Hello, my friends! I’ve been traveling again but am home now for a good stretch until we leave for Chile in October. Behind the scenes – much activity, new ventures and plans. And also time to share with you some never-before-seen images from Paris which I’ve created for my new 2013 calendar “Toujours Paris”.
The mystique and allure of Paris is a continual source of inspiration and beauty to so many of us, whether we have been there or not. Truly, no other city embodies the qualities we associate with this magnificent location: elegance, style, charm and joie de vivre. During my visits, long days are been spent walking and walking, becoming familiar with grand avenues and narrow alleys, shops and shopkeepers, markets and cafes.
Does it always appear as I portray in my images? Honestly, no. I must admit to you that Paris has its share of crowds and noise, and like any large city, can often be dirty, hot and tiring. My response? I keep walking.
My last two visits have been solo, and the walks have been solitary explorations of a city with infinite details that does not reveal all in a single passage. D always urges me to take a taxi. But, no matter how tempting that might be some days, carrying all my gear and finding myself far from my hotel or apartment, at any moment I might turn a corner and find something magical, exquisite, delightful and quintessentially Parisian. Fatigue vanishes, replaced with wonder and a feeling of privilege at being able to capture, and eventually, share that discovery.
Recently, quite a few friends and acquaintances have asked my advice on visiting Paris. The must sees. The must dos. What will give them the ultimate Paris adventure and memories? Their lists include museums and restaurants and monuments and parks. All wonderful, I say! But what would you do, they ask?
I would walk. For that’s what I do in Paris.
For this year’s calendar, I’ve chosen what to me are timeless views of the city, that encapsulate the splendor that awaits upon your first or your twentieth visit. I hope the images inspire you throughout the year and help make your Parisian dream come true.
(And please do use the code CAL20 for a 20% discount through September, just for my blog readers and FB fans as a heartfelt thank you for stopping by here.)
Still to come, more Paris, more roses, perhaps a lilac or ranunculus, too.
Wishing you a dreamy weekend.
Hello friends! Here we are at another weekend and I’m posting quickly from the road again with a few new images for you from my travels this past year. I’ve chosen a selection of them for my 2013 calendars, the first four of which are featured here and are also available in the shop.
The first will come as no surprise: Paris Peonies!
And while seeking out the most beautiful peonies in the Paris markets this spring, I also was fortunate to experience the most gorgeous roses they had to offer:
And from magnificent Versailles:
And finally, Bella Venice:
The best part of traveling for us is being able to share the adventures through our images. It means so much to have you along with us, so thank you for being here. (All of these are available now here, and to all of you, at a 20% discount through September. Just use the code CAL20 in my shop.)
More calendars to come in a few days. Some you might expect and some surprises!
Have a beautiful weekend!
I love photographing dahlias, for their fabulous form and colors. These dinner-plate sized beauties, “Cafe au Lait”, were grown by Erin and were among the bounty she bestowed upon me last week. Like ruffled, fairy petticoats – gorgeous!
Wishing you all a weekend as joyful as these blooms and thank you again for your lovely comments on my last post.
I’ll be busy preparing several big new releases for early in the week. Can’t wait to show you!
p.s. Clear skies above – celebrating tonight’s Blue Moon with a wave and a wink for Neil Armstrong. The stars beckon and remind us of bigger adventures ahead.