Munich

Leave a Comment
munich-30
[Walking towards the Glockenspiel] 
munich-45
[Doing a donut tour by the markets]
munich-50
["Wild" party-goers at the carnival by the Glockenspiel] 
munich-48
[Confetti covered ground in the town square] 
munich-44
[Olivia frolicking in the snow on the way to the English Gardens] 
munich-42
[Street art by the English Gardens] 
munich-17
[The oh-so-famous Hofbräuhaus am Platzl beer garden] 
munich-54
[Downtown Munich] 
munich-56
[Donut heaven!!] 
munich-73
[The view from atop the Glockenspiel]
munich-7
[Visitors look  at the massive snow covered trees at Dachau concentration camp]

          It's hard for it to already be Friday and not to have the feeling that I was in Munich practically ages ago. Somehow, among getting back into the swing of getting up for school, tackling my French classes, and going to the gym, the feeling that vacation never happened seems to be a constant post-break sentiment. Therefore, I've always got my many pictures to rely on to bring back the memories of, well,....last week. (haha) 

Of all three cities, Munich was by far the coldest and a lot more tightly packed in it's layout. We were situated what seemed like a long ways away from the "center of town", yet there isn't exactly a center of town as we came to figure out. However, we always seemed to find ourselves back at the  Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, whether it was by chance or to watch the ringing of the bells. And plus, there were some delish donut carts located just beside an impromptu concert in the square for carnival, which made everything that much better. 

     Our trip began on a bit of a somber note, with a trip to Dachau Concentration Camp. Being in Germany and knowing we would probably not have the opportunity again, we thought it was something that we should do amongst all of the other frivolous things traveling brings. We did our tour with a small group + guide that my friend had found online, and the day began at the train station. The closer and closer we got to the camp, the more and more snow I began to see. Rennes being on the north west coast of France, it never gets cold enough to snow, so seeing snow for the first time since last year was somewhat strange.  When we arrived at the camp, we began our tour inside at the museum, and then proceeded to walk round in the bitter cold, seeing unthinkable sights (i.e. the gas chambers) that are still hard to believe ever existed. 

       Despite having had a very solemn morning, we decided to up our spirits with a dinner trip to the famous Hofbräuhaus am Platzl beer garden. Upon entering, we knew that we were in for an experience with tables upon tables full of fellow visitors, all of whom were practically downing the infamous liter beer cups. On our journey to find a table, I passed the blaring band, outfitted in very convincing authentic German outfits. I indulged in some delightful schnitzel as we all smirked at our table mates, who were each basically drinking 1 L cups a minute. 

       The next day, we decided to check out the English Gardens, and found a lovely park along the way. I'm not sure what it's called, but we found it en route to the Gardens, and it was the cutest place. We saw tons of people running on the snow covered grounds, dogs cavorting in the forest, and even some kids skiing/sledding. After a long walk to the gardens, we pretended to be locals and got some hearty sausage sandwiches. Yum. In general, our time in Munich can be noted by a few things: 1. Donuts, 2. Sausage, and 3. Schnitzel. Aka, heaven. 
SHARE:
0 comments

Clair

Leave a Comment
Clair-4
Clair-11Clair-12
Clair-6
Clair-13

      Wearing:// Sweater: Zara, Cardigan: Aritzia, Skirt: Zara (Zara Mini-Skirt + Zara Pencil Skirt, The Row), Jackets: Burberry Britt, Boots: Minelli, Headband: Random boutique in Strasbourg (Urban Outfitters)

       After spending a few days in bitter, frost-bite cold Munich, it's hard to imagine that I was able to wear a skirt when we were in Strasbourg just a week ago today. As I described in my previous post, Strasbourg had a quaint atmosphere to it, with the town easily walkable and the family owned businesses frequent. With just about any place I go to, I somehow end up "conforming" my style to my surroundings. On our first full day in Strasbourg, I whipped out a new Zara faux-leather skirt that I picked up last week in Paris. I'd say this is about my fifth black leather skirt, solely because of length issues, however this one is the perfect happy medium between modest and pushing it. Not really sure of the weather situation, I layered some comfy-cozy sweaters, which also helped to throw off my whole all black outfit pattern. Despite Strasbourg not being nearly as cold as Munich, I started to feel a bit of the chill and was at a bit of a loss with my beanie in our hotel room and my gloves rather thin. When walking around and doing our "consumerism" tour, as my friend Heather called it, I found this fluffy white knit headband. When it comes to practicality, it's not the best thing for keeping warm considering it doesn't cover the top of your head, but style wise, it covers all of those #wintergoals to look cute despite feeling like an icicle. 

As you would know if you followed my Instagram (@lostbutntfound), I've safely returned back to Rennes after a flight from Berlin to Paris, and a train from Paris to Rennes. Today was spent unpacking, tackling emails, and editing the last batch of Berlin photos. I'll be posting photos from both Munich + Berlin with small recaps, but lets just say Berlin was nothing short of incredible. It beats Paris any day; actually, that might be pushing it a bit, but they're both very different cities. 

Hoping you guys are doing well and surviving whatever weather conditions you're dealing with! As far as I know, the East Coast has snow upon snow with chilling temperatures and Queensland has a very scary cyclone going on. Wishing you guys safety wherever you are!  xo Isabelle 

SHARE:
0 comments

Strasbourg

Leave a Comment
strasbourg-10
[Centre Ville of Strasbourg]
strasbourg-15
[Post-card mania at a souvenir shop outside the cathedral] 
strasbourg-50
[City view of Strasbourg from atop the Notre Dame Cathedral] 
strasbourg-45
[Plentiful vibrant flowers just the day before Valentine's Day]  
strasbourg-52
[Coffee and cronuts at the scrumptious Dreher bakery]  
strasbourg-28
[With my friend Olivia in front of the cathedral] 
strasbourg-23
[Vistors look in complete awe at the extremely massive cathedral] 
strasbourg-40
[A man picks up some flowers in town on Valentine's Day eve]
strasbourg-32
[A woman rides by on her bike in the rather quiet Place Kléber] 
strasbourg-53
[Heather, Olivia, and Me atop the Cathedral at the lookout point] 


       While I haven't actually traveled much around France, besides around Brittany, if you asked me one city that is a must see, I would recommend the oh-so quaint city of Strasbourg. As I've just come to realize this year, I'm definitely more of a small scale city type of girl. Strasbourg exudes a quaint vibe coming from the surplus of family owned bakeries while it is on the other hand also a bustling city with it's own tram transportation system. Being the blogger I am, my eyes lit up at the sight of vibrant roses up roses in preparation for Valentine's Day the day after our arrival. I eagerly observed and photographed as many people purchased bouquets for their loved ones on a very beautiful day in Strasbourg. There was something about the curving streets and the almost strange vibe of the people that I actually quite liked. The several churches on every corner is something to note as well in the most religious region of France- but the Notre Dame of Strasbourg is the most noteworthy. We've talked about Notre Dame in Paris and in Reims in art history, but never this massive version. 

 It's one thing to frolic around Paris, which in my opinion has lost it's true culture to tourism, but it's another thing to be able to speak the language in a city you've never once been to. Having told anyone who asked that we "lived in Rennes" and "we're here for 9 months", we got a lot of strange reactions about how far Rennes is from Alsace-they're on complete opposite sides of the country. 

Hope you guys are doing well and that you like these pictures! I truly enjoyed Strasbourg and the character of the charming city. Munich + Berlin coverage coming soon! 


SHARE:
0 comments

5 Days in Paris

Leave a Comment
winterinparis-37
[Gardens of Versailles] 
winterinparis-58
[Fondation Louis Vuitton] 
winterinparis-48
[Place Des Vosges]
winterinparis-79
[Street Art Exhibit inception] 
winterinparis-42
[Versailles in Winter] 
winterinparis-63
[Inside the Fondation Louis Vuitton] 
winterinparis-86
[Louvre pyramid from the inside] 
winterinparis-52
[Travel buds Heather, Olivia, and Carolyn]
winterinparis-33
[The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles] 
winterinparis-51
[La Seine]
winterinparis-15
[The gals at Versailles]


           Hey guys! Last time I talked to you guys, I was still in Paris with my school for our five day trip before going to Strasbourg and now Munich with my friends (with Berlin to come!). During our time in Paris, we did all of the typical touristy things- Versailles, the Louvre, and Ladurée deliciousness. But in addition to these excursions, we also did some things that I have never done, even after having gone many times to Paris. Despite waiting in an hour long line because of new security measures, the architecture of the Louis Vuitton Foundation had a unique fun-house like exhibit (pictured above) which was somewhat worth the extensive wait. The exhibit included a light/water room with a flashing light and a room that was pitch black except for a single light. It's sort of hard to explain, but let's just say it was awesome. In general, the inside walls were a bit empty but it was still interesting to see. 

Another place I enjoyed was Centre Pompidou, which is an area thriving with arts galore. The area used to be an old parking lot according to JP, my art history teacher, but now it has been transformed into a unique museum. One of the most notable sights to see there is the Jeff Koons exhibit, which includes larger than life sculptures resembling balloon animals. In addition, the museum features sculptor Marcel Duchamp, with whom we studied in class as well. 

I hope that you guys enjoyed these few pictures! I'm already in Munich, meaning that I have a slew of Strasbourg pictures to come. Talk soon! xoxo 

SHARE:
0 comments

All Again

Leave a Comment
allagain-9
allagain-5
allagain-6
allagain-8
allagain-1

Wearing:// Sweater: Zara (Knot Sisters Sweater), Jeans: The Kooples (Sale!), Boots: Minelli, Bag: Balenciaga "Classic City" (UO Mini Tote Bag), Nails: Revlon (Indigo Night) 


       Hey guys! Long time no talk- as I seemingly often say. Since we last talked, I've officially gone on winter break and never felt better! Even though my peers and I all agreed we were basically just on Christmas break, a trip to Paris is always a good idea. As per usual, I've been taking a surplus of pictures, which will eventually make their way on over to the blog. For now, we finally have a new outfit post! I've been wanting to shoot this sweater for the longest time because I've been wearing it at least once a week...no joke. It is so incredibly comfy, warm, and my favorite shade of maroon/burgundy, which is the one winter color that does't make me look like Caspar the ghost. The best thing about this sweater is that it can easily be taken from classy to more casual- in this case, I went for some swanky waxed denim in an attempt to look like some kind of a classy style blogger. All black or close to all black is always a good idea, even if you're as pale as a marshmallow, like me. 

        If you were wondering what I've been up to thus far in Paris, it seems like the past few days have been a blur of many museums, meat + cheese plates in random cafés, and running our own races across Paris (literally). In an attempt to catch a metro ride in time for our school's nightly "check-in", we gracefully ran past the sparkling Eiffel Tower at 10 P.M. in heeled-booties. The ankle pain is so very real. 


    I'll be posting a small photo diary after break from Paris, which will be followed by all of my Germany blog posts- but until then, keep updated with my semi-regularly updated Instagram (@lostbutntfound). Hope you guys enjoyed this post and are digging the new layout! According to my mom and best friend, it's "edgy" and "super cool", haha. Lemme know how y'all are in a comment! I would love to read it. xoxo Isabelle 

SHARE:
0 comments

Place des Vosges | Winter 2015 Playlist

Leave a Comment
frigidparc-3
frigidparc-1
frigidparc-2


Wearing:// Jacket: Burberry Brit, Jeans: 7 for All Mankind, Shoes: Docs, Bag: Balenciaga "Classic City" (UO Mini Tote Bag), Beanie: Urban Outfitters 


On what I'd describe as a frigid winter day, my mom and I took a little stroll around Paris and stumbled upon the Place des Vosges, which is an adorable square in the Marais district. When taking our walk around, I felt like I was near eternal frost bite, which you can tell from my dry and lifeless face, haha. Besides the obvious weather conditions hindering the experience, the square was still bustling with people admiring the mid-winter landscape. I kept warm first and foremost with my cozy winter jacket that keeps me toasty without looking like a giant snowman. While it may annoyingly shed a lot, keeping my enormous Zara scarf wrapped around my head also helped to combat the unbearable cold. And we can't forget my stylin' beanie! Can't get enough of 'em. 

I hope you guys like my attempt at looking cute in the coldness. I can't believe it's already February! I've been trying to space out my posts as best I can, a) because I'm swamped with school and b) because my mom-ographer is not here anymore. :( It's hard to rely on friends for blog shooting, because it's either annoyingly raining or we're both busy with school work. If you haven't seen me mention this already, I will be going back to Paris this coming Saturday for a few days with school, and then I'm off to Strasbourg, Munich, and Berlin with a couple of friends! I'm going to take tons of pictures and maybe a video diary? Still on the fence about the video, but pictures are a definite. Check out this space for those posts coming soon! xoxo Isabelle  

Also, GrooveShark is being very annoying and not working, so here is a link to the actual playlist if the usual widget is also not showing up for you! (http://tny.gs/1z9PPqw)  
SHARE:
0 comments
Next PostNewer Posts Previous PostOlder Posts Home
BLOGGER TEMPLATE BY pipdig