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 COPENHAGEN

Brunch in Copenhagen
Brunch in Copenhagen.
Nyhavn--one of the most beautiful streets I've ever seen.
Nyhavn–one of the most beautiful streets I’ve ever seen–rocking my favorite Alexander McQueen skull scarf.
Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod
Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod with my token orange Rebecca Minkoff mini mac. I love how versatile this bag is. It is comfortable, classic and it was perfect for travel.
Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod
Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod.
Stroget
Stroget–an amazing shopping area in Copenhagen. The fashion in this city was amazing and I wish I had more time to explore the stores.
Near Christiania
Amazing architecture Near Christiania. The man who built this building apparently built the staircase backwards and the King was livid. The architect was later so depressed, he jumped to his death from the top of the building.
It was so cold in Denmark compared to LA so it was fun to break out the winter clothes
It was so cold in Denmark compared to LA so it was fun to break out the winter clothes. I loved wearing my Raybans because they always brought a classic look to any outfit.
Nyhavn
Nyhavn.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid spelled “Arielle” meets the original Little Mermaid, “Ariel.”
Where the sidewalk ends
Where the sidewalk ends. I wore my Jeffrey Campbell “everly” booties throughout our whole European trip. They were so comfortable and practical for walking around and whenever the weather got a bit chilly, I added black socks. I also lived in my Top Shop high-waisted skinny jeans.
With our band, Autumn Twilight's Danish bass player, Rebecca Krogmann
With our band, Autumn Twilights’ Danish bass player prodigy, Rebecca Krogmann.
Castle
The real life Hogwarts Castle in Denmark.

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!