Because who doesn’t love food?!
…The exotic fruits and flavours, unusual combinations and mouthwatering dishes are one of the main reasons I love to travel; because experiencing food is just as exciting as experiencing the country itself-sometimes better!…READ MORE
With the end of June slowly approaching and the weather on the up, it’s official; British summer is actually here. After 4 months in South America (majority in the sun) to having to spend my entire summer in London where “typical British weather” and rain are notorious, I was suspicious about the summer months. Nevertheless, sandal season is upon us and what better way to go about it than with an awesome pair of Marc Jacobs gold buckle up flats, matched with a colour-pop side bag. The foiled texture of the metallic shoes can complete a casual summertime-fine outfit; with a simple yet fashionable influence. Furthermore, the block-colour circular side bag is a perfect match with the geometric quilted detailing adding to the simply yet sophisticated look.
Ok so it’s a bit of a late post but hey, it’s better late than never right? After four long, exciting and adventurous months away, I concluded my travels in the beautiful land of Colombia. With minimal time in the cold capital, the VFTT soon fell back into line with some exotic shots from the north of the country and Caribbean coast that was Cartagena, Santa Marta and Parque Tayrona. From smooth black sand to crystal clear waters and bazaar packaged water, The VFTT’s South American journey gradually drew to an end.
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VFTT 76 Black sand
VFTT 78 Splash of paint
VFTT 77 Clear waters
VFTT 75 Colombian Aqua
VFTT 74 Beach bound again
Coming from Brazil where the merchandise is far less authentic, I went a little crazy when I got to Peru. From traditional stripped gringo trousers, the cutest fabric backpacks, alpaca jumpers, blankets, scarfs and socks to pretty patterned purses, quirky leather handbags and funky footwear; I’ve become obsessed. I mean how can I not? Everything is so awesome. The bright colours. The cool textiles. The unbelievably soft baby lama apparel. The unique patterns. The authentic essence. I love it all and I can not get enough.
So I’ve gone passed denial and reached acceptance now, because since landing in Peru I haven’t managed to walk through a single textiles market and not buy a thing. After holding back my shopping addiction for 10 weeks, I’ve well and truly had a relapse- now I have no control. So yes, I’ve become a market junkie.
I’m not quite sure why or how I’ve gone back to embracing my inner shopaholic; it’s not like I’ve been able to walk into Zara, Topshop or Selfridges in the past 3 months. Nevertheless, I now have two pieces of extra luggage filled with South American goodies and I can’t wait to get home and utilise them all. I’m actually quite looking forward to summer in the UK. With less than 3 weeks to go; bring it on!
Checking off the “7 wonders” of my world. Yep, my world. There are so many variations I decided to come up with my own- well, places on my bucket list that make me “wonder” how long until I get to tick them off.
In the last 3 months I have been able to tick Brazil off my list, because let’s face it them beautiful people, popular beaches and so called “danger” zone is a wonder in itself that I just had to see for myself. Admittedly there were times I didn’t feel the safest but I had to experience it for me in order to stop wondering, start living and being able to say “been there, done that”. The Iguazu Falls also got checked off, with two ticks; just because it was so amazing. Plus it only just got on the list a year ago because before that I was clueless, so I got to appreciate it even more. Tick, tick. The most recent place I can stop wondering about and get to mark as done is Peru’s gringo (tourist/ foreigner) calling; Machu Picchu.
Wow, wow, wow and wow again. Another breath taking view- in both respects; so beautiful and unreal to gaze at, yet to get to such heights the climb certainly made me breathless (quite literally taking my breath away). Ok, so I didn’t do the Inca Trail, but I still had to make my way to the top like everyone else; and to be honest, I’d have only been kidding myself and crying for four days if I even entertained the idea of such craziness.
Back to Machu Picchu. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; wow, wow, wow and wow again. It was just b-e-a-utiful! I have never been surrounded by so many mountains. Nor have I been up so early, (4am) and thought damn, this is so worth it. Driving up and around the mountains at the crack of dawn, I thought I was on a film set or something; entering Jurassic park or Pandora and waiting for some mystical creature or dinosaur to come flying out at me. It really was quite a picture and not a single one of the ones I took can portray what I’ve seen. Mother Nature certainly is a beauty and I can not wait to see what else she has me wondering about, because I have well and truly caught the travel bug, so I’m sure she will strike again. Without further ado; watch this space!
Even the vandalism is beautiful. Yes the UK have Banksy; and don’t get me wrong he is a creative genius; but there is something about the colours and imagery of graffiti in South America that just excites me. The way they some how fit in with their surroundings is pretty cool too, since this denotes more visual impact. The layers of colour, tone and shape create a sense of depth that brings out the vibrancy of each image; making them all the more awesome and worthwhile when coming to a standstill to gaze at.
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.
Heaven on earth
Itacare; the place I can’t seem to leave. Six hours south of Salvador, the small fishing town of Itacare has become like a second home. I just love it here. It’s so chilled, safe, relaxing and just has this great energy about it. With only 5 nights originally booked I’d have been silly not to extend; what do you know; it’s 2 weeks later and I’m still here.
It’s kind of villagey but in a cool way; the main street is cobbled with an array of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants lined either side. On one end there is a tranquil sea front view where the ocean meets a river, a quant little light house and sandy beach that lines the coast. At the opposite end and a 10 minute walk down the road are 4 amazing beaches; with powdery sand that make a funny noise under your feet and clear warm waters that have become popular to surfers; it truly is an ideal get-away.
A further 40 minutes, on a mini trek through the wilderness, across a river, passing waterfalls and down a fairly steep incline is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. It’s so breathtaking, quiet and picture perfect. Surrounded by the most palm trees I have come across at once, white velvety sand and brochure-like water, it was well worth the hike in the heat. I’d do it ten times over, just to get to the end again. There’s a point in trees and dirt path where you get so hot, tired and dehydrated that you just can not be bothered anymore; then it hits you and you can hear the rush of the ocean, so speed up with delight. As it gets less green, you can see more blue and that’s when you know your in paradise.
Throughout my school life I took a keen interest in art-did well in it in fact! But now I’ve seemed to have lost my way. Guilty. Gradually over time, Selfridges and Vogue, fashion has taken over. And I love it; I do; but art is still the driver. I mean look at the Rob Pruitt and Jimmy Choo capsule collection in 2012, Mark Titchner and Mary Kantrantzou collaboration also in 2012, the James Nares as well as Hugo Guiness for Coach collections and the Damien Hirst/ Levi’s jeans collab. The list goes on. Not forgetting Louis Vuitton; the number one art inspired fashion house; all you have to do is look at Louis Vuitton to know where art meets fashion. The French fashion house has had collaborations with multiple artists including: Retna, Aiko and Os Gemeos, Dinos and Jake Chapman, Richard Prince, Daniel Buren, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami. Art, art,art. So many designers take inspirations from art, implicate art, refer back to art and more than anything, they embrace art. It’s the ‘art and soul.
As an art enthusiast, I can’t help but be attracted and reeled back in. So far on this South American adventure there has been a couple of galleries, a lot of street art vendors with collections of their unique creations and of course literal street art-in the form of graffiti. Every time; either the colours, texture or imagery capture my attention and that’s it, I’m gone. Every time. Personally, I’m a sucker for abstract art and modern art, so where there is the slightest splash of colour or visually stimulating imagery, I’m like a moth to a flame!
So here they are; some of the ‘art and soul so far:
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It’s the best I’ve ever seen. I love love love waterfalls, but now that I’ve seen the Iguazu Falls, from both the Brazilian and Argentinian side, I really do not think i’ll ever see a better falls. It was absolutely breath taking from Brazil and even more so from Argentina. We take Mother Nature for granted but this is one of the main reasons I love to travel; to see her at her finest. The views were beyond beautiful, jaw dropping and out of this world. I could just sit and stare at the Iguazu falls forever. Listening to the roar of the water, the tranquility and the amazing view was an experience in itself and definitely a highlight of my South American adventure so far. Although no photograph nor video can portray this kind of natural beauty, here are a few of my favourite shots.