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My first trip to Africa and I have to say it was beautiful. The tiled mosaics, the authentic architecture, the ornate designs, the patterns, the colours, the pillars, the stained glass, the lights; I was in awe of it all!

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Staying in the old city, in a hide away little ally, just besides the midst of all the hustle and bustle; I got to experience the real Marrakech. Dar 73- the perfect combination of a classic Moroccan riad and a modern apartment; i couldn’t of been happier. Just a few steps out was the jewish quarters (random I know, but believe it or not there were more jews in a muslim country than I ever anticipated. Another fun fact: everyone spoke French first and then came the Arabic and few English speakers) a local spice market, the Bahia Palace and then of course the in famous Souk markets that filled the streets and main square at night. I visited during Ramadan, so it was very quiet during the day and everything came to life after dark.

Within the old city, I would recommend going to both Marrakech Art Museum and the old Islamic school; Ben Youseff. Just next door to each other, you cannot go to one without the other. Full of years of history and beautiful interiors (I’d be lying if I didn’t say exteriors too) its a part of Marrakesh not to be missed. The fine intricate detail in absolutely everything was mind blowing and not to mention the fact it was all so authentic and picturesque.

Outside of the walls of the old city; the new city! Not as much as a traditional feel, but it defiantly had its fair share of gems. Of course there was the classic desert, camel rides and quad biking (which was a lot of fun). But, highlight has to be Jardin Majorelle- Yves Saint Laurent gardens! As a fashionista, you know anything that starts with YS and ends in L is going to have my head turning. Once owned by the French artist; Jacques Majorelle, these beautiful grounds were saved from real estate developers by Pierre Bergé and our runway favourite; Yves Saint Laurent. Originally commissioned to have an artist’s studio in the Art Deco style, the grounds are full of exotic plants, beautiful flowers, rare species and the classic “Majorelle blue” house. Since then, the garden has been restored and now includes a bookstore, cafe and boutique. After YSL’s passing in 2008, a memorial to the French fashion designer has been built.

Moving away from fashion but sticking to amazing sites and photos that say a 1000 words; and slightly further out- La Mamounia! Perhaps the prettiest and fanciest hotel I have ever been too (yet). The grounds were beautiful- I could picture myself getting married there (yes a Catholic in a Muslim country, surrounded by Jews, getting wed). Every plant was perfectly placed, there was event vegetation growing. The atmosphere was so tranquil and again the decor – inside and outside was breathtaking! There were so many little courtyards (I’m obsessed with them and love that inside-outside feel) with more intricate tiling, elegant pillars, water features and grand designs; every aspect so beautiful and more spectacular than the last. The ceilings inside also shared the wow-factor, the elaborate chandeliers, luxurious carpet and miraculous archways; I fell in love! With the decor and sites of Marrakech aside, the food was also pretty good and lets not forget the shopping- who doesn’t love a good market eh?

So all in all; a perfect getaway- albeit there was no beach; but the fact I was in the sun was more than enough- until next time that is! #ChasingThe Sun

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…When it comes to designer handbags; Chanel handbags; it doesn’t really get better than this!

To all thoes who are still laying in bed, ahead of a lazy bank holiday Monday; enjoy! And to those [like me], who unfortunatley still have to attend work today because a “bank holiday” means very little to you; here is some motivation for your Monday morning!

#Chanel #WishList #WorkWorkWorkWork

From reluctantly switching up my fancy 4-wheel, easy-glide suitcase to a typical backpackers’ rucksack; I am finally back to the “high life”, and living the luxury of not having to carry my wardrobe on my back!

As much as I enjoyed the travellers life and adventuring through South America, I could not wait to ditch the backpack and return to the suitcase life. What better way to do it than with a spontaneous, last minute trip to Bali, Indonesia. Full of culture, food and fun my experience; as short as it was; was amazing. With only 10 days, it was  most definitely well spent. Funny enough, it was pretty action packed yet there was still enough time to relax, do nothing and take in the beauty that was Bali.

Staying in Nusa Dua was the best choice of a “hub”- so to speak and perfect little spot to call home for just over a week. With day trips to Uluwatu to see the classic temple on a cliff and one of many monkey forests, to Jimbaran Bay for their authentic Balinese grilled seafood. A quick stop at Padang Padang hidden yet beautiful, little beach, an adventurous elephant ride, witnessing rice harvesting and the view of hundreds of rice paddies from a terrace deck. To visiting a coffee plantation, local fruit market, a few more spiritual temples. As well as a trip to built-up, slightly western; Kuta with one of the best sunsets seen and surfing hotspot (apparently). To a long drive to Ubud for its traditional markets and site seeing to an even longer boat ride to Gili Trawangan Island for a night and another b-e-a-utiful sunset! I can safely say I had a good time, made the most of my trip and got a taste of Bali; big enough to want to go back (some day). It was a short but very sweet holiday!

So  I know its been a while (a long long while) but I’m back and so is the VFTT. After almost a year of not having travelled any where, I thought it was time for a break a way- in the Sun of course. A lover of all things exotic, culture and beautiful landscape, I spent 10 amazing days in Bali, Indonesia. After my trip to Thailand in 2013, I know i’d be back to South-East Asia in no time and with only 10 days to spare this time, I know i’ll be back again.

Capturing moments, experiences and tropical element; through vibrant colours, nature and pre-summer time vibes; these View From the Top shots are just a snippet of my first trip to Bali.

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VFTT 88 Coffee Love

VFTT 88 Coffee Love

Almost an entire year later after starting The View from the Top project, the page has just published its 88th VFTT shot. Having paused ‘The View from the Top’ page for a while, I decided to update it and come back with a shot that describes my last month. With the holiday season amongst us, there is a lot to be grateful for and a lot to love. Surrounded by loved ones, the heart couldn’t be more ideal for the 88th shot. Even more to the point: coffee! With a month of full time work, early starts, long days and plenty of shifts; coffee was defiantly a mandatory element of the last month.

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Its more than just a love, it’s where the heart is at; and mines was made to travel. Yes I miss home and certain people, being able to sit on a toilet seat, not live out of a rucksack and sleep in my own bed, but right now I honestly am enjoying travelling. The food, the culture, the people, the sights and scenery that come with unbelievable moments that quite literally take your breath away; I Love it!

The question is, what am I going to do when I get back? With just over a month to go I’m going to have to start weening myself off the freedom of not actually having to do anything and start preparing myself for first world problems. I think I am going to start playing the lottery too, in potential hope of feeding my addiction. I know I’ll be over the moon to be home, but a cheeky holiday or three wouldn’t be so bad to end the year, would it? Lol.

…and it continues. As I hop, skip and jump around South America, I can’t help but snap away and with this “challenge” I set myself, the views get even more amazing. Well not my feet per se, but the surrounding views and the visual connotation attached. From the beach, to the bus stop, to the edge of the Earth, the VFTT couldn’t be more exciting. Ok, so I need more shoes but, hey- I’m a traveller (now) and  it’s true what they say, you really do “live in your flip flops” -well I sure do anyway.

I know with only 2 pairs, I am slacking but with all these Havaianas stores, the fashionista in me is bound to give in and I’ll end up with a huge variety; of yes, flip flops. As bazaar as I know it sounds, I’ve never seen so many and wanted them all and worse yet; believing they are all extremely different. Yes flip flops! For now I am just wearing these simple because I do not have the capacity to carry a selection of flip flops, never mind any other shoes. However, I have got my eye on a few for my return home, so watch this space because flip flops just got fashionable.

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