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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Insiders Abroad French Road Trip Through Eastern France

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Looking for a unique road trip route through France? I took a 2-week road trip through France for the second year in a row this past September and talk all about it in the FREE online magazine Insiders Abroad! I share some of my favorite locations, as well as some tips and tricks for surviving the French road trip (look out for those tolls!). Check it out by clicking on the magazine cover above.

Photos shared in the article are available in my Etsy shop, here.

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: Bastille Day 2016

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Celebrating my second home since 2003!
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Beautiful view from the Panthéon
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Charming window scene in Nice, France
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Fun in the Tuileries

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. 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

Image taken by me, processed in Waterlogue

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Love for Orlando

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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. 💗✌🏼️

Image taken by me, processed in Waterlogue.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Keukenhof 2016

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.

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Keukenhof
Stationsweg 166A
2161 AM
Lisse, Netherlands

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Christmas in Rome

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Last year, I spent three weeks discovering Rome on my own. I arrived in late November, just as Christmas decorations were starting to go up around the city. I loved seeing the subtle and classy way Romans decorate to celebrate. One of my favorite things to see was the Christmas tree at the bottom of the Bramante Staircase. What an extraordinary sight, and one I was lucky enough to get without people in it. (Patience required. 😉 )

Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.

Insiders Abroad Study Abroad in Dijon + Ghent Getaway

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Once again, I have contributed to the free magazine for expats and locals alike, Insiders Abroad. This time around, I have two very different articles to help guide those looking for a great getaway spot in Europe as well as any students who are wondering where to study in France. To access the articles in the FREE, gratuitgratis online magazine, go directly to Insiders Abroad! If you’ve been following me here or on Instagram for a while, you already know how big I am on Study Abroad, and I must say, I studied in the best place in the world: Dijon. Of course, I am partial, but my experience there is something I love to share about, so please go read!

Check out both articles by clicking the image above.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Peaceful Scenes

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Épanouissement
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Today, I wanted to share a couple of images that show the majestic beauty of the places I have lived for the last few years. The first photo was taken at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinderdijk, near Dordrecht, Netherlands. We visited there this month on a freezing day, but I got some beautiful photos as the sun began popping through the dark clouds.

The second image is one I took at sunset one evening while wandering through the center of Paris. Sunsets in Paris are pretty remarkable, especially with the stunning silhouettes made by the architecture. I love how the sunset looks behind the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the lampposts.

Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.