Posts tagged ‘travel’

January 26, 2012

Walls

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.

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December 8, 2011

Vienna

by Kaylee Pare

I finally found the time to sort my 5,000+ photos from Europe so I’ll be able to share some memories with you throughout the next few weeks. I wouldn’t say Vienna was my favourite city by any means. However, I can definitely see why it has been named the “world’s most livable city” for three years running. Vienna is incredibly clean, high-tech, its public transit system is sublime, and most notably, it has the lowest crime rate in all of Europe. We spent three lovely days exploring the city and absorbing its sites, here are just a few snapshots from Austria’s capital.


All photos by Kaylee Pare

November 3, 2011

Je t’aime

by Kaylee Pare


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As my European adventure comes to a close, I´m still so looking forward to one of our last destinations, the city of Paris. Although it will likely be chilly, I know that the ´je ne sais quoi´ of the city will have me at hello. Paris, je t’aime!

August 21, 2011

Snapshots

by Kaylee Pare

Now that we’ve booked our flight to Europe, we know it all begins in Athens.  Back in August 2008, I went island-hopping in Greece with five of my best friends and the thought of returning brought me to look through our photos. We climbed marble steps to the Acropolis, sipped espresso while watching a Mykonos sunset, drank a few cocktails and rode many ferries to new adventures. Here some snapshots from our time in Athens, Mykonos, Ios, Paros and Santorini.

August 19, 2011

Pen Pal

by Kaylee Pare

I’ve been neglectful this week, I know. The trouble is that our EuroTrip has suddenly crept on me and throwing a big event at work didn’t help either. Let’s just say that free time has not been abundant lately. To do lists are currently running my life, and my birthday is on Sunday so making time for a bit of partying is a must! The goodbyes are really what’s bringing me down these days. While I know that three months in Europe is priceless, I find myself feeling guilty for leaving my loved ones behind for so long? It’s an odd feeling because they are so happy to see me embark on such an experience, while all I can think about is what I’ll miss in their lives. With a big group of girlfriends, life events occur more often than one would think, and I don’t want to miss anything. I’ve written about this feeling before, when I was feeling guilty about balancing all the things life involves. Anyway, postcards, blog posts and Facebook messages will hopefully make up for my absence a bit and when I get back, I’ll have plenty of time for catching up. More about the trip soon!

 

 

July 3, 2011

Red Rock

by Kaylee Pare

While Vegas surely brings to mind bright lights, oversized buildings and huge crowds of people, the surroundings of sin city offer quite the opposite. Just 20 minutes from the Strip, you’ll find Red Rock Canyon, a beautiful earthy spot where nothing but the sun, the birds and the rocks are among you. If you’re ever partying in the glorious environment that Vegas offers, I suggest you take an hour or so to appreciate the sandstone mountains that surround it.

Top: T by Alexander Wang, Bandeau: BDG from Urban Outfitters, Shorts: Club Monaco, Necklace: Fendi, Sunglasses: Chanel, Lipstick: L’Oréal Color Riche Royal Red

Photos by NonStopStyle

June 15, 2011

Spontaneity

by Kaylee Pare

If you know me, you know that I’m a huge advocate for spontaneity. Nothing makes me smile more than being impulsive; no plans, no schedule, just being in the moment and doing what feels right. I really think it’s one of the best parts of life; we can’t control certain parts of our lives anyway, so why plan every moment of it as though we can?

This is why my most recent excitement is worthy of a blog post- a veryyyyy spontaneous trip to Las Vegas. If you knew my family, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that on my parent’s 25th anniversary, they want to party in Vegas with my boyfriend and I. Well, all I can say is I must’ve gotten it somewhere because just the idea of booking a 5-day trip 10 days in advance (with 4 jobs to consider), made us all extremely giddy. Could it really happen? Of course it could.

The trip is booked for June 23rd to the 28th (we booked today, the 14th!). I cannot wait to show you pictures from the trip and tell you all about it, and please, if you have any tips or must-sees, do comment!

This post isn’t meant to rub my upcoming trip in your face, I swear! (Keep in mind, I haven’t been away in more than 10 months). The lesson here is to stay in the moment always. Do what’s in your heart, and deal with all those thoughts of yours later. Life is all about taking risks, and if you can change just one little thing about your day, week or life, try it out and see what transpires. You may end up regretting it, or it could be the best decision you ever made.

See you soon!

May 19, 2011

Puzzled Packing

by Kaylee Pare

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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? …

May 6, 2011

To Do This Weekend

by Kaylee Pare

I’ve decided to make this a weekly thing; whether I have one To-Do or twelve, I’ll post them each Friday for you and I to contemplate that weekend. Better get to it! TGIF.

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