Yarra Valley, Winery in Melbourne

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The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

Winery, Yarra Valley

The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

St Huberts Winery, Yarra Valley

St Huberts Winery, Yarra Valley

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People watching inside the Higher Ground

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The view from level 2

The Higher Ground - 650 Little Bourke Street, VIC 3000

The Higher Ground – 650 Little Bourke Street, VIC 3000

Happy New Year!! Hope you all kicked off 2017 on a good start.

During the New Year period I explored Yarra Valley, a different kind of exploration I usually opt for, it was nice taste testing different types of wines from different wineries and enjoying the landscapes. Here are some images I snapped of Yarra Valley and of course, no adventure is without breakfast first and coffee. This delicious breakfast dish consists of kale and cauliflower salad, almond hummus, avocado, poached eggs and salted seeds. Yum!

Hope you enjoyed this edition and have a lovely week lovelies 🙂

 

Melbourne… But first coffee…

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Brother Baba Budan – 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Brother Baba Budan – 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Degraves Espresso – 23 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Sensory Lab – 297 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Sensory Lab – 297 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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The League of Honest Coffee – 8 Exploration Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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The League of Honest Coffee – 8 Exploration Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Manchester Coffee – 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Manchester Coffee – 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Padre Coffee – 513 Queen Victoria Square, Melbourne VIC 3000

But first coffee… on the table… anywhere, good coffee always turns me on 😉

I recently travelled to Melbourne and indulge myself into one to two many flatwhites, but with such a strong love affair, how can I resist? And any excuse to hold something warm in my hands with it being so cold. I felt like I was back in the UK, totally unprepared for Melbourne’s 4 seasons in one hour! Here are some favourites around Melbourne’s CBD area.

The first 2 coffee images are from Brother Baba Budan and is one of my top 3 coffee places anywhere in the world so far. It’s a pretty quirky cafe with chairs hanging from the ceiling serving a handful of pastries. Love smelling the coffee aroma as I approach the cafe, there tends to be a queue of people which is no surprise whom mostly get take out, however, there is a one table right at the front and a bench which sits a few. No free wifi. This place will not disappoint.

Degraves Espresso serves breakfast and coffee with vintage seats and a wooden bar. I enjoy people watching here as it is located down a bustling alleyway. No free wifi.

A new one added to my list is Sensory Lab which has not just great coffee but also free wifi (travellers joy)! Downstairs is David Jones, hence, the ‘classy’ but ‘down to earth’ feel the cafe offers. Here I sat at a booth with hanging lamps, which I am inspired by. They serve pastry and food too. Yay!

The League of Honest Coffee is spacious and serves breakfast and coffee as seen in images six and seven. Spend alot of time reading the newspaper and magazines on offer whilst I take my time sipping my lover.

Just around the corner of Brother Baba Budan is Manchester Coffee which serves coffee, breakfast and bagels in a chic cafe. No free wifi.

The last image is Padre Coffee at the Queen Victoria Market which I highly recommend to visit. Lot’s of fresh food, places to eat and of some good coffee choices including this cute cafe. No free wifi.

Apologies for the lack of post lately but sometimes life just throw things at you 😉 I hope you enjoyed this edition and would love to share some other favourites with ya, if you’re all keen. 🙂

Have a good week lovelies! x

 

Bayon Temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia

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It’s moments like this that I do not take for granted…

If you ever visit Siem Reap make sure you explore Bayon Temple, it will take your breathe away. Literally. On March 8th 2016, I was fortunate enough to have that opportunity as I began walking around my mind automatically began going back many hundreds years ago… thinking what life was like then…who were those people… that carved the rocks which are now symbolic faces… the rumbles around… how they got there in the first place… It’s almost like going back into time. A different world.

You can opt for a tour or negotiate a price with a tuk tuk driver if you’re feeling adventerous and is cheaper than a taxi. Either way, just do it.

Here are some images I snapped with images 1 to 3 being inside Bayon Temple and images 4 to 5 being outside.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week lovelies!

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Manly and Shelly Beach

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Shirt and short tan lines and its been about 3 weeks now and I still have that sandal tan lines…It’s almost like I have a whole outfit on 😉

It was scorching hot weather this weather reaching over 30 degrees which calls for another day spent at the beach. Also, I don’t live anywhere near a beach so any excuse to go to one is always a good idea. This time, I explored Manly and Shelly Beach both in Manly and only about a 10 minute walk from each other. Manly itself is a great area to explore, one  way of getting there is by catching a ferry from Circular Quay and takes approximately 30 minutes which is how I did it. You go past the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Manly beach is popular amongst locals and tourists and Shelly beach is somewhat more excluded than Manly. Here are some images I took yesterday; the first 4 images are of Manly beach and the last 2 images are of Shelly beach.

To cap off, it has been an amazing 2015 filled with so much adventures, meeting lots of people, and moving back to Sydney for Summer from London. This will be my last post for the year whilst I take a short break and will be back in the New Year… with other adventures abroad.

Thank you for all your inspiration, comments, likes… it makes me so happy you will never know. Have a safe New Year my lovelies!

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Bondi Beach, Sydney

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I now have sandal tan… and I’m not entirely sure how to get rid of it. All thanks to Sydney summer vibes spent at Bondi Beach in perfect 27 degree weather.

One way of getting to the beach is by catching a train to Bondi Junction Station and then bus 333 which will take you right there!

Bondi Beach is a popular beach attraction amongst locals and tourists with Bondi Iceberg for those who prefer to swim in a pool. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap with sunscreen and a hat and always swim between the flags which are the safest areas.

Here are some images I snapped over the weekend with that blue sky. Now, if you have any idea of how to get rid of two stripes across your feet, do tell. 😉

I hope you enjoyed this and have a great week my lovelies.

 

 

London – Leaves Stalking

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I have an obsession and I am afraid there may not be a cure. Totally obsessed. So obsessed. With leaves. And you can’t stop me stalking leaves in the United Kingdom. Because that’s exactly what I did.

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Here are some collections of images I snapped in order; the first two images are ‘I have a thing for bikes and leaves that grow on walls’. The first image, looks like a fairytale whilst the second image is ‘I have a thing for shadows’ both were taken at St Lukes Mews, Notting Hill.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. I peeked in and shot these two people on a boat at Richmond Park, it appeared to be quite romantic, and to be honest I wanted to join and be a third wheel because it seemed so calm to be out there with no one else around. (Except me stalking in). Love this vintage car I spotted on the street with the backdrop of nature in a modern city.  Spotted this dramatic red door with the beautiful enchanting leaves on top, such subtle character.

Would love to add more enchanting images I stalked around London so hopefully you enjoyed this edition. Have a great week my lovelies.

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Sydney, Australia

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G’day mate

After living abroad as an expat for a few years in NYC and London, I am currently back home in Sydney for Summer. Severely jetlagged as it took 48 hours of travel from the United Kingdom to Sydney with a 5 hour layover in Jakarta.

I’ve learnt you actually don’t need alot to live and came back with 21.8kgs and a backpack after 3 years away from home! On the third day after arriving I explored the beautiful city and finally got to try food and coffee at The Grounds in Alexandria.

Here are some images I snapped in order; the first image is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbour is an iconic image. Shaped like the sails of the boat and holding many events, image two is another iconic building. The next three images are from The Grounds of Alexandria, a place I highly recommend for food and coffee, there tends to be a queue but it’s worth the wait. Image three and four are some exterior of The Grounds and the last image is me with my knight in shining armour, coffee and brioche – oh yes, I’ll have it anywhere, anytime. 😉

Hope you enjoyed this piece and enjoy your week.

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Bristol, United Kingdom

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The two impulses in travel are to get away from home, and the other is to pursue something – a landscape, people, an exotic place. Certainly finding a place that you like or discovering something unusual is a very sustaining thing in travel – Paul Theroux.

On the 24th of October 2015, I explored 6 hours in Bristol in United Kingdom. I found tickets for £30 return from Paddington Station to Bristol and takes approximately 1 hr and 30 minutes. It’s quick, easy and highly recommended to visit if you have the time when visiting United Kingdom.

Bristol is lively, friendly with lots of great restaurants and pubs. When visiting a new place I love to see local living and buildings and hence many reasons for the type of pictures I tend to take and show.

Here are some images I snapped in order; a boat passing through a sign of ‘I adore Bristol’ totally agree with double thumps up! My love of coloured homes in image two. Bristol is known for their graffiti art work such as Banksy, image three is an example of what you can expect to see. Here’s a shot of some complementary homes on a rainy day in image four and a pop of red vintage car in image five.

If you don’t already know, I have a love for coffee and always on the lookout for great coffee places which offer good service and wifi and the last image six is just that – a perfect place called Small Street Espresso, aside from nice coffee its small and cosy 😉

p.s I am working on giving my website a new makeover and have been having problems connecting my instagram link to the blog but please do check it out, would be much appreciated – forthecurious

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week my lovelies!

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Vilnius, Lithuania

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On the 17th of October 2015, I explored 24 hours in Vilnius the capital city of Lithuania, a city easy to get around on foot if you don’t mind walking endlessly for an hour or so then take a break somewhere before you start another endless walk.

From the airport, I took a direct bus into the city centre which cost 1 euro and takes approximately 15 minutes. Then I was ready to explore and eat! Here are some images I snapped in order; the first image is a street in the Old Town of Vilnius which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Image two are the people to watch the people 😉 The next image are some vibrant baroque architecture buildings which can be seen throughout. Always curious and getting lost in alleyways and those are the magical moments where you can spend many moments wandering through alleyways like image four.

The soup is pink! Oh my, its like bright pink! Wow, its pink! Those were my thoughts when I first saw it! But I love being open to food as its all part of the cultural travel experience. The soup is a traditional cold Lithuanian dish called Sotieji Saltibarsciai and surprisingly tasty. I tried this dish at a restaurant called Dvaras which cost 2.35 euro and the next dish is another traditional Lithuanian dish called Tradiciniai Didzkukulia which has meat inside and cost 3.95 euro. The price tag is affordable to try some delicious dishes when visiting.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week! 🙂

 

 

Door Stalking, London

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The symbolic meaning of doors: ‘I think I deserve something beautiful’ a quote from Eat, Pray, Love.

Sometimes in London I wander around and stalk. Lot’s of stalking. If I had a dollar for every time I stalked, I would probably have 100 dollars. Don’t worry, its all harmless, its door stalking. How can you resist temptation when London is filled with so many beautiful doors with such character. Here are some images I snapped around over many weeks and wanted to share it because its too stylish not to.

The first door is my favourite door in Chelsea and I really think we are made for each other 😉

I love the next image of the yellow and orange doors right next to each other as they are complementary neighbours. How cute is the matching doors and window in the next image against the green and white! The next image I feel is an understated door but I love the look of enchantment just above and the plant on the left side and the front along with the colours of green and pink, everything just matches perfectly and has a pleasant subtle effect.

The next image of the two different shades of blue of the door and wall is quite bold and strong so to balance it out all you need is a simple black classy lamp on the side to finish off the touch. I thought the red and black doors next to each other was interesting in the last image as both colours have something in common, these colours tend to signify ‘power’ and yet there such a great contrast.

I hope you enjoyed this and hope you all have a great week! 🙂

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

London Wandering & Townske

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Hello!

I wanted to share some images I snapped around London either by foot or bus view which are my two favourite ways of getting around. The first photo is a black and white image of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage and the second image is a bus view. The next image has been given the nickname the ‘Walkie Talkie’ a skyscraper in Central London which looks like an old Nokia mobile phone.

The fourth image is the world-famous dome known as St Paul’s, an iconic and famous feature of London’s national identity. Quickly snapped this bird soaring past the giant Ferris Wheel, the London Eye or Millennium Wheel. The next image is a bus view of Nelson’s Column a monument in Trafalgar Square to mark Horatio Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. A ‘just married’ bus as seen in Chelsea, West London.

On a side note, I am honoured to be a publisher on Townske, check it out here: townske.com/Forthecurious

I hope you enjoyed this and have a great week my lovelies wherever you are in the world!

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Dusseldorf, Germany

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Shouldn’t life be our favourite adventure?

On Saturday 22nd of August 2015, I spent 24 hours in Dusseldorf one of Germany’s wealthiest cities which is posh and modern hypotonized by striking architectures, buzzing nightlife and businesses. Many locals enjoy their social life alongside the Rhine River which boasts many restaurants and bars and when you can get a view of the sunset as seen above, I can understand why.

Here are some images I snapped in order; The Rhine River Bridge, the next two photos are the beautiful Hofgarten Park, don’t forget to always look up as the sun shines on myself, reflection of the Gourmet Festival, a happy child getting a balloon from a clown, distinct architecture building, a man peering out and the charmful windows, the people watching the people 😉

And the last two photos is the amazing sunset at the Rhine River as I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I watched it go down.

I really hoped you enjoyed this and hope you have a great week!

Danke, thank you.

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