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.
Imagine waking up with the Eiffel tower outside your window and the bustle of a charming Parisian neighborhood five flights below.
A brisk walk brought me to the Seine early each morning, past adorable cafes and fragrant boulangeries just opening for business.
The many beautiful flower shops were, of course, a favorite stop.
My walks took me to many favorite areas, including the Palais Royal and along the river.
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,
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?
Typical streets are a patchwork of colorful stucco, cobblestone and stone sidewalks.
Did I mention the doors? Sigh.
Touches of romance: rose petals in a fountain.
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.
This is Camila, a sweet donkey that was our companion and model for one of our shoots.
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.
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.
Hello, friends, and Happy New Year! My best wishes for a fabulous year ahead.
For me, 2014 brought professional triumphs and exhilarating travel but also heartbreaking personal loss. The best of times; the worst of times. Each of these contributed to me being here less frequently than usual and I have certainly missed you. Rather than delve into the details, a number of which I’d rather not revisit, I thought I’d share some image pairings I’ve been gathering up lately to celebrate my two photographic loves: exquisite florals and incredible architecture, most photographed over the last 12 months or so during just some of my travels. A sort of year in review but only good bits. (Missing from here are Venice, Antwerp, Bruges, Amsterdam and more – will share them soon.)
In a week, I’ll be traveling again and then on throughout the year. I look forward to seeing you here as I report from the road.