A weekend exploring Chamonix between the seasons. With quiet streets and closed chairlifts, it is the perfect time to recharge for a few days.
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Cannes is always the perfect place for a cheeky weekend getaway. A destination that epitomizes glamour, Cannes is also the perfect place to bronze that beautiful body. This is topless tanning in Cannes.
Potentially the worst ski video ever created. My GoPro faces the deliciously fresh powder for about 90% of the video, while the other 10% combines my squealing, screaming, and complaining.
It is hard to believe that just one year ago I was sitting in this same exact seat against the backlit window of the United Lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport. As I sit and sip a delicious mimosa, I watch massive 777 planes take off to Beijing and Mumbai, or local 737's land and depart domestically to locations like Miami or Houston. Every single person has a unique traveling story which is why I find airports so relaxing, some may be traveling for work and many others for pleasure.
It is safe to say a lot has changed since last year - for the better of course! First off, it was exactly one year ago to the day that I was sitting here in Newark Airport launching this concept of a photo journal / blog whilst on my way to study abroad in the south of France. WHEREISPER was born to inspire my friends and followers to dive into the vast world in which we live. Getting out and creating your own stories are far more superior than reading Buzz Feed articles 'top destinations in your 20s' type of thing. With that being said, I have had the absolute best time sharing my journey via photo stories and blog posts with those who are interested. Within the last year alone WHEREISPER has been viewed in nearly 1,300 cities and 100 countries worldwide, a numerical figure that far surpassed any goal I had ever intended for when launching this concept of a website. With destinations like France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, India and Nepal added to the list in 2013, I have much greater plans for travel during the start of summer in 2014. With my relocation to Germany, I am making it a personal goal to take WHEREISPER to the next level and be much more consistent with photo stories & posts making things easier to follow and interesting to read.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from the past year - I am looking forward to sharing what the future holds for me as I start a new chapter in my life.
Cannes, France. June 2013
Sun bathing, Studying & Wine tasting.
Sicily, Italy. July 2013
Sailing on The Yacht Week, Sicilian Road Trips & Volcano Trekking
Sweden. August 2013.
Flying in Gothenburg, Sailing the archipelago, interning & Summer BBQs.
Chamonix, France. December 2013.
Sun, Ski & Snow - need I say more?
Berlin - Dec/Jan 2014.
New York, New York. January 2014.
Arctic Tundras & Sunday Brunches
Munich, Germany & Obertauren, Austria. March 2014.
Beer gardens, Hostels & The Ski Week.
India & Nepal. March 2014.
Overnight trains, Traditional Curry Dishes, Tuk-Tuks, Silk Factories & Elephant Baths.
Alsace, France. April 2014.
Easter, Wine Tastings & The Eiffel Tower.
If you're a wine enthusiast (or want to become one), enjoy the country side, good company & vineyards for miles upon miles, I would highly suggest making your way to the Alsace Wine Route in France. The wine route is one of the oldest in the region and gives you the opportunity to drive or bike through nearly 70 of the CUTEST wine growing villages I have ever seen. Spending Easter here was the perfect place to wander through castles, taste the white wines of the region, munch on freshly baked sweets while experiencing the quaint country side bed and breakfasts the region has to offer. The Route du vin is the perfect place to road trip for a 36 hour weekend trip, while giving you the opportunity to taste local wines - not to mention the perfect gift to bring back home!
Kaysersberg, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr & Colmar
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With 10 quarters of school down and only 1 more to go, it’s a bizarre feeling to realize that one chapter of my life is coming to a close, while another (unwritten) chapter is about to begin. As Winter break is on the verge of commencement I have been thinking a lot about the past 3 years in Savannah and where my hard work will take me. The people I have met will be life long friends, travel partners, or just a person to call up and say hello. The work I have cried, laughed and stressed over was a way to challenge my mind that I will forever appreciate no matter where and/or what I end up doing. I have only grown to appreciate the work and relationships I have built through the time away from this historic town. The exceedingly long winter breaks given to SCAD students are a time for me to reflect upon the projects I have done previously, and obviously a time to blow off some steam. While I should be actively seeking jobs (which I am) I want to hold on to the small ounce of youth that society deems acceptable. Since six weeks is a potentially long time to do nothing, I think it is important to make it a potentially long time to do something. It is not about the places you go, who you see or what you do whilst there, but rather about the people you spend your time with. Freshman year , I spent my winter break skiing in the beautiful town of Zermatt with my mother (and of course, fresh pow + blue bird skies & the Matterhorn in the distance), came home, flew out to Colorado to ski with my longtime best friend and fiancée in Beaver Creek, then cruised the Caribbean for Christmas with my family all before bringing in 2011 in New York City with strangers who are now some of my dearest friends. While I have vivid memories of Zermatt’s crisp morning air filled with freshly baked croissants I remember the laughs shared with the people who I was meeting and traveling with the most. While exhausting, every decision I make when I have the time off revolves around the statement “I never want to spend life saying I wish I did that.”
So take a trip to North Carolina to get some fresh air, or a weekend road trip to Montreal. Remember traveling isn’t about the Instagram posts & facebook statuses, it’s about the people you meet & share moments with along the way. You never know how your actions may impact the people around you.
So where is next? I'll be spending thanksgiving with my family in Florida, and then will have the opportunity to go back to a city very dear to my heart, Chamonix. I spent winter break 2012 studying French at Insted language school in the heart of this mountain town. This year I have a unique opportunity to intern with a start up company in the alps. Why not integrate work and play? I'll be spending 4 weeks designing, working and of course skiing (conditions permitting).
Have a safe & happy holiday season.
P.S. Don't forget to volunteer & donate to local shelters this holiday season. Sharing is caring :)