I've been back home for a few days now and have finally shaken off the jet-lag, so I wanted to talk about my trip to Germany and France. My husband had booked a speaking gig at the FMX Conference in Germany this past April, so we decided it would be fun to turn it into a vacation.
Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
We both flew to Stuttgart, Germany, which is a little city in the southwest of Germany. Between my husband's work obligations, we were able to walk around Stuttgart, drink delicious German beer and eat a lot of very hearty food. And since Darling Marcelle jewelry is inspired by art, I kept my eyes open for inspiration both in the official sights and outside where the graffiti grows. Here are a few of my German faves:
German beer uber alles!
German pretzel FTW! (They all looked like that with fat bottoms.)
A Troll sign for a brewery.
Banana graffiti I spotted at Schloss Solitude.
From Stuttgart, we took the train to Paris. Oh, I wish we had fast, comfy trains like these in the US! After 3 short hours, we arrived in Paris, where we stayed for an action-packed week. We saw Notre Dame (which looks surprisingly intact from the outside, minus the steeple), the Louvre, the Pompidou, the Musée d'Orsay and so much good graffiti. I will definitely have to return because I felt like we'd just barely scratched the surface of Paris after a week. Here are just a few of the my favorite pics:
Hamming it up in front of the Arc de Triomphe
Painting by Isidor Isou in the Pompidou. (Drips!)
Paris mirrored wheatpaste graffiti
I know this was probably not the most typical collection of photos you might expect from a trip to Europe, but these were some photos that I felt showed some of the things you can see when you aren't just checking off the list of famous sights (though those are fun, too!) I just enjoy wandering around a new city and looking for imagery that makes me smile or artwork that piques my curiosity. Let me know in the comments what picture is your favorite or any questions you have about my trip.