My Travel Wishlist

 

If you have a Pinterest account, you probably have a travel board filled with places you'd love to see. For me, it seems like the more I travel and check off different destinations, the more my travel wishlist grows! These are ten spots on the map that are currently calling my name.

image by Renee Roaming

image by Renee Roaming

1. The Faroe Islands, Denmark

These windswept islands in the North Atlantic would make for such a magical getaway to explore the dramatic coasts, stay in a thatched-roof house, and see a burrow of puffins. (I recently found out that baby puffins are called 'pufflings', isn't that darling?)

 

image by Gray Malin, available for purchase here. 

image by Gray Malin, available for purchase here

2. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and I can't think of a better destination for a first trip to the Southern Hemisphere.  After seeing these photos, I'm adding a helicopter ride over the Whitsunday Islands to my dream itinerary.  In the meantime, we can watch this Great Barrier Reef tour video, recorded by a GoPro-wearing sea turtle.

 

image by Jordan Wagner

image by Jordan Wagner

3. Innsbruck, Austria

After a childhood Sound of Music obsession and briefly studying Austrian culture in college, I'm pretty smitten with Austria and we haven't even met. Truthfully, I would like to go just about everywhere in this scenic country, but Innsbruck seems so perfectly charming and colorful.

 

images via CN Traveller

images via CN Traveller

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4. Île de Porquerolles

Traveling through Provence and the French Riviera last year, I never made it to this quiet island just off the coast of Hyères. Still, a day spent biking from beach to beach sounds pretty lovely - add it to your list if you're in southern France! (If you're closer to The Bay of Biscay than the Côte d'Azur, visit beachy Biarritz and send me a postcard.)

 

image via Tongabezi

image via Tongabezi

5. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia

These falls are another of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and have been on my travel wishlist for a long time. Can you imagine the incredible sound of all that water? Perhaps I could follow this with a trip to the Giraffe Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

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6. Montréal, Quebec

I've visited Canada a handful of times, but I think Montréal is going to be my favorite Canadian city. I imagine it as something of a Toronto-Paris mix, with lots of snow, bicycling, and speaking French. Le Petit Dep would definitely be on the itinerary, and so much art!

 

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7. Los Angeles, California

Maybe it's La La Land, or so many people telling me how much I would love this city, but L.A. has crept to the top of my USA destination list. When our snowy winter turns into a muddy grey spring, some sun and a surf lesson sounds like a dream.

 

image via Reise Happen

image via Reise Happen

8. San Marino

This tiny country is tucked into northeastern Italy, and at just 24 square miles it's the third-smallest country in Europe, after the Vatican and Monaco. Three hilltop fortresses surround San Marino; the signature Sammarinese dessert Torta Tre Monti is named for them, and the views are meant to be incredible.

 

9. Edinburgh, Scotland

The city of Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands seem quirky and magical - and not just because of their wizarding history.  I would set an airfare alert, then plan a few days in the city and a few days out in the countryside for castle-spotting and loch-exploring.

 

images by Alexandra Grant

images by Alexandra Grant

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10. Crete, Greece

Apologies to all other bodies of water, but I'm pretty taken with Mediterranean beaches - and Crete has so many lovely-looking ones. Not usually able to stay in one place for too long, I would probably turn this trip into a Grecian island-hopping adventure. Consider my beach bag packed!

 

 

 

Left Bank Style

 
photo by Molly Carr Photography Sézane top,  J. Crew skirt (old, similar), Steamline luggage (last season, smaller case on sale here, similar here, similar on sale here).

photo by Molly Carr Photography
Sézane top,  J. Crew skirt (old, similar), Steamline luggage (last season, smaller case on sale here, similar here, similar on sale here).

 

This fall, I met film photographer Molly Carr for a styled photo shoot in Paris. She's incredibly talented, and working together felt like not working at all; a perfect collaboration. I'm so happy with the photos and can't wait to share more (a few have already popped up around the website and Instagram). In fact, I was flattered to learn that an image from this charming Saint-Germain-des-Prés street is featured in the latest edition of Flutter Magazine, alongside Molly's article The Art of Solo Travel. You can order a copy here, or find one in Barnes & Noble from December 10th - I can't wait to get my own copy!

In an upcoming post I'll share the details about planning and styling this photo shoot - but for now, shop the image above by scrolling below!

 

 

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A Day in London

 
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During our time in France this fall, we made a day trip across the English Channel - Paris is always wonderful, but London is my first city-love.  Thanks to the Eurostar, traveling from Paris to London is a quick two-hour trip. 

We chose an early departure from Gare du Nord, where we headed upstairs to go through security, then had coffee and pastries while waiting to board. Because most of the journey is in a tunnel there's not much to see, but it's a perfect time to read or take a nice nap.

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Whether you've been to London before or not, here's my advice: plan only three things to do on a day trip.  You'll see so much of the city while you're traveling from place to place, but won't feel harried by a tightly packed schedule.

When you arrive at St. Pancras International, you're just across the street from King's Cross Station, home to Platform 9 3/4.  Stop by for a photo, or head straight out to the first spot on your list.  On a typically overcast London day I would have visited the Victoria & Albert Museum or shopped on Lamb's Conduit Street, but it was a Sunday of surprisingly wonderful weather so our first stop was Hyde Park

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After a while of walking in the sun, it was time for tea at The Orangery.  This brick building tucked behind Kensington Palace used to host royal parties in the summer and royal orange trees in the winter - it now hosts a beautiful restaurant with a particularly lovely afternoon tea. 
 

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When all the scones were gone, we made our way out of the park and over to one of the most charming neighborhoods in London: Notting Hill.  We spent a few hours walking through the shops and Portobello Market, searching for the most colorful houses and enjoying the beautiful weather.

I don't have quite enough of a sweet tooth to keep up with my aesthetic obsession with bakeries, but that didn't stop me from popping in at Biscuiteers and Fabrique Bakery.  At the end of the day, we settled in for a very British dinner at a corner pub before catching our late train back to Paris.

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