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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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Across 2 years, 13 countries and 4 seasons, The View From The Top reaches over 300 posts. What started as an inspired photo challenge, has now become a visual journey of my travels as well as day to day living captured in squared snapshot views from the top!

Focused around imagery of the waist down (legs and feet), often featuring specific items/ objects (exotic fruit/ entry tickets) and more so, my surroundings (the beach/ landmarks); The VFTT takes on the same basic layout in every shot to express consistency across foreign settings and to explore a sense of creative consensus of different views. In other words, and something I picked up on my travels; Same Same but Different; The VFTT series could not be described any better!

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I was there, yet I myself am still speechless!

With that said, I won’t distract from the amazing shot above with a hundred words. After all, A photo is worth a thousand words and I am sure you’ll agree with me when I say that this particular view is worth a couple of thousand words. Unspoken words that is!- Undoubtedly when it comes to Mother Nature, this is the best and only kind!

#Views

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…If you know, you know!

And as for the avocados, I don’t how you can not love them!

So yes this post is just to say “I love avocados” and that I do not rate anyone who does not share the same feeling. Plus, this is a cool pic!

Ohh and to make reference to the video of the kid that went viral; of him unwrapping his presents, one being an avocado and his reaction! An avocado…thannkkss! I love it! Mostly because he was so grateful for such a basic gift and also because personally, I think its an ideal present! – Can’t go wring really!

#FOODIE

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So as usual I found this photo on Instagram and yes (also as usual), I stole it. Well, screenshot it and saved it to my favorites! – I mean whats the difference really?!

But back to the main focus and purpose for this post; THIS PHOTO!

It is so BEAUTIFUL that I don’t really have any other words. I’ve run out of adjectives because there are not enough in the world to describe this shot. However, it is pretty much the epitome of Love, Happiness, Culture and Family!

Forget Pic of the Day, I’d “Pick” this photo everyday!

Each and every time I look at it, I can’t help but smile. 🙂
I hope it has the same effect on everyone else. #HappyTuesday

…Ok, it wasn’t quite the “middle” of the week, but as far as i’m concerned and the calendar for that matter, a Thursday-Friday is not the conventional weekend. Long-story-short; I went away for a couple of days on a “spa weekend”- on a weekday! It wasn’t the the Maldives, but it most definitely was a well deserved and much needed break away. Not only was the spa relaxing, but it was in Malvern. As in; out of London! Away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Away from the capital smog and into some fresh country air. Admittedly, the countryside isn’t always my first choice. Hell, who am I kidding, its never my second or third choice either, nevertheless it was wonderful and like I said; a well deserved and much needed break away!

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Malvern, Malvern, Malvern…A spa town up north; surrounded by countryside and known for the Malvern Hills; it was the perfect little get away- before the big get away [Watch this space]. Even with 2 (and some) hours on the motorway, it was worth it.

Anyways, as I was saying it was a delight. I mean you simply can not go wrong with an indoor/outdoor heated pool, thermo power jets, a much needed classic steam room, 2 types of saunas and a weird salt room. Oh and lets not forget the 4 types of cold showers (one to which involved a bucket) and ice falling from the ceiling into an elevated ceramic bowl just for when it gets too hot and a little overbearing (i’m not complaining). The deck chairs, sun rays and natural light coming through the large glass windows made it all the more relaxing and stress free. Imagine living in a swimsuit, robe and slippers all day and having no where to go but the “facilities”. Like I said, it was the perfect little get away! And better yet- the food wasn’t half bad either! FineDining, i’ll say! We had dinner for two and breakfast the following morning-and I have to say I was impressed Malvern! It was posh plates of food; complete with perfect presentation; plus it tasted pretty decent.

Take me back any day, please and thank you!

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Not really much else to say. Its as simple as “Thats why I Love the Moon!”. These Photos say it all. And hey, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and there are 7 of them here!

Said to be the Earth’s only natural satellite, the Moon is something I have always admired. Its beautiful and one a clear night, its really quite mesmerising. Especially when its a full Moon, I always find myself looking up in awe and smiling with delight. Yes, I’m easily pleased, but how can you not love it. It may sound strange; but looking up at the Moon, its almost refreshing and ironically brightens my “day”. So when I came across these amazing photographs, I had to share them. #TheSimpleThings

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