend taking the train to … Continue reading
Portugal just happens to be one of those countries that I have been extremely intrigued with traveling to. I was in no means let down by this beautiful and super colorful country. The first night let me with lots of … Continue reading
The day after my delicious French dinner in great company was all about getting to Sacré Coeur because travel buddy Jess was set on seeing it. No objections from me though because it really is a beautiful cathedral.
However, we did need to get a little fruit breakfast in us, so we first checked out one of France’s infamous produce/street markets. Fruit was eaten, earrings were bought and a new “friend” was made
Why hello there Mrs. Potato Head – fancy finding you amongst all those fella potatoes (;
Sunflowers are my favorite (:
Showing off how good their melons are
Jessica’s new friend. He saw me taking pictures of the stalls and wanted his picture taken with Jess
Love all of it!
It is France after all…
We spent a decent amount of time taking in the Cathedral. From the inside to the outside and all the views around it.
Too funny to not take a picture
After touring around the cathedral I bought a local band’s cd “Les Presteej” – I was smitten when listening to them playing on the side of Cathedral. They were pretty great and now they are forever a part of my music collection. Let’s not talk about how I don’t understand anything that they are singing about in French, but I feel that I am more cultured just by listening to it and maybe one day the language won’t frighten me anymore.
Les Presteej (not my video, but am thankful someone else uploaded a video of them)
The Carousel in Montmarte
Then it was off to take a glimpse of Moulin Rouge – interesting stop over. Along the way I got a Pain Au Chocolat (just for you Whitney and your continuous search throughout Illinois for one). Besides I think it is a cardinal sin to go to Paris and not have one.
Jess and I finally made it back to Notre Dame for about the 10th time but THIS time we actually went inside. Definitely worth the trip halfway across town for it. I still stand by my opinion that the outside (specifically the sides with all the gargoyles) is the best feature of the cathedral, but I still got some good shots of inside the cathedral.
Your neck hurts from craning it to see all of the details
My favorite picture from inside Notre Dame
Of course I requested we stroll the exterior once more so that I could get a few more shots of the amazing gargoyles! Get there before they are all weathered away – they are incredible. I will blame my parents for the weird gargoyle obsession since we have one at our house.
The challenge is in the hunt for a gargoyle still in good condition – this guy was a top finisher
These guys made carrying around my telescopic lens worth it
The backside of Notre Dame with the Garden
One last photo of Notre Dame
By then our hours were dwindling before we were to board our flight to Lisbon – the next recap of my travels – stay tuned!
My favorite show is The Amazing Race and tonight the teams were in India which made me think that I should probably share some of my India photos from when I was there for three weeks in January 2011. Enjoy … Continue reading
My trip to Memphis was all in all great with many memories – I highly recommend Memphis as a city to tour – plenty to do to keep you busy! During the day I volunteered at Community Gardens throughout Memphis and at night my group and I checked out the sights, sounds and tastes! Many nights were spent down on Beale St. eating BBQ, listening to live music and going on a trolley ride. We stayed right on the Mississippi River that was at the end of a river walk, making for a leisurely walk along it to get to downtown Memphis. And of course no visit to Memphis is complete without visiting Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum (:
Sun Studio where Elvis Recorded
Pool Room (my favorite in the Mansion)
Grave of Elvis
The Pink Cadillac
The landscapers at Graceland used and still use John Deere Equipment – Nothing Runs like a Deere
The Motel where MLK was assassinated – now a part of the National Civil Rights Museum
A permanent wreath to mark the spot
How great is this?!?!
View of the Mississippi River
Old and Quaint Neighborhood
A house along the River Walk that overlooks the Mississippi River
A door that I absolutely love
View of New Bridge from the River Walk
Bridge on the River Walk that goes over Beale St. that I ran in the mornings
Beale St. in the daytime
Bailey a long haired dachshund that belonged to one of the carriage drivers
One of the many awesome signs on Beale St.
The Bar that inspired the infamous movie
Live Band that we listened to while eating Memphis BBQ
Awesome Creole Restaurant on Beale St. that we got Beignets from
Fried Pickles that some of the others got that I tried – the dipping sauce made these super delicious
Order of Beignets that I split with two other gals – these were utterly amazing!
The promoter of the restaurant!
The whole group on Beale St. at night
Angelus St. Garden – one of the sites we volunteered at
Cheering our lunch of watermelon quarters!
Watermelon quarters all gone – done without any cutlery..quite the task!
Jumping on my pitchfork!
Some of the beds were raised to be wheelchair accessible
Everything we harvested at Angelus
The whole group at Angelus St. Garden
Get Well/New Will Community Garden – we worked on clearing out all of the grass, aka weeds
Wheelbarrow rides for fun!