Thursday, May 23, 2019
LACOSTE TRAVEL JOURNAL

LACOSTE TRAVEL JOURNAL


Thursday, May 9, 2019
PARIS PART ONE

PARIS PART ONE

HELLO! Good Morning! It's been a few weeks now since Paris, but I am FINALLY ready to share it all with you! I just have so many photos that I think it's best to split it up into two parts, one of the weekend before our school trip that I spent with Saunders, and then the second part of the week with my school! It was a jam packed trip, I had a fantastic time and seriously need to get back soon!! Let's get into it.
We started our weekend with a classic french petit dejeurner, or breakfast. It was SO good. All the breads, all the coffees, all the eggs, yes PLEASE! The café we went to was so cool too, the ceiling was covered with dried flowers. I wish I got a better photos of it, but you'll just have to take my word for it.
We next went to the Rodin Museum which I loved. All of Rodin's sculpture are so beautiful, so passionate and lovely. Big fan here, big fan. We also got the chance to sit in the sculpture out back where I did some sketching. That has been one of my favorite things since being here, the ability to really slow down and just sit and sketch. Something I'm excited to being back with me once I'm home.
We scootered to the Eiffel Tower!! Riding around on the Lime scooters has to be one of my favorite things that we did in Paris. We scooted for a very long time until we would up at the Eiffel Tower. It was even more beautiful in person!
Next Saunders and I went to this SUPER cool artist collective colony type place called 59 Rivoli, where artists with all different styles, working in every medium imaginable had their own open studio space free for spectators to walk through and gather inspiration! It was a chaotic space, but every corner was full of art, most definitely gathered heaps of inspiration while there.
We next took the metro to Bellview where we were able to get a good view of Paris from pretty high up! We got a bunch of Haribo gummies that we got at a self service Haribo stand, believe it or not, yes that does exist, and yes, you can have too much of a good thing... We ate Haribos until we felt sick, I don't recommend that. But! I do recommend sitting in the sun and watercoloring the beautiful flowers around us. The park was really so beautiful
We ended off the day with sitting along the Seine sipping rosé at sunset, it doesn't get much Parisian than that. Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle for the first time was so magical. Something that Saunders said never gets old, I believe it!
It's day two! We watched the marathon first thing while eating croissants and fritters, seeing all the runners while indulging did feel a little backwards hahaha. We then walked all the way to Pigalle which felt like something like an hour to get to Pink Mamma. There happened to be a long long line but by the power of just being a party of two and also devilishly beautiful we got a table right away! Hooray! This truffle pasta, dear god, so good. 10/10 recommend going to Pink Mamma if you're in Paris!
We next walked up the street to the Pigalle Courts where I intended on getting some photos for a post but wasn't able to due to the intense basketball playing! People actually playing basketball on a basketball court?! The audacity of some people, ugh!
We walked up to Sacré Coeur which is actually the highest point in all of Paris, there was a beautiful view, but unfortunately it was just SO packed, we shuffled through the streets like sardines, it just wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been. Nonetheless, Sacré Coeur was still beautiful.
We went home for a little break and then went out to see the Notre-Dame. We went to the back where it was less crowded. There was a guitarist playing a somewhat spooky tune. The moment was still, the music was eery and beautiful, and that was one of the last times I saw the Notre-Dame before it burned down. I'll never forget this moment.
After that we went to The Mosque for some pastries and such before heading to dinner at La Félicita  which was SO good! This space was unlike anywhere I've ever been, so much neon, great music and decor, the food was fantastic, all around good vibes. Go here if you get the chance!

After dinner we thought it would be a fun idea to go see a french film and just try to guess what was going on. Even though Saunders and I know some french, (Saunders more than I do) but neither of us understood a thing and the movie was just not good! We wound up bopping in and out of four or five different movies, all were weird or just confusing. So much for that!
The next morning was my last before I met up with SCAD. We went to Parc des Buttes Chaumont which was so beautiful, it's so pleasant walking through such lush parks right in the middle of the bustling city. A sweet escape for sure. That morning we went into twelve, yes TWELVE different restaurants and cafés before deciding on a place to stay for breakfast. 

After the park and the hunt for breakfast, it was time for me to pack up my things and meet up with the group at our hotel. The weekend with Saunders was so much fun. I'm so grateful that I'm close with my brother, he's a really great travel companion! I look forward to more of our adventures in the future! 

This wraps up part one of my Paris trip! Be on the look out for part two! And check out the vlog ;-) xo
Monday, May 6, 2019
LACOSTE WEEK TWO

LACOSTE WEEK TWO

I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY! This tab has been opened on my computer to post this for WEEKS now! But I am finally getting to it! We are now on week SIX! But here are some of my favorite photos and the highlights from week two! Everything is flying by here, which is wild, I want to be able to hold on to every moment, but it's fleeting! Anyway, here's week two...
Kicked off the week with a trip to Nîmes where we did some sightseeing of ancient Roman structures like the arena and some other monuments! Nîmes was the first city we had been to since coming to Lacoste, so it was a nice change of pace from our slow hilltop village.

And don't worry, we made sure to eat lots and lots of gelato... of course!
That afternoon we ventured to the Pont du Gard, which is a now retired Roman Aqueduct! It was GIANT! Very cool to see in real life and towering above us knowing that it was once used, wild!

In addition, we actually did some cliff jumping into the FREEZING water below! It was something like 45 degree water... Most definitely got the wind knocked out of me, and my body may or may not have gone into some kind of shock, BUT when would I ever get the chance to do that again? I will never forget that moment :-)
That Saturday my friends and I took another little afternoon trip to Bonnieux. Again, ate lots of gelato, and took tons of cute photos! What more could you need?! Lacoste although small, is surrounded by a bunch of other similarly wonderful hilltop towns just waiting for us to explore them! Bonnieux is just a walk away through the cherry blossom fields! MAGIC!
On Monday, my drawing class and I went on a field trip to Fontain del Vacluse which just, WOW. Talk about magic! This place is literally picked up out of a fairytale dream world. It's unreal how beautiful it is. It was also such a treat getting to go early in the morning before the tourists got there. It felt like we had the town all to ourselves to really experience the mystical waterfalls in all their untouched beauty.
The next two days I went to Roussillon twice! Once in my drawing class, and then again in my fibers class! Another unreal world, Roussillon is what it would look like if there were life on Mars but in the Grand Canyon, and in France. Ya know?? I was able to get pigment that was actually mined and made there, straight from the rocks! So cool to paint on sight with the local materials.
Ended the week out with another Friday school trip! We went to a few places, starting with the Sénanque Abbey which is near Gordes. This is a beautiful monastery where actually seven monks still live and work! The place was lovely and cold! So cold, can you imagine sleeping on a stone floor in the dead of winter with no source of heat? No thank you!

In the photo above on the right, that field is actually typically lavish with lavender! But we'd have to give or take a month or so for it to be in bloom. Part of the work the monks do is grow the lavender and sell it.
Next we headed to Avignon where we explored through The Papal Palace! Something that was so amazing about this visit was the technology that was incorporated to create an interactive and immersive experience. We were able to use the iPad to see what the rooms used to look like back in the 14th century. Every room was so decadent, so highly decorated, and absolutely beautiful! It was such a treat being able to have the audio tour in addition to the visuals, I wish I could have been there when it was in it’s height of luxury! So cool!
After that, I snuck in with the photo kids and went on their excursion to a SUPER cool museum. I don't remember the name of it, but it was pretty nifty. Full of neon, contemporary art, photography, sculpture, and every cooooool photoworthy artsy thing under the sun. Loved it! So glad I tagged along.

Avignon was such a cool city, it's actually a college town, so there was a lot going on. I could see myself spending more time there for sure. Some people actually stayed there that weekend before we headed off to Paris.

There is just never enough time here! I already want to do everything all over again! I have four vlogs to edit and post literally this week so wish me luck! I will be flooding you with content so soon! Get excited!

Also, do you like photos to be shared like this? More of a collage way rather than just the individual photos, what do you think?

See you soon!
Xo, O