Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm back from Europe!! :D :D :D
I've been away from this blog for too long!!! I missed it soo much. But after returning on the 5th, between getting back to life, and catching up on all that I missed in college, somehow I haven't found time to do a write-up on my trip. Oh I had the time! But I just haven't been able to put into words what I felt on the vacation. All I can say was, it was the best one, I'm so happy I went. It gave me a nice break from the mess that is called life, and I had great fun. Here are some of the best moments, I'll try and keep it as short as possible -
I was travelling with a horde of cousins from here, with a few joining us over there. So I couldn't do EVERYTHING I wanted, since when you're travelling with so many people, you can't go off anywhere without them, especially since we had children with us too. Even still, I had a lot of fun. Only thing I couldn't manage was going to the Wilton store, which disappointed me a lot in the start, but was for the good, since I was already massively over the baggage limit, not even halfway through the trip.
On the flight to Paris, like a true food blogger, I watched Julie and Julia :P
I fell in love with Paris. The beauty. The weather. The hustle-bustle of the city, while still maintaining a strange calm in it. And I don't know where the 'French people are rude' myth came, because EVERY single person I came across was beyond sweet and helpful. We did the usual tourist-y things like go on the city tour, visit Eiffel etc etc. I really piled on a lot of weight in Paris, eating SO much amazing food. Especially street-side hot crepes while shivering in the cold! The above picture is of Champs-Élysées, on Christmas Day. There were numerous markets, and we all went all out on the food there!
And of course, there were the macarons! Pierre Hermé's Macarons! They were great, perfect texture, but I've realised, I just don't like macarons too much, I found them way too sweet!
And this way the day I had the most FUN in paris! Disneyland! It was truly magical. I've vowed to visit the other two Disneyland's asap, I loved it so much! Loved the rides, the shows, the everything. I would love to work at Disney :P
The Barcelona market La Boqueria, which was pure heaven for any food lover! I can't even begin to describe the amount of things I bought here!!
I fell in love with the creations at the chocolate museum, they were so amazing! Wish we could eat them, though :P
From Barcelona, we went on to Andorra, which is a tourist destination for shoppers and ski-ers, and is where my cousins live. It is this part of the tour that was real fun, where we did a lot of exciting things, Paris and Barcelona, though both cities I totally love, didn't have too many exciting things to do, it's more just marvelling at the beauty of things.
In Andorra, I experienced snowfall for the first time in my life, and how fitting that it was in the first few hours of the new year. Gave me a wonderful start!
Please ignore all the flab you can see, I was carrying loads of holiday weight. And yes, I was freezing, but I was so excited, I ran out without my coat! In Andorra, we ice-skated, skiied, played paintball in the snow, sat on a 5.3 km long ride... basically had the best time ever!! Though I was covered in bruises by the end of it all :P
So in all, I think I still managed to create a horrendously long post. There is just soo much to talk about. To sum it up, I had the best vacation ever, really bonded with my cousins, and got a new perspective on life over here as well!! I'm going to try and make this an annual thing! :P :P