Europe Photo Diary

Dream Angel Rome

I was going to make a post for each place but I think a photo diary for the tour makes more sense (I posted about Bari here 😊). So, the next morning after the show in Bari, we flew to Rome.

Where we stay when we travel usually affects how I feel about a place. If we are staying in a hotel where I feel uncomfortable, I generally have a worse time. When I first started going on tour with SM, I always had a hard time in Rome. Idk what it is about Rome but the shows are often difficult and the hotels are usually weird (coming back to a weird hotel after a difficult show can be so uncomfortable). That being said, the Peopoli9 hotel is our favorite place to stay in Rome and since we started staying there I completely understand why people love the city so much.

From Rome, we flew (with the Blackeyed Peas...they had bought the whole first class lol) to Cluj, Romania, where SM was playing the Untold Festival. There were so many people traveling to Cluj for the festival that the baggage claim was chaos and it took forever to get our bag. Once we did, we walked out into the arrivals area where we met our festival 'angel' (what Romanian festivals seem to call festival liaisons). Our Angel, who introduced himself as Dodo, was the best festival liaison ever and because of him, we had such a smooth and easy experience (everyone working at the festival was so nice and we honestly had so much fun talking with everyone we met). After the show, we headed back to our hotel to pack up our stuff and head to the airport for our 6am flight to Sweden.

When we arrived in Stockholm, we were exhausted but so excited to be there and for our days off. We checked into one of my favorite hotels, Miss Clara, and spent the next few days shopping, exploring, taking baths, watching Terrace House, and eating poke bowls. By the end of our time in Stockholm, we were completely rested and ready to do the last show in London.

The show in London went so well and from there we flew back to the US. The tour was short but so nice and we had so much fun.

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After the show in Rome

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Sunset and backstage in Romania

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Sleepy on our flight to Stockholm 🇸🇪

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Miss Clara
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Love the Byredo toiletries at Miss Clara

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Dream Angel and Slow Magic
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It's Pleat, H&M's cafe

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Flying home from London

Bari

17 hours and two connections after taking off in Phoenix, SM and I arrived in Bari, Italy. Our hotel happened to be right across the street from the ocean and when we got out of the taxi we were greeted by the warmth of the sunny sky and the smell of the sea. It made me feel so happy.

We spent our first day wandering the city, half in a dream state, waiting for all of the restaurants to open. After a late dinner, we walked back to our hotel and fell into a deep, much-needed sleep.

The next day, after soundcheck, we walked around and took pictures as the sun was setting. The venue was right on the water, separated only by a rocky, crab-filled beach. It was so calming but also a little scary lol.

Paris Shopping List

 
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Beauty products : It is pretty safe to say that if I am traveling to a foreign country known for its cosmetics you will find the most dedicated version of me ready with a phone filled with screenshots of beauty products that I have spent far too much time researching (which honestly makes navigating a French/Japanese/etc pharmacy way easier and far less intimidating). For me, wandering up and down unknown streets in search of a moisturizer, balm, or whatever other US unavailable product that I may have in mind is one of my most favorite touring activities. For others (Slow Magic), it is probably the most boring version of whatever a wild goose chase is. Luckily for him, most French beauty products are now widely accessible in the US (Embryolisse Lait-Creme is sold at Target and mostly everything else is available on amazon) and I was able to streamline my shopping list down to one France only beauty product : Biafine (a moisturizer).

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Monoprix underwear :

For a while, I thought my obsession with the underwear from the French grocery store Monoprix (which I originally bought out of necessity on tour) was weird enough to keep a secret. That all changed when I read that Vogue Senior Editor, Lauren Mechling, also loves them. They are plain with a little lace, white and 100% cotton, so to me they are perfect.

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Marie Antoinette Tea from Ladurée :

This has been my favorite tea since I was seventeen and finding it in the Paris airport last summer was a game changer for my mornings. I am not entirely sure if this is only available in France (I couldn’t get a straight answer from the girl at the Ladurée in SoHo) but I make sure to pick up a box every time that I am there.

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Do you have any location specific products that you love?