My fiance and I spent the holidays celebrating with both of our families–his family came out to visit us in Los Angeles and afterward, we traveled east to upstate New York to visit my family. There, we visited one of my favorite towns which is famous for its horse races–Saratoga, New York. We tried to show Phil around on foot but it was so cold! It was only 15 degrees outside when we took these pictures.
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:
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!