I started this year’s Bastille Day with excitement and in a celebratory mood. I’ve only been in France a couple of times on Bastille Day, but I always celebrate wherever I am in the world.
By afternoon, though, excitement and celebration had turned to tragedy with the breaking news of a mad man plowing through a crowd in Nice. I began seeing photos of Nice everywhere on social media… in the way those of us who have visited think of it: charming, welcoming, and beautiful. I ended up posting the carnival ride shot in the Tuileries on Instagram because I love the joy and carefree feeling it evokes, even in times of great sadness. 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷
Time to clear something up. Where am I from, many people have wondered… France? Non. Netherlands? Nee. U.K.? Nope.
I come from beautiful Kansas City, Missouri, USA. I just have trouble staying in one place for long, and I’ve quite liked it that way all these years. And this is my bike. 💚🚲 The bike that my mom bought me at an estate sale a few years ago for $35. It was brown and had been neglected for probably 30 years. For my birthday last year, my parents had it repainted for me to match the #fallingoffbicycles logo. 🎂💚🚲 And here we are together at a real KC gem, the @nelsonatkins Museum of Art. 🏸 Even though where I’m from is considered by some as “flyover country”, there is much to do and see here… like pose with giant shuttlecocks. 😉😂
It’s time again for one of my favorite times of year… the three weeks of the Tour de France. This year it began in one of the most extraordinary places in all of France, Le Mont St-Michel. It just so happens that I visited Le Mont St-Michel last week and was able to see this incredible place for the second time. Even having seen it before, I walked up to the Mont with my mouth slightly ajar, completely in awe of it. If you’ve been, you know what I mean. It’s such an enchanting place with as rich a history as one could imagine for a tiny island.
Le Grand Départ ended at the WWII beaches of Normandy (3rd image), where I visited with my family in 2008. The beaches are absolutely splendid and yet there is an eerie silence that is difficult to ignore. What a grand start, indeed, to this year’s Tour de France with these two beautiful spots!
A “friend” on Instagram congratulated me under one of my photos the other day for my Huffington Post feature. I had no idea what she was referring to, as I hadn’t been notified of any mentions from them. Indeed after a little googling, I did come across the article featuring 20 accounts worth following if you suffer from wanderlust. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a little ‘catch me if I can’ thing going… no one ever knows where I am; and, frankly, sometimes my own head is spinning from all the moving around. And yet, in spite of all the stress, fatigue, and exhaustion that can often accompany travel, I cannot live without it. And I even prefer my travel to happen with great frequency. For this reason, I feel very honored to be considered worth following for this particular topic. Pop on over to my account and join me as I travel across Europe.
Here’s a continuation of the photos from Rome. I wandered (as I do everywhere) for hours and hours by myself looking for picturesque scenes and vibrant colors typical of Rome. I even wore a vibrant skirt, myself, in case there were any nice spots to shoot with me in the shot. I particularly love the façade photo, as it shows the many colors of the City, as well as lots of beautiful vines and lanterns. Check my website and etsy soon for prints for sale.
A few hours to myself in Roma, and I headed straight for a neighborhood I largely missed out on last time I was in Rome. The Rione Monti neighborhood keeps appearing in my Instagram feed, so I was eager to shoot there this trip. I hope you enjoy the photos and watercolors from the shoot. Check my website and etsy soon for prints for sale.
It took me until late last night to realize that the rainbow I saw on Sunday – the first I’ve seen in months – was timely and especially meaningful. 🌈❤️💛💚💙💜 The Universe brings us what we focus on most, so by all means let us focus on LOVE. 💗✌🏼️