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bali_01Falling asleep to the sounds of waves crashing and the feel of the ocean breeze on my skin, waking up to the first light of the sun breaking over the horizon, walking barefoot in the dewey grass, tasting the sweet fresh fruit for breakfast… our recent short trip to Bali was a delight for the senses. This was my first time to visit this beautiful island and the only thing I would change would be to be able to stay longer.

We stayed at the beautiful Villa Campuhan which we booked after seeing photos of it on some of my past wedding clients’ instagram accounts. Since this trip was added on to the end of a work trip to Hong Kong, we only had 2 full days to spend in Bali, the first of which we used to relax by our private pool and soak up some sun. The next day we did venture beyond the villa and visited the amazing Pura Lempuyang, the Tirta Gangga water palace and some nearby rice terraces. Since we were staying on the eastern part of the island, we pretty much stayed that way which meant we did not have time to check Ubud or Seminyak but I guess that gives us a few excuses to try and make another visit, no?

One of the highlights for me was being in Bali during a full moon which meant we got to see the locals dressed up and preparing for celebrations at temples across the island. It was a beautiful look into the lives of those that call Bali home. I don’t think my words can do justice to the beauty of the place or the kindness of the people, so I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story…

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48 Hours in Paris


For the past few years every October Reid’s work has taken him to Paris for a couple of days and I have been lucky to tag along and take advantage of the free hotel room. I spend the days on my own, exploring a city that I love the more often I get to visit it. It is pretty amazing to me that it is such a short train ride from London and whenever I’m in town I always think to myself that I should visit more often.

This particular trip was pretty short but I was still able to pack in a bunch of my favorite things plus a few new ones. We arrived late in the evening and headed over to Ralph’s in Saint Germain for a late dinner (We were almost the only people there!). I had a delicious burger with perfectly cooked fries and Reid had a steak. Over the next day and a half I went for runs in the Tuileries Garden, walked along the Seine, ate my weight in chocolate, visited a few shops and went to two great photography exhibits. Details and links below:

  • Angelina: A trip to Paris is never complete without at least one visit here for the sinfully good hot chocolate. It may seem touristy but I can’t help but coming here. The hot chocolate is basically as thick as a melted down bar of chocolate and then on top of that you add in whipped cream just in case it wasn’t rich enough for you.
  • Merci: This store/cafe/library is one of my favorite places to spend time. Not only is it located in the hip neighborhood of Le Marais but it is choc full of amazing clothes, furniture, kitchenware, stationery, etc. I dare you to try and visit without doing major damage to your wallet.
  • Jeu de Paume: I always like to visit at least one museum or gallery and this trip I managed to go to two that were new to me. On one of my morning runs I noticed that the Jue de Paume was advertising a new photography exhibit of American photographer Gary Winogrand that happened to begin that very day so of course I had to go. It was an amazing exhibit and included many images that had never been seen before, even by Winogrand himself. The exhibit runs through February 8, 2015.
  • The Gagosian: I had seen a few photographer friends post images on Instagram of the Peter Lindbergh exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris and I was really keen on going. It was pretty amazing to see such beautiful and iconic images up close. The exhibit runs through November 22nd of this year, so catch it while you can!
  • Comptoir de L’image: This tiny, tiny bookstore is really a hidden gem. I actually first stumbled upon it while photographing this couple and I’m so glad we found it. It has an insane selection of photography books and magazine by every photographer imaginable. There is a lot to look through and not much space to do it, but there is so much inspiration in there.
  • Buvette: Possible my favorite meal of this trip was to the adorable Buvette which was recommended to me by a friend. We ordered lot of small plates to share and talked the night away over the candlelight. It was truly a Parisian experience and I will definitely be going back my next trip to Paris!

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