Because sometimes you don’t have anything to say and don’t know what to write so you force yourself to put something to paper and link a video in the text.
Please meet Charly Cox—a girl that I find incredibly brilliant, fascinating, and terrifying as she is only 21 and doing so incredibly in life. At the moment, she is writing a piece of poetry every day in the month of January. It’s something that has inspired me to put fingers to computer board and make time to write again because it has been far too long. Here is her poem “The Weight of You” that I can’t seem to get out of my head at the moment.
I have officially been in France for three weeks now (it feels like so much longer than that!) and I have started planning weekend trips from the ever-popular city, Paris. Since Paris is only two hours on the train for me, it’s extremely easy for me to get up, catch the train, and figure out a place to head to for the day. If you’re headed to Paris and wanting to see something other than the City of Lights, these five places are easy to get to and definitely worth seeing.
1/ Rouen Rouen is about an hour and a half north of Paris. The gorgeous town is in the Normandy region of France, where you’ll find brightly colored buildings, an incredible cathedral, and the tower where Joan of Arc was held before she was executed.
2/ Mont Saint Michel While this area can be somewhat touristy, it’s still an incredible place to visit and easy to get to from Paris. Mont Saint Michel is an island with a magnificent abbey that towers over everything. Even if you decide not to head inside the abbey (it’s 9€ if you’re over 25 and free for everyone else), the town itself is gorgeous with lots of delicious food you should try immediately.
3/ Giverny If you’re a fan of Monet, you’ll want to head to Giverny immediately. You’ll be able to stroll through Monet’s home and garden and feel immediately as if you’re in one of his paintings.
4/ Lille Unfortunately, Lille is overlooked by many tourists but it is one of the best day trips from Paris. If you’re a foodie, you don’t want to miss this city at all. Home to incredible museums, intriguing architecture, and delicious food, Lille is an easy day trip to take from Paris that you must take.
5/ Orléans While you may stop here while castle hunting, this shouldn’t just be a place for you to stop for lunch. Orléans is home to the streets Joan of Arc walked along, and the house she spent time in still stands. Enjoy delicious food, insane architecture, and castles that will take your breath away.
“I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers in their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history.”—W Somerset Maugham
Looking back through my photos of the small bits of April and May realize that I’ve been doing a lot better about staying in the moment. Now, my mom would laugh at that as she has to continually tell me to put my phone away, but looking through my “moments” over the past couple months, I’ve slowly been putting the phone down more and enjoying the world. April was a lot of nervous and excited energy leading up to the end of the month. It was surprises to Kelsey since she was turning another year older. It was giving my mom, what she deemed, the trip of a lifetime to Europe. It was a million things all at once and trying to see it from other people’s perspectives.
While there will be a post coming soon dedicated to everything London, I wanted to pop in and say hello. It’s been awhile. I miss typing away at my keyboard into the vast void of the Internet hoping my words connect with someone out there. I hope it’s you. Dear April and May, you weren’t anything like I expected and I’m learning to become okay with that. It’s a learning process that I need to readjust my mind to. You were both challenging and rewarding. Satisfying and maddening. Lovely and horrific.
June, we’re already almost two weeks into you. Fingers crossed in advance.
Fun For Louis has the life I would love to lead one day. Travels around. Records what he does. Meets new people. Eats new things. And even when he’s having a bad day, he always seems to find the best in any situation. His motto, “Enjoy life. Live the adventure” is one I’m trying to aspire to each day. He films every day of his life and below is a compilation video of his favorite bits from his past year (and one of my favorite videos!).
If you’re anything like me, you love to watch any and all videos relating to travel. When I’m not watching The Travel Channel or weekly vlogs from YouTubers, I turn to SnapChat to see where people are in the world.
If you happen to have a serious case of wanderlust, here are the SnapChatters to follow that will let you travel everywhere all at the touch of a button.
There isn’t a lot to say about February. Mostly because it was a blur and I don’t remember half of what happened during the short month. There was a lot of crying, laughing, laughing until crying, inside jokes, random noises, another magazine, bottomless mimosas, yelling, cats, and ice cream. So much ice cream. I wish I took more photos this month or kept up the video I promised myself I was going to do. I wish there was more swiping right on boys instead of my haughty “no!” as I quickly swiped left. There was Drake and seeing different sides to new people. There was Trops and apartment hunting and snuggling to Baloo. There were so many things in between and upside down and loved. More than I can count. There was the fear of March and turning 24 but here we are and now we’re moving forward.