Waterlogue Wednesdays: Dutch Bricks, Bikes, and Beauty

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bicycle, bike, netherlands, holland, flowers, fiets, falling-off-bicycles, watercolor, julian-willard, schoonhoven, waterlogue, tinrocket,, dutch-facades, Julie Willard
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For your Waterlogue Wednesday today, I am sharing a few photos that I took this week at a random (to me) town I visited recently. My friend needed to run an errand in the area, so we went to the center of a town called Schoonhoven, the Netherlands. Wandering through, I saw that it really was the quintessential Dutch town… bikes everywhere, cheese shops, a canal or two flowing through, and that typical Dutch architecture. When I saw this façade, I had to shoot it. Unfortunately, the street was too narrow for me to capture it in its entirety, so here you have it in three parts. :)

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Signs of Spring in Paris

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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Paris, grand mostuée de Paris,  Julie Willard
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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Paris, Julie Willard, Jardin des Planes
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A few days ago, I passed through Paris ever so quickly, but still managed to see some signs of Spring throughout the city. I have been so aware of the warm weather and it’s inevitable effect on the upcoming Spring blooms, that I planned all my walks around my favorite blossoming trees, just so I could be sure to return in time to see them explode with color.

Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: French Countryside Exploring

 Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Loire Valley, Pays de la Loire, Angers, French countryside
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 Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Loire Valley, Pays de la Loire, Angers, French countryside
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 Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Loire Valley, Pays de la Loire, Bangnoles de l'Orne, French countryside
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On my first trip to France, I spent five days doing a whirlwind trip to Paris followed by a homestay in Marseille for two weeks. The train ride across the country and our subsequent excursions in and around Provence quickly showed me that France is dense with beautiful scenery. Rolling hills, green pastures, mountains, and beaches; this country has it all.

I have been fortunate this week to spend some time in the French countryside deep in the Loire Valley. I visited Angers (first two photos) and some nearby towns including Mayenne and Bagnoles de l’Orne. All across the region sit beautiful châteaux of all sizes, many waiting to be purchased and renovated and some sitting vacant for years already. To make use of these gems in the crown of the patrimoine française, some of them (such as the one in Bagnoles) has been repurposed as the local Mairie. I am so glad to see this gorgeous place being put to good use. It’s so sad to think of so many falling into ruins. Anyone up for the purchase and subsequent long-term maintenance of a couple-dozen-room château?? ;)

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Dutch Winter Scenes

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Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam photography, waterlogue, tinrocket
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Today’s Waterlogue features two very wintry scenes straight from the Netherlands. The first is from a recent trip to Delft – my first, actually. Behind this brick façade sits the most Dutch shop I’ve ever come across. It sold Delft blue tiles and porcelain, Dutch clogs, sleds, and Dutch clogs, just to name a few of the items. What I loved most about the shop was the beautiful set up and authenticity of everything sold there. Nothing looks cheaply made, and it was clear that the owner took great pride in his shop.

The second image dates back to December 2010 when we were living three canals away, just near this beautiful scene. The view from Haarlemmerstraat down the Prinsengracht is one of the most picturesque in the city, and under snow at dusk, it was truly breathtaking.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Dutch Love

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Utrecht, Netherlands, bike, flowers, roses, canal, Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles
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For your Waterlogue Wednesday today, I am sharing a few photos that I shared on Instagram this week. I have had fragrant flowers on my mind and am suddenly eager to go cycle around Dutch canals once again. I love enjoying some amaryllis and hyacinths in January, so I had to share some bundles I spotted at a Dutch bloemenmarkt one time. The last photo was taken in the Spring of 2014 in Utrecht with my friend Merrit, who lives there. We met thanks to Instagram.

Many more Springy photos to come, but they’ll probably return in a couple of months…

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Christmas Spirit in Paris II

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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, Paris, Paris 2eme, Julie Willard, cafe parisien, Paris we love you
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I love the scene at Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole at Christmastime. It must have Paris’ most photographed façade, but it . It always looks like a winter wonderland inside which sits a beautiful crèche, appropriate for today, the 12th day of Christmas. Today’s Waterlogue features a photo from the Au Vieux Paris taken a couple of weeks ago, as well as a beautiful bright red café façade in the 2nd arrondissement. I found the matching awning, chairs, and Christmas decor too charming not to shoot.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Christmas Spirit in Paris

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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, Paris, Paris 2eme, Galerie Vivienne, Julie Willard, Christmas tree, sapin de noel
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Christmas in Paris should last at least a month, in my opinion! The places where businesses and the City have taken care to do something beautiful all just ooze with charm. I can’t help but want it to stick around. I even had lunch a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant with a beautiful advent wreath on a large round community table. It’s the attention to detail and the tastefulness of the decor that makes it all so beautiful.

Today’s Waterlogue includes a photo from Le Compas on rue Montorgueil, where I caught many people having a morning coffee and checking up on news in their journaux. The second image is one that I found after making a special detour to see if there were any decorations in Galerie Vivienne. I’m so glad I went there, as I ended up shooting this scene from every angle!