Sunday, May 31, 2015

Next Stop: Cassis by the Sea

When planning our trip, we nailed down like 60% of it, then left the rest to be flexible so we could drive as much as we wanted, stop when we felt like it, and make decisions on the fly. 
Barcelona was amazing, but since it was a bit chilly and a little rainy when we were there, after our 3 days there were up we decided to chase the sun and drove to Cassis in the south of France. 
It's the most darling little seaside town, complete with a harbor, boardwalk, hidden beaches, and massive sheer cliffs. 

We spent one day wandering its streets and popping in and out of the little shops along the water, then the next day we embarked on a "little hike" to the aforementioned hidden beaches. 

Turns out we didn't exactly know what we were getting ourselves into haha --  it was a massive 2+ hour hike in (it didn't help that we accidentally took a wrong turn and took the most scenic -- longest -- route either haha) and we were definitely in sandals when everyone else was in hiking boots and even had those fancy hiking sticks. 

But honestly, the views we got, whoa. 
We were hiking along the ridge of a sheer cliff that dropped hundreds of feet into the turquoise blue water of the Mediterranean sea. It was almost unbelievable. The pictures don't do it justice but we tried to capture it anyways haha. 

Oh and then I got shhh'd on the hidden beach by a French woman, because apparently [imagine your best french accent] 
"We are at a beach! Not a party!" 
(my voice carries! It's not entirely my fault)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

So we went to Barcelona...

So so much has happened since I last posted in February. 
Basically I am the worst at multitasking and when studying and tests start consuming my life things like taking photos and posting them online tend to take a backseat... so this poor little corner of the internet has been severely neglected. 

But not anymore! I am back and have so much to update on here, including but not limited to:

>>> the 2 week road trip through Europe that we just finished
>>> our 3rd and final law school prom
>>> our 1st med school prom (that I was in charge of! Yikes.)
>>> a certain someone graduating from law school
>>> lots and lots of delicious new restaurants to share
>>> also, family pictures! Woohoo!

But to begin, lets talk a little bit more about this European road trip, shall we?

JP first found these AMAZING tickets to Europe (think $650 roundtrip! eee!) and then we figured we would need to go on a graduation trip for him anyway (because that's mandatory, right? ;) and then we got our BFF's on board and voila! 
The 4 of us left for Europe the day after I finished taking finals. 

We began our trip in Barcelona and let me tell you, that city is a dream!!
Here are the quick and dirty must-do's (and must-eats!) 
>> see all of Gaudi's awesome architecture and also his park guell (and definitely go inside the Segrada Familia)
>> Eat at Foc i Oli (best burgers EVER), get dessert at Escriba
>> Walk through the old town and shop at all the cute amazing shops

We didn't get to visit the Tibidabo amusement park this time around (but it's good to leave stuff for the next time you're there, right?!)

PS- huge thanks to those who gave us fabulous recommendations!