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WANDERLUST; Montmartre in Paris.

Posted in europe, france, travel with tags , , , , , on December 5, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Montmartre is my favourite area of Paris.

You can see how far Paris sprawls whilst standing on the steps of the Sacre Coer. I would recommend hiking up all the steps; more than 200. Sitting on the grass of the Sacre Coer hill whilst drinking beers and watching passers by is such a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

Montmartre’s history as the artists quarter continues to this day. Artists still paint and draw in Place Emile Goudeau, which is at the top of the hill and behind the Sacre Coer.

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WANDERLUST; Paris – the must see and must do list

Posted in europe, france, travel with tags , , on August 2, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Paris is famous because it is grand, rich in history, romantic and beautiful. To even skim all of what Paris has to offer you need to stay for at least one week, in order to explore and have a perfect balance of a touristey experience and getting to know the more hidden Paris.

Here is my list of the Parisian sights worth seeing and visiting.

The Eiffel Tower, of course. This iconic 324 metre tall tower was built for the world fair in 1889 World Fair and was originally going to be pulled down afterwards. Mum and I had lunch on the first floor whilst enjoying views out over Paris. I would recommend taking a picnic of cheese and wine and sitting on the lawns nearby on a sunny afternoon.

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WANDERLUST; Street art in Paris

Posted in europe, france, travel with tags , , , , on August 2, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

For the first half of our week in Paris mum and I rented this apartment through airbnb in Belleville.

I really liked the area because it was multicultural – I could get baklava at any time of the day or night – but mum wanted to be somewhere more elegant, ie. somewhere that conformed to the stereotype of how Paris is in most people’s minds.  So we struck up a deal; half of the week in grungey Belleville, the other half of the week in the posh Hotel Baltimore in the 16th arrondissement.

Here is the view of a quiet Parisian street out of our apartment window.

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Posted in europe, portugal, travel with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Life slowed down once I arrived in Portugal.

It was a warm humid night and riding through the city in a taxi confirmed that I’d reached the chilled out part of my holiday. I had been away from home for nine weeks but arriving in Lisbon meant it was time to properly unwind and gear up for the European summer.

The Portuguese are kind and relaxed with a very witty sense of humour.

I explored Lisbon on the first day with two South Africans I’d made friends with at breakfast.

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Posted in europe, sweden, travel with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I visited Stockholm in 2008 on my first Europe trip. Since then, the memory of the grand harbour flashed in my head every time I felt that “I need to get away and fulfil my wanderlust longing A.S.A.P” pang in my heart (and gut).

Stockholm was where, at 18 and whilst drowning in the unreasonable and illogical emotions most just-out-of-highschool teenagers feel, I first felt inner peace and became truly excited for life. I remember the moment so clearly; sitting in the central square in the Gamla Stan and it dawned on me – I alone am responsible for my own happiness. It sounds silly, and obvious – duh – we control our own thoughts which leads to our overall contentment with life and so on, but I’d like to think I grew up five big steps in that moment.

This Bob Moaward quote explains it perfectly:
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey.” 

Fast forward to May 16, 2011 and I arrived at Stockholm Central station from Gothenburg. Upon getting out of the train a big grin spread across my face, it was ridiculously humid but I didn’t care because I owed this city a big thank-you.

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WANDERLUST; Gothenburg

Posted in europe, sweden, travel with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Sweden is a beautiful and elegant country with dense forest.

Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish) is a city on the west side of Sweden that is small enough to be explored entirely by foot. It has been likened to Melbourne, in that it is the country’s centre of art, music and culture. Upon learning that The Knife, The Tough Alliance and José González all came from Göteborg proved to me that I needed to visit this city.

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WANDERLUST; Copenhagen

Posted in denmark, europe, travel with tags , , , , on May 29, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I went to Copenhagen to visit my friend Jane, who is studying nursing there for the semester.

Copenhagen is a typical middle European city featuring bikes and cobblestone streets yet it doesn’t seem to have any unique features.

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