Chicago pt.1

Chicago was nothing like I had anticipated, it had a charming balance between the busy city life filled with skyscrapers and tourists while also having the peacefulness of Lake Michigan and many parks around the city.

Route 66 also known as the mother road, one of the original highways in the U.S was established in Chicago.

  

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to Millennium Park. Filled with the infamous bean, the cloud gate, and water structures for those hot Chicago days. Millennium Park is the home to many festivals and events for example when I was in town, The Blues Festival was too!

 

Lake Michigan was a view I’ll never forget, I had never seen a Great Lake before and to say the least, I was not disappointed. Visitors can enjoy a picnic by the lake or have a nice time walking and admiring its beauty.

 

Grant Park is another must see destination. Enjoy the peacefulness while looking at the Buckingham Fountain. It is not as busy as Millennium Park, so if you’re looking for a more relaxing time away from crowds, Grant Park is the place to be. You can enjoy a cold drink or hot coffee depending on the weather.

Also, watch a show at the Chicago Theater for an authentic experience

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Munich

Munich, the capital of Bavaria is a city with age old buildings, landmarks and museums. Also known for its annual Oktoberfest.

Take a walk through the city to see all the thousand year old intricate architecture

 

The English Garden is a huge park in the heart of Munich. Complete with a beer garden, and a stream for local surfers to enjoy. I personally enjoyed the peacefulness of the whole park.

 

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site was unforgettable, this site allows visitors to have a real understanding of what a concentration camp was like while also allowing the public to properly mourn over the lives that were lost.

Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp post for more photos and information.

 

 

Barcelona Vegan Restaurants

Barcelona did have many vegan options available. Though I did not visit as many vegan restaurants as I had hoped, the ones I did visit were delicious.

 

GOPAL

My favorite restaurant in Barcelona. An all vegan deli serving freshly made hamburger, nachos, desserts, etc . Sadly, all good things must come to an end so this take out deli closed but their delicious cinnamon rolls will never be forgotten.

 

Cat Bar

A hip all vegan cat themed restaurant and trust me, the food is just as good as the decor.

Berlin

We spent most of our trip in Berlin, exploring the many parks, museums, and monuments while emerging ourselves in the history and culture.

Soccer is popular in Berlin, The Champions League Final was even held in Berlin in 2015

Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church in Berlin, also known as the Berlin Cathedral, located on Museum Island

The Rotes Rathaus (town hall)

 

The Berlin Aquarium was filled with all kinds of sea life. I enjoyed this aquarium because it was so unique.

Weekend farmers markets are very popular. I recommend visiting one if you have the chance to go. You may even be surprised with a from spiderman and his entourage spreading vegan awareness

TV tower in Alexanderplatz which is also the tallest building in Germany. You can have a full view of the city from the top.

 

  

Climb the stairs to the top of the victory column! Even though the way up to the top can be a bit tiring, the view is worth it.

Checkpoint Charlie was the most well known crossing point between West and East Berlin during the Cold War

  

And finally one of my favorite parts was all the street art around the city. I mean who doesn’t enjoy seeing art everywhere on their walk home everyday.

 

Vancouver

Although I spent most of the time in the stadium rooting for my favorite team, I visited other parts of Vancouver that I found very interesting

 

Stanley Park is a huge park that has many water features, restaurants, and souvenir shops. It is a great place for people to exercise or simply read a book under a shady tree.

  

The pop-up underground Nike store was a wonderland for any soccer player

Besides the city of Vancouver, the championship game was an event I will never forget.

Take some time to look at the Lost Lagoon, the placid lake is a view to remember

Visiting Canada

In the Summer of 2015 I visited Vancouver Canada to watch the Women’s National Soccer Team play in the finals against Japan. Although we only stayed for a few days, Vancouver had many points of interest.

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LUSH Spa in Paris

If you find yourself wandering Paris wanting some relaxing alone time, the LUSH Spa is a great way to unwind and relax after a busy day of exploring.

 

They offer a variety of treatments with personalized products

After you pick which treatment you want, a worker will help you hand pick specialized products for you

 

Once the treatment is done you will be offered a fruit drink leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.

 

Paris pt.2

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The Arc de Triomphe was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The arc itself was fascinating and had small details that could be appreciated up close. If you aren’t scared of heights, I recommend climbing the stairs and going to the top to see the view of the whole city.

For those who would rather remain on the ground, at the base of the arc is the Champs Elysees, street of stores, restaurants, and cafes.

The Champs Elysees is the home to the only white McDonalds logo in the world

 

Last but not least is the Eiffel Tower. Whether you go visit during the day or at night, it will be an amazing sight. If you want another view of the city you can either take an elevator or the stairs to have a 360 view of the city of Paris.

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