Posts tagged ‘europe’

January 26, 2012


by Kaylee Pare

Graffiti, posters, advertisements, street signs, tiles. Every street corner presents a new set of visual inspiration. When we explore unfamiliar land, we are much more conscious of this fact. While wandering the streets of countless cities in Europe, I learnt to stop and notice not just those things that the travel books study. Often the simple things, like a decaying wall, vintage posters or someone’s painted creation offers much more of a story than the city itself.

Photos by Kaylee Paré in Athens, Greece.

December 10, 2011

Mount Etna

by Kaylee Pare

Ascending Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, was without question one of the highlights of our trip. We made our way down the Italian peninsula to Sicily for the sole purpose of exploring the volcano. We spent several hours going from bus to bus, boarding a gondola and riding to the summit in a large van in order to finally reach the brisk snow-topped peak. Etna had just erupted several days earlier so we were not permitted to visit the main crater, but the other craters, the miles of lava, the sulfur and the shocking views made the experience spectacular nonetheless. If you’re ever in Italy, I highly suggest making the trip to Etna, you certainly won’t regret it.

All photos by Kaylee Pare

August 27, 2011

Peak Athina

by Kaylee Pare

I took these images today in Athens from the Acropolis, I loved the view these holes in the limestone offered, a little peak at a very large and crowded city. While the historical signifance of Athens is very interesting to its visitors, a large city like this one is not what one imagines when they think of quaint Europa. For this reason, we are cutting this portion of the trip short and making our way to the island of Crete tomorrow. We have had a splendid time roaming the streets, seeing the sights, searching for crowded bars and the best greek salad, but we are looking forward to smaller towns and easy access to the sea. We are thinking of renting vespas for a few days in order to see more of the vast island and get a chance to practice our motoring skills!

July 29, 2011

Uniform Utopia

by Kaylee Pare

As I get closer and closer to embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, I am becoming increasingly weary of my outfit situation. I am traveling in Europe with my boyfriend for almost 3 months, and while I am completely aware that it will be memorable and absolute paradise, I can’t help but think about what to bring, how to edit my choices, what’s most versatile, and mostly, where to even begin. I found this picture of Cat Deely today and immediately thought to myself that it was the closest thing I’d seen to the perfect uniform for traveling. It looks comfortable, laid-back and extremely cute. I’ll be spending the next few days attempting to create this look with my own wardrobe and definitely possibly some new items – any advice on key items you would bring?


May 19, 2011

Puzzled Packing

by Kaylee Pare this not appropriate?


Based upon the genre of my blog, I’m sure you can guess that I love fashion. I love to dress up; I find bananas-beautiful heels to be worth every blister and I hold my jewelry collection in high regard. Suffice it to say, style is an integral part of my life. Fast forward a few months from now, and I’m left with only a backpack of belongings for a few months of traveling the depths of Europe. The question of how on earth to maintain my passion while remaining a smart and savvy traveler, has literally plagued me for weeks. How on earth will I survive on but a few outfits? I’m told 5 pairs of shoes is over-the-top? Gulp. How on earth?

Ok. Before you begin to think I’m some materialistic fool who can’t appreciate the chance to backpack across Europe, you’ve got another thing coming. In my youth (a mere half-decade ago), I shed all semblance of style, for a 50-day canoe trip in the woods, with nothing but 6 girls, 2 outfits (1 for day, 1 for night) and (cringe) a muddy pair of hiking boots. Let’s just say that Anna Wintour would not be impressed. The end result of this experience, however, was a lifetime of lessons and an unbreakable bond with my companions and nature itself.

You would think a life-changing trip of the sort would have propelled me into environment-saving sainthood, but alas, I am back where I began, appreciative of the earth no less, but still addicted to everything fashion has to offer. Do tell me, how do you pack for 3 months when every single item you decide to bring will be weighing heavily on your very own back!? I’m hoping that in the weeks I have to prepare, the answer will come to me like one of Oprah’s ‘aha-moments’. In any case, I’ll keep you posted on what I come up with. Perhaps this can become a blog activity; these shoes or those? This nail polish or the other? I’m allowed to bring nail polish right? …

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