Archive for the ‘Travel Inspiration’ Category

Tomorrow morning I’m finally off to Hawai’i for the week. I can’t wait for gorgeous weather, pineapples, blue surf and sky, mai tais on the beach, shell hunting with the boyfriend… Here are some of the things that have been inspiring me as I pack and prepare for the trip. xxx

{We’ll be staying on the island of Oahu}

{Daria Werbowy for Vogue, December 2004, in my all-time favorite Vogue photo-shoot}

{via the cherry blossom girl}

{Elvis Presley in Blue Hawai’i}

{I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai’i, by Susanna Moore}

{Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity, the classic 1953 movie set in Hawai’i}

{Hawaii, by James Michener}

Aloha oukou!

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Found this amazing picture on one of my favorite tumblrs, the little banana. Must get international passport control to help me with this one in my new passport…

[Image from the little banana.]

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Anthropologie of course never fails to impress with their incredible and enviable shoe styles. And just as I’ve vowed not to spend another penny until all my flights for the coming year are booked and paid for, I’ve discovered this pair of particularly travel-worthy flats.

Flats are the ideal travel shoe because they combine style with walkability, they can be dressed down or up, and they comply with the dress code (no sandals or tennis shoes) for more conservative religious sites. They also take up minimal space in your suitcase.

I think I might have to make one last exception for these…

[Images from anthropologie.com.]

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While I was in Prague this summer, I read Milan Kundera’s magnificent and heartbreaking novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The story takes place in Prague in 1968, during the Prague Spring and the subsequent Soviet occupation. Tomáš, Tereza, Sabina, and Franz are the four characters through whose lives, loves, and losses the insignificance of life and the fate of the individual are examined.

What better place to lose oneself in one of Kundera’s passionate novels than in Prague, where the author attended university and the setting for most of his books. From the top of Petřín hill to the old castle grounds at Vyšehrad perched above the Vltava River, the city of Prague encapsulates a beauty, mystery, and romance reflected in the poignant and sometimes surreal writing of Milan Kundera.

{View of Prague Castle from Petřín hill}

{Petřín hill}

{View from Petřín hill with Prague castle in the distance}

{View of the Vltava, Prague castle, and Petřín hill from Vyšehrad castle}

{View from Vyšehrad castle}

Recently, while browsing through Free People’s blog, BLDG 25, I stumbled upon some posts from their Book Club series featuring Unbearable Lightness of Being pairing favorite quotes with images that evoke the sentiment of the novel. Here are some of my favorites…

“chance and chance alone has a message for us. everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute. only chance can speak to us. we read its message much as gypsies read the images made by coffee grounds at the bottom of a cup.”

“while people are fairly young and the musical composition of their lives is still in its opening bars, they can go about writing it together and exchange motifs…but if they meet when they are older, their musical compositions are more or less complete, and every motif, every object, every word means something different to each of them.”

“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”

“…and finally there is the fourth category, the rarest, the category of people who live in the imaginary eyes of those who are not present.  they are the dreamers.”

See more of Free People’s favorite quotes from the book here, here, and here.

[Images by Kelly Overvold, from amazon.com, and from blog.freepeople.com.]

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Joyeux Bastille Day!

Last night I finally saw the new Woody Allen movie, ‘Midnight in Paris.’ I am a huge Woody Allen fan and this movie certainly lived up to my expectations. I’ve been particularly excited about the “American tourist” theme in his two latest movies (including ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’—another brilliant film).


Now, I have still not been to Paris. I look at Paris very similarly to the way I look at a road trip across America. This summer I even decided to go to Prague instead of Paris. I don’t know if I keep putting it off because I want to make sure I think very carefully about my trip and do it right, or because I’m legitimately concerned that if I go to Paris, I might never come home. In fact, the gorgeous montage of postcard-perfect shots around the city at the beginning of Woody Allen’s movie reminded me of a little of a mix between DC (where I live currently) and Prague (my favorite European city), which does not bode well for said concern.

Besides the brilliant characters, funny script, unique plot, and insightful revelations about being a tourist and the golden age syndrome, the movie was a SUPER fun interpretation/recreation of the whirlwind life of Paris in the roaring twenties and the colorful literary, musical, and artistic characters whose inspiration the city fueled and vice versa. This was done largely via an adaptation of Hemingway’s novel, A Moveable Feast (published posthumously), a collection of memoirs based on his time spent in Paris during the 1920s. I was glad I’d read the novel before seeing this film because it made the jokes about each historic character (who were largely parodied in the film for the most part) that much funnier—especially Hemingway. It’s clear this novel was an important source of information for Woody Allen while making this film.

Films that explore the character, depth, and history of a specific city so that the city becomes a character in and of itself are important and inspiring contributors to the dialogue of travel and tourism. Obviously Paris is one of the cities where this is not difficult to do…

(Paris When It Sizzles, starring William Holden & Audrey Hepburn; How To Steal A Million, starring Peter O’Toole & Audrey Hepburn [Miss Hepburn’s wardrobe for this movie is done entirely by Givenchy!]; What’s New Pussycat?, another Woody Allen movie, starring Peter O’Toole; An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly, inspired by the music of George Gershwin.)

For all you lovers of Paris and all things Parisian, ‘Midnight in Paris’ is definitely a must-see.

I am also extremely excited for Woody Allen’s next movie, The Bop Decameron, a romantic comedy (of course) set in Rome, starring Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, and Jesse Eisenberg, among others!

[Images from imdb.com, weheartit.com, & amazon.com.]

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