A world of beaches

My favourite beach experiences from around the world.

Otres Beach, Cambodia.

A short tuk tuk ride from the busy Serendipity and Ochheuteal beaches you will find the very peaceful beaches of Otres one and Otres two.  Stay in a beach hut and eat fruit for breakfast.


Mljet, Croatia

Jump on a ferry from Dubrovnik to arrive to the unspoilt island of Mljet.  We were the only ones sat on the beach that day.  Visit the stunning National park too and eat the freshest fish you can find!


Maitencillo, Chile

Stay in a cabin on the beach and watch the beautiful sunset while eating a seafood empanada.


Mumbai, India

Visit during the festival of Ganesh when you’ll see people carrying statues, of all sizes, into the water.


San Diego, USA

Try to capture the surfers on the huge waves, or have a go yourself!


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Watch the world go by on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.  Look out for Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background.


Brighton, England

Visit the arcades, wander around The Lanes and tuck into some fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.


Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

The only way to get to this hippie beach is on a very bumpy military vehicle that drives along the sand dunes and beach – hold on tight!


Lagoinha do Leste, Brazil

Take a hike from Florianópolis to arrive to this deserted beach.  Take a local to show you the way. You’ll be one of the only ones on the beach which means there is even more room for you in the lagoon!


Marcella xo

Queridos Empanaditos

One of the best things about living in Chile is having an empanada from a local shop after wandering around in Valparaiso for instance, those delicious pastries traditionally filled with onions, meat, black olives and eggs (empanadas de pino). There are also vegetarian options with cheese and/or spinach.  You can have them fried or out of the oven and for all occasions! If you drive to the ocean there, you’ll find the empanadas filled with seafood (mariscos) and cheese…so delish! Even though, I used to call them empanaditos which made my friends laugh out loud everytime, they are my favourite!

When I left Chile for the first time, I received a very special recipe as a farewell present. It was taken from a magazine published in 1984 and covered with erasures and personal corrections. So when I came back home, I used my special recipe to make empanaditos for my family!

Voilà! They were gone very fast and their familiar taste brought me back to Chile!





Bon appétit!

Clem xxx

Top 10 Travel Photos

It is my turn to share with you a glimpse of my favourite travel memories. Although, I have lost many of my travel photos when I was backpacking… My old beloved canon got stolen in Chile after a month of traveling on my own through North of Chile, Bolivia and Peru! I was lucky enough to meet wonderful people on my way who sent me back pictures we took together. Merci les amis!

Here are a selection of 10 of my favourite travels pictures:

(1) Buddhist Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Black and white picture revealing all the colours of Nepal’s spiritual and traditional soul: the start of an unforgettable vounteer experience(s).

(2) Diani Beach, Kenya

Backpacking along the coast was a wild experience, trying to get away from the tourists was not easy. Luckily, we found peace on this beautiful beach. Jumbo Kenya! (Hello Kenya)


(3) The Bean, Chicago, USA

I had a magical experience, while living and studying in Chicago. I loved it all! Look at this “magic” bean and see what it reveals!


(4) Valparaiso, Chile

This city has a soul, that’s what I’ve heard and then confirmed. Getting lost in the streets of “Valpo” is the means to discover its unique urban art and the views of its famous bay. This picture was taken when I went there for the first time! Love at first sight!


(5) Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The most impressive landscape I have ever seen! The jeep takes you through changing moon-like sceneries right at the border of Chile and Bolivia. At the salar, you get off the jeep and can take dream-like pictures!


(6) Quintero, Chile

After a long drive to the coast, we arrived just in time for the show! And had “once” (tea and biscuits) by the ocean. It was summer. Such a relaxing time.


(7) Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia

This is my favourite city in Colombia, full of colourful houses, wooden balconies, exotic flowers and set in the unique landscape of the Caribbean.


(8) Île à Vache, Haïti

Haïti is surprising! Haïti is irresistible! Although its capital is overwhelming and chaotic,  its hidden islands are quiet and peaceful.


(9) North of Corsica, France

French Island, Corsica, is also known as the island of beauty! True fact! Perfect for a mother-daughter get away of hiking and tasting unique cuisine.


(10) Béarn, France

I went to another part of France, to the Pyrenees, and it was as if I were traveling far away! There, people speak a dialect, have their own traditional dancing and singing and live in the middle of the mountains. I helped a shepherd taking his 130 ewes down the mountain before winter. The surrounding was stunning!


Clem xx

My favourite travel photos

I’ve picked out my top 10 travel photos that i’ve taken.  Not just for the image itself but also for the memories attached to them… Let me take you on a journey. Enjoy 🙂

(1) The Chitwan District, Nepal

Sunset over rice fields in Nepal.  You can see The Himalayas peeking out in the background. This photo was taken during monsoon season when the rice fields were soaked with monsoon rain.


(2) Bodh Gaya, India

Colourful prayer flags on top of a hill.  Bogh Gaya was a very spiritual place.  This image reminds me of the most adventurous 3 days we had in India.


(3) Taj Mahal, India

A side view of the stunning wonder.  I love the beautiful colours of the women’s saris in the foreground.


(4) Florianópolis, Brazil

Finding paradise – discovering a deserted beach after walking along a trail for 2hrs.  Pure bliss!


(5) Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Stunning – the 30km long glacier.


(6) San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

The driest desert in the world.  Landscape like i’ve never seen before.  So unspoilt.  These men were enjoying an afternoon of horse riding.



(7) Altiplano Andino, Bolivia.

Just beautiful.  Part of a journey from Chile to Bolivia.  You may not believe it from the photo but it was freezing!



(8) The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Drifting through The Amazon and playing panpipes.


(9) Gran Sabana, Venezuela

Finding this beauty after being on buses for many days to get to Venezuela.


(10) Pichilemu, Chile

Camping at the end of a special trip in middle Chile.  The bright lights of the town from the camping site.


Marcella xo


Life in Provence

Who have never heard of “well I am French but I haven’t been to the Eiffel Tower”? It is true that we don’t really go to places that are close by, maybe because we know we’ll go someday and it is taken for granted. But travelling open up your eyes to see, observe, discover, contemplate, check and take pictures. Eventually, back home, your reflexes don’t change and you can stil see things differently.

From home,






Clem x

Art Attack

Lately, we have seen many pictures of the beautiful polar vortex that spread in Northern USA. Meanwhile, in Canada, extremely cold temperatures appear to be normal at this time of the year. So today, I would like to share with you the beautiful urban art that makes streets in Canada, worth a winter stroll.

Walking in the snow in Montreal, by -30°c, head bent down, wrapped in four tops, three pairs of trousers, two scarves and one ridiculous pair of earmuffs is not fun.  It is even painful! Cold burns your face, frost is slippery.

But, Montreal is known for its kindness, so in one word, what makes it so kind? Colours! When snow covers the city for several months throughout the year, one has to have a look at the colourful facades and wallpapers of the city’s houses and buildings to find a big smile on one’s face. Colours make Montreal in the winter a fun and kind city.

Bienvenue 🙂


Clem xxx