I’m always happy to be in either Paris or Amsterdam when an Instameet takes place, but my frequent travel over the last fews years hasn’t always allowed me to attend. This Spring, I knew the Worldwide Instameet was coming up (when many meet ups take place around the world all in one weekend) but hadn’t given much thought to whether I would attend. While it’s fun to meet other Instagrammers, the routes are not always conducive to my style of photography, so I was thrilled when I was privately invited to attend the IGers Versailles Instameet with a special excursion to the Yvelines department. I knew it would be a long day with two-plus hours of round trip-travel, but the invitation had four enticing sites for us to visit, so I couldn’t say no. Before I give all the fun details of our day (stay tuned for that), I’ll simply share a few Waterlogues from the photos I posted on Instagram so far. These were all taken at the enchanting Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay. This should be at the top of everyone’s Paris Day Trip list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few days ago, I passed through Paris ever so quickly, but still managed to see some signs of Spring throughout the city. I have been so aware of the warm weather and it’s inevitable effect on the upcoming Spring blooms, that I planned all my walks around my favorite blossoming trees, just so I could be sure to return in time to see them explode with color.
Living in Amsterdam when Spring comes around is just as much a joyful and momentous occasion as it is in Paris. Since the Netherlands is indeed the flower country, what else would one expect but to have tulips available for super cheap and bright colors popping up on all those charming front stoops? If I can’t be in Amsterdam year-round, Spring is no doubt one of my favorite times to indeed be there, as the colors and spirit are so bright around the City. Many terraces have newly opened, and people are so thrilled to be outside along the water once again.
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” Eleanora Duse
A few years back, I discovered the most spectacular tree I had every laid eyes on in the Jardin des Plantes. I visited this tree several days in a row, as it was such a marvelous sight to see. Although these photos look just like a dormant tree, make no mistake – in a few weeks this tree will burst into glorious splendor, and the photos I will share will blow your mind on what nature is capable of. I promise I’m not trying to be hyperbolic; I really think this tree is positively spectacular, even as it readies itself to blossom (both literally and figuratively). Just wait!
So thankful to get to see what Nature will bring us every Spring, and to appreciate the nurturing of the plant as well as the fruit, itself.