July Events at Soul Sierra

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Exciting events coming up this July!

If you’re in Cebu or coming to visit, make sure you attend one of these amazing gatherings happening at Soul Sierra every weekend. The first weekend event coming up is…

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Awaken Your Senses as we embark on an exciting journey through sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.

  • Awaken your sense of sight with nature and breathtaking views at Soul Sierra.
  • Awaken your sense of smell with compelling workshops on Essential Oils by Aroma Therapist and Wellness Advocate, Chua Hong Leong.
  • Awaken your sense of taste with cacao, healthy elixers, and soul-food by plant-based chef, Divine.
  • Awaken your sense of touch and hearing through Kundalini Yoga, Transcendance, and Sound Healing with an amazing Sound Healer, DJ, and Kundalini Instructor, Neil Belen.

A weekend of exploration, yoga, healing, wellness, and good food!

 Day 1 Schedule:

2PM-4PM Chakra Balancing with Essential Oils with Hong

4:15PM-5PM Cacao Circle with Kymberly

5PM-6:30PM Kundalini Yoga with Neil

6:30PM-8PM Sound Healing with Neil

8PM-9PM Soul Food cooked by Divine

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Day 2 Schedule:

2PM-4PM Essential Oils to Improve Your Wellbeing with Hong

4:15PM-5PM Cacao Circle with Kymberly

5PM-6:30PM Transcendance with Neil

6:30PM-8PM Sound Healing with Neil

8PM-9PM Soul Food cooked by Divine

 

About Essential Oils

Purify is a doTERRA essential oil blend composed of select essential oils known for their cleansing, purifying, and protecting properties

Essential oils are extraordinary substances with thousands of years of historical use for treating everything from an infected wound to the plague. There are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible and they were even part of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptians in the embalming process for mummification. Essential oils have been used traditionally in Greek, Roman, and Chinese medicine.

Essential oil molecules are unique in that they have the ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the skin, tissues, and blood. They can travel throughout the body in just minutes, whether applied to the skin or inhaled. They are metabolized by the body just like other nutrients. Essential oils have been studied for their ability to support important bodily functions such as the secretion of neurotransmitters, antibodies, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes.

So incorporating essential oils into your daily lives isn’t such a bad idea!

 

Meet our guest speaker, Chua Hong Leong

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Hong is trained in Aroma Therapy, Meditation, Qigong and Acupressure and has been a practitioner for over 30 years. He is a wellness and essential oils advocate.

In these workshops, Hong will guide you to a deeper understanding of your Chakras and how you can improve your health and wellbeing by incorporating the magic of essential oils.

 

About Cacao Circles

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Sacred cacao circles are beautiful rituals where people gather together and drink cacao, a heart expanding elixir, which is also known as ‘Food of the Gods’. Raw cacao has many benefits as it is high in magnesium, iron, zinc, antioxidants, and much more. It is an anti-depressant and some say, a natural stimulant!

We sit together in circle and honor the cacao spirit while enjoying each others company and sending the energies of love and gratitude to the world. Cacao is a heart opener which means that we can be more emotionally receptive, compassionate, giving, and loving to others, to ourselves, and to all beings and living things around us.

A fun way to be grateful while enjoying the health benefits and taste of Mother Cacao!

 

Meet our Cacao Circle Facilitator

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Myself! Cacao ceremonies were introduced to me in 2018 by a dear friend and quickly became a part of my daily ritual after traveling to Bali, as I observed the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits it gave me. 

Enjoy a warm tasty cup of nutritious cacao and join us as we share a communion of gratitude and self-love!

 

About Kundalini Yoga

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Kundalini is a Sanskrit term from ancient India that identifies the arising of an energy and consciousness which has been coiled at the base of the spine since birth, and is the source of the life force (pranic energy, chi, bio-energy). 

Kundalini is all about releasing the kundalini energy in your body using fast movements, invigorating postures, breath exercises, and can involve chanting, mantra, and meditation. It is powerful, intense and beautiful all at the same time!

 

About Transcendance

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Transcendance is a program in which people gather to enjoy music and move freely, also known as ecstatic dancing. Through sound and movement we are able to release tension in our physical and energetic bodies and explore the beauty of movement without judgement. In Transcendance we encourage no alcohol or drugs, and refrain from speaking or taking videos or photos as we want to make everyone feel as comfortable as they can, and without distractions. When you can bring down the walls built by social expectation, you will be able to make a deep connection with your soul and to the music. That is a feeling you won’t forget!

 

About Sound Healing

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Imagine being immersed in beautiful sounds that are healing to your body, mind and soul?

Sound Healing is the ancient practice of using sonic frequency aka vibration as a tool to recalibrate the human body, relax the mind, and nourish the soul. With the profound sounds of a gong and crystal bowls, the feeling of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind, body and spirit, fill you completely. Some experience emotional healing, and others great insights into their lives. It takes you into deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and an acceleration into your journey within. Time is suspended as you enter a world of vibration, sensation and experience.

Once you’ve had your first Sound Bath, you’ll definitely leave wanting more!

 

Meet our Kundalini Yoga Instructor, DJ, & Sound Healer

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Neil Belen is a visionary musician, album artisan, multimedia producer, inner engineer, and community cultivator, born and raised in Long Beach, California. His frequent travels has brought a deepened awareness of self, an enhanced perspective of others, and an appreciation of wellness for all.

Neil has realigned with his soul purpose to serve the world with the Sound Healing in order to enhance one’s well being and reawaken the population to our maximum potential. His central source of sound is currently the 32” Saturn Gong, which is tuned to the planet Saturn and activates the Third Eye Chakra, an energy center that increases our vision, focus, intuition, guidance, readiness, and awareness of all things divine. By activating this energy center through sound, we are able to get clarity on our endeavors, expand our vision beyond perceived limitations, and strengthen our trust and intuition in our actions that manifest our dreams into reality.

 

Meet our Plant-Based Chef

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Divine Maitland-Smith is my awesome sister and has been passionate about food for years! She has recently found her love for creating plant-based dishes, which obviously makes me melt! ❤ She finds excitement experimenting with vegetables and herbs, and believes in compassionate cooking.

Divine will be cooking up delicious soul food to fill our bellies after each relaxing sound healing session.

This will be an unforgettable experience!

 

Tickets are 1500 PHP OR 1600 PHP with car service OR 3000 PHP for both days with car service included.

Click your chosen link to purchase your tickets! -> Eventbee | Eventbrite

*** If you are interested in staying at Soul Sierra on Saturday night, both events are inclusive and the price, including 2 meals for one person is 7500 PHP / for two people 12000 PHP

AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER only happening this July! ***

Please email us at retreats@soulsierra.ph if this interests you as we have limited rooms!

Follow Soul Sierra on Instagram and Facebook to stay posted on more of our events 🙂

 

 

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Hi, Everyone!

I’m so excited to share this with you! Our family home is now, Soul Sierra – the wellness place ❤

We are opening our doors this Friday for our first ever wellness retreat, BE PRESENT 4 Days & 3 Nights Boutique Retreat!

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It all happened so quickly thanks to, Grant Kellogg, who is one of our facilitators flying in from Bali. I met Grant in April, on my first day in Ubud, Bali. I know everyone who’s been around him can agree that he sparks a bright light in your heart, and I cannot wait to have you all meet him!

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Another amazing yogi who will be joining us is, Jonah Kest. He will be facilitating beautiful and innovative yoga classes for us during the retreat, as well as for our weekend events (I will share those, shortly).

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Apart from the 4 day retreat, we also have 2 afternoon events that will integrate with the retreat. These events are open to all:

  • Saturday 1st June – Cacao Transcendance 4pm – 7pm

 A Cacao Ceremony full of love, inspiration and oneness held by Grant Kellogg, followed by an enchanting Ecstatic Dance session with music by Divine Maitland-Smith.

 Ecstatic Dance is where you can let go and free your body through movement. Everyday we lead our bodies to do things we ‘need to do’, but what about letting our bodies lead us? Give this time to listen to your Self. Allow your body to flow which ever way it wants, letting go of judgement and fear. This is a safe place for transformation, healing, and releasing blockages or emotions. The space is open for all ages and all beings with an open heart and mind. We are all here together on our own journeys but we forget that we are all here as One.

Join us as we drink cacao and transcend into the depths of our souls.

Rules:

– Honor the space by not talking or taking photos/videos

– Embrace the dance space as sacred and safe

– Enjoy the journey. (If you can get out of your head and into your heart with your movement, you will have an amazing experience)

What to expect:

– Delicious cacao!

– Water and fruit

– Wear comfortable clothes and please bring swimwear, towels, and a change of clothes incase of rain as we will continue to dance

– There may be congestion by Temple of Leah, so please schedule to arrive by 4PM

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Purchase tickets HERE.

 

  • Sunday 2nd June – New Moon Chocolate Yoga 4pm – 7pm

 A Cacao Ceremony for manifestation and empowerment held by Grant Kellogg, followed by a Hip Hop Vinyasa class by Jonah Kest.

 A beautiful sunset yoga session in the luscious mountains of Cebu City with an extremely skilled yogis. You won’t want to miss this session! Let go of any distractions and give this time for yourself by focusing on the present and on what’s happening on your mat. This is the time to let go of self-doubt and fear, and become the best version of yourself. Through yoga and breath, we can connect to the Source and remember the power we have within us.

What to expect:

– Delicious cacao!

– Water and fruit

– Wear comfortable yoga or gym clothes

– Please bring a yoga mat. If you don’t have one there will be mats available

– There may be congestion by Temple of Leah, so please schedule to arrive by 4PM

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Purchase tickets HERE.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! Please do share ❤

I hope to see you this weekend or at our future retreats and events! Please follow Soul Sierra on Facebook and Instagram to see more photos of the wellness place and stay posted.

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Namaste.

TranscenDANCED in Asmara

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What an enlightening experience!!!

I was so nervous on Saturday morning, I kept going through all the things I wanted to say during the event. PLUS it was my sister’s birthday so I wanted to make sure she was having a good time.

The weather was beautiful that day, and Asmarawas ready for us to set up when we arrived at 9 15. When people started arriving, I was surprised to see so many new faces, and even familiar faces of friends who I did not expect to see at the event. It was a wonderful feeling :] We started by sitting in a circle, explaining the event, the rules and, what to expect during the dance. There were about 20 of us, most of which have never experienced ecstatic dance before. We started by stretching and shaking our bodies to get warmed up, and then we brought our attention to the breath. So it began…

Transcendance DO’S:

✅ You are FREE to express yourself
✅ Free to move or just mediate on the side or do yoga
✅ No need to follow steps
✅ Parents can bring their kids

Transcendance DONT’S:
❌ No shoes
❌ No alcohol
❌ No drugs
❌ No phones/cameras
❌ No talking in the space

Unfortunately I don’t have any more photos or videos to post just yet, but I will get a few to share with you all soon! Since it was our first time we decided to document some parts of the event, that way others can get an idea of what the experience is all about, and hopefully, join in next time!

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This was only my 3rd ecstatic dance experience and although I was worrying about how people were going to react, I was beautifully surprised and happy to see that everyone was so open and receptive to the music and to the movement. I loved catching people in the eyes and then smiling at them, I loved seeing people full of joy and letting go of judgments, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in that space together where we were all embracing the moment and becoming one. I felt emotional and fulfilled.

After about an hour, the music leaded us to shavasana and then we came together for the sharing circle. This was when my heart grew and melted. Everyone shared very kind words about the event, but most importantly, shared their personal experience without fear. I thrive on openness and oneness, and that was given to me last Saturday morning, HASHTAG BLESSED! Haha… :-p . I saw myself in each person and felt so connected to them, to my surroundings, and to my body and soul. We then surprised Divine with a birthday cake :] It was delightful to see her so happy as this was only the second time for her to DJ ecstatic dance music. She did a great job by the way, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister!

I’m very grateful to Princess and Jangee for inviting me to start this movement with them, and very thankful for my sister and boyfriend for being so supportive of my ventures. Thank you Asmara for the venue! We are very excited for the future of Transcendance! Please stay tuned on my facebook page for the upcoming events.

Namaste ❤

 

Animals Rights March 2018

I would just like to share this important event coming up on 25th August.

As you all know, I am an animals rights activist/ vegan ninja 😛 and I am so happy that I will be a part of this year’s Animal Rights March. I can’t wait to be around such compassionate people and, of course to meet other vegans in the country! If you’re joining, do let me know, I would love to meet you! Just shoot me a message on Instagram @kymberlymaitlandsmith.

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UNITE FOR THE ANIMALS!

The Official Animal Rights March is an annual vegan march founded by UK animal rights organisation Surge. The march began in London in 2016 with 2,500 vegans and in 2017 the march doubled to 5,000 vegans marching for animal liberation through London. In 2018, we’re bringing The Official Animal Rights March to the Philippines in order to spread the message of animal liberation across the globe.

In order to make this march succeed, we need your help. Invite your friends, tell every vegan you meet, this is the day where we unite, where we stand up, rise up and say no more, not in our name.

The future is vegan, but we must continue to speak out on behalf of the animals until the day that their suffering ends.

Save the date, spread the word – and let’s make history for the animals.

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Assembly Point: Andres Bonifacio Shrine
Assembly Time: 11am
Route of March: Taft Avenue – Quirino Avenue – Mabini Street
Length/Duration: 6 kilometers/2.5 – 3 hours
End Point: Parade Ground, Quirino Grandstand

Here are a few reminders to help you get ready!

We are encouraging all participants to unify in wearing black shirts on the day of the march. Any writing on it would preferably have a message relevant to animal rights and veganism. This is an animal rights event, so please DON’T WEAR any animal-derived clothing (e.g., leather, fur, silk, down, suede and wool) and please DON’T BRING AND EAT any animal-derived “food”/beverages (e.g., meat, fish, honey, dairy, and eggs) during the march.

WHAT TO BRING:
* Signs/placards/banners/flags (with animal rights/vegan messages)
* Drinking water using reusable bottles
* Umbrella
* Megaphone, drums/percussion, whistle (if you have one)

We also advice you not to bring your animal companion because the activity might stress them out.

See you all on August 25 at Andres Bonifacio Shrine, Manila!

Metro Society’s SUMMER SOUL at AZURE

 The day of the Summer Soul event had arrived! Not only were we there to celebrate Metro Channel, but we also came together to support Crimson’s campaign, ‘Adopt a Clam’ to help keep our oceans protected.  I was very excited to see what was in store for the evening.

With an all white dress code, I had prepared myself by designing and creating outfits for myself, my sister and two of my girlfriends. It was my first time making outfits for an event so I was very excited to see everyone in their SOLTI custom designs!

At about 3pm, Krishtal and I headed to Crimson so we could start getting dolled up. Here is a video of us using the awesome KISS Instawave hair curler for the first time. To be honest, it took a few minutes to get used to, plus I just had my hair cut shorter! BUT, it definitely worked and it makes curling your hair so much easier :]

After an hour of hair and make up, it was time to shine. My ladies rocked my SOLTI custom designs, the weather was perfect, and the set up at Azure was stunning. We couldn’t have asked for more!

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The garden was flowing with lovely people in white, refreshing cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. We mingled with our fellow Cebuanos and then headed to the benefit dinner on the beach.

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Everything looked enchanting with blue lights, decor and floral centre pieces. There was a buffet with a delicious variety of cuisines, and even though I joined in on the feast, Azure still spoiled me with my very own vegan plate!

img_8347-1Summer-Soul-party-hosts-Joey-Mead-and-Tim-YapThe hosts for the evening, Joey & Tim presented us with the first episode of Metro Channel’s new show starring Maggie Wilson and Marc Nelson called, Beached.

The evening was full of food, wine and great company, but what topped it off for me were the number of adopted clams! My friends and I even adopted one :] The campaign was definitely a success and marine life advocates were more than pleased. Thank you, Crimson for helping protect our clams! Readers, its time to adopt yours, too!

More about campaign from the Crimson website:

The 8-hectare marine reserve hosts 98 juvenile Tridacna or Giant Clams, first introduced in 2nd December 2016 in the reserve to allow a safe and conducive area to grow and develop. Because the protected area has a strict no-take implementation, continues monitoring by a marine biologist and various other protective measures, these Tridacna have found a good habitat in the resort’s foreshore.

The first of its kind in Cebu, Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan is putting up for adoption the 98 Tridacna or Giant Clams for a year. By adopting one of these clams, you will be contributing to its protection and growth.

In June, a scheduled tagging activity will be conducted to fully monitor the growth, movement and development of these clams.

To adopt a clam, please contact info.mactan@crimsonhotel.com.

The night ended with summer beats and more mingling. Everything was truly perfect. Thank you Metro and Crimson for delightful event!

P.S. If you would like to customize your swimwear or have an outfit designed by me, please contact me at staysolti@gmail.com 🌷 I located in Cebu and all of my designs are handmade. Thank you!

Metro Society’s SUMMER SOUL Cruise

Metro Society’s SUMMER SOUL Cruise

 On the 27th April 2018, Metro Society hosted a banca (boating) cruise just off Crimson Resort & Spa, Cebu in celebration of their new shows and channel, Metro Channel. We enjoyed the breeze and beautiful sunset with Metro’s celebrities, Joey Mead King, Tim Yap, Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Marc Nelson, and Tricia Centenera, while sipping tropical margaritas by Cointreau. I was definitely starstrucked!

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With my dear friends, Krishtal Freeland & Marc Nelson.

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Getting cozy with Metro’s Editor in Chief, Raul Manzano and Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry.

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Wearing a multiway top by SOLTI Activewear and a Tommy Hilfiger watch.

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Finally got to meet my woman crush, Maggie Wilson! She such a lovely person, I’m very thankful.

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After a few margaritas and lots of laugher and photos, we headed back to Crimson’s Spanish restaurant by Chef Chele Gonzalez, Enye. This was a cruise to remember!

 

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 We continued the evening at Enye with some wine and great company. I finally got to meet Joey Mead King as she didn’t make it to the cruise, and wow was she funny! I loved getting to know the Metro crew. They were so much fun to be with!

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Cherry tomato salad with caramelised onions and balsamic sago!

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Beetroot salad

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Roasted asparagus, zucchini and mushroom

Thank you for customising vegan meals for me, chef! Each dish was simple yet so delicious. Very grateful, thank you ❤

It was a great day. More to come!

My 2017 Euro Trip – Mia & Jacque’s Wedding in Roscoff

My 2017 Euro Trip – Mia & Jacque’s Wedding in Roscoff

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Mike and I traveled from Paris to Roscoff on a train the next morning. It was about a 5 hour trip and was actually quite pleasant and simple to do. On that evening, the welcome garden party of Mia & Jacques was held. The event was at Jacques family home in Roscoff, and it was sublimely beautiful.

 

This wedding weekend definitely brought the most Filipinos Roscoff had ever seen, hahaha. It was great to be with friends on that side of the world, and meeting Jacques’s family was a delight. Mia and Jacques had a great crowd; from their childhood pals to their college friends, everyone was wonderful.


Here are some photos of the beautiful view that surrounded Roscoff, taken with my Fujifilm X-T20.

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Sight seeing and walking around town before the wedding. The weather was perfect; sun was out and the winds weren’t too chilly.

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Look at this handsome man! Haha, I had to do a quick shot of him in his Topshop suit and Zara tie ;-] Oh don’t we tidy up nicely?

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The only perk of arriving late to a wedding ceremony!

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Got a little emotional! Mia looked perfect in her very own Mia Arcenas wedding gown.

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The ceremony was held in the Church of Our Lady of Croaz Batz, from the 16th century. It was quaint, charming and very elegant, perfect for Mia and Jacques.

 

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Our beautifully packaged giveaways and table arrangements.

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Our mandatory couple photo before the night got started. Im wearing a pastel pink Mango jumpsuit, (which by the way, I saw someone wearing at the welcome party the night before! Oh, well. Great minds think alike!) and sandals that I fell in love with in a boutique store in Roscoff. No heels, no problems!

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With the stunning bride, Mia.

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My gorgeous childhood friend, Camilla Guidicelli.

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This is what happens when you fall asleep at parties! “We appreciate you” LOL.

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Saving the best till last… KNOCKED OUT on the bus on the way back to our hotel, with mouth wide open…

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My hangover the next day wasn’t so bad, thank goodness! The wedding party met at the pier and off we went to Île de Batz.

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Île de Batz is a small island just a few minutes away from Roscoff known for their scenic views, pristine beaches, affluent flowers, and beautiful gardens. I only saw two cars on the island and a few tractors. The roads were quiet and wherever you looked there were flowers. The smell of lavender filled the air and all you could hear was the sound of the wind brushing through the leaves. I fell in love with this island instantly.

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For those of you who love crepes, make sure you walk to the restaurant, Creperie du Phare. It is about a 20 minute walk from the pier and is a great place to sight-see.

What a wonderful trip and a great experience. Thank you Mia and Jacques, for having us there! It was a truly beautiful wedding and I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world! Next stop —> Plymouth, England via Brittany Ferries. 6 hour travel time…