🇫🇷 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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Paris, France, bicycle, French flag, Bastille Day, 14 juillet

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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Foggy Amsterdam Morning

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It’s not every day you have the streets lining Amsterdam’s famous canals all to yourself. This autumn morning, I rose early with the hopes of getting a few canal reflection shots. To my surprise, it was a very foggy morning, so the reflections weren’t so easy to get, but the fog that enveloped the bridges plus the quietness of the morning made for quite an incredible atmosphere. I didn’t mind a bit when this man cycled into my shot; I love the movement his presence brings against a backdrop of pure stillness.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Bike Parking in Amsterdam

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My new favorite façade in Amsterdam… with a bike, of course!
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My favorite stoop in the the whole city
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On my way to brunch at Le Pain Quotidien
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Charming Seven Bridges Hotel on Reguliersgracht

Amsterdam again this Waterlogue Wednesday. The name Falling Off Bicycles didn’t pop out of nowhere. Nope, it came to me one day when I was living in Amsterdam. I was doing a lot of soul-searching at that time, as well as a lot of writing. I was so inspired by all the charming scenes of bikes parked in front of cute scenes, I had decided to shoot them and create a site to share them. I didn’t know at that time what purpose these hundreds of photos would serve and how they would end up inspiring me to create a travel photography business eventually. Since that time six years ago, I haven’t been able to stop taking photos of parked bikes – in Amsterdam and elsewhere. I’ve since added bicycle photos from Paris, London, Rome, Gent, and many smaller cities. I have so many, I could never possibly share them all. So for now, please enjoy a few of my favorite recent ones. 😍

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Summer in the ‘Dam III

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I have this thing with bikes… and beautiful Dutch façades
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My beloved old view from across the canal. I could look at this for more hours, still.
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Simply Dutch

More Amsterdam for this Waterlogue Wednesday. Let’s all stay cool this week as the tropical temps arrive in the ‘Dam!

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Summer in the ‘Dam II

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One of my favorite views in Amsterdam
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Bridge reflections make some of the best pics in this city
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Rose galore in the ‘Dam

This Waterlogue Wednesday, we are continuing our tour through summer in this beautiful city. I tend to wander the grachtengordel (canal ring) the most, because I love the reflections and the views. But when I wander even a block off, sometimes I find the most extraordinary scenes like that rose arch. Just try for a moment to imagine the fragrance coming off that thing! This city really feeds my craving to explore every nook and cranny there is. 😍

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Summer in the ‘Dam

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My dream home – and it’s for sale!
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Those Amsterdam façades
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Perfectly posed Amsterdam scene
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Bike parking
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Boat day on the canals

More Amsterdam for this Waterlogue Wednesday. You’ve got a collection of some of my favorite recent photos from my wanderings through the city alone and with a friend, plus, a house for sale that I wouldn’t mind purchasing. Nope, not at all! How about all that beautiful red paint? And the overflowing red geranium flower boxes hanging on the beautiful gingerbread façade? Sigh. We’re fully into the best season in Amsterdam.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Greenery in NL

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The cutest Amsterdam front scene
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Purple hydrangeas in summer
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Parked bikes and gorgeous greenery
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A favorite façade

An Amsterdam Waterlogue Wednesday for you today as I share some recent photos from a few days I recently spent in Amsterdam. In the midst of a couple of weeks of not-so-desirable weather, I caught a few beautiful days with great light and had a ball shooting as I wandered around.

Is anyone headed to Amsterdam this summer? June through September are my favorite months in the City. Next time you’re planning a European getaway during that time frame, don’t forget Amsterdam!

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Julia Willard in Kansas City

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Julia Willard at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

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. 😉😂

Image painted in Waterlogue.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Greenery in NL

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An Amsterdam Waterlogue Wednesday for you today to show you just how beautiful Amsterdam is when all the trees and vines leaf out. And I can never get enough of a solo parked bike!
If you’re headed to Amsterdam this summer, don’t miss Zaanse Schans, especially at sunset. Windmill heaven!