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…Back to South-East Asia I went. This time to Siem Reap, Cambodia. And The View From the Top  came too…

Although I didn’t get to go to the beach, I liked Cambodia. Well, the little I saw of it anyway. Visiting for just a week, didn’t exactly give me enough time to really “see” Cambodia. However, my time spent (all in Siem Reap), was short and sweet. With friendly locals, good food, exotic fruits, interesting markets, floating villages and temple ruins that are thousands of years old; I can check Siem Reap off the list. But as always, I’ll be back!

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Having previously fallen in love with the The Big Apple; I always knew I’d be back. Back to the glamour, glory, fortune and fame…Not! Well not for me anyway (not yet). Just back to the sites, shops and skylines! Ironically, with that said, as much as I was looking up; as usual; I was capturing the “View from the Top”, and focusing down. Before VFTT 109, there has been a lot more exotic, rural and tropical shots, so I figured it was time to break it up a bit, to get back to the city and to momentarily replace mother nature . What better place to start, than the concrete jungle itself?

Since I’ve already been the clichè NY tourist; I took a step back this time and saw more of New york for what it is. Staying in Brooklyn’s finest and yet so typical Brownstone apartments, I felt like I was home. Granted, it was a short (but sweet) trip, there was something about not staying in a hotel in the centre of Midtown, that opened my eyes and made me want to go back for than just a visit. I could avoid the crazy, jam-packed city that never sleeps, yet still enjoy the “New York vibe”.  Having strolled through a couple of parks and the Botanical gardens, I could quite literally stop and smell the roses. Minus the Subway system (to which I won’t rant on about), I still love New York. Therefore, yet again; I’ll be back! #WatchThis Space

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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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So, I’ve had “Go see The Northern Lights” on my bucket list for as long as i can remember, therefore its inevitable that i will go some day, however all the signs are telling me to go sooner. The lights look amazing, somewhat breathtaking i’d imagine but as well as the main attraction, lately there have been a few other elements drawing me closer and closer in to one of two winter wonderlands. Yes, you can see The Northern Lights from about ten different places around the world, including Alaska, Canada, Norway and Denmark, however there are two specific destinations that stand out to me.

Iceland and Finland; two places I never thought I’d say “let’s go” nevertheless, in relation to seeing one of my “Wonders of the world”-The Northern Lights, these countries are currently the top contenders. Iceland is attracting me because of the Blue Lagoon (geothermal pool) and Finland for its glass igloos. Surrounded by snow, the contrast of the natural hot water spa would be like heaven, not only because I’m pro-heat but because it looks amazing. Outdoors in a bikini in the snow, yet relaxing in a hot pool provided by mother nature, whats not to love. Then again, the glass igloos look super cool and quirky. More to the point, its just a different experience, again-what’s not to love.

Admittedly, as much as I want to see The Northern Lights i am quite terrified of one major thing; the cold! I’m not a snow lover, no no no. Furthermore, I’ve always said that I would never pay to go somewhere colder than I already am and living in this typical British weather, I’d rather not up and leave to somewhere with far lower degrees. Having said that, there are so many signs telling me to stop being a baby and just go. #yolo. From recently and more frequently being faced with imagery of The Northern Lights on social networks, to people I know going, talking to customers who have coincidentally been and a newspaper article that caught my eye; its like The Northern Lights are haunting me. This is defiantly a sign. So come rain, shine or (i hate to say it) snow, Im going to go. From being on the list to now a highlight on the list, the next decision is whether I go to Iceland or Finland. Time to get researching!

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imageChecking 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!

 

 

Heaven on earth

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.

 

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