Sydney, Australia (Day 5)

On our last day in Sydney, we decided to conclude our Australian chapter by ending where we began- the Sydney Opera House and its environs.

Our flight back to KL was not until later in the evening so we had ample time to make a brief round-up of the city beginning at the Rocks, inside the great Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and finally Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.

I loved everything about that day. The glistening cobalt blue sky that seemed to follow us everywhere, the uncharacteristically strong winds (while we were around the parameters of the opera house) that had us hold on to each other tight, the calmness of the Royal Botanic Garden which held at least 2-3 beautiful garden weddings that afternoon, the sound of the violin quartet soothing through every rustle of the leaves, the chirping of the birds in between, the brilliant Jacarandas against the emerald green lawns- everything and everyone seemed to be so happy and at peace. It was as if we were all joined by a familiar kinship- one that is innately understood by each of our hearts- that celebrates and glorifies life as it is, warts and all.

I knew I loved Australia even before I arrived. In a weird but not entirely unexpected way, it felt like home.

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Back at the Rocks!
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Perfect view of the Harbour Bridge.

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The heavy interior of the Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.

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An unexpected gem on the calmer side of Sydney.
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Cafe at the NSW Gallery.

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Some of the beautiful aboriginal crafts. I love the simple geometric shapes. I’m sure each line, shape and colour tells a story. I wish I knew more.
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One of my favourite paintings there. The details are just amazing!

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We walked back into the Royal Botanic Garden to this cozy cafe just on the edge of the garden.

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As we headed back to the Opera House we came across at least two weddings around the garden. They were so beautiful and heart warming to witness. How could they not be against this spectacular backdrop? 🙂

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Party boat!

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Our favourite Jacaranda.
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Another beautiful wedding!

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We have so much love for this city. We hope we’ll return here soon!

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Happy Birthday peta+kaarten & #London is here!

A year has passed and we’re celebrating peta+kaarten’s birthday today! And we’re so happy to be releasing our new #London map on this special day. What’s even more special is that our London map now comes in coloured special edition with the infamous Thames made distinct in blue. Don’t worry, the classic monochrome edition is still available for purchase. Please head over to our webshop to pre-order a map(s)!

In the mean time, have a wonderful wonderful weekend and take care wherever you are folks! 🙂

Leap Year!

I feel so guilty for leaving my blog bare for quite a while, I am so sorry dear readers. But I am still here, just not as busy writing as I have before. The good news (I hope) is that I post photos of my styling on instagram so do give it a visit for quick inspirations.

Finally, I am thankful that I get to be in another leap year, marked by today, 29th February 2016 🙂

I hope you’ll have a sensational week, month and year ahead! X

Now available: Copenhagen

Our Copenhagen map is now up in our webshop! I’m so chuffed it’s finally here! This is by far the most intricate of all maps I’ve drawn and it’s well worth it. Please do check it out on our shop and let me know what you think? I hope everyone is doing wonderfully in this festive week!

PS: Which city would you like to see next?

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New York is here!

Just a little update: our New York map is here! Please feel free to check it out on my webshop. I am super chuffed for the new map addition! I’ve never been to New York, but it has always been in my list of countries to visit. One of the reasons why I drew it up is because I wanted to visualise travelling to the beautiful metropolitan.

Do you have a favourite city you’d like to see as a map poster? Please share with me; I’d really love to know 🙂

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peta+kaarten shop now open!

I am so pleased to share with you that I have now opened shop here online (you can also find the Shop in the above Menu). I have so far produced two map designs and the Amsterdam poster is now available for sale.

But the great news is, you can win an Amsterdam map by following @petakaarten on Instagram; liking and reposting any of the poster pictures on your Instagram profile. Do check @petakaarten out for more info. I am very grateful for all that I have in my life and I wish to share some of the beautiful things that have made me so happy like this map here.

I hope to hear from you soon. But for now, warm wishes from me. Nadiah xx

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I’m Back!

Hello everyone! Sincere apologies for my hiatus. Truth is I fell ill the past two weeks and was hospitalised for a few days. I spent another few days recuperating at home but now I am up and running with my interior projects! I wish to share with you what I’ve been working on while I was away. Just a sneak preview of what’s coming to you soon 🙂 Can you guess which city this is?

I hope you like what you see here. Get excited because I know I am! Be well everyone X