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Summer Polaroids

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It has been a little bit quiet here over the summer months and the look of things have changed as well! If you have a poke around you may notice that there are sub categories under the Travel Guide and London Guide sections that will hopefully make it easier to find old posts. And at the very top of the blog you will find links to social media pages (instagram, twitter, facebook and pinterest). I’ve also added side bars where you will find a few more things like a preview of the latest instagram posts, a search bar and a few more breakdowns of posts by category. My overall goal was to make the blog feel more accessible, so I hope this helps!

Reid and I have had a pretty packed summer and as a result I’ve got lots of new posts in the works, so keep an eye out on this space for new content soon. The images above were taken with my Fuji Instax which I’ve been trying to take with me where ever we go, whether it is a trip somewhere like San Sebastián or Cornwall (both above) or just a night out with friends in London. I love this version of the Instax because it gives you a few more controls/options that will affect the look of your image than previous versions have had. And the credit card size images are really adorable and easy to share with friends. We have a bowl full of these sitting in our living room that are fun to go through every now and then. I always try and write a date and place on the back of the image so down the road I can remember where things were taken. I hope you have had a good summer filled with some relaxation and maybe some travel too. I’ll be back soon with some more posts on London, our travels and life at home!

San Sebastián

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Itinerary: A long weekend spent eating our way through San Sebastián.

Travel Time: A 2 hour flight from London to Bilbao followed by an  hour drive to San Sebastián.

Accommodation: On this trip Reid and I traveled with three other friends so we decided to rent an apartment in order to save money and have access to a kitchen. I believe the apartment was booked through Airbnb, Homeaway, or a site similar to one of these. We ended up in the prefect location which was a quick walk from the beach as well as the old town of San Sebastián. San Martín Market, only a short walk away, was a great place to grab groceries and everyday items as well as an exquisite selection of meat, fish, fruit and veg.

Highlight(s): Located in the Basque country of northern Spain, San Sebastián is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the border of France. The area is known for producing great cuisine which was perfect for our visit as we were there to soak up some sun and eat! On our arrival, one thing I noticed straight away was how clean the city was. I guess having lived in NYC where trash can be abundant on the streets (and quite smelly in the summer time) you really notice when a place isn’t like this.

Most days were spent lounging on the pristine sands of La Concha Beach (which was literally a five minute walk from our apartment) and swimming in the beautiful bay. The tide change was quite dramatic here and if it happened to be high tide at a busy hour it was a little squished. Luckily, this didn’t seem to last very long. When we had enough of the sand and the sun it was time to head to the old town for some Pintxos. Pintxos is the Basque equivalent of Spanish tapas and in the evening as you walk among the bars and restaurants, they all have these delicious treats intricately displayed for you to enjoy. Most nights we would hit up three or four different Pintxos bars in order to get a good sampling of the different options. Lots of people come out for this which gives the place a very jovial and celebratory feel.

San Sebastián is also known for having a high concentration of Michelin Star restaurants so we booked lunch at Arzak (which has been awarded three stars). From the moment we arrived the service was impeccable and you could tell that every details was thoughtfully planned. We decided to have the tasting menu which was around 12 courses and lasted about 3 hours, but they flew by and at the end of it we were all very fat and happy customers. This was definitely a meal of a lifetime and if you are ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit. I can see us making a return visit to this beautiful city as I feel like there is a lot more to explore and I wouldn’t mind filling my belly with some more delicious food!

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*shot on a Rolleiflex with Kodak Ektar & Portra 800*

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