New York State of Mind

A girl's adventures in New York City and elsewhere...



One of the hundreds of reasons I need to return to Paris as soon as possible- to search for more Invader pieces.

It wasn't until I got back to New York City that I realized his invasion of Paris is currently in progress. I happened to photograph several of his mosaics while touring the city, and learned more about the street artist once I returned home. Invader's pieces can be seen in more than 60 cities in 30 countries. He even recently released an app, Flash Invaders, that allows you to "flash" the street mosaics to score points and compete with other players. If only I would have known! My mom and I would have had a blast filling our gallery with flashes and racking up points. Looks like I will just need to figure out a way to get back to Paris...



We spent our first day in Paris in the village of Montmartre. Situated 425 feet above sea level, Montmartre has spectacular views of the city and has inspired artists including Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse.
After climbing endless amounts of stairs, my mom and I started our tour through the 18th Arrondissement at the white-domed basilica of the Sacré-Coeur. The views both outside and inside the church were breathtaking.
After the basilica we wandered to Place du Terte, an old square where artists gather to paint and sell their artwork. It was crowded with tourists while we were there, which was overwhelming in the July heat, but was still charming all the same.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon strolling the winding cobblestone streets in Montmartre. The cafes, homes, and greenery were all so beautiful!
We stopped for a refreshing glass of rose at Jeanne B at 61 Rue Lepic and indulged in gelato at Amorino before getting back on the Metro. We also saw the famous red windmill of Moulin Rouge outside the station. Exploring Montmartre was the perfect way to kick off our vacation in Paris!


J'aime Paris

I fell head over heels in love with Paris. I knew the city would be beautiful, but I had no idea how quickly it would capture my heart. My mom and I spent five days in the city and walked over fifty miles exploring museums, parks, and old cobblestone streets. Here are the first of many photos from our adventures in Paris!


The Colors of Notting Hill

We spent my final morning in London wandering the streets of Notting Hill. I fell in love with the rows of brightly colored flats, shops, and cafes. The entire area was beyond charming.


Columbia Road Flower Market

If you find yourself in London on a Sunday morning, I recommend strolling through the Columbia Road Flower Market in the East End. The market is open from 8 am until around 3 pm and is stocked with a variety of colorful bouquets and plants. There are also a variety of shops behind the flower stalls that are worth popping into. After your morning shopping, walk over to Shoreditch or Spitalfields for a relaxing brunch or lunch. The flower market was the perfect way to spend my Sunday during my holiday in London!


Shoreditch Street Art

Shoreditch was one of my favorite neighborhoods we explored while in London. The coffee shops, bakeries, boutiques, and crowds of hipsters made me feel a bit like I was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Joanna and I walked through the streets of Shoreditch several times and I loved the street art we saw along the way. During my next holiday in London I need to take a Shoreditch Street Art Tour to learn even more about the artists that use the neighborhood as their canvas.
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