The last of our travels through Europe! Highlights: ultimate hangs, stays and lobster eating with my sister Cydney and her boyfriend Tom (best humans possible); so, so many great galleries – especially Raven Row and White Cube; Five Guys Burgers and Fries (srsly...do it); admiring all the ladies sneakers in Pam Pam; mushroom sandwiches and tasty coffees at Broadway Market; and our night out (and all the beverages) with some new friends we met in Santorini. I must admit we were tired, running out of money and looking forward to coming home, but London was a really fun sendoff! Images taken by myself and Marcus Hollands
Paris was our absolute favourite, a little cliche I know. It sort of felt like Melbourne, but better. The design, in all senses, exceed any and all of my expectations. We stayed in Le Marais and found it incredibly inspiring and convenient; wondering the streets mostly by foot and bicycle. Our favourite eats; Cafe Charlot – for burgers, fries and artichoke the size of your face, Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie – the best granola we've ever had (I try to recreate it almost weekly), Monsieur Bleu – for a swish meal and delicious Joseph Dirand interiors, all the baguettes, all the croissants and all the nutella crepes (and I mean all of them). We were so amazed by the usual; Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and of course seeing some of Anish Kapoor's work at Versailles, but somewhere that really took us by surprise was Fondation Louis Vuitton. The building is beyond dreamy and the collection was just too good. There was so, so much more but this post is already getting long. By far the hardest place to leave, and the first place we want to return. Au revoir, for now ♡
Images taken by myself and Marcus Hollands
The first image is actually from Florence, at a lovely place we stumbled across called La Ménagére. Not enough images for a single post, because sadly our time in Florence was cut short. But oh my Positano! Driving along the Amalfi Coast had to be one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Taking in so much beauty and feeling nothing but pure excitement and happiness. Notables: the ultimate cliffside lifestyle, that bluey-purple hue, perfect rows of beach umbrellas, my first Negroni, pizza and cocktails on the beach, swims at dusk and dawn, all of the gelato, that family on the beach that fed us watermelon, never wanting to put the camera down because everything is so, so wonderful and never wanting to leave! Images taken by myself and Marcus Hollands.
Oh Venice! Highlights: the colours and textures, secret nooks and passages, never-ending daylight, outdoor dining on every footpath, Fondazione Prada round two, a daily serving of gelato, Coca-Cola with ice and lemon, and of course the Venice Biennale. Lows – enduring long bus and ferry rides jam-packed with tourists, the inescapable heat, and the joy of going to Lido Beach followed by the great disappointment of the lukewarm, murky water. We had such a mixed experience, terrible luck salvaged by incredible luck in just a few short days – a story I won't even trouble you with. I'm looking forward to going back one day...but definitely in Winter. Images by myself and Marcus Hollands.
Milan! The city I never expected to love. So much charm, and the locals are genuinely fabulous. In just two short days, I was captured by: the people and their attire, Ponkj Espresso Bar — for the espresso, pistachio croissants and excellently loud Italian music, Fondazione Prada + Cafe Luce for exceeding all expectations, marble street signs and so, so many Aperol Spritz. Above images taken by myself and Marcus Hollands.
I can't believe it's been over a year since I have posted! But what a year it's been. In short, I got married, I went on an epic five week European honeymoon, and I moved to Sydney! Now here I am, finally with a moment to share film from our incredible adventure. Starting in Santorini, the most glorious place I have ever seen. Highlights: Delightful breakfast brought to our terrace, sunrise and sunset gradients like you wouldn't believe, the whitest of whites and the bluest of blues, beautiful Greek humans, sailing, swimming, sun-dried octopus, and cigars and cocktails with new friends. The above images were taken by myself and Marcus Hollands.
I know, I know. My last posts have been aaaaaall about New Zealand. But if you feel like seeing some tasty photos without the yip-yap, see this delightful flickr feed from a delight human.
It was our second last day, and so we drove back from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown. Feeling like humans again, we managed to explore and appreciate Arrowtown for the lovely place that it is.
Back in Queenstown, we supposed it would be wrong to leave without having Fergburger (I have never seen a burger so large in all my life.) So we sat outside under a heater while it politely snowed on us. The very last shot was from our beloved Frankton Motorcamp on the lake, the morning we left. I think it perfectly captures how we felt leaving.
This is my official goodbye to New Zealand, who has stolen a piece of my heart and scattered it across the South Island. Thanks for reading x
The next morning we went to 47Frocks, a super cool boutique where I discovered a new favourite NZ brand, kowtow. Another happy accident was finding Federal Diner down a sneaky lane. Two piccolos and an Antipodes sparkling water later, we continued on the road to Mount Cook.
After a few hours drive, we found a quaint little spot for lunch nestled between a caravan park and Lake Ruataniwha. The water and trees were such an amazing colour, and I was completely in love with the 'kindly sponsored by' waterslide and it's perfect reflection. I was also pretty darn stoked with my avocado, prosciutto, cherry tomato and goats brie baguette.
The day became moodier and moodier and by the time we were driving through Aoraki, the mountains were swimming in fog. It even snowed a little bit, which was actually lovely and made it much more glorious than I could have imagined. It was growing darker and colder, so we headed to Lake Tekapo to warm up in the hot pools.
Alas, I have encountered another few moments of time to finish my New Zealand memoir ;)
Big thanks to Elize for all her wonderful recommendations — a favourite being Peak Espresso. Such a good little spot, and the greatest coffee. I took a quick snap to remember the spot, but Elize captured it so very nicely so please have a drool at hers.
Continuing the engagement celebrations (because a mountain top champagne party followed by an extremely swanky dinner is most definitely not enough), the next day we went to Amisfield Winery for lunch. We sat outside in the glorious sunshine, and had the 'trust the chef' banquet. My oh my. Between courses, we bathed in the sunlight and took a few too many photos of each other. I hope you enjoy my casual 'oh this? this is just my brand new engagement ring' pose. Yes, we did switch chairs for this shot.
We managed to stuff ourselves right to the brim, and after a short drive to Arrowtown we couldn't muster the energy to do anything but nap under a tree. In no mood to explore the town, we decided we would continue on, and stop in on the way back when we felt a little less like grizzly bears — in all the ways imaginable. We made it to Wanaka a little before sunset, stopping briefly at the lake then heading to our campsite.