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      Wearing:// Sweater: Zara, Cardigan: Aritzia, Skirt: Zara (Zara Mini-Skirt + Zara Pencil Skirt, The Row), Jackets: Burberry Britt, Boots: Minelli, Headband: Random boutique in Strasbourg (Urban Outfitters)

       After spending a few days in bitter, frost-bite cold Munich, it's hard to imagine that I was able to wear a skirt when we were in Strasbourg just a week ago today. As I described in my previous post, Strasbourg had a quaint atmosphere to it, with the town easily walkable and the family owned businesses frequent. With just about any place I go to, I somehow end up "conforming" my style to my surroundings. On our first full day in Strasbourg, I whipped out a new Zara faux-leather skirt that I picked up last week in Paris. I'd say this is about my fifth black leather skirt, solely because of length issues, however this one is the perfect happy medium between modest and pushing it. Not really sure of the weather situation, I layered some comfy-cozy sweaters, which also helped to throw off my whole all black outfit pattern. Despite Strasbourg not being nearly as cold as Munich, I started to feel a bit of the chill and was at a bit of a loss with my beanie in our hotel room and my gloves rather thin. When walking around and doing our "consumerism" tour, as my friend Heather called it, I found this fluffy white knit headband. When it comes to practicality, it's not the best thing for keeping warm considering it doesn't cover the top of your head, but style wise, it covers all of those #wintergoals to look cute despite feeling like an icicle. 

As you would know if you followed my Instagram (@lostbutntfound), I've safely returned back to Rennes after a flight from Berlin to Paris, and a train from Paris to Rennes. Today was spent unpacking, tackling emails, and editing the last batch of Berlin photos. I'll be posting photos from both Munich + Berlin with small recaps, but lets just say Berlin was nothing short of incredible. It beats Paris any day; actually, that might be pushing it a bit, but they're both very different cities. 

Hoping you guys are doing well and surviving whatever weather conditions you're dealing with! As far as I know, the East Coast has snow upon snow with chilling temperatures and Queensland has a very scary cyclone going on. Wishing you guys safety wherever you are!  xo Isabelle 

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Strasbourg

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[Centre Ville of Strasbourg]
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[Post-card mania at a souvenir shop outside the cathedral] 
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[City view of Strasbourg from atop the Notre Dame Cathedral] 
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[Plentiful vibrant flowers just the day before Valentine's Day]  
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[Coffee and cronuts at the scrumptious Dreher bakery]  
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[With my friend Olivia in front of the cathedral] 
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[Vistors look in complete awe at the extremely massive cathedral] 
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[A man picks up some flowers in town on Valentine's Day eve]
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[A woman rides by on her bike in the rather quiet Place Kléber] 
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[Heather, Olivia, and Me atop the Cathedral at the lookout point] 


       While I haven't actually traveled much around France, besides around Brittany, if you asked me one city that is a must see, I would recommend the oh-so quaint city of Strasbourg. As I've just come to realize this year, I'm definitely more of a small scale city type of girl. Strasbourg exudes a quaint vibe coming from the surplus of family owned bakeries while it is on the other hand also a bustling city with it's own tram transportation system. Being the blogger I am, my eyes lit up at the sight of vibrant roses up roses in preparation for Valentine's Day the day after our arrival. I eagerly observed and photographed as many people purchased bouquets for their loved ones on a very beautiful day in Strasbourg. There was something about the curving streets and the almost strange vibe of the people that I actually quite liked. The several churches on every corner is something to note as well in the most religious region of France- but the Notre Dame of Strasbourg is the most noteworthy. We've talked about Notre Dame in Paris and in Reims in art history, but never this massive version. 

 It's one thing to frolic around Paris, which in my opinion has lost it's true culture to tourism, but it's another thing to be able to speak the language in a city you've never once been to. Having told anyone who asked that we "lived in Rennes" and "we're here for 9 months", we got a lot of strange reactions about how far Rennes is from Alsace-they're on complete opposite sides of the country. 

Hope you guys are doing well and that you like these pictures! I truly enjoyed Strasbourg and the character of the charming city. Munich + Berlin coverage coming soon! 


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5 Days in Paris

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[Gardens of Versailles] 
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[Fondation Louis Vuitton] 
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[Place Des Vosges]
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[Street Art Exhibit inception] 
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[Versailles in Winter] 
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[Inside the Fondation Louis Vuitton] 
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[Louvre pyramid from the inside] 
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[Travel buds Heather, Olivia, and Carolyn]
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[The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles] 
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[La Seine]
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[The gals at Versailles]


           Hey guys! Last time I talked to you guys, I was still in Paris with my school for our five day trip before going to Strasbourg and now Munich with my friends (with Berlin to come!). During our time in Paris, we did all of the typical touristy things- Versailles, the Louvre, and Ladurée deliciousness. But in addition to these excursions, we also did some things that I have never done, even after having gone many times to Paris. Despite waiting in an hour long line because of new security measures, the architecture of the Louis Vuitton Foundation had a unique fun-house like exhibit (pictured above) which was somewhat worth the extensive wait. The exhibit included a light/water room with a flashing light and a room that was pitch black except for a single light. It's sort of hard to explain, but let's just say it was awesome. In general, the inside walls were a bit empty but it was still interesting to see. 

Another place I enjoyed was Centre Pompidou, which is an area thriving with arts galore. The area used to be an old parking lot according to JP, my art history teacher, but now it has been transformed into a unique museum. One of the most notable sights to see there is the Jeff Koons exhibit, which includes larger than life sculptures resembling balloon animals. In addition, the museum features sculptor Marcel Duchamp, with whom we studied in class as well. 

I hope that you guys enjoyed these few pictures! I'm already in Munich, meaning that I have a slew of Strasbourg pictures to come. Talk soon! xoxo 

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