The Girl Gang Takes Europe

After my time in Rome with my connections class (see my post about it here!) this summer, my two classmates and friends Ashley Dyas ’16 and Marissa Irish ’16 and I decided to hop around Europe a bit more before heading back to Tacoma. It’s much easier to get around once you’re actually in Europe, so we popped on over to France first!

Paris was incredible. Everything was so ornate and beautifully decorated. I took another 1000 pictures and did my best to narrow it down!IMG_8283

Ashley and Marissa enjoy some tea and the Lourve!

Ashley and Marissa enjoy some tea and the Lourve!

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We visited tons of museums and landmarks together and a few I explored on my own. Being able to see so much of the art I’ve studied for years was absolutely amazing.

Sleeping Satyr at the Lourve

Sleeping Satyr at the Lourve

The man himself at the Musee d'Orsay!!

The man himself at the Musee d’Orsay!!

Notre Dame!

Notre Dame!

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Venus de Milo from my day at the Lourve!

Venus de Milo from my day at the Lourve!

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Saint Chapelle's incredible stained glass

Saint Chapelle’s incredible stained glass

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Sunset from atop the Arch de Triumph

Sunset from atop the Arch de Triumph

The incredible Eiffel Tower light show! (+ wine)

The incredible Eiffel Tower light show! (+ wine)

And of course, Versailles!11401050_10153318545037778_4163417482216312284_n 11750656_10153415269812778_2351390037476634444_n

I also visited the Musee de l’Orangerie one day and spent a GOOD amount of time there. This museum has Monet’s wall-length waterlilies. I could have stayed there the entire day.1554382_10153318530712778_1759955177898767452_n 11218847_10153318530837778_3105371976277154698_n

During our visit to the Musee d’Orsay, I accidentally stumbled across my absolute favorite painting… and proceeded to cry in front of a large tour group. Marissa took a photo to commemorate the experience.

La Naissance de Venus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

La Naissance de Venus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau + me and my tears

That was not the last of the art related tears, however! I was also fortunate enough to see my favorite sculpture in my trip to the Lourve — ┬áthe Winged Nike of Samothrace. Cue tears.11202586_10153415272737778_5102054882180537456_n

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This was on my second visit…and I didn’t even cry that time!

So I covered the art, one of the best things about France. But I left out one of the most important things… FOOD.

Crepes for days!!

Crepes for days!!

I even tried escargot! (I pretended it fit under the pescatarian diet)

I even tried escargot! (I pretended it fit under the pescatarian diet)

So many desserts...

So many desserts…

...SO MANY

…SO MANY

Our latest obsession: fancy tea!!

Our Paris obsession: fancy tea!!

After our time in Paris, we visited somewhere I’ve always dreamed of going: Ireland. But there’s even more pictures for that story, so I think it deserves it’s own post! So au revoir for now!