The final few photos from Paris.
We've been back for a week and I'm already dreaming of our next holiday - maybe Scotland would be pretty magical in the autumn?
The first set of photos from our little trip to Paris last week!
I’ve wanted to stay in The Hoxton in Paris ever since they announced they were renovating an 18th century building there. Of course, it was beautiful. And the fooooood!!
We had been to Paris once before around 5 years ago, and did all of the classic touristy things then. So this time, we whiled away our time just wandering the streets and eating lots. Just what my little heart needed.
I was going to vlog my little trip to Brighton this Monday, but found that I was enjoying myself too much to film everything. I find that happens quite often, maybe I need to work on that... It was a JAM PACKED couple of days, and my feet are definitely feeling it right now. It was so worth it though, just wish we could have stayed a little longer!
These are just a few places I'd recommend going to if you ever visit: Workshop living - They stock very minimal, Scandinavian and Japanese designed homeware. I'm a sucker for Japanese design, so I love it in there. It does smell very strongly of incense though, so if you aren't a lover of it (like myself), be prepared!
Redroaster - Very good coffee, which you can actually buy (queue Harry the fancy coffee fiend getting very excited), and an interesting menu. Feels cool, but not intimidating. Plus, marble and brass everywhere - Instagrams best friends, hah!
Lucky Beach Cafe - Right on the seafront - if it's a warm day, go sit outside! Eating breakfast by the beach is the best. Really yummy breakfast menu, and I want all of their serveware. (I need to cool it with the stripes...) Other great places that I didn't photograph: 'Tidy Street General Store' - full of Soeur and Rachel Comey, I walked in and it was all honestly my ultimate dream wardrobe. One day it will be mine, ONE DAYYY. Plus some cute ceramics and homeware accessories. 'Magazine' - full to the brim with magazines on everything and anything 'Family Store' - Stocks Stay Home Club; Forever supporting my fellow Canadian illustrators/designers! Our main reason for visiting Brighton was to see Kishi Bashi at the Hope & Ruin. I have a real soft spot for Kishi Bashi, he is one of my favourite musicians of all time. I can honestly say that it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. It was his last day of tour, so I think he was suffering from a bit of hysteria, but it just seemed to make it all the more personal. There were only 150-ish people there, so it felt more like a party than a gig. His voice was impeccable, and Harry and I can safely say that whenever he is in the UK (or Europe; I'd travel pretty far to see him again!), we're going to see him again. And again. Aaaaaand again. Listen to him - nowww!
Our final day and a half in Amsterdam! I honestly wasn't ready to leave, there is so much to do and see you could easily go for a week and not get bored. We spent the day wandering the streets, looking at the architecture, eating lots of yummy food and generally soaking up our last day on holiday. We went to what is now I think officially my favourite cafe by the advice of Betty magazine; Coffee & Coconuts. I wish I could just completely copy it and have it closer to me because I would honestly be in there almost every day working on my iPad, drinking coffee and eating the most amazing coconut pancakes ever (and becoming penniless & fat). It was in an old Art Deco cinema (AHHH), plants everywhere, bean bags to lounge on, everyone was really nice. It was perfect! Also, if you are a lover of GOOD QUALITY clean, well cared for and well curated vintage, with actual nice/not intimidating people in store, something I feel is very lacking in the UK right now, Amsterdam is a must for you. Especially Laura Dols. I had been here once before when I was around 19 on an art foundation trip and remember buying a grey knitted tank top. This time I could have come out with an entirely new wardrobe, but I was on a budget (not that this place was expensive,AT ALL), so I just bought a cute little embroidered "peasant top" - I don't really know what else to call it? But it's cute. And it was only €25. I bet the exact same top would have been £35+ in the UK.
And thus concludes our time in Amsterdam. If we go again I'd like to be a little more 'cultural' and visit more museums and things, but we were just so happy wandering that before we knew it, it was time to go home!