Leslie Cikra: Sista Sista Euro Trip

My entire off day has once again blown by in a flash.  I woke up a little earlier than usual this morning to see my sister off back to the States to end (her 10 day, my 7 day) trip through Spain and France.  I took more pictures than are probably acceptable to post via social media and they definitely would not all fit on here, so I decided to post my favorites, and attach the link to 193 other photos I spent the afternoon uploading to my Facebook.  Everyone should be able to access these photos via this link, but PLEASE let me know if it doesn’t work!



The past three weeks have been such a whirlwind, but I am so grateful for the longer than average break from volley.  As much as I am loving the experience I am having over here, it definitely has it’s days and there is really no place like home.  Being able to be home and enjoy the Ohio snow and snuggle up with my kitties and my mom and sister and see the rest of my family was so so indescribable.  I am so lucky to have such an amazing support system, and be able to enjoy the familiarity and love of having my family around me.

Lucy and I shipped off back to Europe a few days before I started volley again for a 7 day tour of Barcelona and Paris.  We got to enjoy some of the historical highlights of each city, amazing food and wine, a lovely sunny 65 degree day in Barcelona, freezing rain in Paris, and the PERFECT New Years celebration watching the light show under the Eiffel Tower at midnight.  I could write tons and tons about our trip, but I would rather let the pictures do the talking.

Barcelona highlights: Running through airports, eating as many olives as we could get our hands on, 2 hours waiting in line for the beauty that is Sagrada Familia, and an amazing night out on the town.


(Barcelonetta Beach)


(Bobby Gin Bar)


(Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – Designed by the famous Gaudi)



(Park Guell, Barcelona – famous Gaudi architecture)


(Carpe Diem Lounge Club, Barcelona)

Paris highlights:  Traipsing through the Paris Metro and not getting lost once, popping champagne under the Eiffel Tower at midnight of the New Year and getting lost amongst the local French artists in Montmartre.


(Our love lock on the Love Lock Bridge, River Siene, Paris)



(Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris)


(Montmartre, where hundreds amazing painters have painted before those we saw)


(NYE at the Eiffel Tower)

There is such amazing history behind so many of the sights we got to see.  It was fun to see so many new sights for the first time with my sister, and such an awesome kick off to the new year.   While everyone is caught up in the New Year hubbub, I read this really awesome article that can resonate with a lot of us.  Yes, so many people talk about new years resolutions and all that, but this article discusses a lot of things I think we all want to work on to make our lives and those around us a little better day in and day out.


I have been back in Istres since Thursday evening, with two long days under my belt, and am patiently awaiting our first match on January 19.  There is lots to look forward to, the first of which being friends from high school who are coming to visit on Tuesday.  It was sad sending my sister back home, but I am looking forward to more of home this week, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of this season takes me!

Leslie Cikra
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