Weekend in Berlin

Weekend in Berlin

What a weekend! I have a surprise for many of you (for those who follow my instagram account, the surprise is unfortunately ruined…). Last weekend in France was a holiday, which meant that we had a four-day weekend. With so much time off, I decided it was the perfect time to go and visit one of my best friends, Sally. So, I headed of to Berlin! Yes, I spent the four-day weekend exploring the city and hanging out with one of my dearest pals.

Berlin is an awesome city. It was my first time there, and to Germany! Having studied German for five years with the expectation of going to visit the country with my family, you can probably imagine how excited I was to finally go. There is something really interesting about Berlin. As we wandered the city, I felt as if there was not ‘one’ Berlin. The capital is incredibly diverse, and as you progress around the city, it almost feels as if you yourself are traveling through different cultures and countries. Berlin is super cool and edgy, owning a fantastically active art and music scene. Although I could never see myself living there (Paris has stolen my heart), I would love to go and visit again.

My friend Sally is also an Au Pair, and her German ‘family’ owns a beautiful apartment right in the centre of the city. Being in such a central location meant that we saw and did lots of different things – of which I am currently writing in an upcoming blog photo diary post.

Overall I had an awesome weekend, and got to finally tick one of the cities that I have been desperate to visit! If you have been there, I would love to know what you thought of the city.

The last two weeks on Instagram

The last two weeks on Instagram

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of my usual ‘This week on Instagram’ posts, and without further ado, here it is. The last two weeks have been incredibly busy – I’ve ended up doing so much. But the main idea that I think one could possibly take from the last couple of days is that I have been somewhat preoccupied with Spring – Paris in Spring. As previously mentioned in my blog (and of course in future posts), Spring here in Paris is beautiful. There is something magical and dream-like to be able to wander around the various streets, especially with no aim or goal in mind. The arrival of the flowers and green luscious leaves makes for much nicer photos, and I’ve recently been trying to experiment with different angles and ways to capture the environment around me. As you will be able to tell, I’m becoming a huge fan or the sun flare and trying to get that ethereal quality to my photographs. I just hope that my filter on my lens protects my camera enough!

The next two weeks have quite a lot in store for me, as it is official the school holidays here in France. Yay! Today I leave with the youngest children in my family, and head towards the south of France to the idyllic coastal town of Cassis. I am extremely excited (so much that it causes me to describe using alliteration!), and as my first time to the south of France (correct me if I’m wrong Mum), I’m really looking forward to seeing the sea and the area. As we’re quite close to Marseille, I hope that perhaps we’ll get a chance to travel and have a look around there. Following this, I then go back to England for a week to see my family. During my time back at home, we will be taking a special journey to a destination that I will be revealing nearer the time – oooo mysterious!

À bientôt!

Top 15 most inspiring Parisian Instagram accounts to follow

Top 15 most inspiring Parisian Instagram accounts to follow

I’m definitely not the first to admit this but, I love instagram. In fact, I might even be somewhat of an addict. As one of the first things I look at in the morning and the last at night, instagram is a fantastic way of seeing how others view the world that we live in. I’ve also found instagram great for learning more about this amazing city that I live in. From discovering new cafes or places to visit, to different ways to photograph many of the iconic sights here in Paris, instagram is invaluable. With all this said, and my addiction proudly declared to the world, I have composed a list of just some of my favourite Parisian based instagram accounts and photographers. ‘Some’ is used in the context that I probably could have chosen hundreds of accounts to include, but that would take forever and most definitely be never ending! So let me know some of your favourites as I love learning about new people to follow 🙂

Paris in Four Months (Instagram and Blog)

Paris in Four Months

I have been a huge fan of Paris in Four Months, even before I came out to Paris this year. A photographer and blogger, Carin Olsson posts beautifully bright instagrams. So whenever you’re feeling down and blue, be sure to check out her account for some cheering up. Olsson’s blog will provide you with much travel envy!

Where Kate Resides (Instagram and Blog

Where Kate Resides Instagram account

Some of you may already have met my friend Kate through my other posts within my blog. Kate is one of my best friends here, and is not only a fellow au pair, but a fellow instagramer and blogger. Kate is awesome at photography, and every time we meet up and venture around the city, she always finds something magical to photograph.

o_reilly_s (Instagram and Blog)

o_reilly_s

Aurélie’s instagram photos have a retro-vintage feeling to them, and offers an interesting insight into her various journeys. As stated in her ‘about me’, her account truly is the perfect representation of ‘Les flâneries d’Aurélie’, to which we can all follow too. I love her blog as well – which is both in French and English, meaning that I get to practice my French! Aurélie always find new places to explore in the city, which in turn inspires people like me – so many thanks to Aurélie!

Lost in Cheeseland (Instagram and Blog)

Lost in Cheeseland

One can always trust on Lindsey Traumuta’s instagram feed for Parisian inspiration – whether that be new locations to visit in the city, or perhaps the various hidden cafés to go an try for yourself. I am also obsessed with Lindsey’s blog. Before coming to Paris (and whilst still being here of course), I spent numerous hours exploring her various posts getting inspiration for my upcoming move to this beautiful city. Both Lindsey’s instagrams and blog posts are really inspiring, and definitely worth favouriting if you haven’t already.

La Denicheuse (Instagram and Blog)

Ladenicheuse

Sophie’s posts include a nice mixture of everything Parisian – ranging from the typical views of the city’s beautiful rues, to mouth-watering meals and food. I find that her photos have a fresh and young vibe, which I really like.

VuTheara (Instagram and Blog)

Vutheara

For those who do not live in Paris, make sure you check out VuTheara’s instagram account. VuTheara’s account represents his fascination with light, street photography and the urban environment. He captures the daily life of Parisians and the stunning architecture of the city with exquisite detail and from incredible perspectives. Even if you’re far away from Paris, just looking through VuTheara’s instagrams transport you to the city of love.

Making Magique (Instagram and Blog)

Making Magique

It seems that, a long with all the other people mentioned in this blog post, Haleigh Chasten Wlasworth aka Making Magique is definitely living the dream here in Paris, and her instagrams truly represent this. Making Magique blends beautiful pastel shades to capture the dreamy and magical quality of Paris and her daily life. However, it’s not just Paris that is included on her feed – check out many of her fashion and beauty posts.

Lauren Lou Bate (Instagram and Blog)

Lauren Lou Bate

Lauren Lou is an Australian Parisian, and her instagram account showcases her stunning photographs. Lauren also posts photos of her various trips – so travel along with her throughout her journey here in Paris and other places!

Katie Mitchell Photography (Instagram and Blog)

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell is a wedding photographer, and her instagrams are incredibly beautiful. Not only does Katie post photographs of the city of love, but she also includes the odd photograph of her clients – those in love in the city of love. If you’re looking for some inspiration of where to get either some good selfie photos or group photos etc, check out Katie’s instagram account to view some amazing locations in Paris.

Am_Bitieuse (Instagram and Blog)

Am Bitieuse

A Mexican girl based in Paris, Ylenia’s instagram account and blog, aka Ambitious, is full of colour and vibrancy. Ylenia posts a blend of fashion and lifestyle. Her blog also has a heavy focus on fashion, and both Ylenia’s blog and instagram account are great for inspiration, and of course fashion envy!

Journey into La Ville Lumiere (Instagram and Blog)

Journey into La Ville Lumiere

Hana is originally from Slovakia, but has been living in Paris since January 2013. During this time, she has posted exquisite photos of La Ville Lumiere, making even those like me who live here jealous! Hana has a knack of taking wonderful shots, which often range from fashion to lifestyle. Name it, and Hana does it.

My Beautiful Pari (Instagram and Blog)

My Beautiful Pari

Norma Thiessen (also known for her blog My Beautiful Paris), takes a myriad of beautiful images of in and around Paris. However, not only does she takes photos of sights around her, but also join her on her journey across the world. Oh, and you’ll also see the odd photograph of her delightfully cute dog Oscar!

Arthur Gosse (Instagram)

Arthur Gosse

The one thing that you’ll be able to notice about Arthur’s photographs is that he manages to perfectly capture the daily life of the city, without being imposing. Arthur’s instagrams also show his versatility for perspective, which in turns help inspires people like myself when we next visit specific sites. Follow him to be transported through a true Flaneur journey around Paris.

Celicelo (Instagram)

Celicelo

Céline’s photos are always different, never the same. Playing around with a variety of colours, perespctives and scenes in her instagrams, Céline’s photographs are beautiful. Not only does she post images from in and around Paris, but also of her various travels – get ready to have some travel jealousy!

Callicles (Instagram and VSCO)

Callicles

There is something very tranquil about Sam J’s images. It’s almost like you are physically present at the scene, peering around the corner of the various rues, glimpsing the sights for yourself.

Farewell January, hello February!

Farewell January, hello February!

January is often a somewhat monotonous month. Christmas has come and gone, and people go back to work or university. However, for me, this January has been incredibly different to what I have become accustomed to. For the last 6 years, January has meant exams, but this year was the first time in many that I didn’t have to revise over the Christmas holidays nor panic myself during this period. So now, I have a very different view-point of this time of year.  As previously mentioned, nothing exciting normally happens around this time, but here in Paris, January has definitely been an eventful one.

One only needs to think back to the three days of terror that took the city by surprise, with the attack on the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo, and the hostage scenes taking place both outside Paris and in the very heart of the city. Everyone was shaken by these events, which ultimately led to the most attended march in French History. Within the following weeks, the hysteria subdued, and people carried on with their January. Personally, this month has been incredibly interesting, not only living within the city that endured the scrutiny of the world for three days, but being able to be a part of the historical march that took place the following Sunday.

Anyway, as we wave goodbye to January and welcome February, I cannot help but burst with excitement for this upcoming month. For me, February is all about travelling! By the beginning of March I would have travelled to three cities, in two different countries.

The beautiful village of Barcelonnette (Photo from skiinfo.fr)

My first adventure takes place in the French Apls, in Barcelonnette to be precise. I am going skiing with my Au Pair family for a week, and I cannot wait! I haven’t been skiing since I was about 13 years old, and I can only hope I remember how to do it. I remember how to snowplough, or at least I think I do, so fingers crossed. My French family own their own chalet up in the Alps, and it will be a wonderful occasion to send more time with them and to see them skiing (and letting them watch and laugh whilst I attempt to do so too!).

Straight after my week skiing, the very next day I go over the border to Switzerland for a quick two-day visit to Geneva. My friend Kate (check out her blog here, it’s awesome!), mentioned about some cheap flights to Geneva and wanted to see if I was interested in going – and of course I was! Whilst living in Paris and being on my gap year, I am desperate to make the most of being able to travel, and I jumped at the chance to be able to go to this enchanting city. Even though we’re only staying one night, I’m sure that we’ll be able to see and do plenty. I hate to admit this as well, but I actually don’t know that much about Geneva. So if anyone has any tips or knows of particular sites or places to go, please do let me know. I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland, and I am really excited.

After Geneva, literally the day after, I get on a plane and head over to the west – to Madrid! I will be going to Madrid for 5 days to visit my boyfriend Malek (who’s blog is incredible, check it out if you haven’t already). When I last went over in November, we had two days of sight-seeing, so I’m particularly eager to see even more of this amazing city and perhaps take a day trip or two to places outside of Madrid. So if you’re reading this Malek, getting planning on the various things we can see and do in the city!

As you can see, this is going to be a busy month for me, and keep checking out my blog as I write about all these mini adventures 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights about anywhere I am travelling to, or just in general.