A New Beginning: Back to the United States of America

After a year of blogging about my month-long European experience, we have finally come to the end of the 4-part chapter (Netherlands, Germany, England, France).  Your feedback over the past year has been incredible, and I feel ecstatic that you all have either been able to relate or use my posts to help guide your…

Last day in Paris

On my last day of Paris, I decided to relive all of my favorite experiences in the city. I also wanted to get completely lost in the city to see what I would encounter in this glorious city. Watch the video below to accompany on my trip!   Au revoir Paris! Je t’aimerai pour toujours!…

Solo Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

    Prior to this cruise, I don’t think I had ever eaten dinner by myself in a public space, but I could not think of a better “first time” place to do so, than on a boat in the middle of the Seine River!  The best way to summarize this experience is to say…

Chicken Cordon Bleau

Ingredients 1 lb. penne 4 tbsp. unsalted butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp. flour 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup heavy cream kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp. mustard powder 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 1 cups thick-cut ham, chopped 2 cup shredded Gruyere 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1 tbsp. fresh parsley,…

Paris “Metro” System

Paris was my last stop of my European adventure, and in comparison to the trains that I took in Germany, Netherlands, and London, it was the best. That’s not to say that it was perfect overall, but it definitely had some important features that I valued more so than my other train experiences in Europe….

French Bread

Bread, bread, bread! A glorious and classic edible that has survived thousands of year. With this recipe, you can continue the tradition! Ingredients 2 cups warm water 1 tablespoon yeast 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 5 cups bread flour Directions Dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees) and sugar in…

Paris Street Art

One of the most intriguing parts about Paris resides in the art–not just in the Louvre, but also in the streets. The murals, tags, and other works portray the narratives and discourses of the artists, and their inspirations. Similar to that seen in most major cities (checkout my London Street Art post), Paris offers a…

The Versailles Garden: Part 4 of 4

                                                   Five Facts about the Versailles Garden 1. There are 11 fountains on the property 2. The palace grounds originally served as hunting grounds for King Louis XIV 3. In 1662,  André Le Nôtre was commissioned…

The Versailles Musical Fountains Show: Part 3 of 4

The groves of Versailles were designed during Louis XIV’s reign as open-air drawing rooms concealed at the heart of the wooded areas of the gardens. One went there for refreshments and light meals, to listen to music or dance. The King could satisfy his taste for gambling and performing arts in these venues intended solely for…

Versaille Hall of Mirrors: Part 2 of 4

  The Hall of Mirrors was the highlight of the palace in the 1700’s as it was something that had never been seen before. Not only does this hall leave you in awe, but the views from this part of the palace overlooking the gardens is also amazing.  seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded…

Palace of Versailles: Part 1 of 4

This is the palace, that places are modeled after in its image. However, Versaille is more than a palace, it is actually a wealthy suburb of Paris. For most tourists though, Versaille and the Chateau are synonymous with each other. After visiting Versaille, I wondered why the French royalty decided to move their government from Paris…

‘Euro-peein’: European Bathroom Observations

An American’s observations about European Restrooms, or “Water Closets” Traveling to Europe was naturally, a culture shock for me. As an American, exploring the continent over a  month-long period, one of the most striking differences between the two places was in the bathroom system.  Going into this experience I was open-minded to the new and different…