Snapshots of Hanoi

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Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam filled with the hustle and bustle of street vendors, crazy traffic and the constant ‘beep beep’ sounds from people on motorbikes. I was told by a local that sometimes even when you’re walking on the side of the street, they will still honk their horn but there’s no need to walk out of the way, it’s just something they ‘do’ 😉  I must admit it did take some time getting use to.

I wanted to share some images I snapped whilst walking everywhere on foot of the places and the people of Hanoi. Enjoy  🙂

In the midst of traffic

Traditional Vietnamese hats all hand made 

Snapped this whilst people watching on the side street 

Red Bridge by the lake 

Water Puppet Theatre was fun to watch, even though I had no idea what was going on the whole time. Here’s a snap of the people behind the puppet doing it under water! 

Hope you enjoyed these images, where I just love to wander around and capture everyday moments. Have an amazing week. x

 

 

 

Laos, first day adventure in Vientiane

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Happy New Year Everyone!!  🙂 
Arrival:

Just before Christmas on Dec 22nd I flew from Sydney to Laos via China into the capital city called Vientiane, a brand new city never seen before. yassss! First thing after checking into my hotel at Ali Backpackers which cost 25USD a night, I set off for food and tried the papaya salad with vermicilli for the first time, normally I just have papaya with sticky rice which is a traditional Laotian dish.

This is the vendor where I bought the papaya vermicelli for12,000 kip.

Papaya salad with vermicilli, it is tastier than it looks 😉 I said yes to chilli having a pretty high tolerance but my mouth was burning.. still nice though 🙂

the next day:

I didn’t have an itinerary with the intention of just winging it I went to reception of the hotel and saw a picture of Buddha Park and decided thats where I am going to go today, then asking what was the cheapest way to get there, with a traveller responding 6,000 kip by bus. OK!  I was given quick direction by the hotel to find bus #14 at the Central bus stop, and along the way I asked about 2-3 people who spoke no english but understood ‘bus stop’ and would use hand gestures to point in which direction to go, about 30 minutes later I found the Central bus stop. hooray!!

But I still had to find bus #14, asking another 2 people ‘bus to Buddha Park’ and with more hand pointing gestures I saw bus #14. and I knew an adventure was about to begin 🙂 It was packed and a little hot inside but I managed to get a seat. So you don’t pay the driver when you board, a lady (normally) goes around just a little after the driver begins and collects payment for the trip.

bus #14
Buddha park: 

The bus journey took approximately 50 mins and there is an entry fee of 5,000 kip.

when you throw the ticket back into your bag and it scrambles up 😉

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) has hundreds of religious sculptures including a reclining Buddha, you can also go up on top of the pumpkin sculpture for the best view of the park. Below are some images of Buddha Park (will soon put up a video of the park).

pumpkin sclupture
Reclining Buddha 
religious Sculpture climbed narrow stairs inside the pumpkin sculpture to get to the top with this view

The adventure was worth it! The bus stop to get back to Vientiane Central bus stop is right across the park and it cost 6,000 kip.

In the evening, I caught the sunset at about 5:20pm, the perfect end to an awesome day!

sunset right across the mekong river

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great week. x

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!

🙂

 

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.

🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Brighton, England

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We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

Yesterday, I made a spontaneous trip to Brighton which is a seaside resort located on the South Coast of England. Brighton is picturesque, vivid and dynamic. It should be added to your bucket list of places to visit. Admittedly, being an Australian I did scratch my head at the sight of pebbles at the sea when I visited for the first time about a year ago, but I warmed up to the idea the second time round 😉

Here are some images I snapped in order; Brighton Pier, Brighton Wheel and the seagulls, Brighton Wheel and the clouds, Brighton Wheel and the crowd, sea and the pebbles, coloured Victorian homes which are part of the conservation, my fish and chips which I ate by the sea, although half way through eating I decided to run down to the water to take a quick picture only to come back with seagulls finishing off the other half 🙂 (gosh, they are quick!)

The next picture is a view of the sea and lastly my beloved coffee which I had at Bond St Coffee a really laid back place to chill.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a lovely week!

🙂

 

 

Richmond, London

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week!

I spent some time at Richmond upon Thames which is one of London’s most attractive borough, a favoured retreat of Royalty and also amongst the rich and famous.

Richmond will offer a sense of instant relaxation with its charm, park life, chilled atmosphere with lots of cafes and restaurants around. The River Thames crosses through Richmond town centre, Kew Gardens and Central London. You can travel by boat along the Thames which will give you a different perspective of attractions.

Here are some images I snapped on a beautiful Summer’s day in London. I hope you enjoy them and have a lovely week.

🙂

x

 

 

My hood, London #2

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Hello

I wanted to share some photos of what I got up to this weekend in my hood in West London.

Here are some images I snapped in order; green vintage car #sointoyou, hot wheels, the next two photos are both street views of Chelsea homes, blue car, acquainted homes, my lover the coffee, gelato from Amorino with flavours consisted of pistachio, dark chocolate and tiramisu (the best combination). Go on, lick the screen. Just make sure no one is around 😉

Fish and chips stall, my mini cod and chips and talented musicians all at the Chelsea market. There are other great street foods on offer such as oysters, pastries, cheese, burgers and international food from Japan, Africa and Turkey to name a few.

A very cool pink vintage car #sointoyou

And lastly, a fitting quote, “have a wild weekend” everyone and enjoy your week.

🙂

x

 

 

Italy, Venice

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week!

I am playing catch up and wanted to share some photos of my second trip to the magical city of Venice in Italy back on the 1st of March 2014.

The first four photos including photo six and seven show the marvel of Venice, a city on water and it’s entirety listed as a World Heritage Site. The fifth photo is myself trying on a beautiful masquerade and the last photo is also myself with a shining nose after I quickly ran into a coffee shop as it started pouring rain. Naturally.

I hope you enjoy the photos and your week. 🙂

x

My Hood, London

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week!

I wanted to share some images I snapped of ‘my hood’ and also what I got up to this week.

In order of images; the first four photos are a palette of colourful homes and street views, the popular South Kensington with crowds having breakfast, brunch or dinner with the Natural History and V&A museum nearby, a no entry door, my one and only coffee, the absolutely delicious tuna wrap with wasabi sauce (the what is that spot?!) I know you just want to eat the screen 😉

And lastly that’s me, peace out and enjoy your week! 🙂

x

 

Wimbledon 2015, London

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week! On Saturday I spent my day at Wimbledon watching the Ladies Final, on the big screen, on Henman Hill.

I joined the ‘Queue’ at 1am on Saturday morning. Unprepared with no tent, like other prepared people but luckily two kind Americans lent me their yoga mat to lay on and their shirts as blankets, so I did, felt a sense of gratitude being able to watch the night sky and moon, just amazing.

The next morning it was great soaking in the atmosphere with other fans and the sun was also rejoicing!

Here are some images I snapped in order; Wimbledon sign at the front entrance, my ‘lets do this’ footwear, Robinson’s  ball, glimpse of Serena Williams with her Championship trophy, matching flowers and leaves for Wimbledon, Court 1, banner and ladder, the 10:30am crowd at Henman Hills and latter the 2pm crowd.

Hope you enjoy them 🙂

x

Summer days at Hyde Park, London

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week. The feeling of Summer was felt in London the last couple of days with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees! Even the dog cooled off, as seen above, and I was tempted to follow 😉

I spent Independence Day unwinding at the popular Hyde Park which has such a relaxing vibe where people are having picnics, tanning, sunbathing, playing volleyball, walking their dogs, boat riding or simply just daydreaming and enjoying the sunshine and atmosphere, like I was.

Here are some images I snapped around at the famous attraction Hyde Park with the last photo of myself trying to ‘keep cool’. With such green scenery and amazing trees you don’t feel like you’re in such a big city. This is why I love London.

Hope you enjoy them my lovelies.

x

St Paul’s Cathedral, London Weekend

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Hope everyone had a lovely week! This weekend I spent relaxing and sitting by the Thames with a coffee in hand. Naturally. On Saturday, London was about the blue sky and big clouds. She showed it off. Naturally.

Here are some images I snapped of some beautiful icons; St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge.

Enjoy 🙂

x