The white knit.. something I have managed to stay clear of until the “mature” age of 27. Finally I felt I was ready and grown up enough to maintain a day out wearing white. This may just be a metaphor; another way of understanding responsibility and growth. Somehow connected or simplified into fashion talk so my overactive brain could process whats happening around me. And what exactly is that? I guess a shift in career, a shift in mindset and of course a planetary shift – Jupiter squares Pluto at 17º Libra resulting in a death and subsequent rebirth regarding some of your world views and the things you have thought to be true up until this point (for those of you you don’t have an esoteric mother who shares every astrological movement via text or FB messenger).
Lyon, Lyon oh what a place, the meeting spot between rivers Rhône and Saône is where we spent a night en route to the south of France. Filled to the brim with medieval roads, coffee shops and churches we tried far to many sweet pastries while roaming our quaint neighbourhood in one of the most magical towns in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
During the past 6 months of chaos I think I forgot about the why I loved blogging so much. The the truth is (for me at least) that blogging was always about sharing my cool finds. Things I thought were interesting enough to earmark for others. So even though I have a MOUND of photographs from Europe to go through, edit and upload I thought I might as well slot this in between.
A chaotic city with so many districts can seem overwhelming at first, but we stuck to our lane (that being St Germain des Près) and had an a rather eye-opening and educational time. I think everyone wants to love Paris, everyone wants to feel the magical of this crazy historical city; and while it’s charm, and ancient heritage wormed it’s way into our hearts… I could not help to feel a touch relieved once we left. Don’t get me wrong it was powerful, bustling, classical and modern all rolled up into one, but for a small city girl from Cape Town it was a slight sensory overload. I think my low-lying claustrophobia may have been heightened due to the sheer number of people in the city for summer, filled to the brim of young-somethings clutching for a life in the the light. Personally I don’t feel like I know this vast space well enough to give you any ‘hot spots’ but I was lucky enough to receive so many amazing recommendations from friends that we got to try out some stellar spots!
A city after our very own hearts, Amsterdam is truly one of our favourites. We are lucky enough to have friends here to share with us their secret local spots, and new places to try out each time we visit. Flights to central Europe usually stop over in either Dubai or Amsterdam(no brainer), so we added it to our trip cause what’s summer without a weekend of canals, bitterballen and laughs with friends across the world. I made a little guide of things to do with links that we tried, tested and adored.