Los Angeles Neighbourhood Guides: A Guide to West Hollywood

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West Hollywood (more commonly referred to as WeHo) is for me the best neighbourhood to stay at in Los Angeles. With a large selection of some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, this area is reasonably affordable to stay, eat, and play. Best of all – there are so many options to keep you busy!

 

The handful of times I have stayed in West Hollywood I have always checked in to an AirBnB apartment for a more authentic experience (that is also quite cost effective!) Short term rental prices are more realistic here and you won’t have to sacrifice location as this is easily one of the most central locations to find yourself in Los Angeles.

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Cafes in West Hollywood

Alfred Coffee – Great coffee & a great alternative to falling under the Starbucks hypnosis (though if I’m being honest, I’m a sucker for a quick frappe to go)

Urth Caffé – Great coffee (try the Spanish Latte) and great food at a reasonable price. Also healthy + hearty food.

Joan’s on Third – Delicious, gourmet cafe kind of food in a fun and energetic setting. A great spot for breakfast/brunching.

Café Gratitude – More great coffee. Its always good to have options!

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Lunch & Dinner Spots in West Hollywood

Gracias Madre – Some of the best Mexican I have had in my entire life that is entirely vegan (and delicious!)

Crossroads – For outstanding vegan tapas that will quite literally leave your mouth watering, check out Crossroads on Melrose.

Craig’s – One of the “in” celeb spots with delicious food in a sophisticated setting.

The Nice Guy – Popular celeb spot that comes to life in the evenings. Great cocktails and great food.

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The Grove + Farmer’s Market – Outdoor shopping area (The Grove) and adjacent Farmer’s Market with delicious options for a light lunch or dinner. Still one of my favourite places in LA.

LACMA – For the artsy + design folk, you really can’t go past a visit to LACMA.

Hike Behind the Hollywood Sign – From West Hollywood you can hike your way into The Hills and make your way up to the Hollywood sign.

Griffith Observatory – Not just for the observatory but for one of the best views over LA!

Runyon Canyon Park – Another popular hike (especially on weekends) is to hike your way through Runyon Canyon Park. Arrive early to find a park, though, as this is one of the most popular hikes in LA.

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With just under a two mile radius, it is entirely possible to take on this neighbourhood on foot (though in summer you should be prepared for roaring heat! My preference to get around the neighbourhood is to either walk or grab an Uber, as the “Uber X” service is incredibly efficient and cheap, usually costing $5-$6 per ride within WeHo.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Primates of Park Avenue

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I’ve gotta start this book review out by saying that I’m a sucker for a fly-on-the-wall observationist book. Having purchased this book in the airport as I departed JFK, I was bursting at the seams for a little insider info into what life must be like on the Upper East Side. Being a self-confessed stage 10 fan of the hit series Gossip Girl, I wanted to draw back the curtain and see what life was really like with a view of Central Park out your window.

This book did not disappoint.

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I knew before I handed the cash over to the bookstore lady that this would be one of those books you either love or you hate. Being from the ‘regular’ world (where my mum never wore heels or even had a strut), I bought this book out of sheer intrigue – no more, no less.

While it is easy for people to turn up their nose and shun this book for being unrealistic or the author being out of touch with reality (just read the Goodreads reviews), I will let you know now that I will make neither of these assertions. Instead; I loved the book. I loved getting a glimpse into ‘how the other half live‘ and I loved every painful description of how un-fabulous it all sounded from the get go.

For the past few years I have been given a glimpse of my own into ‘how the other half live’. The fancy hotels, the butlers to pack or unpack your suitcase and the white-gloved doormen are all a novelty to me. Every day is a new little insight into this life that I have never wholly or even in the most minuscule of measurements felt a part of. I have played along, pinkies up, and had a whole lot of fun along the way. But at the end of the day I have returned home to my little country house with my family, partner and our new puppy beside me to not just appreciate, but find what I have around me in those moments to be enough. All I need, I have. Anything else (travel, hotels, party invitations, a book deal!?!?) is just a bonus!

I suppose what I’m saying is that while I loved the book and the insight it gave into elevator-exit apartments and rigorous exercise classes, I’m more than happy with life in my own bubble: track pants, instant coffee and home-cooked meals all inclusive.

So, what did you think!?

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Did you find this book insightful (whether you loved or hated it aside)?

  2. Would you ever uproot yourself and move to the Upper East Side if given the chance?

  3. Do you see yourself as a Soul Cycle or Ballet Class kinda gal (or guy!)

  4. Did you find many (if any) similarities between the book and the portrayal of the Upper East in Gossip Girl?

Over to you! What did you think of this month’s book club pick!?

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

A Quick Guide to San Antonio

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Because everything is bigger in Texas, it wasn’t much of a shock to hear that San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States and the second largest city by population in Texas after Houston. Learning this within minutes of arriving told me straight away that I’d have to act quick if I wanted to see as much as I could in just a couple of days! For the best places to stay, eat, drink and play, here is my guide to San Antonio!

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Checking In: Hotel Emma

Hotel choice wasn’t much of a consideration for me as I knew before coming that I didn’t want to stay anywhere other than the famous and fabulous Hotel Emma. This hotel has an incredible story with a living history on display throughout the hotel.  The hotel exists within The Pearl Brewery, which has become a destination and neighbourhood in itself over recent years, following a massive refurbishment to make this the place to be in town.

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The Riverwalk

If you’re planning a trip to San Antonio then you’ll already be fully aware that the Riverwalk is a must see & do in the city. Many tourists come to San Antonio for this reason alone! Before arriving in San Antonio I didn’t really know what the riverwalk was beyond pictures, but when I walked out of my hotel a 30-minute walk from town and landed immediately on the river, I soon realised it is much bigger than I had anticipated!

I soon learned that the river is natural and the city has been built around it to co-exist rather than to exist separately. This aspect of San Antonio is something I immediately came to love – the city is huge and full of skyscrapers, but at the same time it is full of greenery and nowhere is this more present than along the Riverwalk.

If you’re visiting during summer as I was, I would recommend doing the walk in the early hours of the morning before the sun is at full steam during the day, or paying $15 for the river taxi which includes a full commentary as you ride along the river.

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The Pearl Brewery, Restaurants & Farmer’s Market

As I was staying at Hotel Emma I spent a lot of time in the immediate vicinity – not only because it was convenient but because this part of town was much less touristy and full of an incredible array of eateries, watering holes, gorgeous boutiques and a weekend farmer’s market.

Farmer’s Market – Saturday (9:00am – 1:00pm) Sunday (10:00am – 2:00pm)

Bakery Lorraine – probably the best bakery in Texas. No joke.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine – Vegetarians and vegans rejoice – this is hands down one of the BEST veggie restaurants I have found around the world. There are vegetarian takes on classics like burgers, burritos, etc. or super healthy bowls of quinoa and all the trimmings. I’m telling you – you will LOVE this place!

Nao Latin Gastro Bar – If you’re after Latin American cuisine with an incredible cocktail selection, look no further. This place is best enjoyed in groups where you can order lots of choices and try a bit of everything.

Local Coffee – If you want a good coffee whilst exploring the Pearl area, you’ll find some of the best here. Okay maybe THE best.

Niche – After you’re done eating, have a look at the local stores around the area and pick yourself up a unique souvenir from Niche.

Curio – Another cute gift store I really enjoyed in the vicinity was inside Hotel Emma itself, aptly named “Curio” as a curated selection of home made gifts. The “Hotel Emma room spray” is to die for!!!

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Things to Do

As San Antonio is such a huge city there really is no limit to what you can do. Given I had only a couple of days in the city I chose to centre my activities around the city centre – though if you have more time there is plenty to do within the area!

The Alamo – If you are interested in Texan history then you absolutely cannot miss a visit to The Alamo. Be sure to arrive early as lines quickly form mid-morning, though fortunately the line moves fast!

San Antonio Missions National History Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Antonio Missions National History Park is another pivotal stop when learning the history of the city. You will need to drive out of town 15 minutes or catch an uber if you’re without a car as they are much cheaper than cabs!

Brackenridge Park – One of the most beautiful parks in San Antonio, especially in summer!

Majestic Theatre – Right in the centre of town, the Majestic Theatre is a beautiful theatre inside and an opportunity to see a show with many acts visiting throughout the year from out of town.

Cathedral of San Fernando – A beautiful cathedral in the city both inside and out – also showcases the history of the city!
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Where to Eat in San Antonio: Top Picks

Bakery Lorraine – best bakery, no questions asked. Pearl Pkwy.

Pollos Asados los Nortenos – delicious local cuisine. 4642 Rigsby Ave.

Green – hands down best vegetarian. Downtown & Pearl Pkwy.

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Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

The 10 Best Desserts in the World (and how to make them!)

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Let me start by saying that I would consider myself somewhat of a dessert connoisseur. The Google definition precisely states that I am thus claiming myself to be “an expert judge in matters of taste”. Sold. I’ll take (and give myself) that title any day.

As someone who not only eats dessert first, but also frequently skips the main meal altogether, I’ve tried, tasted and triple tasted almost every dessert you could imagine whilst on my travels throughout the world.

Typically the French are attributed for being the pioneers in dessert culture, especially given their strong pastry-focused culinary experts. I’ve gotta say, I support that claim entirely. However whilst I support the idea that the French are responsible for some of the world’s most memorable flavours combinations, I would also say that many of the best desserts I have tried and tested (a few hundred times over) have no direct descendancy from France, nor do they emulate French cooking techniques.

So, what are the best desserts in the world?

Here’s my entirely personally endorsed list of my all time favourite desserts around the world and matching recipes for you to make them at home!

10. Sticky Date Pudding

Although I’m sure I could very easily place SDP as my #1, #2, and #3 respectively, there’s a whole lotta dessert goodness to get through here, so I’ll kick things off with a bang. Here in Australia, Sticky Date Pudding is a staple on many restaurant dessert menus. In Britain, the dessert is more commonly known as “Sticky Toffee Pudding”, though essentially, these desserts are one in the same. My tastebuds are more accustomed to the Aussie take, which is typically drowned in caramel sauce and served with an almond praline – yum!

Get the recipe: The Best Sticky Date Pudding

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9. Hummingbird Cake

If cream cheese were a food group, all would be right in the world. I’m a long-time fan of cream cheese as a cake frosting, especially when it comes in the form of a Hummingbird Cake. This cake is incredibly popular in the South of the USA, however the origins trace this cake back to Jamaica where it is a much-loved dessert. Be generous with the cream cheese, you can never have too much!

Get the recipe: Hummingbird Cake

8. Brownies

I wasn’t always a huge fan of brownies if I’m honest, until I started to play around with the recipe to find a taste and texture that suited my own palette. You can’t really go wrong with brownies no matter what you do, however I do suggest tweaking this classic American recipe to suit your own tastes – for me that means the richer the better!

Get the recipe: All-American Brownie Bites

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7. Waffles

Tell me – what is better than waffles aside from more waffles? More, more, more waffles of course! This classic Belgian dessert has taken the world by storm and believe me when I say there is nothing better than a warm, nutella-covered waffle in the Belgian winter. Brussels is a great place to start if you’re looking for the Belgian staple, but you’ll find waffle stands everywhere throughout the country!

6. Tiramisu

This deliciousness is claimed by the author to be her favourite dessert of all time (and when I tried this recipe at home, I have to agree!) It was only later on in life (okay, I’m only 24, but you get my drift…) that I began to really appreciate this classic Italian dessert. Best served chilled, this creamy dessert is a delicious treat after a typical Italian dinner (full o’ carbs, late in the evening, and with plenty of wine!)

Get the recipe: Individual Tiramisu Pots

5. S’mores

It was only a few years ago that I finally tried a S’more – typically a popular camp food in Northern America. The mixture of gooey marshmallows, warmed chocolate and savoury biscuit is a real treat – but I bet that you’ll love this S’mores skillet cookie cake even more!

Get the recipe: S’mores Skillet Cookie Cake

 

4. Portuguese Tarts

Anyone who has EVER been to Lisbon, Portugal, will know what I mean when I say these desserts are n-e-x-t l-e-v-e-l. Best served warm and with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, I think these might be my all time favourite sweet snack. This recipe comes incredibly close to the originals on offer at Pastel de Belem just outside of Lisbon.

Get the recipe: The Ultimate Recipe for Portuguese Tarts

3. Banoffee Pie

For those of you who read my blog often, you’ll know that I am certified caramel obsessed. There’s not a day in my life that I would have turned down the offer of anything caramel, butterscotch, or dulce de leche flavoured. For anyone who feels the same, you MUST try this banoffee pie at home. Get ready to unbutton the pants!

Get the recipe: Banoffee Pie

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2. Pavlova

Australia’s classic summer time dessert is as good as it gets in my opinion. Sweet meringue, crispy on the outside, and covered in summer berries… what more could you want!? Aussies love this dessert at Christmas (as we celebrate the holiday season in summer), but I can’t say there has ever been a time of year that I haven’t enjoyed a pavlova!

Get the recipe: The Ultimate Australian Pavlova

1. Gelato

I just don’t think it would be fair or just to not name gelato as my #1 dessert. Personally my favourite flavour is caramel (no surprises there), snickers (essentially caramel with nuts), and dulce de leche (caramel with a thick caramel sauce swirled through). But in an effort of fairness, I’ve offered a blueberry butter cookie gelato as an alternative. I’m sure there won’t be any complaints!

Get the recipe: Blueberry Butter Cookie Gelato

Over to you! What are your favourite desserts that didn’t make the list? Where did you try them!?

8 Places you Must Visit in Romania

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Heading further East in Europe always leads to a more spontaneous adventure, and that is certainly what I found when travelling onwards from Budapest to Brasov, a city in Transylvania, Romania. Whilst in Romania I had a week to explore the gorgeous towns and castles nearby, but soon discovered there is so much more to see and do in Romania than first meets the eye! If you find yourself in this gorgeous country with incredible landscapes and history, then here are the places you absolutely must visit in Romania!

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1. Peleș Castle

Lets start with an old favourite of mine in the Carpathian Mountains: Peleș Castle. This is commonly referred to as the most beautiful castle in Europe and one look at this photograph is sure to show you why. The romantic castle was finished in the early 20th Century and remains to be one of the top attractions in Romania (of which you can probably see why!)

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2. Brasov

Surrounded by the Carpathian mountains, Brasov is a great place to base yourself when exploring the Transylvania region of Romania. This region is where you will find the legend of Dracula and many beautiful castles to explore, making it one of the best bases for exploring the whimsical landscapes nearby.

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3. Sibiu

Another picture perfect city in Transylvania is Sibiu, located on the Cibin River. This city is as pretty as a postcard and is another great choice for a base to explore the region. Don’t miss the views from the clocktower!

(Image via Horia Varlan / Flickr)

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4. Romanian Athenaeum

Located in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, the Romanian Athenaeum is an impressive concert hall both inside and out. If you find yourself in Bucharest for a few days, consider coming to see a concert for the full experience.

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5. Dracula’s Castle

This is perhaps the sole reason I came to Romania in the first place (okay, I won’t tell a lie, it is the reason I came!) The legend of Dracula centres around a 15th Century prince named Vlad Dracul III, who was known for impaling his enemies. The castle is now known as Bran Castle and owned privately, however you can visit the castle for a small charge. Well worth it!

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6. Cluj-Napoca

Another beautiful city of Romania in the North-western region is Cluj-Napoca, unofficially considered to be the capital of Transylvania. This city is much larger than the aforementioned cities in the region with a very happening social scene, so a great place to base yourself if you’re looking to get out and about with a more happening night life.

(image via Dennis Jarvis / Flickr)

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7. Transfăgărășan

If you happen to rent a car and drive around Romania, one of the most impressive roads to discover is Transfăgărășan, also known as Ceaușescu’s Folly. This section of road travels through the Carpathian mountains with dramatic scenery and an even more dramatic road route!

(Image via Wikicommons)

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8. Palace of Culture

If you find yourself in Iasi, be sure to check out the Palace of Culture – a landmark of the city and home to a variety of exhibitions year-round.

(Image via Andrew Colin / Flickr)

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Where to find the Best Views in Paris (15 of the BEST!)

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Nothing beats a panoramic view of a city, especially one as beautiful as Paris. Seeing a city from above allows you to immediately gain perspective and get your bearings, as well as be inspired by the beautiful cityscape. Fortunately in Paris, you can climb most of the famous monuments and the best thing is that each of them offer an entirely different vantage point. Thus, we’ve listed the most iconic monuments, rooftop terraces and restaurants to help you find the best views in Paris.

Best Views in Paris

Shangri la – La Rooftop Lounge

If spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower are what you’re after, then this is where you must go. This 5* luxury hotel opens its terrace to the public between the hours of 4pm to 11.30pm during the summer, giving you access to one of the absolute best views in Paris without the per-night price tag. Do be prepared to dig deep into your pockets for drinks, however the view makes the pricy cocktails worth every penny. (Photo via Shangri-La)

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Arc de Triomphe

Standing at the top of the Arc de Triomphe offers a spectacular view of Paris. The twelve avenues stretch out from the roundabout below offering a dizzying view of the city and a birds eye view of the most famous avenue in Paris: the Champs Elysées.  But the real reason this view is so good? It offers an unparalleled panorama of the Eiffel Tower which stands proudly above the Parisian rooftops.

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Maison Blanche

The chic and trendy restaurant Maison Blanche is located on the exclusive Avenue Montaigne, one of the most expensive shopping streets in Paris. The restaurant is as exclusive as the road it lies on, reservations are needed but if you nab a table you won’t be disappointed. The all-white restaurant has large glass panels and an outdoor terrace with views towards the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysée. On Saturdays the upper floor turns into a nightclub for those who want to party with a view over the Paris skyline. (Photo via Maison Blanche)

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Montparnasse

It is said that the best view over Paris is from atop the Montparnasse tower, the reason being that when you’re at the top you can’t see the modern monstrosity of the building itself. The second reason being that it offers one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the kind of shot you see on postcards. It also boasts the fastest lift in Europe so an additional bonus is not having to climb hundreds of stairs to appreciate the views but instead reaching the 56th floor in 38 seconds! (Photo via Where Kate Resides)

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Hotel Terass”

This luxury hotel located in Montmartre opens its terrace as a restaurant for lunch and dinner. The verdant and leafy terrace provides the most romantic setting for dinner, only heightened by the breathtaking view over the city of lights with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. (Photo via Hotel Terass”)

Le Perchoir by Where Kate Resides

Le Perchoir

Everyone loves a good rooftop bar. What’s not to love about enjoying a chilled glass of rosé or an expertly crafted cocktail whilst taking in a spectacular view? Paris doesn’t have very many rooftop bars like hip and happening New York does, so Parisians flock in large numbers to the select few rooftop bars in the city. Le Perchoir is one of the trendiest in Paris attracting long queues but offering killer views to boot. (Photo via Where Kate Resides)

Best views in Paris

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris

As one of Paris’ most iconic hotels, you really can’t get a better room view than those on offer at the Plaza Athénée. The entire facade of the hotel is covered in lush greenery and red flowers, making this an even more magical sight with the glorious Eiffel Tower as a backdrop!

Hotel Raphael

Hôtel Raphael

Similar to roof top bars, hotel terraces are a wonderful way to view Paris from above. It tends to be the higher end hotels that house the most impressive roof top terraces, with views spanning over the whole city. Hotel Raphael offers one of the best terraces as it is situated in equal distance between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe; therefore boasts astounding views of both of these iconic monuments.

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Atop Sacré Coeur

The view from atop the Sacré Cœur basilica seems to be the least well known of all the monuments. Not many people realise you can climb stairs to the top of the dome roof, but rest assured you can. The basilica is perched on one of Paris’ highest peaks so climbing a further 300 steps to the top of the basilica offers unparalleled views over Paris.

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

The Buttes Chaumont park is located on one of Paris’ highest peaks therefore offers a pretty spectacular panorama over the whole city. Many flock here for the park itself replete with cascading waterfalls and pony rides for children and others for the views over Paris that they can enjoy whilst picnicking on the expanse of green.

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Your Apartment

Some of the best views in Paris can be found from apartment windows, especially if the apartment is on one of the upper floors. Every time you go to one of your friends’ apartments in the city, make sure to take a look out their windows and I bet you’ll see some pretty phenomenal views. The above photo was taken from my friend’s place who lives on the 7th floor in the 16th neighbourhood.

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Atop Notre Dame

Climbing the worn stairs of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral built in 1163 is somewhat surreal. The higher you get, the more precarious it feels, but fear not, for it is very safe. The view from the top spans the river Seine and all of Paris’ left bank. Queues form very quickly so I would recommend arriving earlier rather than later.

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Printemps

Two of the biggest department stores in Paris, Lafayette and Printemps, offer terraces with beautiful views over Paris. The best part is that climbing to the top of them is entirely free. You come face to face with magnificent Opéra Garnier and get a real sense of the buzz of the city below.

Ciel de Paris photo from their website

Ciel de Paris

Literally translated as Paris’ sky, this dizzyingly high restaurant and bar offers a specular view of the Paris skyline, as its name implies. Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse tower, the Ciel de Paris doesn’t only house a gourmet restaurant but also a chic champagne bar. (Photo via Ciel de Paris)

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Café Richelieu

Café Richelieu is located in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre and has an outdoor terrace with a birds eye view of the Louvre, the Pyramid and the Napoleon courtyard. The food isn’t the best, but it is ideal for photos of this world famous museum without any tourists in front of the lens. (Photo via Café Richelieu)

These photos of Norway are so pretty it hurts

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There’s one place in the world I want to travel more than anywhere else and its Norway. For years I have been drooling over photos of the dramatic fjords, charming fishing villages, Northern lights… you name it, I have most certainly pinned it. But as I’m sure many of you will already know, Norway is notoriously expensive and for an Australian, it is pretty much as far away as you can travel. However – finally my day has come! Next month I will be taking my mum to the other side of he world to visit Norway and the two of us are (understandably) giddy with excitement.

To take that excitement to the next level, we’ve been planning our adventures with the following inspiration in mind. Any tips or recommendations would be greatly appreciated – please feel free to comment below!

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Tafjord – a fjord and village in Norddal Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.

Image by Tobias Van Der Elst.

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Flam – a village in Flåmsdalen, at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjorden. The village is located in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway.

Image by bvi4092.

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Reine – a fishing village and the administrative centre of the municipality of Moskenes in Nordland county, Norway.

Image by Melenama.

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Ålesund – a town in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. The town is a sea port, and is home to a unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.

Image by Edward Dalmulder.

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Røros – a town in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. The street photographed is Sleggveien or “Slag Street”.

Image by Randi Hausken.

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Eigerøy island – near Egersund, Norway. The cabins pictured are available as holiday rentals.

Image by Sten Dueland.

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Geiranger Fjord – located in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.

Image by Tristan Taussac.

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Henningsvær – a fishing village located on several small islands off the southern coast of Austvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago in Norway.

Image by Martin de Lusenet.

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Farsund – a town and municipality in the county of Vest-Agder, Norway.

Image by Thomas Depenbusch.

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Cabins in Norway – precise location unkown.

Image by Tobias Van Der Elst.

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Bryggen – also known as Tyskebryggen, is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway. Since 1979 the site has been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites.

Image by Andres Nieto Porras.

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Polarlicht-Reise – Norway.

Image by Carsten Frenzl.

Have you been to Norway!? Share your favourite places in the comments below – I’m keeping a list for my eventual visit!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

First time in Moscow? 10 Places you cannot miss when visiting Moscow for the first time

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Red Square and St Basil’s cathedral are just a couple of the sights which attract first time to Moscow visitors every year. Nothing beats seeing them with your own eyes. This list covers 10 of the things that you simply cannot miss when visiting for the first time. Here is your essential guide to Moscow!

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Red Square

Red Square is like an open-air museum. St Basil’s cathedral with its multi-hued domes is located one end and the State Historical Museum to the other. If you want to learn all about the history of Russia, the Romanov dynasty and present-day Russia then this museum ought to be on your Moscow list. There is plenty of shopping to be done in the historic shopping arcade GUM which houses a plethora of designer brands and lies opposite Lenin’s tomb.

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St Basil’s Cathedral

St Basil’s cathedral has become the icon of Moscow and nothing can prepare you for seeing it with your own eyes. This architectural masterpiece is made up of 11 churches in total, each one located in one of the cathedral’s domes. Don’t just marvel at it from the outside, go inside and learn all about its history.

Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 109012

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Kremlin

The Kremlin is the official residence of the President and the Russian Federation. It is a historic square of beautiful palaces and ornate cathedrals and integral to the culture, history and pride of Russia.

Moscow, Russia, 103073

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Bolshoi Theatre

If you’re one of the lucky few who has reserved tickets early enough in advance, then you’re in for a once in a lifetime experience. If however, you haven’t managed to secure ballet tickets then visiting the interior of the Bolshoi theatre is a must. Viewings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12.15pm and you have to get there at about 10.15 in order to get your hands on a golden ticket.

Theatre Square, 1, Moscow, Russia, 125009

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Patriarch Ponds

There are few quiet spaces in the center of Moscow, so those in the know flock to Patriarch’s Ponds to enjoy a peaceful moment. On a sunny day, there is no better place to enjoy the sunshine and a refreshing mojito al fresco than the Pavilion at Patriarshy which is located in the heart of the gardens.

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Moscow Conservatory

The Moscow conservatory is a classical music institute of high esteem. Every great Russian musician has played or taught here in their life, and in doing so they become a star in their own right. Watching a concert here is a must for any great classical music lover.

Bolshaya Nikitskaya ulitsa 13/6, Moscow

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Museum of Russian Impressionism

Whilst nearly everyone has heard of French Impressionism, not many people have heard of Russian Impressionism. This newly opened museum houses what was once the private collection of Russian businessman Boris Mints who has opened it up to the public in the hope of revolutionizing Russian Impressionism. It showcases some beautiful examples of Russian art by artists such as Korovin, Grabar and Serov.

15 Leningradsky Prospekt. Bldg. 11. Metro Dinamo, Belorusskaya.

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Lenin’s Tomb

Located on Red Square you’ll find Lenin’s tomb which is the resting place of Vladimir Lenin.

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

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Gorky’s House

Whether you’ve heard of Maxim Gorky or not, the house of this famous Russian writer is still worth visiting. The beautiful art nouveau house was gifted to the writer upon his return to Moscow from exile in Italy. The interior is spectacular with stained glass windows, sculpted features and a library overflowing with books from his private collection.

Malaya Nikitskaya ul., 6/2, стр. 5, Moscow, Russia, 121069

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Kazan Cathedral

The Kazan cathedral is located on Red Square and is somewhat dwarfed by St Basil’s cathedral which receives all of the attention. It is a beautiful example of a Russian orthodox church and shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Story & images by World of Wanderlust contributor Faye Bullock.

Loft Goals: 12 City Lofts you’ll want to Escape to

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With all this new time on my hands (I’m currently undergoing an effort to travel less often and make each journey count more), I’ve found myself turning more and more to another love of mine: interior design. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you’ll know I love being in the kitchen and re-designing my home just as much as I love travel, but for the past few years I have prioritised my love for travel and adventure above everything.

So with my new effort to balance my life more (too much of anything is just that), I’ve been spending a lot of time researching new ideas to remodel out farm house. Thus I present to you Loft Goals: 12 city lofts you’ll want to escape to (or at least inspire a staycation in an AirBnB!)

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If there’s one thing I love about modern home design it is the move away from traditional ‘rooms’ and towards large, open plan living. Rather than blocking off each room with walls, you can instead choose to give each room a distinct character or its’ own personality, if you will. This all-neutral loft has a certain raw appeal that I really love.

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If it were all about windows… wait a second! It is all about windows! These huge, white windows allow for maximum sunlight all day long – something I won’t be able to achieve with this house makeover but can hopefully achieve down the track when we build our own (new) country cottage!

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Another great use of large, floor-ceiling windows but this time in black. Dark tones are often feared, but this is a fine example of ‘doing’ dark tones well. Remember to mix different textures to achieve depth and a certain type of warmth you won’t achieve by sticking to solid colours.

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The industrial look has been pretty popular for a while now and although its not for me (I prefer country styled homes), this loft would certainly appeal to many! The gold finishings give it a more refined look.

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White bricks – eat your heart out!!! Located in beautiful Barcelona, this industrial style loft is about as dreamy as it gets. I absolutely adore the painted white bricks, which are matched by the painted white dining table. This is a great reminder to use and re-use what you have… just give it a make-over first!

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This loft is a little more on the masculine side with an admirable use of raw textures such as the exposed brick wall, aged wood and elsewhere painted brick wall.

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If you’re a fan of the old and faithful spiral staircase, this is more your kinda deal. Although I think I grew out of the phase around 15 years ago (although I would have killed for one as a kid), I do think it really suits this large, open loft space.

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More on the feminine side, this is a playful use of pink/apricot tones without going overboard.

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One phrase comes to mind with this loft – Home is where the heart is!

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A fine example of darker tones mixed with neutrals and a splash of colour. Don’t be afraid to throw a little colour in there, though always remember to use sparingly and follow a colour palette for continuity!

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Very much a current fad, this loft is the perfect example of how to achieve a refined finish with a black + white palette. This suits the more nordic styled furniture but if done well, looks a million bucks!

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And this swing!?!? How could I not include this as the ultimate loft goals inspiration. Remember that the whole idea of creating is to create something you love, so don’t be afraid to let your inner child shine through!

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Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

7 Coffee Shops You Must Visit in Moscow!

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Moscow has become famous for its extravagant cafes of ornate interiors and plush furniture where chic Muscovites come to socialise. Speciality coffee is new to the city but there are now a handful of places focusing on expertly crafted coffee. This list has them all covered, from the speciality coffee shops to the historic cafes…and everything in between! Here are the coffee shops you must visit in Moscow.

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Bosco Café

Located on Red Square, Bosco café is perfectly situated for a coffee pause after exploring the neighbouring sites of St Basil’s cathedral and Lenin’s tomb. This cafe is idyllic on a summer’s day with its sun-soaked terraced overflowing with beautiful hydrangeas.

Red Square, 3, ГУМ, Moscow, Russia, 109012

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Cafe Pushkin

Named after the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, this book-lined café has become somewhat of an institute in Moscow. Locals and tourists alike come here for the menu of traditional Russian dishes and elaborate desserts. If you kindly ask for a tour, one of the suited waiters will show you around and tell you all about the café’s history.

Tverskoy Blvd, 26А, Moscow, Russia, 125009

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Coffee Mania

Coffeemania is recognized by Muscovites as the best coffee shop in Moscow selling stellar speciality coffee all over the city. The trained baristas have a handful of awards under their belts such as Gold, Silver and Bronze at the Russian Latte Art Championship.

Red Square, 3, 2 этаж, Moscow, Russia, 109012 & various other locations

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Vogue Café

This is where all of the most fashionable Muscovites come for a coffee break in between shopping in the high-end shops in the surrounding area. The menu has everything from creamy cappuccinos to superior cocktails.

ul. Kuznetskiy Most, 7/9, Moscow, Russia

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Bar BQ Café

Located in between Red Square and the entrance to the Kremlin is Bar BQ café, a popular spot to grab a caffeinated drink and a bite to eat in between sightseeing. The café is always buzzing with people who are enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and American-inspired menu.

Manege Sq, 1, стр. 2, Moscow, Russia, 109012

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Cafe Milk

Once a Soviet-era dairy shop selling fresh milk to the locals, Café Milk has recently been transformed into a café serving excellent coffee. This chic café of black and white interiors and plush furniture has become a popular spot for those shopping in the area. They offer an extensive tea menu as well as a delightful breakfast menu.

ul. Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 7/5, стр. 5, Moscow, Russia

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I love Cake  

If you’re a sweet tooth then you’ll be a big fan of this café specializing in all things sugary. Delights such as American pancakes and waffles are served all day long meaning you can stop in for something sweet any time of the day. Their cake menu is as extensive as the name implies so there is bound to be something which will take your fancy.

Bolshoy Patriarshiy per., 4, Moscow, Russia, 123001

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Story & images by World of Wanderlust contributor Faye Bullock.