Europe Trip // Pictures & Stories
For those of you who didn’t know, I went on a nine day trip with school for seventh and eighth graders. We stopped in five countries but the three we spent the most in were Paris,France; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Munich,Germany. There were about a hundred students and twenty teachers. We didn’t miss any school because it was our Spring Break. I am home now and had the greatest time! These aren’t even half of my pictures because I took about six hundred but these give you an idea of how wonderful Europe is. I am grateful for this experience and the life long friendships and memories that came out of it. I had mixed feelings about being back here in the United States. Read along with the pictures’ captions to hear about the stories and places we went. Another place to see my favorite pictures while I was on the trip is my personal
xoxo // Whytli Briana
My very first flight since I was a baby. We flew to New York then had a two hour layover and then flew the rest of the way to Paris.
I had some good chats with my friends on the flight and we hardly slept because we were having such a great time. During our layover we played cards, had some hilarious rap battles, and watched this little girl dance her heart out to her music.
I got a window seat and enjoyed the views. There would be snow one second and then it would be dry land. Everything was so peaceful from above.
So as soon as we landed in France, we of course had to stop at the bathrooms. By far the coolest bathrooms I have ever seen. They were bright orange & pink and they sang to you. It was strange but the fanciest of them all. From the airport we immediately started touring. We walked the streets and had a tour guide tell us about the history of the place.
One of the places we stopped at was this wall that had “I love you” written in several different languages. It was beautiful and we found the “I love you” in English.
The old cobblestone streets and buildings were one of my favorite things about Paris. They had so much history.
Even though it was drizzling rain and very cold, we couldn’t resist getting this pretty gelato. It was curled up into a wave-like motion and there was tons of colors & flavors.
We went on a scavenger hunt through the Louvre Museum and saw famous painting, statues, and buildings.
Inside the museum we got lost a couple times because it was so big and there was so much to see. We hunted out the Mona Lisa, the Sphinx, and a couple paintings. The Mona Lisa is way smaller than I expected and it was crowded with tourists so I couldn’t get a good picture.
There was such beautiful jewelry on display and these magnificent crowns as well.
We went on a bus tour and saw buildings and monuments that we learned about on the way.
This guy had only one eye but he was drawing these Disney characters on the street with pastels and charcoal. It was way cool to watch him do his work.
Notre Dame cathedral
The stained glass inside were gorgeous! I couldn’t get over it.
Outside of the cathedral
The humid + rain made my hair go natural curly. When it’s up to me I only wear my hair curly like twice a year but the whole trip it was curly because I had no choice.
We stopped at a spot where we could take tourist pictures with a view of the Eiffel Tower. I bought mini Eiffel Towers for my fam here.
This our view of the tower from our boat. We went on a boat down a river and we could see the stages of the tower lighting up as it got darker.
The tower legit sparkles. We got to go to the second floor which is about halfway up.
I thought it was bigger than expected and this is what it looks like from standing underneath.
I got to look closer at the city through this telescope. On the second level there was gift shops and food and plenty to do.
We traveled on a tour bus to Switzerland and stopped several times. We stopped in four countries from France to Switzerland.
My view from a cafe we stopped at for lunch. My friend and I talked to a nice, old Swedish couple and helped an old lady with her phone here. We proved ourselves to not be apart of the “ugly, loud Americans” that everyone stereotyped our big group of kids.
Once we got to Switzerland, we went to the Lion of Lucerne.
We were separated into color groups with one teacher. I loved my pink group plus the spanish teacher.
One of the best things about Switzerland was how green it was. All of us coming from Vegas where we have fake grass to having everything rich green even when there was snow was amazing. The mountains as well were just breath taking.
We saw the brightest rainbow ever from our bus. Spending a bunch of time on the bus getting from place to place wasn’t that bad. We occupied ourselves with things like learning the language, sleeping, rap battles, arm wrestling, chatting, ukulele + singing (my friend bought one,) and fun little things like that.
Sadly I could not take many Polaroid pictures because the film wouldn’t develop in the real cold. This was one of my favorites though because it was from our hotel in Switzerland. It was actually more of a bed and breakfast type of place that was so warm and homey. The place we stayed was up by the mountains with not much around and it was fun to stay there.
We watched a video on Switzerland at one of our Europe meetings to prepare to leave and then before I knew it I was actually at the bridge. This place was so cute and had little shops and a market place with a variety of things. I think that if I had to pick a favorite day/place that it would be here.
We took a lot of different ways of transportation to get to the Alps. We took a boat across where we braided each others hair and took pictures from the deck. Then we took a train up the Alps. When we got to the top it was a blizzard. Everything was white and we couldn’t see much with the wind and snow. We went into a souvenir shop and then went right back down on the train. We took a Gondola the rest of the way down and then there was a beautiful view from the parking lot that we stopped and took so many pictures from.
Sommer in snow. (her name is Sommer)
We had to walk up a hill for twenty minutes to get to a castle we were going to tour. There were horse carriages up the mountain but we chose to walk. The horses left business everywhere on the path and I may or may not have almost tripped and fell in it twice.
Snowy trees and sun
Everywhere you see piles of cut wood. That’s something that they can do to keep them busy in the snow. I think wood is so pretty and had to stop to take a picture of at least one pile. Lowkey wanted to have a blog photo shoot because it would be such a cute back drop.
We got to the top and had a fantastic view.
The Lichtenstein Castle
The King who built this castle was murdered when it was only a third finished. We went through and it was just wow. We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the inside but the outside was also pretty as well.
The front entrance
The weather was cold and rainy most of the time and it was a big change from Las Vegas. My family was sending me pictures of them in shorts and swimming while I was in snow and rain.
The buildings are so cute here.
We saw lots of rivers and went on a couple of boat rides.
This building was beautiful and there was a wedding going on outside.
We went to the real love lock bridge in Paris but it was boarded up because of too many weighing it down. This is just a copy cat bridge.
We went on a tour through Mozart city. The buildings were the cutest colors.
The streets are very tight but I think they are just adorable. I went to that H&M and it was interesting because it started in Europe and it was different clothing from my local H&M. I wish I could have a shopping spree in Germany because they had really nice shops but at least I got to go window shopping. I did get a few cute things from H&M but it was on the last day so I had already spent most of my money on food and souvenirs for my family.
I am still trying to figure out how this guy is doing it because it was strange.
The ceilings everywhere are even decorated.
We went to the salt mines in Salzburg, Austria.
This is half of the kids that went. All of us in our jumpsuits right before we went under into the mines.
Haha we were videoing the slide down the mines and didn’t know there was going to be a picture.
Flight Home // Foodie
I got a window seat again and it was so beautiful. I mostly hugged a pillow and slept during my flight.
I spent lots of money on food so I focused on buying souvenirs for my family.
I took so many pictures of my food… mostly of my desserts. This vanilla ice cream was the creamiest I had ever eaten plus it was coated in coconut shavings.
Believe it or not but these are fried cheese balls with powdered sugar on top. It smelled so delicious so I got it but had no idea it was cheese. I loved it anyway.
It may look like normal macaroni but it was egg noodles with cheese and onions. It was yum! My health teacher came and had to sample some of mine and also my friends because there was so much in the pan.
I didn’t try this but my friends did. It is snails. Or as they call it “Escargot.” I have a weak stomach and it wasn’t going to go down very well if I tried.
One of my favorite thing from the trip was the food and taking pictures of my food. This was the only thing I did not eat because of a weak stomach. Snail. Or as they call it “Escargot.” Some of my friends ate it though and said it was surprisingly very good.
I normally do not like hot chocolate but it was so cold that I couldn’t resist. The Swiss chocolate was absolutely wonderful.
This was an apple strudel and all I can say is that it was heavenly.