Friday, 22 August 2014

Marseille Photo Diary

It's now been a couple of days since I left Marseille (I've had literally NO wifi connection up until now) and I actually really miss it. I didn't really know what to expect when the train pulled up at the platform... but I just love it. It's got such a collection of different atmospheres which I'm all about - some districts full of small, independent galleries and trendy cafes; others, like that which surrounds the Vieux Port, are all elegance. I feel like I'm discovering gem after gem on my trip through France - I spent the night before last in a very eccentric French hotel we found on the night in a beautiful town called Arles which has been one of my favourite locations to date. It was so picturesque but filled with this really cool, creative vibe. Tonight I'll be in Barcelona, so expect a lot more photos there, I absolutely can't wait. Wherever you are, I hope you're week is going wonderfully. 


Monday, 18 August 2014

A Postcard From Paris

I am now sitting on my bed in my hotel room in Marseille, but naturally uploads have not quite managed to keep up with my exact location. My train got here yesterday afternoon, so I haven't really got to explore much of the city yet. From what I've seen though, it looks gorgeous. I've only got one full day here, so I'm pretty much just going to wander around the Vieux Port and maybe pop into the enormous cathedral or an art museum for a look around. A lounge by the pool may also be in order...

Anyway, these are some pictures I took when I was visiting the Louvre. I'd been there a couple of times before but the scale of it never ceases to amaze me. If you're a Londoner, you'll get this analysis; The Louvre is sort of like The British Museum, the V&A, and the National Gallery have been combined, in both in its size and its content. Very impressive. The grounds are gorgeous too, and the gardens that back onto it are beautiful. Though I'm horrendously excited to be sitting in sunny Marseille (eek!) I'm feeling just a little melancholy like I think most people do after leaving Paris. Doubtless I'll be back soon. 


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Paris Photo Diary

My whistle-stop tour of Paris has flown by, and my train leaves for Marseille tomorrow morning. I just love it here - I hope one day (when my French is a little better) to stay here for a bit, uni maybe. We'll see. For now at least, Paris remains one of my favourite places in the world (especially now that I've well and truly mastered the Metro). These are a few pictures of my visit - I managed to fit so much into the course of a few days that I'm completely tired out, and I thought I'd share some of the best places I've visited that I most recommend:

-The obvious: Le Tour Eiffel or The Eiffel Tower for you English speakers. A rarity in that it isn't in the least underwhelming when you see it in the flesh. It really is as beautiful as in the pictures. It is very touristy though, so be prepared - but if you can look past that the views from the top are stunning.

-Another obvious one: The Louvre Museum, home of the infamous Mona Lisa, as well as a hoard of other famous works from history: painting, sculpture and design. The gallery is almost unfathomably huge, so don't arrive with the expectation of seeing everything in a single trip. Also, arrive early to avoid the queues.

-Another gallery, though slightly more obscure; The Orangerie is a beautiful gallery on the edge of the Tuileries gardens. The crisp, modern interior is the perfect backdrop to a multitude of impressionist paintings, including a collection of Monet's Waterlilies.

-If you're looking for an all-Parisian shopping experience, look no further than Galerie Lafayette, Paris' answer to Selfridges in London, or Macy's in NYC. The beautiful stained glass dome and the roof-top terrace are attractions in themselves. 

-A nice place to sit and relax are the Tuileries Gardens which back onto the Louvre. Especially beautiful in summer, the rows of trees and beds of flowers are a lovely escape from the city.

-Lastly, Montmartre is a quirky hill-top district of the city, housing art markets, cafes and the beautiful Sacre Coeur church. Try and stick to the less touristy areas as these get super busy - stick instead to the quieter streets, full of hand-made boutiques and vegetarian restaurants. 

I could literally write a list longer than my arm of all the places worth seeing in Paris. I thought I'd narrow it down to five so save your sanity. Bear in mind that all these places are relatively obvious attractions, but if you're only going for a weekend and you're relatively unfamiliar with the city, these, in my opinion, are the places to go first. I can't get enough of this wonderful city and I love everything about it. I hope you're all doing wonderfully x


Friday, 15 August 2014

Sleep Tight: Paris, Night no.1

I love Paris - the general atmosphere has already been made obvious by a stroll through the surrounding area. I thought I'd show you a couple of pictures taken in my hotel room, for no reason in particular, before the extremely snap-happy tourist emerges in me at around breakfast time tomorrow morning. 

Tomorrow is looking like a day reserved for gallery viewing, and nosing around the centre. Even though Paris and I go way back, I feel like it'd be sacrilege to scrimp on the major tourist attractions (Eiffel Tower, I'm coming for ya'), and I've already managed to stop by at a pharmacy and pick up a bottle of Bioderma; I know, I'm about 2 years late to the party on that one. 


Sunday Diary #3

I have just got back from Wilderness festival, which means that I'm still feeling (more that a little) groggy, but also that I've still got that buzz you get from being surrounded by a constant source of energy. I went with a gaggle of my best friends, and we had the best time. I have always been a festival kind of gal - I love the feeling of being in a huge crowd of people and dancing 'till dawn. I am definitely prepared to brave the queues for the incredibly expensive (but very delicious) paella, and even to hesitantly climb into one of the stage side porta-loos, which need no introduction. I even enjoyed having to re-erect our tent with one of my friends at 3 in the morning after it was blown down (and nearly blown away!) in a gale.

The live music was incredible - we saw London Grammar (who were hauntingly beautiful), Sam Smith, Jessie Ware who were all incredible, and we found some awesome little (I mean like 4m by 4m) tents playing come classic 90s hits. Though I was very thankful to get home to a shower, I'm missing it already.

Anyway, last week or so a friend of mine and I were having a wonder in town, and kind of on a whim decided to have a mosey around China town. It's something I'd done before, but it was really nice to revisit it when it wasn't so busy (previous trips had mainly taken place around Chinese New Year - it's amazing to see but you literally can't move for people). I have to say, I really don't know why I didn't go back sooner. I love how vibrant everything is here; from restaurants to newsagents this place is bursting with colour.

It's safe to say I was looking forward to my next trip - so, here I am, back there again, bubble tea in hand, exploring the streets. It's also on a really nice route through London to walk: you can go from Covent garden, Neil's Yard, through China town, down to Leicester Square, Trafalgar square, and then down to the river. It was on this trail that most of these photos were taken. I love walking around the city, there's always so much to see.

Also, I am in PARIS! I am so excited to be back in one of my favourite cities in the world. I'm doing a round-a-bout trip of France and Spain, Paris being the first stop, so expect a ton of photos. I hope you're all having a lovely week.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Juliet, The Dice Was Loaded From The Start

The weather lately has been really hot and sunny (save for a few highly dramatic thunderstorms), which has meant that I've been reluctant to wear anything too dressy or constricting. I usually don't really think I can pull off the 'I woke up like this' look, so I've had to compromise somewhat (hence the lipstick and heels I stole from Elena). I love this shirt from H&M, newly bought only a few days ago. One of the reasons this is perfect for a... domestically challenged (READ: lazy) girl like me is that the creases that would usually get ironed out actually work with it, in fact, the more crinkles the better. The fabric is nice and light, perfect for these hot, sweaty summer days. 

I put a pair of denim cutoffs underneath (which kind of make me look like I've got nothing on the bottom half...) and space buns, which make me feel like a character from The Powerpuff Girls. I also just threw on some shades because it was nice and sunny outside (not that you'd know it from these shots) which I picked up from Spitalfields market.