On my way… by Marie

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life


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Birthday Girl!

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Oh my gosh! Time flies so quickly! I’m turning 19 today and I almost feel like I turned 18 yesterday whereas it was… well, a year ago :p! I must say that it’s quite a weird thing to think that it’s actually my last “teen” year, before the “big” 20, but that’s alright, that’s just the way things are supposed to happen, isn’t i?! ^^

And I don’t know about you, but every year, for every single birthday, I’ve got kind of a flashback of all these past years that makes me realise how lucky I am! Because even though it’s true to say that my family can’t really be granted this beautiful word that is “a family”, I feel extremely lucky when I think of my friends… whether they are the good old friends I’ve known like… forever or the ones I’ve met more recently! They’re all so very important to me, they are people as sweet as honey who managed to leave some of their sticky sweetness in my life, but above all… in my heart ❤!

I wish I could have spent this B-day with both English and French friends, so I’m not dedicating this post to myself (though it’s my birthday), but to these amazing people… all of them, whether they are British, French, Dutch or Australian! They all mean so much to me and they all have such a big part of my heart, that I honestly don’t really care where I’ll spend my birthday, because I know that whether it’s here or there, they’re in my heart… so wherever I might celebrate turning a year older, they’ll be with me and this is all that TRULY matters!

So here’s to them! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! ❤❤❤

With this, let’s…

Keep holding on to what and who we love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

MUCH LOVE ❤

xoxo

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It’s YOU, it’s YOU, it’s all for YOU…

♪ Video Games – LANA DEL REY ♪

“There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.”
― Jim ButcherWhite Night

YOU I met not a long ago, YOU who touched my soul, who touched my heart, YOU who reassured me, who made me feel safe, YOU who helped me (even unconsciously) find my smile back, YOU again who showed me the bright side of life when I needed it most, YOU who opened me a door to a new beginning, so to YOU… I simply want to say… I care about YOU.

Whatever brought YOU in my life, whatever it was, it was Heaven-blessed! And as one of my favourite songs tells it so well… “The skies began to clear and I was at rest”. Your only breath took me back home, a home that is not that far from my homeland, but which seems miles away when I’m far from YOU and the others…

I am totally aware that my words here might not be enough to make YOU feel how much I care, but as I also know words are not just words to YOU, I will count on them now until I get to see YOU again…

“A friendship that is Meant to be, is filled with things they mean to say.”
― Grant Vann

And I hope… I truly hope, from the bottom of my heart, that I will see you again very soon… but I’m scared. I’m scared to hear you say you can’t, you’re not free that day or whatsoever, I’m scared to hear or read the impossibility of a new reunion. So please, please because I don’t think I would survive it (again), because it would make me sad, it would make me cry, please… please, don’t say no.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Do YOU realise that because I’ve met YOU, YOU are not only a part of my life… but a part of me?! And that for this very special reason, I can’t totally be me, I can’t fully live this life YOU have introduced me to, if YOU are not, even a little, around me ?!

I will finish with what Marissa Mayer once wrote… “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” and because I care about YOU,  because I hold YOU dear & because YOU matter a lot to me, I don’t fret as easily as I used to… I know I’ll meet YOU again and I know everything’s gonna be alright!  


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New Beginning…

I was in the winter of my life, and the men I met along the road were my only summer.
At night I fell asleep with visions of myself, dancing and laughing and crying with them.
Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour, and my memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times.
I was a singer – not a very popular one,
I once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken.
But I didn’t really mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted, and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I’d been living, they asked me why – but there’s no use in talking to people who have home.
They have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people – for home to be wherever you lay your head.
♪ Ride – Lana Del Rey ♪

I am dedicating this post to the adorable people I met in England & I view as my friends today, to Caroline Behan (the funny, faithful and true friend), Becky Murray (the very supportive and sweet but slightly crazy friend), Laura Payne (the thoughtful friend and one of the nicest girls on earth), Jamie Ward (the sensitive “gangsta” & big brother friend) and Melody Wilson (the popular girl… but the nice one ^^ ! #haha).

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” – C. Joybell C.

Strength & Love… that’s what a new beginning usually brings back into your life! It starts with a smile, a hello, a simple name or just a door that is held. In fact, it starts when you meet THOSE people! It starts when you feel like you’re home when you look THEM in the eyes…

And there is ONE thing you feel… You feel butterflies! You feel butterflies in your stomach, you feel like everything has changed in a burst of light and after a while (and that’s precisely where I am now!) you feel like you just wanna know THEM better, because they are the people who made your heart beat again, the people who showed you, proved you there was hope when everything was dark around you (or at least not very bright :p!). Lisi Harrison once wrote “It was an image I would never forget. Or was it the emotions the image conjured – hope, excitement, and fear of the unknown, all three tightly braided together, creating a fourth emotion that was impossible to define. It was getting a second chance at happiness and it tickled like swallowing fifty fuzzy caterpillars.” That’s how I felt when I met them… It’s a bit like welcoming the new year, full of unknown and exciting things that have never been.

You can start so many things with new friends! They have a picture of you that is so pure and new and fresh! My new friends don’t see the girl I used to be because I don’t want them to see her, I don’t want them to see the depressed, insecure and quite fragile girl I was… I don’t want that because this girl doesn’t really exist anymore, she got rid of all her burdens and she’s more than ever ready to move on! There is nonetheless Carl Bard who reminds this: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” So in short, it’s all about second chances… And because these people I’ve quoted at the beginning showed me a whole new world, a world where there’s more happiness I’ve never thought there could be, because they maybe unconsciously offered me this second chance, and because they are also giving me the perspective of another ending (an happier one!); for all these reasons, you’ll probably better understand why I can’t go back to where & who I used to be, why I can’t live the rest of my life in France and become the girl I was again (I love my homeland, my friends and my family… this has nothing to do with them in particular, but with the situation some of them created).

So all I’m gonna do now is not count the days, hours, minutes and seconds that separate me from England, from the hearts of my friends, well from home actually (because you know your home is, above all, in the hearts of the people you love and who love you!), BUT I’m gonna make every day, every hour, every minute and every second I’ll spend with THEM count! It’s been a too long time now I’m living like I’m not alive that I am NOT not going to take every opportunity to start over and finally live the way I’m supposed to (if this makes any sense?! :/)!

I will simply finish this post with a quote of Roman Payne, once more witnessing how travelling help you realise where & who you belong with…

“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveller. Depending on the city and on the traveller, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.”

Everything’s pretty clear to me now! I’ve found my safe place… in England, a place where I feel at ease. I’ve met a lovely bunch of people I now consider home (yes I’m talking about you who saw their names coloured in orange at the beginning of this article :p !!! ^^). In fact, I’ve found those people and that place, giving me that happy-cry feeling! And honestly, aren’t those things some of the most important things there are in life?!

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.
We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.
Live fast. Die young. Be wild. And have fun.
I believe in the person I want to become.
I believe in the freedom of the open road.
And my motto is the same as ever:
“I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself I ride, I just ride.”
♪ Ride – Lana Del Rey ♪

Keep holding on to what you love, my sweet readers & enjoy the ride of life (you never know where it might lead you! Look!)

Much love to you all ❤

xoxo


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✰ LONDON LONDON ✰

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THIS is a post I’ve always wanted to write but… I’ve never really taken the time to write a post as incredible as it has to be when you talk about London! You know my love for this city and its inhabitants, so it was just a matter of time for me to get to write an article about it ^^!!!

But… today I’m not only writing for this reason… I promised one of my good friend’s little sister (who is going to London in a few days!!! Lucky her!!!!) that I would give her my good addresses in London and tell her what my favourite bits of this amazing city were!

So my lovely ones and my little sweet pea, get ready ’cause here’s my TOP 3…

1. Covent Garden (© photos by Tec Pateja – Airbnb)

Without any doubt, my favourite place to be in London… This district, full of street artists, very talented cheese maker (and I know what I’m talking about! Shall I remind you that I’m French?! :p), gorgeous museums, great taverns, operas and overwhelming with energy, IS the place you have to go to if you’re the kind of persons who dare get off the beaten track ;)!

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2. The West End & Soho (© photos by Sophie Carr & Tec Pateja – Airbnb)

My second favourite place in London is OBVIOUSLY the West End and Soho! These districts are maybe the most famous districts that don’t sleep at night! The perpetual hustle and bustle of this area is just crazy and provides such a good feeling :)!!! And what can I say about the West End other than quoting its brilliant musicals, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus… I think everything that has to be said is within those 3 amazing locations and this great thing that characterises the West End that is the musicals!!!

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And in Mayfair, not far from Covent Garden and Marylebone, you’ve got one of the greatest museum of London… I’m obviously talking about the maybe-sometimes-unexpected Opera Gallery…Bowie-Opera-Gallery-19


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3. The South Bank (© photos by Daniel Burman – Airbnb)

In my opinion, this region of London is one of the greatest and most beautiful! Everything there seems so big and great (from the diverse and various street arts to the giant buildings, without forgetting the sight of the city itself) it’s really hard to believe you’re actually there! The South Bank definitely provides the most incredible panoramic view you can get of London!!!

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Closely followed by…

4. Marylebone (© photos by Daniel Burman – Airbnb)

Marylebone, with its perfect geographic situation near the GREAT Hyde Park, is the synonym of elegance and refinement! There, you’ll find lovely little book shops, family patisseries and upmarket shops that will please the most sophisticated ;)!

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5. Saint-James (© photos by Rebecca Duke – Airbnb)

The select district of central London is a symbol of prestige! There, the lovely Saint-James Park, impressive antiquarian markets, art galleries and grandiose terraces are on the cards!!!

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6. Camden Town (© photos by Tec Pateja, Sophie Carr & Rebecca Duke – Airbnb)

Formerly a hospital for horses, Camden, which is situated behind Regent Street, is now one of the most expensive districts of London!!! Leather, nails, combat boots, pubs, pop art, concerts and markets are THE key words to describe the atmosphere in Camden! In a few words, there’s everything you need to fill your rebel’s soul ;p!!!

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7. Greenwich (© photos by Rebecca Duke – Airbnb)

The architectural wonders, the parks, the antiquarian markets and the boats reminding of the south west London maritime history are all the elements that make the charm of Greenwich :)!

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8. Rellik…

… or the shop every vintage lover has to go to!!!!

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9. Melt (Nothing Hill)

To all my lovely readers, who, just like me, LOVE chocolate, THIS shop is definitely made for you (I mean… for US :p!!!)!

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10. Westminster (© photos by Tec Pateja – Airbnb)

If you’ve never been to London before, I really advise you to have a big and clever browse around Westminster! With all its monuments, the Parliament, Big Ben and Buckingham, this district is well and truly THE MUST-DO in London, especially as it constitutes the cultural and political centre of the city!

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11. Saint-Pancras (© photos by Rebecca Duke – Airbnb)

Simply stunning! But the best bit of Saint-Pancras is definitely its beautiful and luxurious hotel (you have by the way an overview in the video ;p)!!!

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12. The British Museum (© photos by Rebecca Duke & Tec Pateja – Airbnb)

Also a not-to-miss part of London, if only for its astonishing architecture!!!!

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13. Kensington (© photos by Sophie Carr & Tec Pateja – Airbnb)

Or the princess district! 😉 With its old buildings, its rustic cheese shops and patisseries, its international embassies, its gardens, palace and museums, Kensington is without the ounce of a doubt the VERY posh district of London!!!

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There’s so much more I could write about this city, but there will surely be other posts about my very cherished London ❤ ❤ ❤

Now, I just wanna wish a safe trip to my friends’ little sister and an amazing time there,  in the city I fell in love with…

But with all that, don’t forget to…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

Much much LOVE ❤

xoxo