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Wild Spin of the Web {4}

In our little lap of the web galaxy this week, we discover Ottolenghi’s tips on the best pastries in Paris, see what a year in Portugal looks like, find out how to do festivals in style, take a tour of Copenhagen, get off-grid inspo for a NSW adventure, and see what is certainly the world’s coolest new library!


Photo Credit: Dane Tucker

LISTEN/STAY – The music festival season is almost back, but why not think about experiencing it with a little more comfort, a little more flair and a little more smarts? This awesome post Don’t camp ugly this festival season from Homecamp is exactly what you need as an antidote to those inevitable port-a-loos. To the advice about not packing an umbrella or a raincoat I would only say this: at Roskilde in Denmark it rained A LOT, but I was able to pick up the cutest Scandi raincoat and umbrella ever, so know that not taking them usually doesn’t mean you can’t get one if needed. Festival stalls are always full of industrial folk who will see a need and sell to it.

NB: I was lucky enough to interview the lovely Stephanie Francis from Homecamp on my Wanderlust show last week about her new book Homecamp: Stories and Inspiration for the Modern Adventurer – which I truly think is the perfect Xmas pressie for that travel nut in your life.


Photo Credit: Victoria Smith for sfgirlbybay

VISIT – One of my all-time favourite blogs is sfgirlbybay by the lovely Victoria Smith. Her stylish eye keeps me inspired to no end, so be sure to keep it on your must-read list. I was delighted to see the run-down of her recent trip to Copenhagen, especially as she stayed in my fave hotel there SP34 (check out my post on that here). She shares her fave Copenhagen neighbourhoods, shops, cafes and bars, so what are you waiting for? Check it out here.


Photo Credit: Gotta Keep Movin’

TRAVEL/READ – Portugal is so high on my travel list and I can’t wait to get my hands on this My Year in Portugal guide by Emma Higgins of Gotta Keep Movin’ as featured here on Fathom. Emma basically spends a year living in a new place, gets an insider’s view into the destination and then documents it in this adorable print guide.


Photo Credit: Alex Cratey Systermans

TASTE – I adore the chef Yotam Ottolenghi and am lucky enough to have visited two of his restaurants in London. Recently he wrote a piece for Travel + Leisure on spending two days trying out the best pastries in Paris and it’s a delight to experience the tastes of this most romantic of cities through his eyes. Warning: it may make you salivate.


Photo Credit: Unyoked

STAY – Something about the summer approaching makes me want to get into the car, head for the great outdoors and bunker down in nature for a few days. Often. So these suggestions in Concrete Playground of Five remote cabins outside of Sydney where you can go off-grid got me more than a little excited for summer adventures!


Photo credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

TRAVEL/READ – Anyone who has been following this blog will know that I am well and truly prepared to travel for bookstores and libraries (like this recent post on the book town in the Norwegian fjords), so my heart was all aflutter at seeing this new wonder of the literary world, Tianjin Binhai Library, located a few hours out of Beijing in China. Those shelves that carry upward into the ceiling are truly mind-bending! This Popsugar article has the lowdown and pics.


Photo credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

Seen any cool travel bits and pieces online lately? Let me know in the comments below!

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