August in Munich

art, Europe, Germany, Leila Mekhdiyeva, Munich, photography, summer, travel

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Summer 2017 definitely was one of the busiest in my life. The month of June I spent doing my summer course in the Art of Storytelling at uni; July completing my internship; and finally my August was all chill and fun, so I booked myself a ticket to Munich and went there all alone to finally enjoy summer vacation. Well, almost. I actually had my camera with me, which was there to capture Bavarian urban life.

I eventually forgot about these pictires because of how busy my last semester was. It was my last one so I was focusing more on my classes than my hobbies/passions (creative writing and photography), but it’s better late than never, right?

Hope to be back here with some new travel photos or a new story of mine soon.

Love Leila.

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5 Places To Eat In Paris

autumn, Europe, fall, France, Leila Mekhdiyeva, Paris, place, travel

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As some of you, guys, may remember last fall I went to Paris. I already wrote about it on my blog, I even have a travel vlog on my YouTube Channel, but what I did forget to do though is to write a post with top 5 places to eat in Paris. And as we all know it’s better late than never, let’s begin!

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Restaurant L’Avenue. 

Hands down, this place is a must visit for every fashionista going to Paris. The neighborhood of the restaurant is all chic and glam, which gives you an indescribable feeling of French aura. And of course food! Can you see how this photo from my instagram is basically an #aestheticgoals?

Angelina.

Ever since I saw a photo of Angelina tea salon on the internet (was it tumblr or maybe instagram, hard to tell now) I knew that when I will go to Paris I will visit it for sure. And I did. It was such a classy high tea date with my friend. Starting with choosing delicious cakes ending with finally trying it after a long day in Versailles, what could be better than that?

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Laduree.

Going to Paris without visiting famous Laduree? No way! Of course, it was a must for me, and as it was my first trip to Paris, I was so excited to go there finally. Frankly, I adore how there are so many classy places in Paris that have their own traditional way of serving food (or even just a tea), that truly makes you see Paris without filters.

CUP – Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne. 

We found this cafe at the airport, and as we were pretty hAngry, we didn’t care to much where to eat as long as we could finally eat. But this cafe was so good and so stylish, which is quite unusual for the cafes in the airports, right? Nevertheless, if I could ever go there again, I would definitely do that.

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PAUL.

I know that you can find PAUL bakeries almost everywhere now, Almaty, Baku, Prague, you name it, but still I thought that while in Paris I had to check if it was different from the other PAUL cafes that I’d been to. Nope, not really, but who cares. As I am such a fan of PAUL bakeries I was glad to have a breakfast in a very familiar environment.

I Made A Promise In Venice

Europe, Italy, Leila Mekhdiyeva, travel, Venice, video, winter

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I had 4 days to spend in sunny and magical Venice, but I didn’t have a plan, a list of places to go, or a clear idea of what we were gonna do there. Frankly, there was no point in that. I went to clear my mind, to kill my anxiety, to take a deep breath and just to relax. I wanted to turn off the connection with the reality, to finally let myself wake up without any plans for a day, without any to do lists, without any obligations. And so I did. And  guess what? It made the whole time of living in Venice so freaking special and inspiring for me. As I was walking there, I started feeling the need to write, and not just some notes or articles, but a novel. My novel, with my characters, with their story, that I need to tell.

I always become extremely happy when I travel, but such a creative mood that aspires me to create a piece of art doesn’t visit me in all of my travels. As far as I remember last time I had this feeling of pure and powerful inspiration was back in winter 2014, when I went to Azerbaijan for a month. I was going through a major depressive episode in my life and wanted to find a direction for my future. After that trip I got my first job as a fashion journalist, started my Russian YouTube Channel, moved to Europe and started studying Journalism & Communications at my university.

Nevertheless, this time I opened a part of myself, that I was trying to find/create/make/understand, and as simple as that I set a goal and made a promise to myself: to write my novel, about my unique characters living in their own reality, with their own story that I will be lucky to tell… one day.

But for now check out my travel vlog from Venice. Hope you’ll enjoy!

Love, Leila.

Venice – The City of Love

Italy, Leila Mekhdiyeva, travel, Venice, winter

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So, I went to Venice. Enjoyed sunny and warm winter days there, ate as much pizza as I wished, stayed in the hotel with the most gorgeous view, one may possibly imagine, forgot about all the worries in the world and just lived my happy life in Italy.

Venice is a place to go for all the romantic dreamers out there, to feel an overwhelming amount of inspiration and creativity. Trust me, after Venice you’ll feel the need to keep that sweet feeling of beauty inside, that will make you want to upgrade your life and change your priorities for you to be able to grow. Isn’t it why we all should travel more, after all?

You’ll find more photos and notes from Venice in my next post, so stay tuned!

Love, Leila.