October 22, 2014

New York Snapshots

To be honest, I didn't take a ton of photos while I was in New York. I've kind of hit that point in my travels where I'd just rather just leave my camera at home (shocker, I know!). I spent a lot of time wandering around Central Park on this trip, either jogging around the reservoir or reading books on random park benches. It was time well spent :)

October 17, 2014

Desserts of Paris

So full disclosure, I'm actually writing this post from an apartment in New York. I left Paris yesterday and I already miss it so much! I still have more photos to post so there'll be more on that later. Anyways, you didn't think that I'd fly all the way out to Paris and not create some sort of extended dessert post, did you? Oh ye of little faith! Here are some of the amazing desserts that I tried during my stay:

Chocolate cake on the outside, half-baked batter on the inside. Heaven all the way around.
A choux pastry filled with praline cream. I wasn't sure if I'd like this one, but the praline filling kind of reminded me of peanut butter. Very yummy!
You already know what these are. Plus, who goes to Paris and doesn't try a macaron or two...or ten?
Chocolate Tart
I swear, every dessert in Paris contains some sort of chocolate filling. I may have purchased more than one of these during my stay haha.
Layers of puff pastry and custard goodness. This dessert is very messy to eat, but it's totally worth it!

October 15, 2014

London: Daunt Books

Another great find thanks to Kinfolk! I really needed a new book for my upcoming flight back to the US and there aren't exactly a ton of English bookstores in Paris. Thank goodness I found out about Daunt Books before heading to London this past Saturday! It was so nice to peruse through a physical bookstore. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the inside of Daunt Books is highly photogenic. Check out those skylights and wooden balconies!!

October 14, 2014

Postcards from London

I took a train ride over to London this past Saturday! I only had nine hours in the city, but I saw a ridiculous amount of tourist sites in that time frame! Plus, I learned that the London tube system is so much better than the Paris metro! The trains are cleaner, more spacious, easier to use (the direction of the train and upcoming stops are all announced ahead of time), and they have a ventilation system! I could go on and on.

Anyways, out of everything I saw, I think that my two favorite activities were walking through St. James Park (which was covered in fall-colored leaves) and strolling along the River Thames up to the Tower of London. The bonus was that I had time to stop by Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross (yay Harry Potter!).

I didn't include photographs of everything, but this was my complete itinerary: Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Westminster Abbey (didn't go inside), St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, the Changing of the Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, Convent Garden, London Bridge, Tower of London (didn't go inside), Tower Bridge, Daunt Books, and King's Cross

And for the very first time, I edited a video without the help of any additional programs! Enjoy!

October 10, 2014

Of Fairs and Food

I had no idea that there was going to be some sort of artisinal food fair up at the Sacré-Coeur today, but I'm really glad that I didn't miss it! There were rows of stands selling everything from cheese and champagne to foie gras. Today was also my first time venturing inside of the Sacré-Coeur, which is crazy considering the fact that I live right by it! Anyways, I'm taking a couple of exciting day trips out of the city this week. I'll be posting more photos soon!

October 7, 2014

Albert-Kahn Musée et Jardins

So I'm just going to say it. The Albert-Kahn Museum was hands down the museum highlight of my trip so far. I would've visited just for the ten-acre garden alone, but then I found out that the main exhibit was a photography collection. Sold.

Here's a history lesson for today: Albert Kahn was a philanthropist who created foundations that financed photography and cinematography campaigns in the early 1900's. His mission was to document the art/culture/daily life/etc of people all around the globe in order to promote world peace. How amazing is that!? Apparently there are around 72,000 images in the collection! The museum itself is on the smaller side, but the quality of the photography exhibit really made my visit worthwhile. Even more amazing than that, the museum is located on Albert Kahn's former property. He was the one who created the gardens! I'm really in awe of his life and plan on finding out more about him once I'm done traveling.

Below is a quick video that I shot while I was there: