Friday, 8 September 2017

la magie + summer 2017 // part II

On the 4/09/17 I took the train to Paris with one of my favourite people. Booked by accident, this trip was one that never really felt real - my 9 year old self still holding on to the magic of Disneyland 10 years ago, believing it would be her last. Although we were only across the channel for two nights, Paris was truly embraced (and kissed goodbye with a promise to be back soon).

a list of memories: 

- annoying everyone on euro-star for laughing too loudly
- eating a VERY Parisian pan aux raisin in a VERY Parisian patisserie
- the tiny little metro tickets + trying to squeeze through the gates with my stuffed bag
- victoriously navigating the metro by ourselves
- seeing the Eiffel tower peek from behind the buildings + finding it hard to believe I was actually in Pairs
- searching for hours for a toilet that didn't make us want to throw up
- very sore feet from above
- **double decker trains**
- arriving at our hotel after walking several marathons
- dancing in our catwalk corridor
- dining in King Ludwig's Castle
- downing sipping cocktails at The Sports Bar
- screaming the English over the French version of  'Let it go'
- screaming HSM songs in the Karoke
- buying my first pair of ears!!!
- cookie dough sandwich waiting for Peter Pan's Flight
- meeting Peter Pan (love of my life) "No."
- the "today is Tuesday" song from the parade
- Kristoff waving at me with his oven mitts
- fudge!!
- keeping my eyes tightly closed the duration of Hyper Space Mountain
- riding Big Thunder Mountain in the sunset
- frantically squeezing between families to find a good spot for Illuminations
- dancing in front of the castle (and twerking in front of security)
- feeling very blessed
- phantom pushchair
- main street at night
- getting stranded in a random French suburb + feeling v v scared not knowing the French police number
- exploding pigeons

(( Adventure diary of this trip is also now live at Jessie Maisie on YouTube ))

// For those interested; the Disney ticket itself was £39 I believe and the hotel (Kyriad Disneyland Hotel) was £120 for a twin bed room for two nights and included breakfast. Eurostar was booked on Eurostar snap a week before we left - £59 the way there and £25 the way back. 

To new adventures, 

- J

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

bittersweets + summer 2017 // part I

More than anything, this blog has always been a 'brain dump.' Hopefully presented a little more aesthetically and accessible than that but a mess of emotions, memories and bittersweets all the same. This year has not been an easy one. I lost my grip on fulfillment a little bit here and there, slipping in to a darkness I had never experienced, and clung on to that beautiful quote - this too shall pass - like a lifeline. But I also traveled a lot, wrote a lot, achieved a lot and now that school is over (for the rest of my life), I am about to a terrifying transition in to (almost) adulthood.

Summer was literal escapism. A Levels were oppressive, cage-like and swallowed the inspired, creative, vibrant me. But summer was adventure and laughter and yes, a lot of tears, and air. Here is part I of my favourite pictures from the trips I was fortunate enough to take these last three months... 

1// Kavos, Corfu. 

2// Cornwall 

// Many more pictures on my instagram @oceanpainter_ and a video documentation of Corfu at Jessie Maisie on YouTube....