Hello, dear friends,
Thank you so much for your comments on my last post. As promised, here are as many photos of springtime pink in Paris as I could gather up to share with you! When I arrived at the beginning of the month, the Kwanzan cherry trees at Notre Dame were at their peak (the Kwanzans are among the last cherries to bloom each spring). I won’t say there are trees like this all over Paris so it helps to know where to go. The cluster along the side of Notre Dame is very popular and I got up awfully early to photograph them without lots of visitors. We stayed on Ile Saint Louis which is just a short stroll away.
Alas, the blossoms are faded now but lilacs and even early roses are taking their place. Europe has had such a warm and early spring, the blooms seem to come and go nearly overnight.
I’ve posted some Paris videos on my Instagram account, too. And if you’ve been following along there, you’ll know my sister and I had some wonderful weekend adventures in Amsterdam and Keukenhof Gardens, which I will share here soon. She’s rekindled her love of photography and captured many exceptional images herself.
But yesterday I left Paris for a bit to spend the weekend in another marvelous city, actually my favorite of all, to celebrate D’s birthday. We’ve been traveling in different directions for months so are looking forward to a little getaway together.
I hope these images bring you some happy moments. I’m posting rather on the fly these days and with sometimes unreliable internet from trains and so forth, but I do appreciate your visits and comments. Please forgive me taking a long time to reply to you. Until then, more photos will be coming!
Wishing you a joyful weekend.
Hello, dear friends,
Yes, I’m traveling again with a very busy itinerary this time. While here in Paris, I completed a book cover shoot for a major publisher but have also spent much of the last week showing my sister the sights. We’ve had numerous adventures (many involving pastry and ice cream), and the weather and spring bloom couldn’t have been prettier. Since most traditional spring photos feature lots of pink blossoms, I thought I’d share some of the other colors that are also brightening up the days. But don’t worry, of course I captured the pink blossoms to for you to see and those will be coming up next. :)
Thank you, as always, for your visits and comments. Life on the road can have its challenges and your presence in my thoughts is like carrying a bit of home with me.
p.s. I’m sharing on Instagram more frequently than I’m able to post here so do follow along!
The apartment we rented in Venice this last trip occupied the top floor of the Palazzo Mocenigo Vecchio, one of a complex of historic palaces on the Grand Canal once owned by the powerful Mocenigo family. During his time in Venice, in 1818, the poet Lord Byron lived in this complex, just next door to our apartment, and, as I gazed and dreamed out the windows, I imagined him seeing the same sights – the ever-changing light and patterns of the water, the parade of life on the canals and the mesmerizing beauty of this impossible city.
But don’t be too impressed by our peripheral contact with Byron. As romantic as it is to daydream about sharing a location with such an illustrious character, it’s difficult not to have such encounters in Venice. Famous name dropping can be a full time activity there as at any moment you are walking in the footsteps of great musicians, painters, poets and writers who have been inspired and maybe maddened trying to capture her elusive magic. Just one of the addictive aspects of La Serenissima, a city that has gotten so under my skin that the only antidote is to start dreaming about the next visit. :)
And at home, our property is bright with narcissus and abundant spring-time beauties pushing up from the earth that I’ll be sharing next.
I do thank you for joining me in Venice. I thought of you so much while there.