Happy New Year

This Christmas, my wife and I decided to not spend as much on presents so we could do some traveling.  We decided to go to Paris and Barcelona.  We left on December 31st and flew to Paris for the New Year celebrations.  To save on money, we used Airbnb, which worked out perfectly.  It was cool to feel like we lived in the cities for a few days instead of staying in a hotel.  In Paris, we were also able to go out to dinner with a friend I met at Aston.  Aston is truly an international university, which has enabled me to to make friends from all over the world.  You never know when you’ll run into a classmate, no matter where in the world you are living or visiting.  Now, check out some of the pictures from our trip.

Our first day we went to the Eiffel Tower and celebrated the New Year there watching the light show

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We visited the Louvre

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Notre Dame


Pont des Arts


After three days in Paris, we then took a train to Barcelona and escaped the cold weather for a few days.  The beach was fantastic, although we still needed to wear our jackets.


Casa Batlló


La Pedrera


Sagrada Familia

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You can see all of Barcelona from Montjuic


We ended our last night with the Three Kings Christmas parade


After three days in Barcelona, we flew back to Birmingham.  We really enjoyed visiting the different sites, learning about different cultures, and making new friends.  We hope to travel more in 2015!