14 June 2012

O L D   P A R I S   /   N E W   P L A N S

I miss this girl, and I still want that coat!

Some photos from my last trip to Paris in 2007. Sorry, I'm obsessing.

Ashley and I are trying to rearrange our plans to see if we can fit it in now. Cross your fingers for us!



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I'm trying to plan our last month (that's very difficult to say) of travel a little bit. I have all of these places I'd like to visit, or have already visited but would like to see again. I've placed a star next to the cities I've already been to. We have about three weeks to make our way around, so I may need to cut a couple of these out. Advice welcome!



Itter - attending a friend's wedding

Berne - digging up our roots!

Prague - digging up more roots!


  1. Hi Alyson! First of all, let me say how delighted I am to know you are currently in Ireland. I have followed your blog for years now and it's quite exciting to know you are in the same part of the world as me at the moment. Hope you visit Dublin soon :) I'm glad you are pushing through your plans of conquering Europe further, I second Geneva which I think is a charming city and an easy place to get around, even have day trips to other part of Switzerland like Laussane and Montreaux. Went there a few years ago and loved it! Also just recently got back from my holiday in Italy and would highly recommend Verona, and if you want, why not take the train from there to Venice for a day or two! There are usually fare cheaps from Dublin to Verona so it wouldn't hurt to check them out. Sorry this went on too long. Safe travels! -kryzta

  2.  It's not on your list, but I recommend Lyon, France! I was planning on going to Switzerland, but realized it was too pricy, so looked up cities in France and decided on Lyon. It was one of the best decisions of my life! Beautiful beautiful city. It seemed more like a tourist place for French people, not really foreigners, which I really liked. It's also supposed to be the food capital of Europe/the world. Super delicious food!

    I highly recommend Germany too. I went to Berlin, Dresden, Munich, and Nuremberg. They were all great. I love German food. It's cheap (compared to other countries) and delicious. In Berlin, make sure you try Mustafa's Kebaps! Also, Pratergarten is a beer garden restaurant with AMAZING food.

    Good luck and enjoy the rest of your trip! I can't wait to see the rest of your pictures!

  3. Hello Kryzta!

    Thanks so much for all of your tips. We're going to do the best we can to see everything, but at the same time we don't want to do too much. We'd love to go to Italy, but that will have to wait for next time. We have a friend's wedding to go to in Austria, which will take up a good week of our time. So after that all we'll have left is three weeks, which doesn't give us quite enough time to venture into another country, even though it's so close. 

    As for Dublin, we were going to have a few days there - but now that we've decided to go to Paris, we're going to have to skip it this time! I'm sure I'll return some day, though. Ireland is a beautiful country and I know that I still have so much more to see.

  4. Germany is great! I am really looking forward to going back, visiting friends and seeing new places. I didn't know about Pratergarten the last time I was in Berlin, so I will have to check that out. I'm excited to visit Munich, as I didn't see it before -  Nuremberg I also haven't seen. I have been to Dresden, so I think I may skip it this time around, but we'll see.

    I doubt we'll be able to make it to Lyon, but if we can that sounds so lovely - I'd love to go. If Switzerland is too expensive and we can't find friends/people to stay with, then we just might have to skip it this time. I will be disappointed, but there's so many other wonderful things to do. Switzerland can always wait for next time - hopefully when I have more money! ;)

  5. Alyson,

    If you have to scratch things off, I'd go for Frankfurt, It's a nice place, but you don't miss too much.
    Have you thought about Hamburg? It's only a 1.30 h train ride from Berlin and a really great place. Sooooo many amazing places too eat, with great people, the harbour and more.
    I highly recommend it, and I'll gladly show you around.