Travel the world in a day

Imagine stepping on the tube in London (or the metro/subway in any big city!) but instead of going from North to South London and from East to West London… you could go from North to South of the world and from East to West too.

You could start your morning watching the sunrise over The Ganges in India in the special city of Varanasi. Watch the people around you getting ready for their day. Those that are bathing and washing their clothes in the holy water.

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Ready for breakfast?  Take the tube three stops to Seoul, South Korea and order a selection of warm dishes to fill you up for your day!  Walk off your big meal by taking a quick walk around and noticing the difference between old and new…

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Now for a bit more exploring.  You’ll need to take the tube 10 stops to Rome, Italy.  Wander the streets and see what you find!  Look out for The Colosseum and The Trevi Fountain.

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You need to feel some fresh air in your lungs?  A bit of nature?  OK!  How about some sand dunes on the border of California and Arizona?  Yes!  Ok, then take the tube 5 stops and you will arrive to see these beauties… Don’t forget your sunglasses!

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Travel 4 stops south to Isla del Sol, Bolivia to enjoy lunch of trout, chips and salad with a squeeze of lemon.  Stretch your legs by strolling around the island, admire the beautiful views. Be careful to walk slowly as the altitude will have you out of breath in no time!

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Ok, time to cool down!  Head 12 stops to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.  Rest your tired feet in the lagoon and take in the spectacular views around you.  Don’t stay too long – you’ll get wrinkly! 

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It’s tea time!  And where better to enjoy a cup of tea and a scone than the picturesque city of Stratford Upon Avon in England.  Take the tube 4 stops and visit the home of Shakespeare too!

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Hop another 9 stops to Santiago, Chile and find the sun setting over the mountains that surround the city.Image

Head home to London!  Good night 🙂

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Marcella xo

Food Porn

I looked back at my old and less old food pictures and picked the ones that remind me of the countries in lived in. Food is the best way to travel when you don’t travel! At home, I try to cook using the recipes I collected abroad, to share them with my friends and family and recall traveling memories.

(1) Home,

When I think of comfort food I think “Crêpes”! When I moved to Chile, I packed a Crêpes pan which I used many times. Make crêpes for all occasion, it is always a nice get together excuse! This picture was taken at my 23rd Birthday in Chicago!Image

(2) Québec, Canada,

This delish’ Mapple syrup and Mustard Salmon “made in BBQ” is very special. I got this recipe from my Argentinian ex-boyfriend who taught me, apart from making this delicious meal, some tricks in photography! I made this salmon to my family in Canada, mapple syrup land and they absolutely loved it. Such sweet (savoury) memories!Image

(3) Chile,

What better dish to think of Chile than a “Completo”? A Chilean version of a “hot dog” with avocado purée: much more fun! Marcella made them (and a vegetarian version) the night I arrived in Chile as a welcome dinner. Just like crêpes night, completo night is perfect for dinner with friends! Image

(4) Montréal, Canada

Who has never had a poutine in “la Banquise” at 3am, during their stay in Montreal? Well, it’s ok if you haven’t, they serve it everywhere in the city, for the sake of fanatics of soft chips, melted cheese and gravy sauce, like me…Image

(5) Colombia

MEAT!! Meat makes me think of Colombia where I had it every day but also of South America in general! On the road, on the side, you can see men with small red flags trying to attract your car to their restaurants. These restaurants are full of surprises; meat is cooked in BBQ with a variety of side dishes: banana crisp, guacamole, tomato purée, sweetcorn… YummImage

(6) India,

Have a thali or “menu of the day” in India and you’ll taste all the spices, colours, flavours of what India has to offer! Be careful, it can be very spicy!!Image

(7) New York, USA

Last time I went to NYC, I met with a friend from Boston, he brought me to a true American Bagel place! This gravlax salmon bagel with multi grains bread was the best ever! So fresh and tasty! Thanks Ben!Image

(8) The pyrenees, France,

Cheese is used in traditional French dishes, but can also be the dish! In the Pyrenees, they reward the shepherds for their cheeses during the annual Cheese Fair where people sing and dance following their tradition. Their cheese is powerful; it gives you strength and makes you happy! Image

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Clem xx

A world of beaches

My favourite beach experiences from around the world.

Otres Beach, Cambodia.

A short tuk tuk ride from the busy Serendipity and Ochheuteal beaches you will find the very peaceful beaches of Otres one and Otres two.  Stay in a beach hut and eat fruit for breakfast.

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Mljet, Croatia

Jump on a ferry from Dubrovnik to arrive to the unspoilt island of Mljet.  We were the only ones sat on the beach that day.  Visit the stunning National park too and eat the freshest fish you can find!

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Maitencillo, Chile

Stay in a cabin on the beach and watch the beautiful sunset while eating a seafood empanada.

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Mumbai, India

Visit during the festival of Ganesh when you’ll see people carrying statues, of all sizes, into the water.

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San Diego, USA

Try to capture the surfers on the huge waves, or have a go yourself!

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Watch the world go by on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.  Look out for Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background.

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Brighton, England

Visit the arcades, wander around The Lanes and tuck into some fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

The only way to get to this hippie beach is on a very bumpy military vehicle that drives along the sand dunes and beach – hold on tight!

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Lagoinha do Leste, Brazil

Take a hike from Florianópolis to arrive to this deserted beach.  Take a local to show you the way. You’ll be one of the only ones on the beach which means there is even more room for you in the lagoon!

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Marcella xo

My favourite travel photos

I’ve picked out my top 10 travel photos that i’ve taken.  Not just for the image itself but also for the memories attached to them… Let me take you on a journey. Enjoy 🙂

(1) The Chitwan District, Nepal

Sunset over rice fields in Nepal.  You can see The Himalayas peeking out in the background. This photo was taken during monsoon season when the rice fields were soaked with monsoon rain.

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(2) Bodh Gaya, India

Colourful prayer flags on top of a hill.  Bogh Gaya was a very spiritual place.  This image reminds me of the most adventurous 3 days we had in India.

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(3) Taj Mahal, India

A side view of the stunning wonder.  I love the beautiful colours of the women’s saris in the foreground.

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(4) Florianópolis, Brazil

Finding paradise – discovering a deserted beach after walking along a trail for 2hrs.  Pure bliss!

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(5) Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Stunning – the 30km long glacier.

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(6) San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

The driest desert in the world.  Landscape like i’ve never seen before.  So unspoilt.  These men were enjoying an afternoon of horse riding.

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(7) Altiplano Andino, Bolivia.

Just beautiful.  Part of a journey from Chile to Bolivia.  You may not believe it from the photo but it was freezing!

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(8) The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Drifting through The Amazon and playing panpipes.

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(9) Gran Sabana, Venezuela

Finding this beauty after being on buses for many days to get to Venezuela.

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(10) Pichilemu, Chile

Camping at the end of a special trip in middle Chile.  The bright lights of the town from the camping site.

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Marcella xo