Friday, November 21, 2008

Viva la France!

I'm traveling to Paris in a few weeks to attend a special event at the
Louvre. I'm so excited to be going back there. The last time I visited was for my 30th birthday - I decided that for me a trip to one of my favorite places was better than a big party.

When I was a junior in college I decided to take a semester abroad to France. It was the best decision of my life. I packed up and went without knowing anyone. It was such an adventure - 20 years old, no attachments, going to a foreign country all alone. Up until that point I had never been to Europe but I had studied French all through high school and during my first two years at BU, so I felt pretty comfortable with the language. I had ended a relationship with someone the year before and I was so devastated by the way it ended, let alone the fact that it ended at all, that I jumped into another relationship to spare myself the feelings from the first one. That was bad, to say the least, all around. Years later I understood that my trip to Paris was not an attempt to run away from everything but rather the only real way, for me, to deal with things. I had plenty of time to think about everything and handle it in my own way, and, in the process, I made some wonderful friends, learned to speak a language fluently, learned so much about myself, took some very interesting classes, had a wonderful internship and lived in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

I will forever be grateful to that city - it changed my life.

Now I'm looking forward to going and taking some more photos. I captured some real
gems while I was there two years ago (IMHO, of course) but I have grown so much in my photography since then. There is so much to see there...every where you turn there is something fresh even though the city is so deeply rooted in its own past. I love that dynamic.

Stay tuned.

Today's soundtrack:

Madeleine Peyroux - J'ai deux Amours

to be young



on the way up and down

a few wishes

the ghosts

Regarde Moi

table for deux

La Femme

un petit jardin


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10 comments:

nadia said...

how wonderful is there room for me in votre valise!!!

...love Maegan said...

Oh how fun!!! Amazing photos!!

I gave you an award today!

Happy Friday!

Me said...

I really like the colored skyline photo

Leigh said...

I totally understand the feeling, it is one of those places that also changed me forever and more of a place I found myself.
I cannot wait to go back there as I also have grown into my photography more and see things differently.
Have the best time and cannot wait to see the amazing photography you come back with. As the ones here are truly stunning that you have. Belle.

Kadria Simons said...

i am so jealous of your trip to France! I visited Paris about a year ago and fell in love... it was only 4 days, but i walked around all day every day taking photos - it is truly a photographer's paradise. This is my favourite shot from Paris that I took: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kadria/2105234821/in/set-72157603727542964/

can't wait to see your photos!!!

Shannalee || Food Loves Writing said...

You have to tell me: is your home just filled with gorgeous shots like these that you've taken and framed? Because they are TOO gorgeous not to be displayed all the time. Love these and wish I were going to Paris!

j'taimee said...

wow! I'm so excited for you! *i'm traveling ot Paris (and Europe) for my first time, soon - and i'm super excited!
thanks for sharing your photos, they give me an even greater sense of what to look forward to, especially because they're so personal - not at all 'commercial' or contrived.
:)

jfrancis said...

Eiffel___
cold steel
warmhearted,
a French affair
with many lovers.

Michela said...

Parigi è magica, una città unica.
Ci sono stata 2 volte ma il sogno è sempre di ritornarci. Le tue foto di Parigi sono bellissime...era scontato.

Elizabeth said...

How exciting! I'm so envious, I have never visited Paris and I'm dying to go. Can't wait to see what pictures you bring back this time.