My original plan was to head back home to Australia after Paris, but just days before I was due to leave, I extended my trip just a little longer. Amsterdam was my first stop in this little extension of my trip. My few days here were spent staying at an awesome hostel, enjoying beers in the sunshine here and here, shopping for vintage clothes here and many hours of wandering through this very walkable city. Next stop Berlin.
My two weeks in Paris were perfect. My days were filled with breakfasts of baguettes, French lessons in the morning, and adventures across Paris in the afternoon and evening. I’m beginning French lessons again here in Sydney next week, which I hope will be like having a little taste of Paris again.
Favourite sit down eats…Bistrot Victoires. I had an amazing meal here – just classic, simple bistrot food and not expensive at all. No photos – I was enjoying the meal far too much to think about documenting it!
Favourite stand up eats…L’As du Fallafel. There’s a reason why there’s a crowd gathered outside in this photo! I love falafel and I’m now on a mission to find the best in Sydney.
Favourite sweet eats…Pierre Herme. I loved this store – such a great fit-out, fantastic service and those amazing pastries! I was much more impressed by Pierre Herme than Laudrée. My favourite dessert is lemon tart and this tarte au citron was my favourite of all time. This is part of the reason my luggage wasn’t the only thing that arrived back in Australia heavier than when I left…
Hanging out by the Canal Saint Martin, the many many impromptu picnics, the perfect day in Versailles, the wine, the new friends, the old friends, and the perfect weather I was so lucky to get!
In Paris I loved so many little moments – opening the big front door to my Airbnb apartment and imagining I lived there, speaking French and being understood (some of the time!), getting mistaken for a local and being asked for directions, many hours of wandering through beautiful and exciting neighbourhoods, and time spent in my own company feeling completely content.
Now that I’m back home in Sydney and back to working in an office, it sometimes feels like my three month adventure was just a dream. And looking back at these photos from my time in Iceland it almost is like this place is too magical to even exist outside a dream. The scenery, the colours and the endless daylight was like nothing else on earth.
From New York I flew across the pond to London. Here are some highlights of a walking tour I took through East London. The tour operator is Alternative London Tours and their walking tours are run on tips alone. If you’re in London and even remotely interested in street art, I highly recommend this tour.
It’s been far, far too long between posts! Now that I’m back home in Australia and my adventures around the world have come to an end (for now anyway!), it’s time for me to play catch up with a few (ok, a lot) of travel posts. The first of which is a little place you might have heard of called New York City.
So it was way back in May (!) when I was in New York, but between my beloved travel journal and a paper bag I scrawled on, I remembered all my favourites.
Best dinner was this mouth watering BBQ at Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall. I need to find some good BBQ in Sydney!
Lots of play: a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, picklebacks, sitting on a rooftop in Brooklyn until the sun came up, having don’t stop believing stuck in my head for days courtesy of Rock of Ages on Broadway, Brooklyn Brewery tour, comedy at the Knitting Factory.
Everything. And I can’t wait to go back.