Thankful Thursday: Another Year on the Books

Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Eiffel Tower, Falling Off Bicycles, birthday, Paris, France, dusk, pretty hair

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.

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Love for Orlando

Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tin rocket, Paris, colorful France, France photography
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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: Pink in Paris II

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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.

Follow me on Instagram (@fallingoffbicycles) to see more as the colors change in the City of Light.

Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Pink in Paris

Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tinrocket, Champs de Mars, magnolias, spring in Paris, Eiffel Tower
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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.

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Spring in Paris

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Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tinrocket, spring in Paris, Galeries Lafayette, Grande Roue, Tuileries Garden
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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.

Happy Wednesday!

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Signs of Spring in Paris

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This week, I have a hodgepodge of images to share from my recent visit to Paris. Weather was a bit all over the place that week, but all three of these very different locations are great for any time of the year or time of day. The roof of Galeries Lafayette is one of my favorite places to look over this beautiful city. Even though it’s not very high up, its proximity to such places as the Opéra Garnier give it an incredible look on the city.

The second image is from a spot I had to myself one freezing cold morning in March. Lately, I’m enjoying the Panthéon very much (now that the scaffolding is down), so I love that it’s a delicate piece of the backdrop beyond an empty Jardin du Luxembourg.

The final place is a new “hotspot” in Paris that is around the corner from my old apartment called Institut de Bonté. Bounty, indeed! I may have gone broke if this place had been open while I was living there. 😉 It’s right on Canal Saint Martin, so it’s in an ideal location for the droves of locals who love the Bohemian atmosphere of the 10th arrondissement.

Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Springy Pink in Paris

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Beautiful shades and hues of pink dot the Paris landscape in Spring. Here are images from a few of my favorite places to take in Spring in Paris.

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Signs of Spring in Paris

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When I was booking travel early in the year, I decided I would attempt to see two phases of Spring in Paris… early and a few weeks later. And if that didn’t work, then hopefully I would at least see one phase of Spring in mid-March or mid-April. Well, turns out I timed the first part of it perfectly and was able to see magnolias in bloom all over the city. My goodness, it was beautiful! I keep a long list by now of my favorite spots to shoot in the various seasons, which I was hitting one by one all the while checking the status of the next round of blooming trees. Looking forward to round two in a couple more weeks.

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Eiffel Tower Views

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Today’s Waterlogue commemorates one thing… something I’ve been looking forward to for the last three months: I’m baaaaaaack!!! I’m so excited to return to France, especially at this time of year. How I love this season here. Look for lots more photos to come.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Red Balloons Eiffel Tower Ferris Wheel

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Waterlogue Wednesdays are to share a few of my photos made into watercolors with the Waterlogue app, that I so love. This one was taken when we came across a couple getting engagement photos taken in front of this Ferris Wheel across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.