Waterlogue Wednesdays: Magnificently Colorful Martigues

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Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tinrocket, Martigues, Provence, colorful France, France photography
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Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tinrocket, Martigues, Provence, colorful France, France photography
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Today’s Waterlogue is from images from my favorite town in Provence, Martigues. I have held onto these photos for too many years and am inspired by Spring colors to share the beautiful and colorful images I have from my day trip to Martigues.

Whenever I’m down visiting my French family, I always feel tempted to travel to all the nearby towns and villages. After deciding on a day trip to Martigues (after it was described as the “Venice of France”), my family dropped me off at the train station and off I went to one of the most memorable places I’ve ever visited. The charming town is full of pretty boats, stray cats roaming the alleys and narrow streets, colorful façades, parked bicycles, and so much more. I can hardly wait to return. This is just a sampling of my images from that day.

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Introducing… Falling Off Bicycles’ First Puzzle!!

My mom and I have always loved putting jigsaw puzzles together. She has that puzzle- and word game-loving mind that I seem to have inherited. I have dreamt for years of making all kinds of products from my photographs, but a puzzle was always among the few at the top of the list. Last year, I finally decided to go for it and find a partner to create jigsaw puzzles out of my images.

In secret, I sifted through my favorite images, vetting them for which ones would make the most interesting puzzles. The first one I decided on is one of my favorite images taken in one of my favorite French towns. My trip to Martigues in 2012 was a favorite for me. I took the train from Marseille where I was staying with my French family to go discover the nearby towns. This image sells really well for me, and it’s one I return to time and time again to remind myself of why I love photographing France. I, of course, am also thrilled there is a bicycle in it! 😉 So for Christmas this past year, I gave away my very first Falling Off Bicycles puzzle, and the recipient was obvious… it had to be the one who taught me my love for puzzles, my mom.

France puzzle, jigsaw puzzle, Martigues, France, colorful puzzle, lilacs

Even after Christmas festivities wound down, we still didn’t get it done when I was home for Christmas, but my quick Spring trip home gave us just the right amount of time to tackle it. For the first time in my memory, my dad also sat down to help with the puzzle, which made the coming together of it all a bit sweeter.

So voilà! Here is the finished product. I must say, I was quite pleased with the result. What do you think?

Colorful Martigues Façade

Martigues, France last Spring. I highly recommend visiting this charming town known as the Venice of France.
Colorful Martigues

You can purchase this photo on Instacanvas. Visit the Falling Off Bicycles Instacanvas gallery!

Refreshed Falling Off Bicycles Displays

Refreshed displays at Center of Life Chiropractic… up for a couple of more weeks. Thanks to them for the chance to share the beauty of Amsterdam, Paris, Brittany, and Martigues.

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Part of the Falling Off Bicycles art display

Falling Off Bicycles Canvases