Notes from the Weekend

Monday, 30 March 2015

I finally kicked my chest infection after taking a round of antibiotics, so was a happy to get out and about again in Paris and looking at what I got up to below, I think I made the most of it!

+ Friday eve I dined at Le Potager du Marais (a good choice for any vegetarians/vegans visiting Paris!)  It was one of the best vegetarian meals I've had.
+ Saturday I guzzled pancakes at the Rose Bakery, wandered around le Marais buying candles at Muji, an umbrella at Uniqlo and a glass mug at Merci
+ Saturday eve we dined with friends at Marylou in the 10th. A lovely little (and reasonably-priced) bistro serving small plates. 3/4 is enough sharing between two. Followed by drinks at Le Rosie in the 18th.
+ Sunday we roamed around the market at Bastille on rue Richard Lenoir - open until 3pm, shopping for fruit, veg and the bunch of tulips featured on the mantlepiece.
+ Sunday afternoon I met friends for afternoon tea at the newly refurbished Pavillion des Canaux

Spring Essential: Le Tote

Friday, 27 March 2015

Nothing updates a wardrobe for spring like a new tote, and this stone blue number from J.Crew is just the ticket for me. It's big enough to hold all my daily essentials, including my laptop, this fun cork notebook I picked up while in Manila whilst in the Philippines, as well as this month's must-read - the new Cereal magazine, complete with a fresh redesign. I love the colour and funnily enough already have a small clutch and silk top from COS in the same shade, which didn't even cross my mind when choosing it. Something subconsciously must have drawn me to it!

What will you be updating your wardrobe with this spring? 

Banaue to Batad

Friday, 20 March 2015

After touching down in Manila we gave ourselves one night to recover from jet-lag, before taking a 10hour overnight bus ride (for our sins) that took us to Banaue. We arrived at 7am the next morning tired and freezing cold - bumpy bus rides are no more conducive to sleeping than trying to fall asleep standing up, and the air con on buses in the Philippines is so strong that no amount of layers keeps the cold air from creeping in. Luckily our driver was there on arrival to greet us and take us in a tricycle to Sanafe Lodge, where we slept for a few hours before setting out to explore the rice terraces in Banaue. After a ride on the roof of a jeepney (by far one of the best ways to travel in my opinion), racing around the tiny mountain roads, hanging on for dear life, we reached the rice terraces of Hungduan, which provide a lovely afternoon trekking around the terraces with a break to bathe in a hot spring, followed by a refreshing (read freezing) river in between.

Batad was another experience altogether. After the 45minute trek down to the Hillside Inn, where we stopped to refuel with a tea, we then began the walk to Tappiya falls, which involved a steep climb down, a walk along the rice terraces walls, another steep climb, followed by a tough downhill trek that played havoc on my knees. Finally we were rewarded with the waterfall - a 70m drop that thundered into a large pool below. The water was ice cold, so all I could do was dip my toes in while the others jumped right in. But it was a good break before hiking the steep steps back up the terraces and down again. This is not a trek for the faint hearted, we finished sweating and panting, but happy to have fulfilled the exercise quota for the week!  

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