🇫🇷 Happy Bastille Day! 🇫🇷

Celebrating beautiful France today! 🇫🇷 I’ve compiled a few festive photos to commemorate my love for not just Paris, but all the other beautiful cities, villages, and countryside throughout France. ❤️💙

In France, we’re busy with the Tour de France 🚴🏽🚵🏽, a military parade, flyovers ✈️, and of course an impressive fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower and elsewhere throughout the country. 🎇

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A high school exchange, a semester abroad, two homestays in different cities, multiple road trips through multiples regions, and years in Paris, and I have yet to tire of this beautiful country. I’m so thankful for all the friendships I’ve made here and all the wonderful experiences I’ve had and those that are yet to come.
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And a few I took in Kansas City for a 14 Juillet photo shoot! 📸

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Thankful Thursday: Another Year on the Books

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Another year on the books for me. It’s been a truly wild year with lots of excitement, plenty of heartache, and some of the best adventures. I’m ready for more! Thanks to you all for being part of the journey! 🎈🎂🎈

Photo by Georgianna Lane.

Falling Off Bicycles Valentine’s Day Inspiration

I’ve loved Valentine’s Day since I was a little girl. I think what I love is that it comes after (an often dreary) winter and feels like a ray of hope looking toward Spring with all the bright colors and flowers. 💐🌹

I’ve compiled a few colorful shots to share today to commemorate this love-filled day. Enjoy❣️

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Charming Parisian balcony set for a picnic
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Terrace life in Paris
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Discarded café chairs in front of a wall of sweet treats
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Vintage car with a pop of color
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The most perfect pink Valentine bouquet

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The prettiest red mailboxes for Valentines
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Classic Parisian doors
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Pick your Valentine bouquet

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Gift Idea! Map of a Favorite Destination

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🎅🏼📃 Know somebody who just got moved from the Naughty list to the Nice list and need a gift idea?💡 How about a @mapiful map of a favorite spot? 🗺 Personal and unique! 📍 Use code BICYCLE15 for 15% off your order! 🚲

My Paris Story Books Available for the Holidays

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Looking for an inspiring read for a francophile you love?

My Paris Story – Living, Loving and Leaping without a net, a book I wrote with 21 other inspiring women, I have my own stock and would be happy to send you a copy. Books are paperback and priced at $12.99, and it is my pleasure to include a Falling Off Bicycles bookmark with each book you order – my treat. I will also sign your book, if you like. Click the image to place your order and see the bookmark options.

Thanks in advance for sharing with anyone who may be interested.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Fall in Place de Vosges

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Early morning at Place des Vosges
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September at Place des Vosges… with a bicycle

A simple Waterlogue Wednesday for you today. The September sun looks so beautiful on Place des Vosges.

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Broken Biscuits

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Coucou, Everyone! Just had to share one of my favorite photos and its accompanying story…

A year ago, a friend of a friend told me she had a friend (are you following?) that I just had to meet, as she was about to move to Paris. Great, I thought, I love to meet others with a shared love for Paris. Patty and I agreed to meet in the neighborhood she had chosen to live in for the next 12 months: the 11th. Of the 20 arrondissements in Paris, a handful of them hold much less interest to me than others, and the 11th is one of them. I can’t say I know why this is, but something about it has never had much draw for me. I know there are many loyal onzième-ers out there, so please don’t be offended! Anyway, the good news is, Patty – even before moving to Paris – loved the 11th, so she was totally prepared to share her knowledge of the neighborhood with me.

We made plans for a morning date on what ended up being a rather wet day. I stopped over at her place near a charming small park, then we headed to the nearby and newly-opened Broken Biscuits. We chatted briefly with the two employees then ordered our goodies and settled into the front two seats. As you can see from the exterior photo, it’s a very small space, so we were lucky to get the best seats in the house.

Not too many people stopped in in the time we were sitting there, but the story that goes along with the shot of me in the window is one of my all-time favorite photo stories. You see, a woman with the red grocery cart walked up first, and parked her market purchases right out front. Seeing this, I interrupted Patty, and hopped outside to take a photo. What a cute shot, right? Within a couple of minutes, though, a man on this lovely blue bike parked it right in front, and perfectly, too. You see, it’s not leaning, it’s not locked up, it’s just perfectly positioned in front of the shop front.

At this point, Patty was 100% in on the impromptu photo shoot as well, and we knew we had to be quick about it because these customers would be served within minutes. We both jumped up and shot each other sitting poetically in the front window in what had been an already-darling scene, but the elements that came along just made it that much better.

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Pâtisseries and tea goodies
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Scones and hot tea

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