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. 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷
Just a few blue things for you from the last couple of months in Paris. All come from photos you’ve probably seen before from all over the City of Light: Église St. Roch, Bleuet Coquelicot, and the view from Centre Pompidou.
I had the best morning last Friday. I got up early with a plan to hit several places in eastern and northeastern Paris that one doesn’t tend to go to unless they are the destination. My list included: my old quartier and street (rue de la Grange aux Belles), Du Pain et des Idées for a morning croissant, Parc de Belleville, and Père Lachaise, plus a few random small places for shots in the vicinities. I had hit Parc des Buttes Chaumont earlier in the week. (See it with its beautiful patch of bright red leaves on the stone “wall”?) It was as if Chronos were smiling down on me, because my timing seemed to be perfect. The leaves were at their peak throughout the city – or at the tail end – so I got some beautiful shots everywhere along the way.
Fall is gaining on Spring every year as the most beautiful season in Paris. What do you think?
I don’t remember Autumn in Paris being so beautiful as it has been this year. I have made a concerted effort every day to wander and take in the beautiful colors. It’s especially nice to find spots around the city where the colors of the leaves contrast beautifully with those gorgeous Parisian doors we all love. These images were taken in Montmartre and the Marais.
Last week, I treated myself to a day away at Giverny. As you probably know, Giverny is the town where Claude Monet lived and had the garden that was the inspiration for so many of his works of art.
I took an early train for the 45 minute ride to Vernon, caught the bus (all the while strategizing where I would sit so that I could get out quickly), then rushed to be among the first to reach Monet’s home and gardens (it opens at 9:30). My strategy was successful, but it didn’t take long for droves of tourists and several group tours to show up. If you’ve ever been to Monet’s Garden before, you know that here more than many other sites, lots of bodies can ruin any chance of a clear shot. Indeed with it being Fall, the garden was very full meaning there was a bit less space for people to walk along the paths.
After visiting Monet’s home and gardens, I made my way through the town of Giverny, then had lunch at the charming Hotel Baudy. I was so fortunate to have a beautiful Fall day with sunshine flickering on the colorful leaves. It was truly the perfect day away from Paris. I highly recommend visiting it at this time of year; the dahlias and salvia are incredibly beautiful right now.
Here are a few Waterlogue paintings from my autumn walk this morning in Jardin du Luxembourg. Some of the colors are really vibrant already (see the bright yellow tree). I always appreciate how much thought and care are put into the gardens throughout Paris. The Jardin du Luxembourg is the greatest gem of the city; it always seems to have the most elegant look to it. I love the beautiful pink potted geraniums and – even though they don’t really compliment the pink – the red plantings around the pelouses are so so beautiful this year. Thanks for coming along on my walk with me!
I had the chance recently to get away (in a car!) and see some of the French countryside. I have so many photos to share, but my full computer will be putting a damper on me sharing them for now, so I have a few snaps-gone-Waterlogued here for you. The first is from a “pull over, pull over!!” moment. I got out and shot vines from every angle, all the while looking to see if anyone might come scold me. The scene was absolutely beautiful with fields of vines as far as the eye could see, all of spectacular color. I was so grateful that we stopped there because most of the rest of the vineyards I saw along the way were blocked by fences. 🙂
The second image is from breakfast at a B&B. Who doesn’t love brioche, homemade apple compote, hot tea, and homemade jam in the morning?
The final image is from a beautiful village that we were driving by and saw at the top of a hill, and once again asked if we could maybe go take a look. (Incidentally, there would be many more villages atop hills in the hours that followed.) We really fell upon a gem with this one, because Lauzerte in the Dordogne region was truly one of the most charming places I’ve ever been. I was giddy with excitement that day. We saw so many beautiful things that I’m looking forward to sharing here.
Seasons are associated with colors and tones for me, so as Fall approaches I find myself more and more attracted to bold tones and the colors of the changing and falling leaves. This Waterlogue is a little tip of the hat to this autumn season that I love in both Amsterdam and Paris.