Posts Tagged ‘Travel’


Ever notice those trolleys at the airport?  Ok ok… who doesn’t?  Usually they are a convenience for families – piling suitcase upon suitcase on a small cart in order to make life a little easier.  But there’s something not right with that picture.

I have always felt that airport trolleys are made for beautiful trunk suitcases, such as the Louis Vuitton trunks as pictured above.  There’s no other use for it.  Through the simplicity of a few trunk suitcases, the trolley is transformed into a beautiful way to travel.

One day, I’ll trade in my beat-up suitcase for a vintage trunk.  I am such a big fan.

Image photographed by Dennis Stone.


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How amazing is this?  The new Mobile Foodie Survival Kit!  This travel companion is just what you need for any trip where you’ll be cooking for yourself.  I wish I had this when my partner and I took our 5 day trip in Nova Scotia!

Just think – how much money do we spend on the basic spices when we cook away from home?  Each one of those jars is at least a few pounds/dollars a pop!  Basil, Cinnamon, Thyme, Parsley, Garlic, Curry Powder??  Think of the meals you could do with 13 different spices all at your easy disposal?

Another use?  Take an empty tube of these and raid your mother’s spice pantry.  You aren’t taking much, but just a small amount of spice can go for miles.

My next thought is if this could travel by plane – definitely check those customs requirements before you try to take these to another country!

Image from PLANT Brooklyn.

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Tea time in England – a favourite pastime of the British.  I use to be a coffee girl myself until I was converted – now I can’t get enough of my green tea!  I remember my first conversion happened on the flight into England a year and 9 months ago.  Asked for a black tea instead of a black coffee, and loved it!  (little did I know that real teas were so much better then airline tea!)

Then, there was Yumchaa.  I was a TEA CONVERT after discovering this gem in London!  Its housed right around the corner from busy Camden High Street and right before Regents Park.  It has a beautiful range of fresh teas, all sitting in small cups like the photo above.  The tea house design is beautiful as well – exposed brick walls, unstained wood, and mis-matched chairs.  And with free wi-fi internet, it becomes a great place to take friends or even work!

So there you have it.  The first of many * Travel Tuesday * posts to come!

Yumchaa is located in Camden Town, London NW1 0HT.

Image from Rene Humphery.

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A year and nearly 8 months ago, I stumbled unknowingly on this beautiful city.  I was only 20, six months out of a terrible and emotionally abusive relationship, and arriving at Heathrow in sunny London weather.  I immediately felt something in me that I had never felt before.  I felt more at home than I had ever felt anywhere else in my life.

A week later, I met the man that would turn out to be the love of my life – on a tube.  And now – I find myself here for the third time, in a six month temporary job, with a more permanent position in the new year.  My whole life had changed a year and 8 months ago.

This photo reminded me of that story.  I am still madly in love with my English man – even though most people will look at our just over a year and a half relationship as something still very young.  This would be the photo that would explain everything – my emotions, my love for him and the city.

What does this photo remind you of? x

Image via Zaianne Sparrow‘s pintrest.


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I, just like many people I know, love movies.  They are a great escape into a world that is not your own, whether that is through comedy, romance, adventure, or the like.  And I am positive I am not the only person who has a movie (or two) that they love so much they could watch over and over again.  ‘Feel Good’ movies – as I call them.  I have one – Eat Pray Love.

This movie is great for a rainy day, or a day you just aren’t feeling yourself.  The book is better – as it always is – however the movie provides a wonderful fix of the story line and portrays the story of what Elizabeth went through just as well as the book.  I find that through this movie I cry at her misery, support her ‘finding herself,’ crave pasta, attempt at meditation, and finally become so delighted and happy at the ending that it is overwhelming.  Most of all, I relate to her story nearly 100% – save the facts that I was not married and was on a three month tour of England rather than the world.

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Ps: How beautiful is the flat she is in?  Would make anyone want to pack up to live in Rome and have a picnic on the tiled floor!

Image from Crush Cul de Sac

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