homeward bound

it is with mixed emotions that i leave france today to return to connecticut for the summer. on the one hand, i will miss this country and my host family more than words can do justice. on the other, i could not be more excited to reunite with family and friends and return to routine and some decorating projects i can’t wait to share with all of you. i’m taking a moment to reflect on some of the experiences i’ve had during my five months in europe and inviting you to see more on the travel blog i’ve kept over at mackenzie en france

there were trips to the many châteaux of the loire valley, including a particularly trying trip to villandry
michael and i spent valentine’s day in paris
i took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to barcelona with my dad
i explored and adored amsterdam with michael…
i saw the breathtaking beaches and american cemetery of normandy
my brother grayson and i frolicked in interlaken
after which we went hang gliding in the swiss alps
michael and i fell in love with venice
we climbed the duomo in florence
we went from the colosseum in rome
to the parthenon in athens
then there was that can’t-look-away view in ios
plus the donkey ride in santorini
…followed by a whirlwind trip to london, prague, munich, salzburg, vienna, and istanbul with my mom and sister reilly (pictures to follow!).
it’s been one hell of a semester and i am so incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity to see the world at such an early age. thank you, mom and dad — see you this afternoon!

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  1. oh wow, i am so jealous of your time there! i always wanted to study abroad, but…. i didnt. i spent 10 days in paris after graduating and fell in love. can’t wait to go back!

    thanks so much for visiting. we’re somewhat neighbors 😉 i’m definitely going to keep you in my blog-visit-list!!

  2. have a safe trip home and we can’t wait to see you blogging from Connecticut. Yes you are very lucky to have all of these wonderful experiences. I’m headed over to your other blog right now.

    xx – Christina

  3. Such gorgeous photos! Love that adorable donkey. Have a safe trip home, I hope the joy of being with family will dampen the sadness of ending your travel adventure. So much of life is bittersweet isn’t it?