—— 05.08.13 | travel ——

this is lucerne

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Wearing: Sessun Julie & Candy red parka, Emma Cook for Topshop pink jumper, vintage blouse, Zara bottle green jeans & Topshop black boots amongst an assortment of the warmest & cleanest pieces I could find after a long train journey from Paris!

Monday morning and I was ready to press publish on a post I had prepared a couple of days ago. As I went through my drafts folder, I decided to figure out exactly what all these unnamed posts sitting in my folder were doing. As I opened them one by one, I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten to publish almost ten posts worth travel content from my trip in Europe which honestly was ages ago. I don’t know what happened that caused me to completely forget I had all these travel memories to share and looking at all these unpublished photos made me really miss Europe – as always. In my backlog I have posts of the Harry Potter studios in London, gondola rides in Venice, lakeside cruises in Lucerne and an extremely chilly day at Disneyland. But where to begin? I honestly don’t know. Perhaps this post – a selection of travel photos from our first two days in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Population: About 80,000.

I went to Lucerne with no expectations and left it feeling like it was the most beautiful city I had ever visited. To start off, we had rented an apartment with the most chatty, informed and humorous host who told us everything we needed to know about the city and really got us off on a great start. Learning how to use public transport ticketing machines without knowing a single word of Swiss German was so much easier once you have a local make you memorise all the buttons you need to press to turn the machine into English. Lucerne is a tiny town with a huge heart. The locals were extremely polite, the streets were clean and the landscapes – completely breathtaking. It’s a place of small cars, large macarons and an abundance of Swiss chocolate. The architecture, ornately decorated and full of colour and character. It’s a place where ducks are plentiful & tourist attractions are somewhat minimal (except for the Swiss Alps, which are an absolute must see with Mt Pilatus literally right next to inner Lucerne). And when it comes to small towns like this, spending a few days there really gives you time to explore, observe and appreciate things you normally wouldn’t have time to see if you were chasing tourist hotspots. So if you’re ever looking for a smaller town to visit in Switzerland, I highly recommend you to say ‘grüezi!’ to Lucerne.

See more of Lucerne here.

—— 04.02.13 | outfit, travel ——

7000ft above the ground

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Wearing: Tom’s beanie, Sessun Julie & Candy coat, Primark mittens, ASOS cord leggings & Topshop lace up boots

 As promised, the second half of my Mt Pilatus photo diary! On the day we were there, it was forecasted to be somewhere around -10 degrees and well, words cannot explain just how cold that was. Being an Australian, we never ever extremely any temperature below 0, so this was an whole new low for me. I decided to wear the warmest pieces I had brought with me – Tom’s koala beanie (taking note of the fact that there were ear flaps), my Sessun coat which doesn’t let anything in, thermal pants under my leggings, two pairs of socks. a very warm scarf and shoes. And you know what? That was not enough. Although the clothes were enough, our shoes weren’t exactly snow shoes and walking in the snow for more than 30 seconds caused our feet to go numb so we literally spent our time up there in a 1:3 ratio (1 minute outdoors, 3 indoors). Who knew your face could feel numb in the cold as well!? My lips were numb so certain consonants never came out right. Icicles formed everywhere that allowed. But the view was worth it. It was a little foggy (actually very foggy) on the day we went so when we took the aerial cableway to the top of the mountain, all we could see was whiteness. As well as a Calvin Klein conference which just happened to be hosted this far above ground on the same day we were there. The whole experience reaching the top was exhilarating. We went through a cloud which felt as if was a transitional stage from the land to the heavens!

—— 03.02.13 | travel ——

a mountain that took my breath away

Hello, world! I have since moved from Switzerland to Austria to Italy and the internet connection has been somewhat non-existent. Tethering on the phone seems to be the only way to go right now so apologies for the delay in posts. On the bright side, I literally could almost line up a post a day for the next three weeks. I just wanted to quickly share with you one of the most breathtaking views I have ever been able to witness with my own eyes. I had great expectations of the Swiss landscapes after seeing numerous beautifully shot photos on Google. Little did I know that when I climbed into the panorama gondola at Mt Pilatus, I was about to see the most amazing view I will have ever seen in my life. (Fresh) snow seems to have this effect of being so romantic and movie-like. As we drifted to over thousands of metres above ground, we couldn’t help but keep our eyes fixated on the amazing 360 degree panoramic views around us. I took hundreds of photos which of course, doesn’t do it as much justice as what it is really like in reality. I realise I have too many photos to put in one blog post so I thought I would first do a small post on what you might expect should you one day decide to take a ride up this very mountain.. it’s beautiful!

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Wearing: Tom’s beanie, Sessun Julie & Candy coat, H&M green scarf