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The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The Grounds of Alexandria photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sara and Grace probably could have driven off without me after having breakfast at The Grounds of Alexandria and I wouldn’t have minded whatsoever. This place, also known as heaven, simply blew my mind with blueberry muffins (with white chocolate if I might add…), the prettiest flower shop I think I’ve seen, fried chicken, the most delicious banana bread ever and the cutest little set up I could have imagined. I wouldn’t mind spending a whole day at this place, starting with breakfast and continuing onto lunch and dinner after that (including a few snacks in between meals too of course). It’s probably a good thing that there’s nothing similar here in Paris since I’d probably spend all my waken hours (and every little €) there in that case. Even their flower shop puts my Parisian florist (who I thought was pretty amazing) to shame! I’ll never again be able to enjoy a “normal” breakfast or brunch without dreaming about this place… Sydney, you’re too good.

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus

After getting Bread & Circus recommended to me for about the 6th time I thought it was about time to visit. This laid-back, yet super cute little place is definitely a place I’d continue coming back to over and over again if I was located in Sydney. Their gluten free pancakes with caramelised banana and strawberries were just heavenly (which was surprising since I’m not a gluten/lactose/fat free kind of girl) and so was the hot porridge. It was impossible leaving this little picturesque canteen without taking a million photos, I mean they had pastel pink coffee cups after all.

Bronte to Bondi

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Bronte to Bondi walk photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Walking along these beaches, breathing in the salty air and feeling the sun against my skin feels like a such a distant memory after spending over a week back in a cold and wintery Paris. This beautiful walk, connecting Bronte Beach (or well, that’s where my tired legs decided to start but the walk goes even further) with Bondi Beach is one of the prettiest places I came across while in Sydney and a place I wish I could visit way more often. I loved waking up to this view and sitting on the rocks and watching the sun set over the ocean together with my little sister, who’s now made an indefinite move to this crazy beautiful place. If it wasn’t so far away I think I’d go back every other month or so…

On Instagram

Sydney photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

This is what my first couple of days in Sydney looked like through a couple of Instagram photos. I couldn’t stop taking photos of turquoise waters, pretty sunsets, delicious food and pretty beaches – but I guess that’s normal when you see all of this prettiness for the very first time, right?

Central Coast

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Exploring the Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Central Coast photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Our Australian adventure begun with a little trip up to the Central Coast to celebrate Christmas together with Nicole, Luke and their family. This trip included a lot of firsts for me: the first time I celebrated an Australian Christmas, the first time I saw a wild shark in the same ocean I just swam in the previous day (I think my knees are still a bit shaky after that sight), the first time I got to see where Nicole lived, my very first visit to an Australian beer garden and the first time I got to see this beautiful country that I’ve dreamt about visiting for such a long time now. We spent the days on the beach playing around in the water (after about two minutes I decided I need to invest in a waaay tighter bikini due to crazy strong currents and waves), eating delicious food and getting shown different parts of the beautiful coast. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my trip to Australia.

Today’s Detail

Sydney Opera House photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Guess where we were off to after Bali?! Well, you’ve probably been able to figure that out thanks to Instagram already but I can’t wait to show you more photos from my time on the Central Coast in Australia as well as from my time spent in Sydney.

Suluban Beach

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Suluban Beach photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

As soon as we stepped out of the car to explore another beautiful place in Bali called Suluban Beach, the sky opened up and warm summer rain came pouring down. I would normally be absolutely gutted by the sight of rain when planning to visit a beautiful beach but this time I didn’t mind. Perhaps because the rain was just as warm as the air itself or maybe it had something to do with me getting completely mesmerised by this stunning view. Anyhow, despite cloudy skies and a few rain drops while making our way down to the beach we fell in love with this beautiful place, the turquoise waters and impressive nature.

Sunset in Bali

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Sunset in Bali photo by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Watching the sun set over Bali with salty hair and sandy skin as the sky turns into pink and purple colours. These serene moments are moments I’ll treasure forever and I hope I’ll be able to take some of this calm with me once I go back to Paris.

On Instagram

Paris in Four Months on Instagram

I took so many photos in Bali, both with my camera and on my phone. This is the second part of iPhone photos that made it onto Instagram from my time in Bali. I love all the blue, green and turquoise colours from this exotic place.

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

Seminyak

At first glimpse Seminyak, a little area north of popular Kuta (which I’m glad I didn’t make it to by the way), looks just like any other little town in Bali but after giving it a closer inspection you’ll find shops, restaurants and cafés more likely to be located in Sydney or New York than in between palm trees and massage places in the midst of Bali. Apparently it’s possible to get your flat white fix (and better than most places in Paris) even if your in the middle of the tropics. The Coffee Library and Revolver Espresso both made it impossible to not sit down for a drink. And a bite. The avocado toast at Revolver Espresso was better than any I’ve tasted in Paris and the juice served at The Coffee Library came fresh in a big pitcher – what more is there to say? I also got my very first swan made for me in the form of latte art and I think that’s when my heart completely melted. I wish I could go back to these places on a daily basis.