When Japan Met Denmark: VAF 2017

Inside installment 5 of Denmark's biggest animation festival – and Viborg's "Party Of The Year!"

In all my time in Viborg, Denmark, I have been sold the Viborg Animation Festival (VAF) over and over – but never have I been able to attend. This year, I decided, that had to change. So, September 21, 2017, I packed my bags and jetted off to Jutland to see how Viborg’s event of the year would live up to its hype. Not to spoil the ending, but man, did it deliver.


Italy In May: A Photo Diary

Beautiful Tuscany and Rome, Italy, in early May, illustrated in photos. | Nothing Short Of Chic
My view of Italy in images for the photographically inclined.

Before you scroll through the 182 images (yes, I counted) that inhabit this page, know this: I take many, many photographs when I travel, but they are not your run-of-the-mill, iPhone tourist photos. I am proud of each and every one of these; they are the best of my very vast library from my Italian vacation last May (in Tuscany and Rome). I have a true passion for travel photography, despite my amateur status, and each photograph represents a special moment; each has at least one memory attached to it. I photograph what I find beautiful, be that sparkling water in a marble fountain, or light hitting a fig leaf or tower just so, or perhaps a spray of boldly colored flowers against ancient white architecture. I hope these images inspire you in one way or another – perhaps to travel yourself, or maybe to pick up your own camera and see the world a little differently through the lens.


Too Much Food Part 2: Two Crazy, Amazing Days In Rome

Part II of my early-summer 2017 Italian travel diary, this time highlighting my two days in the capital city of Rome. | Nothing Short of Chic
My lovely Tuscan getaway was followed by a pair of unique, incredible days in Rome.

Although shorter than my stay in Tuscany, my Roman adventure was no less memorable. Walking the city by night, shopping in alleyway secondhand shops, and navigating the terrifying rush-hour tube are only a handful of moments that I will cherish and remember forever. However, as our hostess Laura in Mobbiano said (lazily drawing out each r): "The Romans are crazy!" My favorite childhood comic book character, Obélix (best friend of Astérix), clearly agrees – according to his well-worn catchphrase, "Ils sont fous ces Romains!" And you probably will too, after reading through my travel diary from the famous, breathtaking city of Rome, Italy.


Attractions, Accommodations, & Too Much Food: Early Summer In Tuscany

A travel diary of a week spent in the mountains of Tuscany, Italy, in early summer. | Nothing Short Of Chic
I kept a journal during my week in Tuscany in May; and here it is.

29.4.17 - As I write this, I'm flying over Europe in a RyanAir passenger jet, destination Roma, Italia. Our travel schedule between today and yesterday is quite insane: first, we took a 5-hour bus ride from Viborg to Copenhagen; then, we stayed the night in an AirBnB with a lovely Danish lady who provided good food and some fascinating conversation. This morning, we trekked from her apartment to the train station, then made our way to the lufthavn (aka airport), then boarded this flight. After we land in Rome, we will load all our baggage into our rental car and make the long drive to our AirBnB in Longoio, just outside Bagni di Lucca, in Tuscany.


5 Free Things To Explore In Copenhagen

5 completely cost-free, must-see attractions in Copenhagen, Denmark. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Save your money for a drink and dinner and explore the city cost-free.

Copenhagen is one of the best cities I've ever visited in terms of free activities. The city itself is a museum, essentially, with its historical buildings and street art, just waiting to be explored on foot or by bicycle. Every day the sun was shining during my stay in Copenhagen, I just walked around for hours taking photos and soaking up the culture. (To see some of those photos, don't forget to check out my photo diary if you missed it!) But the Danish capital also offers many costless options if just walking around isn't really your thing. Here are five free activities that you'd better bet I took full advantage of during my two-week trip.


A Copenhagen Fortnight: A Photo Diary

A visual diary of two weeks spent in the heart of Denmark, seen through the lens. | Nothing Short Of Chic
A taste, in photographs, of my two weeks in the beautiful Scandinavian city.

Traveling is truly a passion of mine and I'm so grateful for every opportunity I get to visit new places and immerse myself in a different culture. I recently got to stay for two weeks in Copenhagen (I've been there before but not for such a long time) and it was really incredible. We stayed in an Airbnb and got tips from our many friends living there and all in all, it really felt like an immersion into the culture of the city. (In short, I didn't feel like a tourist, which is what I want when I travel – it probably helps that I've spent so much time in Viborg, so there was no culture clash.) Between the museums, the parks, and just walking around, I got a pretty good sense of the city and naturally, with my love of photography, I had to bring my camera along with. I have many more photos, but this is just a selection of the best to give you a sense of my experience in the Danish capital.


Tivoli In Spring: A Photo Journal Of Tivoli Gardens

If there's one thing you must do in Copenhagen, it's Tivoli – so I did.

Today was stunning. Bright blue skies with perfectly puffy, lamb-like clouds and the ideal temperature. And Tivoli Gardens, the inspiration behind Disneyland, was like something out of a fairytale with its lake sparkling deep blue in the sunlight, its blossom-lined paths, and the shrieks of joy that filled the air. To me, the grounds themselves were more incredible than the rides; but that's not to say that they weren't wonderful as well! I absolutely loved the different themes that the rides were built around, such as the Daemon (Demon) rollercoaster, which is wrapped with a Chinese dragon and surrounded by paper lanterns. The whole area around it is actually Chinese-inspired, complete with a mini temple-inspired building and a small restaurant that temps the line-waiters with its delicious smells...