For your Waterlogue Wednesday today, I am sharing a few photos that I took this week at a random (to me) town I visited recently. My friend needed to run an errand in the area, so we went to the center of a town called Schoonhoven, the Netherlands. Wandering through, I saw that it really was the quintessential Dutch town… bikes everywhere, cheese shops, a canal or two flowing through, and that typical Dutch architecture. When I saw this façade, I had to shoot it. Unfortunately, the street was too narrow for me to capture it in its entirety, so here you have it in three parts. 🙂
For your Waterlogue Wednesday today, I am sharing a few photos that I shared on Instagram this week. I have had fragrant flowers on my mind and am suddenly eager to go cycle around Dutch canals once again. I love enjoying some amaryllis and hyacinths in January, so I had to share some bundles I spotted at a Dutch bloemenmarkt one time. The last photo was taken in the Spring of 2014 in Utrecht with my friend Merrit, who lives there. We met thanks to Instagram.
Many more Springy photos to come, but they’ll probably return in a couple of months…
Two adorable parked bikes in Amsterdam “au naturel” for your Waterlogue Wednesday today. You’ll be seeing plenty more of these, since I can scarcely pass any bicycle in Amsterdam without shooting it, let alone a cute one!
Several months ago, I heard about an exhibit at the Parc de Sceaux. I had already come and gone from Sceaux not knowing about the exhibit, so when I learned of it I made a point to return before the exhibits closure on May 31, 2015 (I made it by mere days!). It was so fun to learn about the history of the bicycle across the world, as well as what role the bicycle plays in French society today (hint: does the maillot jaune mean anything to you?).
(Unfortunately, all of my photos were taken with an iPhone, so the quality isn’t as good as it could be. My apologies.)
1817 ~ Invention of the dandy horse by invented by Baron Karl Draishref in Germany
18845 ~ First patent issued for an inflatable tire, never tried by its inventor R.W. Lawson (England)
1861 ~ Invention of the pedal by Pierre Michaux (France)
1868 ~ Chain transmission prototype created by de Guilmet et Meyer (France)
1869 ~ First penny-farthing created between 1875 and 1890 (England)
1875 ~ Jules Truffault replaces the wooden wheel with a rimmed wheel and rubber tires (France)
1879 ~ Invention of the Lawson bicycle with smaller wheels, but still of differing sizes (England)
1884-1887 ~ Kangaroo bicycle came onto the scene, including pedals and a chain (England & France)
1884-1888 ~ John Starley invents the bike we know today, called the “Rover safety bicycle” (England)
1888 ~ John Boyd Dunlop introduced the first practical pneumatic tire and goes for another patent (Scotland)
1895 ~ Jean Loubeyre invents the derailleur in his “La Polyceler” (Belgium)
More photos in an upcoming post… Stay tuned.
“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.” ~ H.G. Wells
When I wander through Amsterdam, I tend to stick to the canals as my main routes, so when I end up wandering more side streets, I realize there are also plenty of charming scenes to be seen there, too. I spotted this cute bicycle with a fabulously large wicker basket near Amsterdam’s most central park, Vondelpark. I love how the shutters add to the scene, making it unmistakably the Netherlands.
Place des Vosges is one of Paris most beautiful squares by far. Last year it was part of my running and walking path, so I was able to see it in the quiet of the morning when few people where there. I’m not sure I ever had those quiet mornings with my proper camera in tow, but I always was drawn to shoot a few here and there with my phone camera.
When I visited Place des Vosges this Spring, I have to say I was a bit disappointed there was so little color when the rest of Paris is bursting with color and fresh blooming flowers. Still, the lush green and the beautiful lines of the façades make for beautiful images that are a good reminder of me to return here for more quiet moments.
Many thanks to the Dutch students who had just parked all these pretty bikes before they paused in the Place for their picnic.
So cool to read this account of biking through beautiful Paris!
Ahh, Paris. Gorgeous, amazing, one-of-a-kind, and yet.. overdone. Doesn’t everybody have a Top 10 Things to Do in Paris (with Kids) list?
I can’t bring myself to write anything so run-of-the-mill for you. But, even if I could, the entire post would be a big, fat, whopping lie because we likely did not do 8 of the 10 things on our trip.
Instead, let’s focus on a few more relaxed, out of the way, low-key, winter-appropriate Parisian experiences. I’ll still dish on the good, the bad, and the beautiful… I just won’t wrap it all up put a “Top 10” bow on it.
Bouncing Around Paris – on a Bike!
Given our family’s love of the outdoors and the smashing success of our day out in Lucca last summer, I was determined to find a way to incorporate seeing Paris by bicycle.
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My obsession with bicycles never really subsides, although when I’m in Paris I see so many fewer bikes that I end up appreciating a perfectly posed one even more. While there are, of course, bicycles all over Paris, the owners don’t seem to go for the really adorable ones that I swoon for. You know, the ones with colors, that are personalized with stickers or a name, or perhaps with a wicker basket that is to die for… Anyway, I happened upon this one in the Marais one Spring day a couple of years ago. Something about this scene is just so perfectly representative of the 3rd arrondissement.