Paris is always a good idea (Audrey Hepburn) – Five Dream Destinations for 2018

Hello everybody and welcome back!
As you may know, I recently went on a huge festival in Germany where I almost slept on the ground because my matt was so thin. Consequently I did not sleep a lot.
While listening to the rain running down my tent, I thought about my travel plans for 2018.

Since I will be going to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia the next few month, I will probably not be able to afford lots of travelling anymore in 2018. Additionally, I think we should never exaggerate our travelling, as it should be something special.
However, I would like to share with you my top five cities I would love to travel to in 2018. I think I may be able to visit some of these next year, since they are all located in the western part of Europe and Ryan Air usually offers some cheap flights.

Dublin

The reasons why I would like to go to Dublin are rather stereotypical. You probably know what I mean….Irish Pubs, Nature, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle etc.
However, I also think that if you are interested in celtic and norse history, Dublin offers great opportunities to get informed about history and culture.

Madrid

Maybe you stumbled across my Spain posts (click & click) and already know that I travelled to Barcelona three years ago. But I would also love to go to Madrid next year, since it is Spain’s capital and I recently found out that Madrid is the third-largest city in the EU! We used to talk a lot about Madrid in Spanish class and I learned a lot about the city’s sights and history, which is the reason why I am extremely interested in Spain’s capital.

Lisbon

Firstly, only looking at these pictures causes wanderlust. Secondly, I think I should sign up for a Portuguese language course. Learning the language, exploring the city, taking amazing photographs and visiting Sintra, a small town near Lisbon would be a great experience.
After having explored Lisbon, I would like to go surfing in Ericeira, a municipality 50km to the northwest of Lisbon.

Prague

I really want to go to Prague since I read a blogpost about a Prague trip in 2012.
The historical centre of Prague must be very pretty and romantic.
Additionally, wandering around, having coffee in one of the little street cafés and going on a boat trip on the Vltava sounds very nice to me.

Paris

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
– Ernest Hemingway

I think Hemingway and Audrey are right, Paris is simply wonderful. I went to Paris five years ago when I took part in an student exchange with people from Lille, which is in the north of France. We went on a day trip to the capital of France but unfortunately we neither walked down the Champs-Élysées, nor we visited the Louvre.
This is the reason why I feel that I have never been to Paris before, consequently I would highly appreciate a weekend trip to Paris. I mean, „Paris is always a good idea“ right?!

Which cities would YOU like to travel to in 2018?

Have a nice week and stay tuned!
Sophie

 

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Barcelona’s famous artworks – 72 Hours in Barcelona #2

Everyone who is interested in arts and architecture, should definitely visit Barcelona!
Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí are all amazing artists and had a tremendous impact on Barcelona’s tourist industry.
Today, I will be sharing with you my favourite places and museums in Barcelona, where you can take great photographs and enjoy creative artwork.

Casa Batlló and Casa Milà

First of all Antoni Gaudí the famous Spanish architect who was also a representative of the Modernisme Català.
He created two popular „mansions“ in Barcelona, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.

Casa Batlló is situated near Placa Catalunya (which I already mentioned in my last post) and was built in 1877.
This house looks so magical and I would have loved see the inside of the house, but unfortunately the queue was too long and we did not have enough time to wait.

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Casa Batlló

Gaudí finished Casa Milà in 1910 and created it for the Milà Family.
He even created a natural air conditioning system.
Additionally, the villa has a great roof terrace where you have the perfect view on the Sagrada Familia.

 

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Casa Milà
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Roof terrace of Casa Milà

La Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is a gigantic Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, also designed by Antoni Gaudí. The construction of the church began in 1882 and it is still not finished yet.
The guides told us that the construction is financed by donations and not by taxes.
Anyway, they plan on having completed the Sagrada Familia by 2026, the centenary of Antoni Gaudí’s death.
You should definitely go inside the church, since it is breathtaking and miraculous!

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The Sagrada Familia – It will probably be finished in 2026

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The inside of the Sagrada Familia

Park Güell

The construction of Park Güell by Gaudí commenced in 1910 and was finished four years later. Gaudí planned a great park with 60 different villas wich should have been purchased before the construction began.

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The entrance of Park Güell
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The famous Gecko by Gaudí – Park Güell

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Nevertheless, his purposes failed, since nobody wanted to purchase the unfinished villas. Consequently, he was not able to finish the park and it now consists of three villas, instead of 60.

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Anyway, I have never visited such a beautiful park before and if you want to visit Barcelona, you will not regret visiting Park Güell.

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The big terrace in Park Güell

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Picasso and Miró

As I am interested in arts in general, it was a pleasure for me to visit the Picasso and the Miró museum. The Picasso museum shows the artist’s work from 1895 to 1904 and it is very impressive to see the development of his artwork. I would highly recommend to buy tickets online, since you do not have to wait that long to get your tickets.
The Miró museum is located at the foot of Montju
ïc, it is devoted to modern artwork .

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View on Barcelona from the Miró museum

Visiting Barcelona was an amazing experience for me and I can recommend it to anyone who is also interested in culture, arts and architecture!

Have a nice day and stay tuned!

Sophie

 

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