RELISH GOES TO LONDON

Big Ben and the London Eye
Big Ben and the London Eye
I lived in London when I studied abroad back in college but this was my first trip back since. I visited the street I lived on which was called Hallam Street near Regents park. This was the view from our flat's front door.
I lived in London when I studied abroad back in college but this was my first time back. I visited the street I lived on which was called Hallam Street near Regents park. This was the view from our flat’s front door–not too shabby for a college student.
The street I lived on in London back in college
The street I lived on in London back in college.
I loved these John Lennon glasses I found inside a Beatles store by Regents Park.
I loved these John Lennon glasses I found inside a Beatles store by Regents Park.
I loved this street with the curved pillars right near where I used to live
I loved this street with the curved pillars right near where I used to live.
London Bridge with my amazing boyfriend, Phil
London Bridge with my amazing boyfriend, Phil
Parliament
Parliament

RELISH GOES TO BERLIN, GERMANY

My boyfriend, Phil Galanty and I have been traveling all around Europe–from Berlin to Copenhagen and London to Paris–for the past 10 days and it has been incredible. We started off our journey in Berlin, Germany. It was a long flight from our home in Los Angeles but when we got off the plane, we were ready to see as much of the city as we possibly could. We only had one day in Berlin at the start and at the end of our trip so we needed to cover as many of the sites as quickly as we could, on a budget (for helpful sites for TRAVELERS ON A BUDGET, please scroll to the bottom of this post).

Berlin was beautiful and many of the buildings were much more modern than we expected. We loved the mixture of these modern buildings with the historical architecture of older buildings that survived World War II. One of our favorite places we visited was Checkpoint Charlie, a place that signified the border between West and East in the city, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement during the Cold War. Today, it is a fascinating piece of living history.

Here is a photo recap of our experience:

Berlin's famous TV Tower
Berlin’s famous TV Tower.
Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie exhibit.
Checkpoint Charlie's remaining Berlin wall
A remaining piece of the Berlin wall at Checkpoint Charlie.
Jumping in front of painted pieces of the Berlin wall at Checkpoint Charlie.
Jumping in front of painted pieces of the Berlin wall at Checkpoint Charlie.
Holocaust Memorial
Holocaust Memorial.
Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral.
Berlin Holocaust Memorial
Berlin Holocaust Memorial.
Deutscher Dom
Deutscher Dom.

GREAT SITES FOR TRAVELERS ON A BUDGET:
Momondo: This site allowed us to track flight prices throughout the year. We nailed $700 round trip tickets from LA to Berlin using this site and we could not have been more thankful.
Tripomatic: We were able to use 10 vacation days for our trip this year and we wanted to make every moment count. This site allowed us to plan walking tours in each city for free so that we didn’t miss a beat.

THE BEST TRAVEL SHOES:
For our trip this year, I was set on finding the perfect equally fashionable and comfortable shoes for walking all around Europe. Last year, I chose fashion over comfort–and my feet were killing me. This year, I tried my best to find the best of both worlds. I ended up mainly wearing Nike Free Sneakers and ‘Everly’ booties by Jeffrey Campbell. I highly recommend both shoes as the perfect travel shoes. Both are a bit on the pricier side but they’re worth every penny!

PREPPING FOR EUROPE TRIP

My boyfriend and I are leaving for a 10 day European trip in a couple of days and we couldn't be more excited.  We're flying from Los Angeles into Berlin and will then be traveling to Copenhagen, London and Paris, before eventually flying back to Berlin and ultimately, back to Los Angeles. We are proud to be frugal travelers who plan the trips of our dreams for a fraction of the cost. We took a similar trip last year to Switzerland and Italy and we were hooked. Our trick is booking travel months and months early by tracking flight costs on sites like momondo.com. This year, we nailed round trip tickets to Berlin from LA for $700 a piece, which was amazing. We did the same research for hotel rooms and further travel within Europe.  I'll be writing as much as possible throughout our journey. We can't wait to get out there.
My boyfriend and I are leaving for a 10 day European trip in a couple of days and we are beyond excited. We’re flying from Los Angeles into Berlin and will then be traveling to Copenhagen, London and Paris, before flying back to Berlin and ultimately, back to Los Angeles. We are proud to be frugal travelers who plan the trips of our dreams for a fraction of the cost. We took a similar trip last year to Switzerland and Italy and we were hooked. Our trick is booking travel months and months early by tracking flight costs on sites like momondo.com. This year, we nailed round trip tickets to Berlin from LA for $700 a piece, which was amazing. We did the same research for hotel rooms and further travel within Europe. I’ll be writing as much as possible throughout our journey. We can’t wait to get out there.

TRAVEL SHOE INSPIRATION

Travel Shoe InspirationTHE LOOKS: (A) Tory Burch Mae Bootie/ (B) Nike Free Run Sneakers/ (C) Modern Vice Jett Classic (D) Jeffrey Campbell ‘Everly’ Bootie/ (E) London Sole Ballet Flats/ (F) Sperry Top Sider

In a couple of weeks, my boyfriend and I will be traveling to Europe on vacation (or technically in two weeks and three days but who’s counting?). We will be visiting Berlin, Copenhagen, London and Paris and we could not be more excited. I’m on a mission to find a happy medium: comfy, supportive and chic shoes for our travels. Although these are not the easiest shoes to find, I’ve found a few so far which I’m really excited about, such as:

(A) Tory Burch Mae Booties. These booties do have a heel but they’re actually comfortable. I’m thinking they’re a great shoe for walking to dinner when we’re in Europe. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be wearing them to walk around all day, but they’re so classic that I think they’re a great investment, not to mention uber-chic.

(B) I’m also loving the colorful Nike Free Run Sneakers. They’re not at all fancy of course but I will definitely be bringing cute sneakers like these because they’re so comfy and practical!

(C) These Modern Vice Jett Classics are really classic and comfortable for travel. They do not have a heel so they are great for walking around in style and I can’t wait to snag a pair.

(D) I just bought myself a pair of these Jeffrey Campbell ‘Everly’ Booties and I could not be more excited to rock them in Europe. They are made of soft leather and I love the trendy cut-outs because they are versatile and cool enough for hot summer weather.

(E) I love London Sole Ballet Flats because they are so comfy, casual and practical. For this reason, I believe they are perfect to wear in cities like Paris and London.

(F) I think these Sperry Top Siders will be my go-to shoe for our trip this year. These shoes need some breaking in but I’ve been working on mine for weeks and they fit my feet like a glove. I especially love the arch support and the fact that I can wear them without socks and my feet still do not hurt at the end of the day.