More colors popping up around Paris, plus some I just love ay any time of year. Follow me on Instagram to see the originals of these photos: @fallingoffbicycles.
If you haven’t been to rue Crémieux near Gare de Lyon, be sure to add it to your list. The unique street’s colorful façades make a great background for a beautiful photoshoot. I’ll do a post on rue Crémieux soon to show it’s many beautiful façades and colors.
This week, I have a hodgepodge of images to share from my recent visit to Paris. Weather was a bit all over the place that week, but all three of these very different locations are great for any time of the year or time of day. The roof of Galeries Lafayette is one of my favorite places to look over this beautiful city. Even though it’s not very high up, its proximity to such places as the Opéra Garnier give it an incredible look on the city.
The second image is from a spot I had to myself one freezing cold morning in March. Lately, I’m enjoying the Panthéon very much (now that the scaffolding is down), so I love that it’s a delicate piece of the backdrop beyond an empty Jardin du Luxembourg.
The final place is a new “hotspot” in Paris that is around the corner from my old apartment called Institut de Bonté. Bounty, indeed! I may have gone broke if this place had been open while I was living there.😉 It’s right on Canal Saint Martin, so it’s in an ideal location for the droves of locals who love the Bohemian atmosphere of the 10th arrondissement.
When I was booking travel early in the year, I decided I would attempt to see two phases of Spring in Paris… early and a few weeks later. And if that didn’t work, then hopefully I would at least see one phase of Spring in mid-March or mid-April. Well, turns out I timed the first part of it perfectly and was able to see magnolias in bloom all over the city. My goodness, it was beautiful! I keep a long list by now of my favorite spots to shoot in the various seasons, which I was hitting one by one all the while checking the status of the next round of blooming trees. Looking forward to round two in a couple more weeks.
This week I spent some time visiting a friend in The Hague. I had been once before last year and really loved it so I was eager to get back. We had one of the first beautiful days of the season to walk around and explore together. I really love this city that is full of history. I am interested in the city’s position as a home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice as well as the International Criminal Court, so we visited the Peace Palace and what is essentially Embassy Row (Lange Voorhout) in front of which was a beautiful sea of crocus flowers in bloom welcoming the Spring season. There are so many beautiful buildings and façades in this city and we only scratched the surface. Looking forward to my next visit, hopefully this Spring.
This week, we woke up twice to reminders that winter is still here. One morning, we awoke to find frost clinging to the grass and plants outside. The white/blue colors made for a sort-of eerie look across the field. I love it with the dark tree line in the back framing the scene.
A couple of days later, snow was quietly falling when I awoke, though it didn’t stick around long. Knowing the forecast, I quickly went outside to snap a few photos of the peaceful scene just outside the door. Even though I’m ready for Spring, this was a pretty lovely week for beautiful Dutch scenes.
The last few weeks, I’ve been spending time in a new (for me) city, Rotterdam. Before this month, I had only ever been to Rotterdam quite briefly, so there has been much for me to discover. The first night, we even crossed the Erasmus Bridge, which had to have been on the windiest day of all time! We could feel the massive structure swaying.
My daily walks often took me around the Hotel New York on the Oude Maas, which ended up being a great place for a meal or a drink. It’s also one of the prettiest buildings in Rotterdam. I was happy to spot some cherry blossom trees beginning to bloom there, one morning. I love how the pink looks against the mint-colored domes.