Mallorca + Spring Break Vlog

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[The view from our hotel's terrace]
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[Thumb's up from a driver in a small car parade in Soller]
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[Flower's looming around the cathedral in Soller]
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[A couple stands along the pastel colored water]
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[A very scenic mountainous view along the way to Soller]
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[Open lands that made me feel like I was on a safari] 
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[Complete and utter beach paradise] 
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[Marisa manning the fort with our inflatable tire floats] 
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[Getting lost in trying to find the port in Soller] 
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[Two voyagers look out at the incredible port of Soller] 
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[Some birthday ice-cream at our fancy celebratory dinner at Tristan Mar restaurant] 

Despite being a month late, I hereby present to you my spring break "vlog" and some of my Mallorca pictures! Somehow this month escaped me/everyone at SYA and it's already been a month since my birthday, meaning I leave France tomorrow. I wanted to get this post up so I could do some SYA reflection posts once home, as well as summer related content. Mallorca was the last stop on our Balearic islands tour, and it was special in it's own way. I've already been asked several times which place was my favorite, but they're all truly different. In comparison to Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca was much larger, meaning there was more to see but it felt like you need to have more plans. We clearly did not plan (i.e. booking flights the day of), but with a little Googling, we figured out that Soller was a must see. A small touristy tram takes you up to this mountainous area of the island, which has a town and port to go with it. We happened to go on a Saturday morning, and there were tons of lemon and orange related stands for the market. After indulging in lemon muffins (YUM), we stumbled upon a SUP rental place, with just about the coolest owner who had a go pro mount for the oar. I was basically in heaven after the tranquille paddle along the smooth water. 

If you want to see all of this in action, take a look at the video below! Watch in HD. xx



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Palma

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Wearing:// Dress: Mango (Mango Openwork Trim Dress), Sunnies: Wildfox Couture, Shoes: Zara (Montage Leather Sandal & Steve Madden 'Rosana') , Bag: World Family Ibiza 

     It's honestly crazy to think that it was almost a month ago that I was taking these pictures in Palma with Marisa, with my grade A lobster skin. We ventured into town with my "trademark tropical vacation" look vacation (see: Greece outfit), and enjoyed one of our last days of break. As we walked around, I received quite a few looks, which were obviously in reaction to my rad outfit!!!! At least that's what I'm telling myself. But seriously, when I saw this dress at Mango in Ibiza, I just had to have it. I'm a huge white dress fan, especially when it's as hot as yummy paella in the summertime. However, this one has beaded/woven detailing along the neckline, which just makes it even better. When we were in Barcelona a few days before, I had picked up these sassy strappy heels from Zara, which went perfectly with the overall simple yet detailed look. I love the metallics I have going on, especially in my very tribal looking clutch. My summer uniform is lookin' like this: flowy dresses, sassy heels, rad sunnies, and unintentional sunburn. What's yours? 

All I can think about is how it feels like we just got back from spring break and we were all saying,"We still have a month left in France!!!" However, it is already May 22 and there are t-5 days till we're back in the states. I'm going to do a bit of a longer reflection post in the near future w/a video, but today we received our "diplomas" and it was a bit of an emotional day, you could say. Despite this bittersweet day, we set off tomorrow to go to Normandy until Monday for our final school trip, and then we leave Wednesday. The end of the year went by in a literal flash! I am so excited to be a senior, but it's crazy to think that high school is flying by so quickly. Well, I'm off to continue packing and prepping for our trip tomorrow! Talk soon. xoxo 
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Café Watch // Ibiza Edition

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           As I mentioned in my Ibiza photo diary, we spent a lot of our time in Ibiza, well, eating. For whatever reason, there was a surplus of super delicious cafés that were gluten free, organic, raw, etc. In our multiple food tours, we came across a recently opened café, "Don't Panic It's' Organic Ibiza". We soon befriended the super cool owners who explained with very good english that they had only opened 2 weeks ago. Afterward, we began diving into the many things they had to offer. The first time we went, I got a falafel build-your-own salad, which consisted of just about everything you could think of, from chickpeas to quinoa to sweet potato fries. However, the second time around, we pulled out all of the shots and got smoothies, salads/sandwiches, and homemade BANANA BREAD. After spending 9 months in the land of butter, baguettes, butter, and croissants, getting a smoothie and these other delectable delights was like a dream. (Side note: I had a smoothie just about every day over break and it was fantastic) Anyways, I was extremely excited to switch up my normal food routine, as well as to try their fresh banana bread drizzled with honey. 

I just really wanted to share this café with all of you, in case you find yourself planning a trip to Ibiza. Funnily enough, my sister (Hi Noelle) decided to copy my Spain vacation for this summer, but I had to create "Isabelle's Spain Travel Guide" for her so she could get the exact details. Sisters, man. Hopefully this post didn't make you too hungry! Also, still gathering questions for a school year abroad post! Send 'em in via Tumblr or in a comment.  :) xoxo

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De Retour // May 2015 Playlist + SYA Q&A?!

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     Among posting photos from my recent trip to Spain and just general busyness, I easily forgot about one of my favorite posts to make; seasonal playlists. I always find myself looking for new music, and I have downloaded tons of new songs since my last playlist for Winter. For these types of posts, I usually use Groove Shark, but have finally caved in the Spotify movement (my username is 'lostbutnotfound') At the moment, I only have this one playlist up on there, but will probably find a day of boredom this summer that will consist of playlist making.  I'd say this playlist is a combination of a bunch of different, mostly good hearted/passionate songs....I'm clearly great at descriptions, but you get the idea! Go have a listen ---> here. I hope you guys enjoy jamming out to these songs! Lemme know your song faves at the moment in a comment below. :)

P.S. I was thinking of doing a q&a post or video on my experience these past 9 months for my school year abroad in France. I would answer any questions about it that you guys have and elaborate beyond that, and maybe get some of my friends to be in it, haha. We'll see! But I first of all need a decent amount of questions, so you can send me some either in a comment, a Tumblr message, Instagram, by email (lostbutnotfound1@gmail.com), Twitter, etc. Thanks guys! 
    
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Barcelona

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[The view from our friends' rented apartment in the Gothic Quarter] 
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[Hannah and Carolyn doing their #nochella thang by the port] 
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[The first of many many palm tree pictures] 
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[Leaving Carolyn, Emma, and Marisa to attend to the map] 
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[Walking back to our hotel from our friends' apartment] 
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[Flag happiness at a small artisan market in the city] 
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[Fresh off the plane at the "Arc de Triomphe" of Barcelona] 
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[Some more palm trees....] 
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[Locals and tourists hanging out under the sun by the port] 
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[Hannah getting some action shot Instagram pictures] 

When I first got back from vacation and began sorting through my pictures, I somehow forgot that I had pictures from Barcelona, because it sort of feels as if we never went to there. Obviously, Barcelona is not a place easily forgotten, but we were there for a mere 2 days before heading to Ibiza. However, from the moment we got off of our early morning flight, we made the most of our 48 hours. In addition to diving into tapas and smoothies galore, we did tons of walking around the vast city. Sure, we didn't do much of the historical "touristy" sightseeing, but we used our time how we wished. When not searching for chips and guacamole, we were either hanging out by the port, storming the large Zara, or watching street performers. Even though we spent the least amount of time in Barcelona, we all agree that our first day there was the best way to kick off the beginning of our independent travel. There's a certain carefree vibe in the warm air of Barcelona that felt 1000 times different than that of France. Plus, the general shopping & food tops Rennes any day, so that's a major plus. 

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Float On

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Wearing:// Dress: Urban Outfitters, Cardigan: Atzavara in Ibiza (Monki Tie Front Cardigan), Shoes: Converse, Sunnies: Wildfox 

      It is currently Thursday night, and yet again, I find myself excessively surfing the internet in celebration of not having school tomorrow. The French school calendar is beyond insane this year, with not one day of school on a Friday (except our last day), because of a range of random holidays. While everything was closed last week for Labor Day, things should be open tomorrow- however, instead of taking a look at the stores, I'll be perusing my lovely AP French book. Despite everyone saying that we're all well prepared and that we shouldn't worry, there's always a sense of doubt with me and standardized tests. Let's just say that I'd rather be in Ibiza wearing sunnies and this high-necked UO dress, tanning beneath a copious amount of palm trees. On top of this dress, I picked up this eyelet cardigan from -you guessed it- the boutique we frequented in Ibiza, which adds for a Grecian type feel that I can't get enough of; summer dressing is a go!! 

While I could talk for hours about how quickly our vacation in paradise went, it feels more appropriate to discuss how I leave France in 20 DAYSSSS!!! How did these past 9 months pass so quickly? Looking back on all of the posts I've shared this year on my blog, it seems as if each picture was taken just yesterday- as if our trip to the Loire Valley was only a month or so ago. To make the reality that it is May even crazier, the emails deeming us "soon to be seniors" have already begun rolling in, and I just can't grasp how it's already almost summer. Soon enough, I'll be banging out my college apps and *hopefully* getting my license this summer. Man, does time go quickly. Nonetheless, life must "float on" (hehe), and my excitement for what lays ahead in college and beyond is through the roof. I hope you guys liked this post! Lemme know in a comment what your summer plans are! Are you traveling? Working? Chilling? I'd love to know! xoxoxo 

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Ibiza

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[Hiking around the Old Town of Ibiza] 
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[The palm tree filled view from our hotel's terrace]
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[World Family Ibiza bags from Atzavara Boutique] 
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[People start a late dinner along a street of mostly touristy restaurants] 
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[The gorgeous blue water off of a lookout point in the Old Town] 
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[Yummy falafel salad at Don't Panic It's Organic Ibiza] 
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[Walking around the upper area of the Old Town] 
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[A very Greek looking part of the town with plenty of vines and white buildings]
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[Looking tan as ever on the balcony of our hotel!!] 
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[Water crashing upon the rocks at a nearby beach]

The first stop on our tour of the Balearic Islands was the notorious island of Ibiza. Going into this leg of the trip, we didn't expect Ibiza to be in it's full blown club season, however our only goal was really to soak up the sun. Upon our arrival, we were in awe of the palm trees and the beautiful water. For the most part, we spent our time in Ibiza by the pool, in the quaint town, and exploring the Old Town. In the town, we found quite a few places that became regular visits. One thing that we noted a ton of was Bio restaurants and stores, which was a treat for us, considering Rennes only has one actually good organic store. If you follow my Instagram, you would've seen one of our meal pictures at Don't Panic It's Organic that was INCREDIBLE. We became fast friends with the young owners, who had only opened up two weeks prior, but they definitely are on the fast track to a good business. They had options from build your own sandwiches/salads, fresh smoothies, organic pizza, and a variety of raw desserts. I've never gotten to go to a place of this sort like the "hipster" places you see on Instagram in California, and so I was going crazy with the cuteness. When we weren't stuffing our faces there, we were probably at Atzavara, a small boutique in town. We also made another friend there, which was the manager that spoke Spanish to us and enjoyed joking around. Funnily enough, he had been telling us the story of the maker of World Family Ibiza bags , and then before we knew it, he was waving to her as she drove by the store! That was a crazy sort of starstruck moment for us, and we began waving as well. Otherwise, we enjoyed discovering new local restaurants, trying croquettas at each place, and making new "friends".

I hope you guys have been liking my pictures posts! I also posted a new video over on my Youtube channel, and it's a sort of short "vlog" video from the Basque Country. There will be a post from Mallorca and another video coming very soon! xoxo 


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