Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau was a concentration camp ran by the Nazis during WW2. It is located near Munich and has now been made into a museum and a memorial site for visitors.

 

This is the entrance of the camp, there are fences everywhere and even a gate that contains the quote “work will set you free” in German.

The photo is a picture of the memorial museum. Inside, one can find photos, artifacts, articles, etc about the history of the camp and the people that were forced to work here.

 

The camp includes a sculpture by Nandor Glid. The sculpture seems to depict several bodies or bones along with limbs that turn into barbed wire.

 

The gas chambers are also open to the public. The first photo shows the exterior of the gas building, while the second photo shows the inside of an actual gas chamber. The inside was a wide room that could cram in about 150 people at a time. There are no windows, only fixtures in the ceiling for expelling  toxic gas.

 

Photos taken of the crematorium where dead bodies were burned. The bodies were placed in the bigger compartment while the ashes were taken out of the bottom.

 

Although these photos are not of the actual bunkers from WW2, these were made to accurately depict the originals.

A Jewish Memorial was also built at the camp.

 

Koblenz and Burg Eltz

Koblenz is one of Germany’s ancient cities, it is home to many castles and also sits near the Rhine River

 

Koblenz is a city built among an ancient city, so simply walking around and admiring the thousand year old buildings and streets will be fascinating

 

Take a walk along the Moselle River and enjoy the view

  

From Koblenz we took a day trip to Burg Eltz, a medieval castle situated in the hills of above the Moselle River. To get to the castle itself you have the choice to hike or take a bus, I recommend hiking to the top because the surrounding area is beautiful and tranquil.

 

The castle itself offers tours which can be presented in different languages. Take a look from the top of the castle to admire the medieval city below it and the surrounding moat.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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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Paris pt.1

What’s not to love about Paris, from the touristy spots like the Eiffel Tower to the historical parts all around the city, Paris has it all!

 

 

The Louvre Museum is the largest and probably most famous museum in the world. Home to priceless works of art like the Mona Lisa and The Venus de Milo.

  

Notre Dame, a medieval cathedral containing many sculptures and stained glass that still holds mass every week. Also, right beside the famous cathedral are crypts that give some background on Notre Dame.

   

Look out for the many monuments and memorials all around the city!

  

Look out for The Seine River that runs through Paris

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Barcelona

Barcelona is a thriving city because of the proximity of the Mediterranean  Ocean and all the things to do in the city itself, it is mostly known for its architecture and art.

 

First things first, a visit to “las ramblas” while in Barcelona is essential. A long strip of vendors, restaurants, cafes, shops, street performers etc. It begins with this memorial of Christopher Columbus and continues on after that.

Check out the world famous stadium, home to FC Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia is a well known Roman Catholic Church. Though I did not get to go inside because of the construction, the outside was amazing to see.

 

It won’t take long to realize why Barcelona is known for its architecture. You can make a day out of walking around the city and simply looking at all the intricate architecture displayed around the city

Be sure to take a visit to the beach. Arguable one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited because of the crystal clear water….just make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did and unknowingly end up in the middle of a nude beach!

 

Barcelona is home to the Picasso Museum and many Flamenco dancers performing everyday. Photos or videos were not permitted in either of these things, but they are definitely worth a visit.

Madrid

Madrid is a city full of unique culture and is filled with lots of history, so I wanted to share different things that I love about the city

The Royal Palace is a must see for anyone visiting Madrid

If you are a real Madrid fan, you will not be disappointed. There are fans and fan gear everywhere!

 

The oldest restaurant in the world “El Botin” is located in Madrid, although they do not have vegan food I had to pay this restaurant a visit because of my favorite author, Ernest Hemingway’s references to it in The Sun Also Rises.

The city itself is always awake! Other than the daily siesta, most of the locals will enjoy a casual night walking around the city or even starting their dinner or eating some tapas at 10pm. Most places don’t close until midnight

For any art lovers El Prado Museum is the place to go. Many works of art displayed by thousand year old artists can be viewed here

Street art is everywhere! Take a second to admire it

Check out Egyptian Ruins at the Temple of Debod at the local park, you won’t be disappointed

Check out Buen Retiro Park