Travel

A Week in Italy

 

Assisi and Perugia | 2 days

I just finished my bachelor degree in design and to celebrate I decided to spend a week in Italy! The first stop was in Assisi, a small, provincial town that made me think of the ones in Disney animated movies. The scenery was so beautiful, I couldn't take my eyes off it. It was almost too perfect and too put together to be true. It was peaceful, the food was better than expected, especially the one at the Trattoria Degli Umbri restaurant where I ate the best plate of pasta I've ever eaten. I even went eating there two days in a row! As for Perugia, I only got to visit it for a couple of hours. It was pretty but a different kind of pretty, it was less picturesque and more what you would expect of a university town.

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Florence | 3 days

Florence, my next stop, was quite different from Assisi. First, there was much more tourists, so much, it felt italiens had disappeared from their own city! Of course they hadn't, but still it was definitely a touristic town and everyone could tell. Moreover, there was so much to see, from churches to churches that I didn't manage to see them all. Fortunately, I got to see the important ones, like the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Basilica Santa Maria Novella and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Despite the fact that I went there especially for the overabundance of art masterpieces (thanks to the Medici family) I also enjoyed trying out restaurants and cafés. The best ones I tryed would have to be La Ménagère, Ditta Artigianale, Il Santo Bevitore and Trattoria Zàzà.

Rome | 1 1/2 Day

Rome, the final destination, was short lived. I visited the city when I was younger but had forgotten how pretty it is. This time I managed to go see the most popular attractions, like the colosseum and the old remains of the Roman period. I also walked through the little streets near the Piazza Navona, visited the Vatican, which might I say, is ridiculously rich and of an exaggerated type of architecture that made me feel awkward... As for the simple pleasures, like eating (real foodie talking here), I went to the Hotel de Russie and took a plate of prosciutto and cantaloup and drank a exotic juice, both were good but over priced. Somehow the fact it was expensive wasn't a bad deal since the place was beautiful, relaxing and had two cute cats named Mona and Lisa.

Holiday Week in La La Land

 
 The Cora's Coffee Shoppe located on Ocean Ave is compulsory, once there take the rigatoni it's delicious!

The Cora's Coffee Shoppe located on Ocean Ave is compulsory, once there take the rigatoni it's delicious!

 The Destroyer restaurant is situated in Culver City. The food they serve is aesthetically beautiful and the ingredients truthful to their taste.

The Destroyer restaurant is situated in Culver City. The food they serve is aesthetically beautiful and the ingredients truthful to their taste.

 Gjusta is  the place to be,  there is no doubt about it. Everyone comes there to eat the place's amazing healthy food.

Gjusta is the place to be, there is no doubt about it. Everyone comes there to eat the place's amazing healthy food.

 At Melrose Place, everything is pretty!

At Melrose Place, everything is pretty!

 Get a chance to stop at the beach. Even when it's cloudy, the breeze is refreshing.

Get a chance to stop at the beach. Even when it's cloudy, the breeze is refreshing.

 Once a year, Little Tokyo organizes a Japanese festival with many attractions, shows and amazing traditional food. Don't miss the mochi making!

Once a year, Little Tokyo organizes a Japanese festival with many attractions, shows and amazing traditional food. Don't miss the mochi making!

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 My little sister is a true gourmet.

My little sister is a true gourmet.

 The Salazar restaurant, around Los Feliz, is a convivial Mexican place easily missed.

The Salazar restaurant, around Los Feliz, is a convivial Mexican place easily missed.

 The Lily Ashwell shop in Venice has a nice selection of items. I love to stop there each time I visit Los Angeles.

The Lily Ashwell shop in Venice has a nice selection of items. I love to stop there each time I visit Los Angeles.

 Downtown L.A. sometimes reminds me of New York. I get nostalgic when I go there.

Downtown L.A. sometimes reminds me of New York. I get nostalgic when I go there.

 The beautiful Disney Concert Hall.

The beautiful Disney Concert Hall.

 I discovered this  out of no where  golf place on the third floor of a building in Koreatown.

I discovered this out of no where golf place on the third floor of a building in Koreatown.

A day in Quebec City

 
  Isabel Marant Coat, Philosophy Blouse, Frame Jeans, L'intervale Shoes, M0851 Bag.

Isabel Marant Coat, Philosophy Blouse, Frame Jeans, L'intervale Shoes, M0851 Bag.

Out of this three day weekend, I went for a day in Quebec City. I visited a new museum called "Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec". I particularly liked the "Installations" exhibition; some of the art was interactive which was really fun. If you have the chance to go, check out the art piece called "Le Courtisan" by the artist Yannick Pouliot. It made my friend and I have a good laugh!

 

A little Coffee at Monocle's in London

 

I recently went on a trip to the "oh so great London!". It lasted only three days; must I say it was too short? It's such a beautiful city that has so much to offer in variety, from shops, restaurants, museums, architecture, etc.

The city has this kind of relaxing or you could say "chill" vibe that is somehow similar to Montreal's, which is probably why I feel at home in London. Moreover, people are nice, always there to help, have the best accent and are a great source of inspiration.

But less on the city, since there is too much to say, and more on the subject matter...

Monocle.

Monocle is first and foremost a magazine that covers "on global affairs, business, culture, design and much more." They print an issue once a month but since it started it has grown and they now have two other seasonal publications. They also published three books (The Monocle Guide to Better Living/Good Business/Cosy Homes) and recently started publishing a series of travel guides ; I bought the one on London before leaving for this trip. They're more user friendly than usual travel books where you easily get lost because of too much information. In this particular guide I came upon (obviously) monocle's shop and coffee shop. I went and was really pleased. The shop is quiet simple and sells goods, either ones that Monocle designed in partnership with other brands or items they choose from other compagnies. As for the coffee shop, it was really cute, fresh and had a welcoming atmosphere. They have the best pumpkin pie ever! The matcha latte (one of my favorite drinks) was more refreshing than usual ; it wasn't as sweet as I'm used to have it. If you ever go to London be sure to check those places out, and maybe their magazine too!

 

36 hours in New York City

 

When you decide to go to New York city on a whim, you visit the places that you love. Habana Cafe, Nomad Hotel, Union Square, Baked by Melissa, Maison Kitsune, the Butcher's Daugther, MoMa, Muji, Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel, the Meat Packing District, the High line and Eataly... My feet may hurt but it was worth it.

New York, I love you.