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. 🎇
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.
And a few I took in Kansas City for a 14 Juillet photo shoot! 📸
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! 🎈🎂🎈
I’ve loved Valentine’s Day since I was a little girl. I think what I love is that it comes after (an often dreary) winter and feels like a ray of hope looking toward Spring with all the bright colors and flowers. 💐🌹
I’ve compiled a few colorful shots to share today to commemorate this love-filled day. Enjoy❣️
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Continuing last week‘s Waterlogue Wednesday theme (because I’m in love with Alsace and took enough photos there to keep me posting for months), I have here a few more of those beautiful shutters and charming façades.
I spent several days in the Alsace region already this Fall and became completely smitten with it within the first few minutes walking around. Although it wasn’t my first time to Alsace, it certainly hadn’t made as strong of an impression on me in previous visits, but this time – perhaps due to the freedom of having a car and having done lots of research – I was able to fully appreciate the incredible beauty and charm of the region.
One of the main reasons to visits the French countryside in September is to see the rolling hills of vineyards that seem to completely blanket the country. Of course, it’s most fun to catch them with the grapes still hanging on them, but the autumn sun would look beautiful on the grape vines with or without them. We visited Colmar, Strasbourg, and many other little towns in the area as the area firmly secured itself as one of France’s most enchanting regions!
Coucou, Everyone! Just had to share one of my favorite photos and its accompanying story…
A year ago, a friend of a friend told me she had a friend (are you following?) that I just had to meet, as she was about to move to Paris. Great, I thought, I love to meet others with a shared love for Paris. Patty and I agreed to meet in the neighborhood she had chosen to live in for the next 12 months: the 11th. Of the 20 arrondissements in Paris, a handful of them hold much less interest to me than others, and the 11th is one of them. I can’t say I know why this is, but something about it has never had much draw for me. I know there are many loyal onzième-ers out there, so please don’t be offended! Anyway, the good news is, Patty – even before moving to Paris – loved the 11th, so she was totally prepared to share her knowledge of the neighborhood with me.
We made plans for a morning date on what ended up being a rather wet day. I stopped over at her place near a charming small park, then we headed to the nearby and newly-opened Broken Biscuits. We chatted briefly with the two employees then ordered our goodies and settled into the front two seats. As you can see from the exterior photo, it’s a very small space, so we were lucky to get the best seats in the house.
Not too many people stopped in in the time we were sitting there, but the story that goes along with the shot of me in the window is one of my all-time favorite photo stories. You see, a woman with the red grocery cart walked up first, and parked her market purchases right out front. Seeing this, I interrupted Patty, and hopped outside to take a photo. What a cute shot, right? Within a couple of minutes, though, a man on this lovely blue bike parked it right in front, and perfectly, too. You see, it’s not leaning, it’s not locked up, it’s just perfectly positioned in front of the shop front.
At this point, Patty was 100% in on the impromptu photo shoot as well, and we knew we had to be quick about it because these customers would be served within minutes. We both jumped up and shot each other sitting poetically in the front window in what had been an already-darling scene, but the elements that came along just made it that much better.