Monday, August 27, 2012

Strasbourg - A day to relax

As you are reading this, I'm already on my next trip to Barcelona. I've never visited Spain, so I'm very excited! Promising to return with many pictures.

In the meantime the last post about my trip to Strasbourg. On the last day of our stay we decided to relax a bit and just chill at a little park before one of the universities of Strasbourg. We had the whole place almost to ourselves. The university was closed for summer. I can imagine it otherwise being very crowded, as Strasbourg holds about 40000 students.
So we just lay on the grass, read our books and took some pictures.

Wearing: Asos dress, old sandals, Ray-Ban Laramie sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, Topshop earrings.

Could definitely picture myself living in that neighborhood.

Our reads. I finally read The Portrait of Dorian Gray and loved it. The lover is obsessing with Game of Thrones, such a devoted reader <3 p="p">

This is the end of my posts about Strasbourg. I had a really lovely and romantic trip. Hope you enjoyed my posts! Barcelona report coming up next.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Strasbourg - Museum of Contemporary Art

On the second day in Strasbourg we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was really hot that day, so I went with as little clothes as possible. I called this outfit "American tourist". I even wore my personalized trucker cap to protect my dark hair from the sun and my brain from boiling.

Wearing: All Saints shirt, Zara shorts, C&A bag, Swatch watch and ooold sandals.

This bag is so easy to wear, it can holds sooo much stuff!


Gotta love mockery in art! Surrealisme at it's best with a work of Belgian artiste, René Magritte.

American tourist in France :p

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Strasbourg - Notre-Dame

The centre of Strasbourg is best known for it's Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. For those who don't speak or understand French it translates as Our Lady of Strasbourg. With it's 142 meters it's the 6th tallest church in the world. 
I never could wrap my head about how people used to build something so huge, but usually it took hundreds of years. This church was built through 1015 to 1439 and only completely finished in 1879. Gothic style in architecture has always been a favorite of mine. Gothic architecture can be best recognized by the thorough work and details, and it's sharp and vertical lines, which, due to the perspective, make the cathedrals look even larger from inside out.

Though the power of church has often been portrayed in negative light, the beauty of the architecture has never ceased to amaze me. An empty church can really be a point of rest in a busy modern city. Though Notre-Dame was far from abandoned. We were there at around 4pm, so there we quite a lot of people. I kind of dislike large groups of people, but sometimes you can't avoid them either. 

The day before our visit, we also took some outfit pictures. While my boyfriend was snapping pictures a large group of tourists couldn't stop staring. Kinda weird, Jeez, people can't just mind their own business!

Wearing: Zara dress & clutch, H&M sandals, Michael Kors watch, Ray-Ban Laramie sunglasses.

Oh, yeah, I'm a huuuuge leopard print lover, but only the 'beautiful' kind. You have a lot of ugly ones as well. I own numerous leopard pieces and every time I see a new one, I must restrain myself from buying it :)

And my ombre just blends in there!

Anyhow, this cathedral has left a huge impression on me which I like to share with you.

Inside you can find the extraordinary astronomical clock.

During summer nights the cathedral lights up during a spectacular light show.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Strasbourg - A walk through the town

As you might have read, me and my boyfriend spend a few days in Strasbourg, France last week.
We chose the destination spontaneously, by looking through a guide to France. As it appeared Strasbourg was the perfect choice. Only 4,5 hours away, the city held a perfect mix of historical modern sightseeing.

On our first day we took a large walk through the city, discovering the historical part called La Petite France and walked all the way through to the modern center. We never took the bus or tram during our stay, everything was at walking distance and the weather was just perfect! Right from the start we felt at home in the cosy streets. A major plus about Strasbourg was the fact that despite the tourists it wasn't as crowded as Paris or London. Once we took a turn from the main streets, we found ourselves in abondoned streets. The city itself is quiet in the summer as most French leave on holiday themselves.
All the way through Strasbourg and around the center runs the river Ill. So the views remind a bit of Bruges.

Besides the tourist attractions, Strasbourg is also a large shopping city. Next to most high street brands you can find stores of Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Burberry,... And also the French Galerie Lafayette where I went to pet some Balenciaga, Prada and Chloé bags.

There's everything for everyone, so if you have the chance, pay a visit to Strasbourg!
As always I took a lot of pictures, so the first post is just to give you a general view of the city.

The typical frame work houses that you can find in Strasbourg, originated from Germany.

Dream balcony


Coming up are a little bit (read 'a lot') more pictures of Strasbourg and some outfits.