We’re celebrating Waterlogue Wednesday with a little tribute to the stunning Keukenhof Gardens today. This past Monday, May 16, marked the last day of the season at Keukenhof Botanical Gardens. You probably have heard of the spectacular tulip fields in Holland, but some don’t know about the stunning gardens not far from Schiphol Airport where the most beautiful tulip and flower displays bloom each year.
I first visited Keukenhof back in 2008, I believe. I convinced my Dutch boyfriend to go to this place that he was sure would be full of people 40+ years older than we were. I ignored his groans, as I had to see this place I had been reading about! What I saw that year and have seen many times since, I simply cannot put into words. The level of beauty in one place – both natural and man-designed is astonishing.
So, even though I did not get to go this year, I wanted to share a few images from Keukenhof in hopes of enticing eventual travelers to the Netherlands. This place is truly not to be missed.
Celebrating Waterlogue Wednesday with three images from Spring in Amsterdam and a special mention of King’s Day, celebrated on a chilly day on April 27. I didn’t make it to the Dutch tulip fields this year, but I have lots of photos to look back on from my many past visits.
I’m always happy to be in either Paris or Amsterdam when an Instameet takes place, but my frequent travel over the last fews years hasn’t always allowed me to attend. This Spring, I knew the Worldwide Instameet was coming up (when many meet ups take place around the world all in one weekend) but hadn’t given much thought to whether I would attend. While it’s fun to meet other Instagrammers, the routes are not always conducive to my style of photography, so I was thrilled when I was privately invited to attend the IGers Versailles Instameet with a special excursion to the Yvelines department. I knew it would be a long day with two-plus hours of round trip-travel, but the invitation had four enticing sites for us to visit, so I couldn’t say no. Before I give all the fun details of our day (stay tuned for that), I’ll simply share a few Waterlogues from the photos I posted on Instagram so far. These were all taken at the enchanting Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay. This should be at the top of everyone’s Paris Day Trip list.
Is this one of those “sorry not sorry” times? Maybe. Spring in Paris is very pink, but is it up to me to apologize for it? It’s widely known that tourists flock to Paris in Spring to frame beautiful landmarks in the cherry blossoms that take over the city for a couple of weeks a year. This year, despite a very mild winter, the cherry blossoms came later than usual (in mid-April) but were utter perfection, as always. Here are three images from my favorite places to blossom hunt in Paris.
Beautiful shades of pink all over Paris to greet me upon my return!
I especially loved the shot of Notre Dame in the distance, as I was shooting the Cathedral with the cherry blossom in the foreground only to step back and notice the Falling Off Bicycles logo, the green bicycle surrounded by flowers. Naturally, I shot a dozen more photos from the new position.
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.
My mom and I have always loved putting jigsaw puzzles together. She has that puzzle- and word game-loving mind that I seem to have inherited. I have dreamt for years of making all kinds of products from my photographs, but a puzzle was always among the few at the top of the list. Last year, I finally decided to go for it and find a partner to create jigsaw puzzles out of my images.
In secret, I sifted through my favorite images, vetting them for which ones would make the most interesting puzzles. The first one I decided on is one of my favorite images taken in one of my favorite French towns. My trip to Martigues in 2012 was a favorite for me. I took the train from Marseille where I was staying with my French family to go discover the nearby towns. This image sells really well for me, and it’s one I return to time and time again to remind myself of why I love photographing France. I, of course, am also thrilled there is a bicycle in it!😉 So for Christmas this past year, I gave away my very first Falling Off Bicycles puzzle, and the recipient was obvious… it had to be the one who taught me my love for puzzles, my mom.
Even after Christmas festivities wound down, we still didn’t get it done when I was home for Christmas, but my quick Spring trip home gave us just the right amount of time to tackle it. For the first time in my memory, my dad also sat down to help with the puzzle, which made the coming together of it all a bit sweeter.
So voilà! Here is the finished product. I must say, I was quite pleased with the result. What do you think?