Twelve days in Europe. Three days spent in 4 different cities – Paris, Barcelona, Mallorca and Berlin. Although it felt like a whirlwind of a trip, this was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my entire life. I was fortunate to know someone at each stop, but a lot of my trip was spent alone. I’ve traveled in the U.S. alone several times, but this was a first overseas and something I highly recommend doing. Going to a foreign country and not being well-versed in the language definitely forces you to step outside of your comfort zone. Although difficult sometimes, that’s the place I like to be – feeling the reward of looking back on what you’ve accomplished and saying, “hey, I did that!”
I. Paris, France
The first stop of my trip took me to Paris to meet up with my sister who is on tour with Katy Perry! Sorry – proud big sis having to take advantage of EVERY opportunity to brag. Even though this was my third time visiting, I was given a million recommendations on things to do and see. Since I was in the fashion capital of the WORLD, I opted for a funkier ensemble that consisted of mixed patterns, mesh and bold velvet. The highlights of my Parisian experience were 1. seeing one of my favorite bands of all time perform: Arctic Monkeys, 2. eating an absolutely incredible meal with my sis at Matignon, and 3. purchasing my first Chloe bag!
II. Barcelona, Spain
Stop 2: Barcelona! I had heard a lot about Barcelona from my dad’s girlfriend. Her daughter, Lauren, lives there with her husband and so graciously let me crash for a few nights! My only real plan for this part of my trip was to attend Primavera Sound that Friday, giving me only 1 day to be a tourist. So what does one do when they need a crash course of a major city? Hop on that BIG RED BUS! To be honest this was my first experience doing the Hop On Hop Off bus and I loved it! I was able to hit most of the major parts of the city before my tour of the Sagrada Familia that evening. After my tour, I stuffed myself with paella and sangrias and slept like a champ before the fest the next day. Primavera Sound definitely has the best venue for a music festival I’ve EVER seen. Being located near the water, the weather was just perfection. I wore a sundress to feel the sun on my skin during the day, then brought a studded denim jacket for the cooler temps at night. Doing the VIP route is something I recommend – such an impressive setup with my own private DJ! My favorite acts this day were without a doubt Father John Misty and Cigarettes After Sex. I could honestly write for hours about my time at Primavera, but I’ve got to move on to my next journey…
III. Mallorca, Spain
Oh, Mallorca… you have stolen my heart! I didn’t really have any expectations going into this part of my trip because I knew nothing about Mallorca. A group of girlfriends who were already doing their own Europe trip let me tag along for this destination and I was SO excited to finally have some friends! The first 2 nights were spent in an Air BnB located in the city, while the last night was spent closer to the beach. I cannot stress how in love I fell with this place… the city was filled with narrow streets and alleyways of cute little shops and restaurants. I’m not much of a beach person, but holy moly were these beaches beautiful! The architecture in the village was a clean, crisp white with pops of color from exotic flowers. It was so great getting to catch up with my friends who currently live in Los Angeles – especially one of my best friends in the entire world, Lauren. Although we were at the beach, the weather was perfect in the mid-70’s. I channeled Old Hollywood with head scarves, bustier-esque tops and a classic monochromatic look.
IV. Berlin, Germany
Not going to lie… I pretty much planned this whole Europe trip just so I could visit Berlin. This was my #1 place I wanted to travel to. I envisioned a city that catered to an eclectic group of people, who like me, had a strong appreciation for art, fashion and music. This whole subculture of underground Berlin had my interest peaked! Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time here… it wasn’t until the last day that I was able to make it over to East Berlin, which is where I found what I was looking for. Before my 5th and final Katy Perry show, I took some time to walk around the area located near the East Side Gallery. Tiny streets were filled with street art and a young community dressed in grunge, which made me so happy I wanted to scream! I HAVE FOUND MY PEOPLE! On my next trip to Berlin (mark my words there will be a next!), I want to experience the music scene. In case you didn’t know, Berlin is the EDM capital of the world! I’ve heard so many interesting stories about the clubs here, I’ve got to see for myself one day. FYI – I flew home via Condor Airlines, which has a direct flight from Germany to New Orleans and vice versa. This may be the best foreign airline I’ve ever flown and I was only in Economy! I highly recommend if you’re looking to travel to Germany.
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