June 09, 2015

My 3 month adventure

Since I've returned from Lyon, I've had a few days to pack for my three month holiday. I couldn't be more excited to get started! I can't wait to finally see my family! After 5 months of not seeing a single family member or friend from Sydney, it almost feels surreal that the day has come. I'm leaving tomorrow morning for Paris to welcome them at the airport and start this adventure!

So where am I going...?

Here's the itinerary...

Lyon photo diary

So straight after Switzerland, I hopped on another train back across the border to France to visit a few more friends living in Lyon. I love exploring different cities in France because although they're all somewhat similar, they still each have their own unique vibe. Lyon is everything I thought it would be.. It was warm and sunny, had great architecture and plenty to see and do. It really got me excited for the summer holidays ahead!

Switzerland photo diary

Yep, this year is pretty much going to be all about photo diaries.. I hope you enjoy looking at beautiful scenery!

Since I finished my uni exams and handed in my last assignment for this semester, I've had a few weeks to relax and get ready for my huge 3 month holiday ahead. Naturally, something unexpected had to happen and I ended up having to move out of my old apartment due to building renovations. Sucks! So a week was pretty much spent packing, cleaning, moving, cleaning again, unpacking and settling in. I did get some spare time in between to explore more of Caen and just relax and hang out in the sun. 

Then once I finished my last day at work (it was kind of sad actually.. I'm going to miss those little kids), I hopped on the train to visit a friend living in Lausanne. Lausanne was very city-like. High rise buildings, bustling with people and cafes.. it reminded me of Surry Hills in Sydney. What was cool about Lausanne was that although it looked super modern, there were still huge mountains in the background, so you'll always feel like you're in Switzerland. We also took a day trip to Bern (the capital city of Switzerland) which was an hour away and it was so picturesque! The Old Town was amazing. Cobblestoned streets with cute shops, old trams, and the Switzerland flag flying on every second window.

All in all, it was a great trip to Switzerland. Being there again reminded me why I loved it so much when I travelled there last year. 
Enjoy the photos!

May 26, 2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina photo diary

I remember seeing the Mostar bridge on a travel television program a few years ago and wanting to visit it, but it just seemed really remote. I never realised how close it was to Dubrovnik, so when I saw a day tour that went to Mostar, I grabbed the opportunity and went for it!

I've always found it such an interesting place. It's known as a melting pot of cultures and where east meets west and north meets south. It has a hint of Mediterranean air, as well as a glimpse of what Eastern Europe has to offer. Mostar was under Turkish rule, so there are many mosques and traditional Turkish houses, whereas Western Europe is predominantly Christian. So you definitely get a different vibe and it's made me even more excited about travelling further east to Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East. 

May 25, 2015

Montenegro photo diary

Montenegro was by far the most picturesque country I've travelled to yet! The lakes were stunning and so quiet and tranquil. It was breathtaking to drive around the lakes with huge mountains in the background surrounding you. I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere because there were hardly any houses or local people around and it seemed very remote. But that's what I enjoyed about it. The water was still and the location seemed untouched. That could be because it was winter, but nevertheless, it was still a beautiful country to visit during this time of year.

After climbing the fortress and seeing amazing views of the Bay of Kotor, we headed on to see the famous island of Sveti Stefan, which apparently comes to life in summer with fully-booked resorts and beaches packed with tourists. Then our last stop was the town of Budva. Another relaxing place by the beach, which also gets really crowded during summer. Montenegro is perfect for a summer vacation because of its endless coastal hotspots and beach resorts for tourists. I guess I got to see Montenegro in a different light - more calm and serene. It was definitely a trip to remember!

May 24, 2015

TribeTats: the perfect summer accessory

I'm so excited to show you guys these amazing temporary tribal tattoos!

Temporary tattoos have become really popular this year, with celebrities like Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Selena Gomez sporting these tribal designs at music festivals and even on the red carpet. They're the perfect mix of jewellery, tattoo and body art.

You can wear them on its own, or layer them with your favourite watch and bracelets - have fun and experiment with them! I love the idea of a temporary tattoo because you can easily change up the designs, and it's also a great accessory for occasions when wearing arm candy isn't the most practical idea - like a pool party, a gym session or a day at the beach.

The metallic tattoos I'm wearing are from TribeTats. They have a range of collections with bracelets, rings, necklaces, nails and other tattoos that can be used anywhere on your body. I'm definitely a bracelet kind of girl, so I chose the Bracelets Collection. It comes with four full sheets of tattoos with a mix of designs in shimmery gold, silver, rose gold and black. I absolutely LOVE these designs! The colour comes out amazingly well on the skin and it looks super cool and festival-like. It adds a hint of glam to your look instantly without you having to worry about wearing anything. And just a little extra tip: if you have left over sections from the bracelets (they can be a bit long), just cut off the remaining parts and use them for rings! 

They also have perforated sheets, so you can separate the tattoos to organise a design and apply them easily. They can last up to a week and although I've only had mine on for 2 days, they haven't started to peel at all.

I can't recommend TribeTats enough! Their quality and designs are amazing.
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Croatia photo diary

I travelled to Croatia in February this year, since I had a one week mid semester break from university. It was a spur-of-the-moment kind of trip, but I'm so glad I picked Croatia because not only could I discover this country, but I went on day trips to the neighbouring countries of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina (photo diaries coming soon). The more places I get to visit, the better! I travelled to Zagreb (the capital) for one day, then went to Dubrovnik for the rest of the week. Zagreb had a really different vibe to Dubrovnik. It's the capital city, so it was more commercial and busy, whereas Dubrovnik is a seaside city with a more relaxed vibe and plenty of beaches. I was a little worried about the weather, considering it was February, and although it was snowing in Zagreb, it was actually really warm in Dubrovnik. The hotel I stayed in had amazing views of the islands (pictured above), it looked like paradise! I can only imagine how busy Dubrovnik would get during the summer.

Enjoy the photo diary, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

May 23, 2015

The Gold Apple Watch: an expensive accessory

The Apple Watch has been released in Australia for a month now, and it promises to be Apple's most personal device yet. I'm a huge Apple lover. I have nearly all of their products and I'm always excited when they release new devices, so naturally, I was drawn to the Apple Watch. But what really caught my eye was the Gold Apple Watch. It features an 18-karat yellow gold case and a band of your choice. It's no secret that Apple products can be expensive, but this new addition really takes it up a notch and blends a luxury accessory with a luxury gadget. Prices can go as high as $17,000 for this watch, but I can think of plenty other things to spend that money on.

April 25, 2015

Exploring Caen in spring

Caen in spring is definitely something else! Trees come alive, flowers blossom, the sun is out and the sky is blue! Just how I like it :)

Since I finally completed my first semester at uni (YAY!!), I actually had some free time and decided to explore the city last Sunday. The weather was perfect and I spent the day as a tourist. I visited all the main sights, attractions and events. Turns out there's actually quite a lot of thing to see and do in this small town!

If you want to keep up with my adventures abroad, you can follow me on Instagram!

April 23, 2015

A year abroad in France

Bonjour à tous!

In my last blog post, I was travelling around Indonesia, and now I'm living in France. It's been a while since I've posted and the last few months have been so busy that I decided to give blogging a break for a little while. Now I feel like I'm ready to get back into it and update you guys on what's been happening!