Le Marais

I remember this night well.
I was on my way to help with something at church but was running late and missed the metro so I decided to not rush to get there when I was already going to be so late.
While walking home, it dawned on me how gorgeous the streets directly surrounding my street was. How interesting and different from home the triangular “blocks” were. How beautiful and old and majestic each building was.
So, I snapped all these photos below to remember what a magical place I was so blessed to live in.  They are simple, camera photos but mean so much to me and bring back so many memories. 317733_1919676083922_817505460_n 373831_2161021397404_2038956578_n 374336_2161025637510_680787300_n 375325_2161020597384_211596490_n 381447_2161019277351_121622698_n 382974_2161019797364_37124521_n 384287_2161022317427_864350141_n 384844_2161020917392_813377619_n 386552_2161023117447_808310709_n 386616_2161018477331_1088509636_n 388292_2161023757463_992794257_n 391905_2161025157498_241702751_n
Wikipedia describes Le Marais as “a historic district in Paris, France. Long the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts many outstanding buildings of historic and architectural importance. It spreads across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris (on the Rive Droite, or Right Bank, of the Seine).”

freedom

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao Tzu
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“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ernest Hemingway

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“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
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“What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.”
Oprah Winfrey

Paris

When people tell me they didn’t like Paris, I am always dumbfounded. HOW is it possible? Were we even in the same city? I cannot imagine anyone not falling madly in love with this magical place. Below, some of my favorite memories from a few months living in Le Marais neighborhood, near Notre Dame…

Le Marais

Le Marais

Every day you buy fresh food at your local market. All the food in Paris was so fresh and naturally organic.

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Most people live in small homes so people have their own local hangout café and bar to go to where the workers seem more like friends.

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A new friend and the proud new owner of a bar around the corner from where I stayed. On my way to where ever, I would stop in to say hello!

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I just love the idea of having your own little cafe to frequent to read, people watch and mingle with others with.

I just love the idea of having your own little cafe you frequent to read, people watch and mingle with others at.

Because homes are so small, people spend a lot of time in Parks as well. Picnicking, reading and catching up with friends.

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The Paris Metro is clean and ridiculously easy to figure out, even if you know no French, and can get you anywhere you want to go. Also, each stop underground is different which is pretty cool too.

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FRENCH WINE, Macaroons, espresso and fresh crepes.

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Paris has so many shops that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale.

Paris has so many shops that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale.

When the hussle and bussle of Paris life gets to be overwhelming while living in the city, a train ride to the French country side for a few nights away is what Parisians do to recharge. I spent a few weekends in Vollore Ville with Fred, his mom and his mom’s boyfriend. Fred’s mom is from Reunion island, but spends her winters in Vollore Ville which is the village where COCO Channel grew up and is a 3 hour train ride out of Paris. The region boasts some pretty awesome real palaces as well which we were able to take a tour of.

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Paris (the kitty) and Fred on the train en route to the countryside for a weekend getaway.

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After the tour of the real castle.

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The fact that the Nuit Blanche festival which means “White night” happened to be in Paris on my birthday! Nuit Blanche turns public places into private and public art galleries free of charge. Huge spaces turned into epic art installations, performances and other social gatherings.

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Vintage shopping in Paris is INCREDIBLE. My favorite place I visited frequently and told all the tourists about is Free P Star. There are 3 locations and the people that work there go all over Europe collecting vintage accessories and clothing for the shops. There is a 1 euro bin too which is amazing!

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A simple walk through the streets is almost always completely breathtaking. No wonder Parisians walk so slow… I learned to be observant while there and take in the beauty around me.

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/ / homemade chai in my fave thick vintage sweater & the best mug i own.

this song, literally on repeat right now:

/ HAIM.

/ i decided today i would love to renovate a vintage airstream and leave it next to the ocean in socal with a surfboard. a quick pinterest search shows me i am always less original then i think i am… turns out everyone is doin it. ;) how rad would that be!

this one below is matthew mconaughey’s airstream from before he became a huge star…

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here is another renovated airstream. i love it.

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one more…

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/ currently obsessed with dates

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/ my new poster which has yet to find a permanent place

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– kate

photo diary // my trip to islamorada in the florida keys

Islamorada is one of the prettiest places in Florida I have ever visited. Half way between Miami and Key West, this tiny key has a laid back island vibe, crystal blue water, delicious food and plenty of things to do. It’s claim to fame is fishing which I have never been interested in, but it was an epic place I would recommend traveling to nonetheless! Many other things are easily accessible while in Islamorada if you are also not into fishing such as jet skiing, swimming with dolphins and other wild life or attending the shows at “Theater of the Sea”, snorkeling and boating – just to name a few. Islamorada is also a wonderful place to go if you are looking for a relaxing getaway since it definitely has a slower paced way of life and friendly locals.

♥ Below are a few snaps from the trip. Enjoy!

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10 things solo travel has taught me

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1.) Be open and kind always to strangers in your path. Never underestimate the impact opening up to the person next to you can have on your life. Even someone next to you in the airport, on the train or on the bus whom you know you will be next to for only a short stint. We have becomed so closed off, barely ever glancing up from our phones or taking our headphones out and avoid all contact with those around us in the moment while en route. I have been amazed by what you can learn about someone’s journey in life and inspiration gained by some of the shortest encounters I have had in the most random of places. Some people you are meant to learn from, if only for a moment. Be open and kind always because everyone truly is fighting their own battle. d56aea2f8831c3514567a862a5874852

2.) Make time for rest and take this time seriously. Some people when traveling feel like they constantly have to go, go, go and make every second exciting. Most of these people are those who only have a few weeks off work and have planned their vacay a year ahead of time. I feel for them, but still, chill out, yo! This is a surefire way to burn out fast and enjoy your time away less. Traveling is draining unless you take time to relax and recharge. Sleep in and spend time alone in reflection without feeling guilty.b592803949bbda7a2ae4d990d8d4b175

3.) Be yourself. I meet a lot of other people of all ages abroad also traveling alone. The most beautiful thing they all have in common is that they have been cut off from all the things that molded them into something that is not their true selves such as society and family status or even the position they held within their group of friends. On the road, you come as you are. You are free to just be. It is amazing to meet all these beautiful, courageous souls who are venturing away from things that tied their spirits down. For me, this one lesson alone is one of the hardest to keep going when returning home. To remember that what we truly are has nothing to do with where we are from or the stories people think about us.

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4.) Be adventurous. In the words of a friend I met living in the jungle of Costa Rica from Prague recently told me, “There is little on this earth that can truly hurt humans. Most everything is on our side and not out to do us harm.” This was in reference to wild animals while I lived in a tent in the jungle, but also applies to many things people fear. When you face your fears, you realize the one thing to really fear is fear itself and the power you give it. Be brave, be bold. Live more, fear less.

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5.) There is beauty in the little things. A flower in Paris is just as perfect as a flower at the grocery store down the street. The meaning we give things is what makes them less or more special for us, not the object itself so take it all in. Every second you are here to breathe and smell and touch and taste. It is all a magnificent gift and a miracle! Take nothing for granted.bf122be523fe6ccea849fd7d7bd8881e

6.) Be still more.

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7.) You don’t need a lot of material possessions to be happy. Just the truly basic stuff, and sometimes in Barcelona I didn’t even have that (i.e. shoes while camping on the beach for example…) Life as a flight attendant has opened my eyes to the fact that living out of a suit case is not only completely doable, but freeing too. When options are taken away, you don’t think about what else there is. Thinking that we need all this stuff is a lie society wants us to believe. The more I simplify at home now as well, the better I feel. The more free I feel. I am a firm believer now that clutter around you directly effects the clutter in your thoughts.6f624a33b55df7756472c190a41f818b

8.) Experiences are far more valuable than anything money can buy. The memories I will have for the rest of my life I would never trade for a new car or Gucci purse. Sounds silly even writing that out but so many people chose STUFF over travel. Yes, there ARE “sacrifices” to make when it comes to worldly possessions but I know for a fact that walking the streets of Rome is far better for your soul than any fancy, schmancy pair of Italian heels (or whatever other extra stuff it is that you spend your money on.) I have met one flight attendant in particular who is AMAZING at saving money for travel. He is extremely inspiring and gets this lesson more than I probably ever will. He wore his shoes until there was a hole in the bottom but let me tell you, those shoes took him literally across the globle.

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9.) Nature is the best teacher. It teaches you so much like how small and insignificant you are in the big scheme of things. It teaches you to stay humble and in awe and keep your eyes open and to breathe deep and so, so many other things… it truly is the best teacher. Get outside and go see new sights you have only ever seen on TV. 42b9f4ead99af8ad794cb6bff464901210.) There is always more beautiful places to see. Keep exploring. Always stay curious. Never let your heart shut down or close up. Keep it open at all times to the epic adventure right around the corner.

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