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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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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!

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…Well some of it. It may have been Bali, Cambodia and briefly Malaysia last year, but this year it was time to revisit Thailand and take my first trip to China. Honestly, with weather as cold as it is in Beijing at this time of year, I never saw myself visiting China anytime soon, but as a stop over destination en route to/from Thailand, I thought why not. After choosing the longest layover time, I looked into things to do with eight hours to spare in the capital of China and lo-and-behold I found myself at one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” – The Great Wall of China! – And The View From the Top came too! Before jumping to The Great Wall, let’s not forget the craziness yet awesomeness that is Bangkok, along with the amazing sceneries of one of Thailand’s beautiful islands; Koh Tao! The VFTT tells all…

 

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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.

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.

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…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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On starting this “thing” I never knew how involved i’d be, but I am really quite enjoying it. Trying to create abstract and interesting snap shots in the form of the “view from the top”, in and around different locations, exotic and culture settings has been intriguing. Travelling through Brazil has made it even more exciting; there is so many new things to see and do and the views are beyond imaginable. No, they are not the same from the “top” as they are in person or from a panoramic view but compared to what I’m used to, they are amazing- even from the head down. With such breath taking views and tropical influence, I can’t wait to see the rest of South America and continue snapping. Watch this space! [click here to see what came before]

With parents who both love to travel and enjoy getting out of the hustle and bustle of London every now and then; I was always going to be a traveller. Especially since my mum and dad went backpacking across The States and came back with a bump; (i.e. Me); therefor there  is no question about it; I was made to travel! Its simply my destiny; to go see the world and to explore!

Even though I have been here and there, until last month I was unable to mark Asia off my map; but now having travelled up and down Thailand for a month, I can finally check it off my list.

Whilst I had an amazing time, my Thailand experience went a little different than expected. As beautiful as it is, I found myself constantly seeking out the “googled” images! The clear blue waters and white sandy beaches surrounded by mountain , majestic tigers playing with humans, happy elephants spraying water at tourists and fancy elephant rides. Although I captured and documented these snaps through; the beauty of Maya Bay, Pileh Lagoon and Phiphi island, together with tame tigers and little elephants; my experience behind and in front of the camera was an eye opener. More than just a vacation, but really seeing a place for what it is, it was definetly a step away from your typical holiday brochure.

Having bought a backpack,stayed in a hostel and spent 14 hours on a sleeper train, this was my first trip that I can actually say “I travelled”. Yes, it had its difficulties, but I did it and I am ready to do it again. I’ve well and truly caught the travel bug!

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to go to Thailand. To see the tigers, ride the elephants, eat the food, sun bathe on the white sandy beaches and swim in clear blue waters. And now I can say it; “been there, done that…Got the stamps too!” -Maybe its the traveller in me, but I actually get really excited about getting stamps in my passport. Doesn’t matter how near or far, if I’m crossing an ocean, border or state, I want a stamp. With this said, my current passport expires in 2019, so that give me 6 years to fill it. Where to next eh?

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