27 August 2015

France & Morocco | photo diary

I arrived home a few days ago from my family trip after a wonderful and destination filled three weeks in Morocco and France. As a family, only my mother has had the opportunity to visit Morocco with her sister, whose place we stayed at outside Casablanca, and as a result the rest of us had a blast of the new continent lifestyle when we arrived. Never mind the 45° C temperatures in Marrakech, it was the fruit vendors on the side of the highways, donkey carts driving next to the regular taxis, resounding calls to prayer every few hours, and the tiny markets open until 2am that made me cherish this new culture shock. Our time in France was calm but just as amazing. We saw some long time family friends and were able to explore the adorable little villages that scatter the countryside. One thing I noticed about the south of France, specifically Aveyron, was how wide the organic style of living was. Everyone was growing, raising, or passionate about organic food! I think that fact alone will bring me back for an extended period of time. 

Three weeks was a good amount of time, not too long that we became tired with each other but not too short that we found ourselves wishing we could do more. A Goldilocks happy medium. On our last night we had dinner at The Chartier on Rue du Montmartre in Paris and it was outstanding. It's been around for over 100 years and looks like something out of a Manet painting; I had to give it a shoutout!

That's all for now- I've been up since 5am (I guess jetlag hasn't left me yet) but I hope you're all having a wonderful end of August. 

1 August 2015

travels, sweet scents, and endless cereal

As of this Sunday I will be on vacation with my family for the next three weeks. We will be flying to Casablanca and taking a weekend in Marrakech, then making our way back to France to visit friends in the south and north regions. Finally we conclude our trip with a couple nights in Paris to be surrounded by as much art as possible. Or at least that's my plan. This is most likely our last big family trip, at least as one group together which is why I want to spend as much time as possible with them, absorbing the new sights and cultures, and as little time on my phone. It's a whole new level of relaxation when you aren't attached to some sort of gadget. So goodbye phone, laptop, and all other social media forms, I'm unplugging. 

And that's my life for the next three weeks! I hope to have a lot of pictures by the end of it- mostly of the colours and olives of Morocco. Lots and lots of olives. 

Earlier this week I had a burst of inspiration and decided to make a mood board. It took me a while to figure out GIMP which has been sitting unused on my computer for well over a year now. The result is the above mishmash that I'm quite proud of. Hopefully you get the vibe that I've been feeling recently. 
  1. Oh Gorilla Munch, you wonderfully simple cereal. Who knew three ingredients could yield so much love. 
  2. I recently went to Lush with a friend of mine after wandering around downtown for a while, catching up and rediscovering our city. I got sprayed with Vanillary and immediately fell in love. Then I fell even harder as it developed with hints of sandalwood and caramel. I'm all about those sweet scents, what can I say!
  3. Pemberton Music Festival was last weekend. I might be still scrubbing off the dirt and trying to ignore the lingering ringing in my ears BUT I had an amazing time. One of the best shows I saw was Father John Misty. His album I Love You, Honeybear is perfection, check it out!
  4. I've been admiring the jewelry on Anomie for a while now. Basically since Chelsea opened her online store. With a second ear piercing in now, I've taken a big interest into earrings because now I have two options per ear! Not too sure if they ship to Canada however, but I am head over heels in love with this simple uncut gemstone style. Hopefully there's a place in Vancouver that sells similar ones? I would be all over that. 
Au revoir for now...