Waterlogue Wednesdays: Love for Orlando

Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tin rocket, Paris, colorful France, France photography
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It took me until late last night to realize that the rainbow I saw on Sunday – the first I’ve seen in months – was timely and especially meaningful. 🌈❤️💛💚💙💜 The Universe brings us what we focus on most, so by all means let us focus on LOVE. 💗✌🏼️

Image taken by me, processed in Waterlogue.

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Signs of Spring in Paris

Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tinrocket, spring in Paris, Galeries Lafayette, Tour Eiffel, Eiffel Tower
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Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tinrocket, spring in Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg, green, Panthéon
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Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Holland photography, waterlogue, tinrocket, spring in Paris, Institut de Bonté
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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.

Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Christmas Spirit in Paris

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, Paris, Paris 2eme, rue Montorgueil, Julie Willard, Christmas tree, sapin de noel
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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, Paris, Paris 2eme, Galerie Vivienne, Julie Willard, Christmas tree, sapin de noel
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Christmas in Paris should last at least a month, in my opinion! The places where businesses and the City have taken care to do something beautiful all just ooze with charm. I can’t help but want it to stick around. I even had lunch a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant with a beautiful advent wreath on a large round community table. It’s the attention to detail and the tastefulness of the decor that makes it all so beautiful.

Today’s Waterlogue includes a photo from Le Compas on rue Montorgueil, where I caught many people having a morning coffee and checking up on news in their journaux. The second image is one that I found after making a special detour to see if there were any decorations in Galerie Vivienne. I’m so glad I went there, as I ended up shooting this scene from every angle!

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Parisian Sapins de Noël

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, Pont de la Cité, Paris, Paris 4ème, Ile Saint Louis, Ile de la Cité, Julie Willard, Christmas tree, sapin de noel
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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, St. Germain des Prés, Paris, Paris 6ème, Julie Willard, Christmas tree, sapin de noel
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Have you all put up your Christmas trees yet? As an American, I’m ready for the Christmas season as soon as Thanksgiving is over. I just love this season, and since I’ve been in Europe I have missed the pervasive twinkle lights and all-around gezelligheid that Americans are so good at during this season. Today’s Waterlogue includes a photo from the bridge that joins Île de la Cité and Île Saint Louis, right at the heart of my favorite place in Paris. The beautiful Parisian façades are a lovely backdrop to the blue-ribbon-laden Christmas trees. The second image is a simple collection of all sizes of sapins de Noël available for sale at a florist in St. Germain des Prés.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Eiffel Tower Views

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Paris, Paris photographer, Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro
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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Paris, Paris photographer, Eiffel Tower
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Today’s Waterlogue commemorates one thing… something I’ve been looking forward to for the last three months: I’m baaaaaaack!!! I’m so excited to return to France, especially at this time of year. How I love this season here. Look for lots more photos to come.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Red Balloons at the Eiffel Tower

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Happy Waterlogue Bastille Day! How better to celebrate this country I love so much than with a blue sky, some red balloons, and the Eiffel Tower (+ some fireworks). How did you celebrate?

Invalides Cannons + Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Should I be embarrassed that whenever I’m out and about in Paris and I catch a glimpse of this beauty I get a huge grin on my face? Just when I think I know all the spots around town to catch a view of the tip top, I’m surprised to find a new one. I don’t even care; I love that I have a physical reaction to the beauty of this city!

Eiffel Tower, tour eiffel

Jardins du Trocadéro

After having visited Paris several times and having lived in the City for almost a year, I took a trip one night to Trocadéro. I had heard of it many times, passed it on Line 6 even more often, but never paid any attention to what was actually being talked about. I left the métro station, following the signs for the Tour Eiffel, not needing any direction, as the crowd was  headed determinedly that way too. Up up up I went, unaware of the view that I was about to be struck with. Now, if you’ve ever been to Trocadéro you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a photo that you’ve seen a thousand times, but the scene is far more striking when you see it in person.

Now, I have a unique love for the Eiffel Tower, perhaps even obsession-level love. I just get a little tinge of something in my belly each and every time I see it, even to this day. But the view from the Place du Trocadéro and the Palais de Chaillot is incredible. It’s so magnificent, words can’t even express how striking the scene is when you turn that corner after coming from up from the métro.

Treat yourself for the first, second, or twentieth time to this spectacular Parisian scene as soon as you can!