Breakfast in Paris

If there’s one thing you simply must do on a trip to Paris, it’s pop out in the morning for fresh bread and croissants.

There are boulangeries on every corner, selling all the classics.

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Baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolat…

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Along with every other treat you could hope for!

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Including speciality bread…

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Pizza…

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And never-ending rows of beautiful cakes!

Pick up all your favourites (we couldn’t pass up Boulangerie Bo‘s beautiful cakes…), then take your haul to the closest sunny spot you can find.

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If you’re lucky, your local boulangerie might even have a built-in spot for impromptu breakfast picnics…

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Then, all you have to do is get stuck in!

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Coconut & wild strawberry tartlet, fresh & light as a (coconut foam) cloud

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Decadent Raspberry & pistachio tartlet, bursting with pistachio flavour and tart raspberry jam.

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Last but not least, the signature Vanilla tartlet.

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A delicate almond & vanilla wonder, with layers of vanilla whipped cream, almond marzipan & almond biscuit.

An absolute triumph.

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High on sugar we decided to walk it off at the nearby Coulée Verte.

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A unique space in Paris (but not disimilar to New York’s Highline), La Coulée Verte is a 3mi green belt built on top of the obsolete Vincennes railway line.

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Beginning just east of the Opéra Bastille with the elevated Viaduc des Arts, it goes all the way down to the boulevard Périphérique beltway.

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From the elevated gardens, you get a new perspective of the city.

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…and a little bit of a nosy into people’s flats along the way!

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Cake, nature & architectural wonders… The perfect start to any day of Parisian adventures!

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Breakfast in Paris

Kew Gardens

There’s only one way to do Spring in England.

The minute the sun comes out, you have to rush out and make the most of the weather while it lasts.

Tough life, but eh, I’m not the one making the rules!

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One of the very best place to enjoy a spot of Spring sunshine is the Kew Gardens.

Founded in 1840 (!!), its living collections include over 30,000 different kinds of plants.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Including tulip fields as far as the eyes can see…

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

…and a stunning tropical glasshouse.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Complete with palm leaves big enough to double as umbrellas!

Take that, unexpected April showers!

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Go up the stairways and you’ll find yourself at the top of the floral world.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

A view from above is always a good idea before going back down & explore every tiny detail of Kew’s fantastic collections.

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Delicate flower bunches…

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

…leaves in every shade of green…

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

… some truly bizarre plants…

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… and some just plain beautiful!

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Take advantage of a ray of sunshine to hop to the Waterlily house.

A small but perfectly formed glasshouse, home to some of Kew Gardens most beautiful specimens.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Including these beauties, and many, many more!

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If the weather forecast is fine, take a stroll around the park to see Kew’s gardeners’ incredible flower arrangements.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

… or just let your inner dog run wild after the park’s wildlife!

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

The Princess of Wales Conservatory is another must do on a visit to the Kew Gardens.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Recreating ten climatic zones under one roof, it’s home to some of Kew’s most vibrant specimens.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

There are flowers every colour of the rainbow.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Delicate tiny blossoms live side by side with gigantic ones (such as this impressive Amorphophallus titanum, who only bloom once every couple of years and is said to smell rather horrible).

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

And then there are the always fascinating carnivorous plants…

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Newt time you’re nearby, go! I’m sure will find it absolutely succulent!

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Just make sure you make a pit stop at The Orangerie on the way.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

With floor to ceiling windows, white wood, loads of evergreens and the moistest of carrot cake, the place is an Instagramers’ dream come true.

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Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

… but then the blossoming magnolia trees aren’t doing half bad at that either!

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A truly unbe-leaf-able place!

So many beautiful plants I didn’t want to leaf!

Find more info (and book tickets) here

Kew Gardens

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery

There’s hardly anywhere more fitting to celebrate the Day of the Deads than their very own playground.

Some think cemeteries are hallowed, other belive them to be haunted. But one thing is sure: they are absolutely beautiful this time of the year.

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Abney Park in Stoke Newington, is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries of London.

Laid out in the early 18th centuries, it’s now partially abandoned but still truly majestic.

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Rows of humble moss-covered tomstones quickly leave ground to more impressive constructions.

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Drapped fabric and angelic faces…

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… Columns topped with amphoras.

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Angels protecting the loved ones.

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And some truly magnificent edifices.

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A little abandoned chapel hides amongst the ivy-covered stones.

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Ivy is slowly taking possession of the old building.

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Stained glass windows have been gone for a while, leaving nothing behind but delicate lace-like metal frames.

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Only the vibrant colours of Autumn rival the chapel’s beauty.

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Going deeper into smaller alleys, the leaves and the light turn to the most vibrant shades of green.

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Elegant angels guard the premises.

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At the corner of a path, a fallen statue seems to be sleeping amongst the leaves and remind passers-by of Shakespeare’s Ophelia.

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Engraved ivy meets its chlorophyll cousin.

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Here and there, the light hits the faces of cherub-like statues, making for the most striking of views.

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And when you think you’ve seen everything Abney Park Cemetery has to offer, new details always seem to appear.

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The spirit of Halloween seemed to have spread to Stoke Newington‘s streets.

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In every window, beheaded skulls and potion bottles look like they stepped straight out of a  storybook.

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Owls invaded the walls and spiders the flower bouquets.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Steve Almond was right when he said that “Nothing on Earth [was] so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”

Especially when it includes some of those deliciously spooky cupcakes!

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery