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  • cape town :: lion’s head hike & manna epicure

    As we left the safari experience of a lifetime behind us, I could only hope that a few days in Cape Town could mend my broken heart, already missing the people and animals we fell in love with. Thankfully, we’d heard wonderful things about Cape Town, and it lived up to our expectations and more – from the beautiful beaches and mountains, the wildlife and nature, to the incredible restaurant scene and warm-hearted locals, it’s a place I’d return to over and over.

    Although it wasn’t the first thing we did in CT, I wanted to start off with a bang and introduce you to the city with these stunning views. First impressions count for something!

    / May 8, 2017
  • our south african safari

    Before we get started, I have to warn you that this is probably the most photo-heavy blog post you’ll probably ever read, at least on WTW. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy looking at them as much as I do, and I’ll try to keep my “talking” to the minimum and let the pictures speak for themselves. 

    Having said that, the photographs are very much a one dimensional memory of the experience – you can’t capture the different auras, quirks and unique behaviours of each animal anywhere close to how it feels in real life. I’ve compiled a very casual, non-edited video of the clips we took, which hopefully captures some of that magic. 

    So! Safari. How can I put this into words? It was so far beyond what I expected. We were excited to see the animals in the wild, and that’s about all we knew of the safari experience. But my goodness, it is so much more. I know that a lot had to do with the lodge we chose to stay in, so let me tell you a little bit about Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

    / May 2, 2017
  • amalfi coast :: ravello

    As I was editing and uploading the photos for this post, I found myself thinking, “I can’t believe I was there”. I am still pinching myself that I visited somewhere so indescribably beautiful.

    We’re talking about Ravello, possibly the most beautiful, serene and quietly glamorous town that we visited on the coast (well, it’s high above in the mountains, so not directly on the coast). It easily earns its place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, and it’s no wonder that it was once a hub for some of the most inspirational artists and writers, including Richard Wagner, Virginia Woolf, André Gide, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Leonard Bernstein, among many more. I’m quite certain that a few days spent there would make a poet out of anyone.

    / September 20, 2016
  • amalfi coast :: boat tour to capri

    As usual, I’m full of excuses for my recent absence, but I’ll get into a monthly wrap-up later on. For now, I’m back with more Italian beauty – get comfortable, because there are a lot of photos, but I hope you’ll understand why it was so difficult to narrow them down! Feast your eyes on the wonder that is the Amalfi Coast by boat, and the glorious isle of Capri. 

    A few days before we left London, we booked a tour on Positano Boats, having read good reviews online. A day trip is a little more expensive than going on a larger ferry, but I think it’s worth it to be on a more intimate boat and have unobstructed views of the stunning surroundings.

    / August 23, 2016
  • amalfi coast :: path of the gods

    Even before arriving, one of the things that we knew we absolutely wanted to do was the famous hike on the Path of the Gods. We had a chat with the local tourism guide in Praiano (a very helpful and assertive lady!), and she informed us that the leg the hike that starts in Praiano and ends in Positano is the most scenic, and that where we were staying was actually the perfect location to join the trail. She strongly warned us that we should start early in the morning to avoid having the sun beating down on our backs, so we set our alarms for 6:30am and were out by 7am. So far, so good!

    / August 5, 2016
  • amalfi coast :: vettica maggiore, praiano

    I’m still pinching myself after our stunning trip to the Amalfi Coast! It is one of the most picture perfect places I’ve ever visited, and we just had such a wonderful time there. 

    Two years ago, E and I struggled to decide between going to Lake Como or the Amalfi Coast, and although we ended up choosing Como (which was incredible, I’ve blogged all about it!), we couldn’t get our minds off of the latter. So this summer was our time to tick it off, and we are so, so happy to have made it!

    To kick things off, I’ll start with the area in which we stayed for the week, which was Vettica Maggiore in Praiano. We hit the jackpot with our Airbnb apartment, which was beautiful, spacious, perfectly located and with a gorgeous view from the balcony. Having visited a few of the popular towns on the coast, we were so glad that we’d chosen Praiano as our base. It’s much less busy than Positano, has some fantastic restaurants, two beaches, and a sense of calm and quiet. 

    / August 1, 2016
  • arles :: a cobblestoned roman city

    Before we drove down to Camargue to greet the flamingos, we stopped off at Arles for a walk and some lunch. It’s a Roman city that still boasts majestic architecture like its amphitheatre and cathedral, and it’s a place where Van Gogh painted some of his most renowned works, including a childhood favourite of mine. Although it attracts many tourists, it felt like a relatively peaceful town where locals were shopping in the market and enjoying a provençal lifestyle, 

    I cannot get enough of French markets! Do you remember the one I went to in Bordeaux? It takes a lot of willpower not to grab something from every stall, and I’m pretty sure I could live off those freshly baked loaves of bread alone. Ok, maybe with a bit of cheese…

    / July 25, 2016
  • camargue :: pink flamingo heaven

    I apologise in advance if this post takes an age to load, as it’s ridiculously photo heavy – but I’m pretty confident that you’ll think it’s worth it. 

    Camargue is a unique and fascinating region mostly made up of marshlands and lakes, and famous for their pink flamingos, horses and bulls, and red rice. Since it’s only an hour’s drive away from Aix-en-Provence, we took a day trip to Camargue and Arles with my father-in-law. Both him and E had been there multiple times before, but it was my first visit and I’m so glad we went – it was entirely different to anywhere else I’ve been in France or elsewhere, and we had a gorgeous day exploring this area in the South of France.

    / July 5, 2016
  • luberon :: peaceful bliss in provence

    I don’t think it would be too dramatic of me to say that I fell off the face of the blogging world, would it?! It’s been less than a month since my last post, which isn’t all that long, but it’s the longest break I’ve taken in three years so it feels like an age to me. I had an intense couple of weeks of working every spare minute (aside from being on bridesmaid duty for a hen do), but things are slowly winding down a little. 

    Before all of that, E and I spent a few days in France visiting family, which was truly lovely. So I hope you’ll forgive my absence with these gorgeous views of Luberon?

    / June 23, 2016
  • vietnam, phu quoc island :: bamboo cottages

    I’m going a little off the chronological course here (we went on an exciting tour the night before we left for the island, which I’ll write about later on), but I thought I’d take you on a little beach break as a breather from the Saigon hustle and bustle. Plus, I’m going to introduce you the cutest puppies I have ever laid eyes on, and if that doesn’t perk you up mid-week, I don’t know what will!

    When we were planning our trip, we knew that we wanted to go somewhere by the beach for a couple of days to relax and basically do nothing. After much research, we decided on Phu Quoc Island, which is about a 45 minute flight away from Saigon (the flights are also very cheap), and we found a little gem of a hotel – Bamboo Cottages. Not only did it sound like exactly the kind of hotel we love (family run, non-corporate, small, boutique), it also fit in perfectly with my Year of Mindful Living. Bamboo Cottages is 100% solar powered, an independent business run by an American/Vietnamese family, and through being completely “off the grid”, they minimise costs to help donate some of their proceeds to educational scholarships for local children. I fell in love with their ethos (and the beautiful pictures of their private beach didn’t hurt either!), and we headed there for 2 nights of blissful peace, fresh air and the salty sea.

    / April 20, 2016