A Tale of Two Cities in Spring

St. James's Park, London, in April

St. James’s Park, London, in April

Hello, dear friends! I’ve just spent several weeks photographing a spectacular April in London and Paris for clients, amid gorgeous weather and blossoms at their perfect peak. As always, I covered much ground, documenting all the beauty discovered along the way. Join me now on my early morning walks through the gardens, parks and beautiful streets of these most iconic cities. Happy Spring!

The Eiffel Tower, April, by Georgianna Lane

Pink and White Cherry Blossoms at the Eiffel Tower

 

Cherry Blossoms at Notre Dame, Paris and in Kensington, London by Georgianna Lane

Cherry Blossoms at Notre Dame, Paris and in Kensington, London

 

Pink Magnolia, Notting Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Pink Magnolia, Notting Hill, London

 

Notting Hill, London, by Georgianna Lane

Notting Hill, London

 

White Cherry Blossoms, Jardin des Plantes, Paris by Georgianna Lane

White Cherry Blossoms, Jardin des Plantes, Paris

 

Tuileries at Dawn; narcissus at Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Tuileries at Dawn; Narcissus at Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris

 

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, by Georgianna Lane

Shakespeare and Company, Paris

 

Cherry Tree, Primrose Hill, London, by Georgianna Lane

Cherry Tree, Primrose Hill, London

 

Yellow Magnolia, Paris; Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Yellow Magnolia, Paris; Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, London

 

Pastel Houses, Primrose Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Pastel Houses, Primrose Hill, London (yes, Paddington’s house from the movie!)

 

Enormous Kwanzan cherry tree, Jardin des Plantes, Paris, by Georgianna Lane

Enormous Kwanzan cherry tree and a tiny admirer, Jardin des Plantes, Paris

 

Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, London by  Georgianna Lane

Pastel Houses, Notting Hill, and a Green Beetle in Chelsea, London

 

Rue Crèmieux, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Rue Crèmieux, Paris

 

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London by Georgianna Lane

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

 

Magnolia Blossoms, Notting Hill, London by Georgianna Lane

Magnolia Blossoms, Notting Hill, London

 

White Cherry Blossoms, Notre Dame, Paris by Georgianna Lane

White Cherry Blossoms, Notre Dame, Paris

 

Dawn, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Dawn, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris

 

Wisteria on a Fence, London by Georgianna Lane

Wisteria on a Fence, Kensington

 

Magnolia Blossoms, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Magnolia Blossoms in the 16th arrondissement

 

Magnolia Blossoms, Eiffel Tower, Paris by Georgianna Lane

Magnolia Blossoms, Eiffel Tower

I hope you enjoyed this springtime stroll. And I’ve not forgotten my promise for sharing advice on getting to Paris. In fact, I’m working on something very special for you right now. And I’m currently in negotiations to teach a series of photography workshops in Paris over the next year. Hands up (you can email me directly if you’d like gl (at) georgiannalane.com) all those who might be interested in attending. We’re setting up gorgeous Parisian venues and a dream curriculum of study and locations.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

with love,

G

 

Paris Perfect

Sunrise, Pont Alexandre III on a cold, late winter morning

Sunrise, Pont Alexandre III

Dear Friends, I hope this finds you very well. Over the last month, I’ve been traveling again and recently had the opportunity and great pleasure to stay at one of Paris Perfect‘s gorgeous, quintessentially Parisian apartments in the 7th arrondissement, an area new to me but which I grew to love and enjoy greatly.

Living room view from the beautiful apartment I stayed in, one of many wonderful properties by Paris Perfect Apartment Rentals

Living room view from the beautiful Paris Perfect apartment I stayed in

Imagine waking up with the Eiffel tower outside your window and the bustle of a charming Parisian neighborhood five flights below.

Balcony of a Paris Perfect Apartment photographed by Georgianna

Sunrise over the Louvre and Seine. As I approached the river, the sun came above the horizon and I raced to capture it

Sunrise over the Louvre and Seine. As I approached the river, the sun came above the horizon and I raced to capture it.

A brisk walk brought me to the Seine early each morning, past adorable cafes and fragrant boulangeries just opening for business.

Cloni ranunculus from a local flower boutique

Cloni ranunculus from a local flower boutique

The many beautiful flower shops were, of course, a favorite stop.

Laduree macarons, Pierre Marcolini chocolates and market roses.

Laduree macarons, Pierre Marcolini chocolates and market roses.

 

Palais Royal and a boat on the Seine at Pont Neuf

Palais Royal and a boat on the Seine at Pont Neuf

My walks took me to many favorite areas, including the Palais Royal and along the river.

Fresh flowers and Laduree macarons; Rue Aubriot in Le Marais

Fresh flowers and Laduree macarons; Rue Aubriot in Le Marais

 

Lamp post, Place Furstenberg; roses, ranunculus, tulips and anemones

Lamp post, Place Furstenberg, Saint Germain; roses, ranunculus, tulips and anemones from florist extraordinaire David Martinot in the 7th

 

Sunset at Pont Alexandre III

Sunset at Pont Alexandre III

 

Roses from a Paris flower shop

Roses purchased from the Sunday Rue de Grenelle street market, a short walk from the apartment

 

Laduree macarons, specially chosen for color, not necessarily flavor!

Laduree macarons, specially chosen for color, not necessarily flavor!

 

Rue Cremieux, colorful and charming

Rue Cremieux in the 12th, colorful and charming

 

Ornate door, Paris, photographed by Georgianna Lane

I stumbled upon this incredible door in the 9th arrondissement.

Balcony of a Paris Perfect apartment photographed by Georgianna

View from the window of the apartment

View from the window of the apartment

As I travel to Paris regularly these days, and have visited the city since I was 14, I am frequently asked about where to stay and the best areas to use as a base. I can say now without reservation that I’ve added Paris Perfect and their fabulous Eiffel Tower view apartments in the 7th to my list of best recommendations.

Maybe this all seems like a far off dream. But if Paris is on your list of “someday” dream trips, why don’t you decide that this is the year you will go. No matter what it takes, you will be so happy always that you did. And it can be easier than you think.

I so believe that it can happen for you. My next post will include some of my top tips for making your Paris dream trip an actual reality. Hearing about your adventures in the City of Light would give me great pleasure.

Sending much love,

G

p. s. Be sure to follow along on Instagram @georgiannalane and @aparisianmoment, where I try to post most days.

On Mexican Time

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with La Parroquia

To celebrate my birthday this year, we traveled to beautiful San Miguel de Allende in the Colonial Heartland of Mexico. San Miguel was recently voted the #1 city in the world to visit by Condé Nast Traveler readers and we’d heard many stories of first time visitors falling in love with its unique atmosphere and never leaving. Although we DID manage to return home, we were captivated by this colorful, friendly and laid-back town (a UNESCO World Heritage City) that boasts perfect weather, plenty of history, art, music and culture, and a wealth of lovely architecture. Honestly, I spent the entirety of this weekend trying to narrow down the photos to share with you. Rather than abbreviate the abundance of wonderful sights and amazing adventures we experienced (including photographing an abandoned hacienda with crumbling frescos and peeling French wallpaper), I’ll give you an overview here and share more in several future posts, okay?

Street in San Miguel Mexico

Typical streets are a patchwork of colorful stucco, cobblestone and stone sidewalks.

Door, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by Georgianna Lane

Did I mention the doors? Sigh.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Touches of romance: rose petals in a fountain.

Street in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico photographed by Georgianna Lane

There are no street lights in the historic district, nor many stop signs. Cars (especially an abundance of old VW Beetles), dirt bikes, taxis and buses share the narrow streets courteously but with no dawdling. The roughness of the cobblestone enforces a bumpy speed limit. This is early morning, when, of course, I ventured out to photograph the quiet views.

Door, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by Georgianna Lane

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This is Camila, a sweet donkey that was our companion and model for one of our shoots.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Door, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by Georgianna Lane

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Door, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by Georgianna Lane

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

View of La Parroquia and the pool area at Hotel Casa de Sierra Nevada where we stayed; yours truly in a rare moment of not carrying 30 lbs of gear; Camila, the donkey; bougainvillea in bloom.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Still to come: the food, the ceramics, the people and a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the past!

In other news, we’ll soon launch a series of collaborations and projects with a talented friend, Suzette, who is also a passionate world traveler. Her website is a wonderful resource to fuel your armchair and real life travels so do stop by.

Wishing you a terrific week ahead and thank you, as always, dear friends, for sharing in our adventures.

xo

G

p. s. The title of this post refers to a book of the same name by Tony Cohen which chronicles his life as an ex-pat after moving to San Miguel.

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