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Paris - The Medici Fountain- Jardin du Luxembourg 

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Paris is a heady rush: the feeling you get when the earth drops out from under you when eyes meet and lips turn upwards in unison.

There is a heaviness that is etched in its architecture, a solemnity of the inevitable without any consequence because history lingers like trailed off sentences in tones reserved for late night confessions. 

Paris sweeps you off of your feet: a lover so tragically beautiful on the outside while teeming on the inside with fleeting nostalgia-laced promises of a distant, yet familiar infinite.



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This is the Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg. It was built by Marie de’ Medici in the 1630s. Marie de’ Medici was the second wife of King Henry the IV of France and the mother of King Louis the XIII of France. She was embroiled in quite a bit of mistress drama with one of Henry’s mistresses, Catherine Henriette de Balzac d’Entragues, Marquise de Verneuil and ended up with a not-so-favorable view in the public eye due to various political intrigue. 

This particular incarnation of the fountain came into being during the 1800s after it underwent a restoration after spending many years in disrepair. The statues in the center represent Polyphemus discovering the lovers Acis and Galatea which was a popular story represented in art throughout the centuries. It’s a tale of love and jealousy. 

I came across this fountain on the last day I was in Paris. It took my breath away as so much did during my 9 day visit but I was already completely in love with Paris at that point. I fell hard within the first few days and it was a never-ending blush on the skin and butterflies in the stomach after that.

I had an interesting conversation on my Twitter earlier today about the differences between Paris and NYC when it comes to initial visual and emotional impact. One of my open-ended conclusions was: “NYC is harder to fall in love with at first sight. Paris sweeps off the feet. NYC woos.” And while I think I need to think about this some more on subsequent returns to Paris, there is some truth there. 

Paris does sweep you off of your feet.

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Paris - The Medici Fountain- Jardin du Luxembourg

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Paris is a heady rush: the feeling you get when the earth drops out from under you when eyes meet and lips turn upwards in unison.

There is a heaviness that is etched in its architecture, a solemnity of the inevitable without any consequence because history lingers like trailed off sentences in tones reserved for late night confessions.

Paris sweeps you off of your feet: a lover so tragically beautiful on the outside while teeming on the inside with fleeting nostalgia-laced promises of a distant, yet familiar infinite.

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This is the Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg. It was built by Marie de’ Medici in the 1630s. Marie de’ Medici was the second wife of King Henry the IV of France and the mother of King Louis the XIII of France. She was embroiled in quite a bit of mistress drama with one of Henry’s mistresses, Catherine Henriette de Balzac d’Entragues, Marquise de Verneuil and ended up with a not-so-favorable view in the public eye due to various political intrigue.

This particular incarnation of the fountain came into being during the 1800s after it underwent a restoration after spending many years in disrepair. The statues in the center represent Polyphemus discovering the lovers Acis and Galatea which was a popular story represented in art throughout the centuries. It’s a tale of love and jealousy.

I came across this fountain on the last day I was in Paris. It took my breath away as so much did during my 9 day visit but I was already completely in love with Paris at that point. I fell hard within the first few days and it was a never-ending blush on the skin and butterflies in the stomach after that.

I had an interesting conversation on my Twitter earlier today about the differences between Paris and NYC when it comes to initial visual and emotional impact. One of my open-ended conclusions was: “NYC is harder to fall in love with at first sight. Paris sweeps off the feet. NYC woos.” And while I think I need to think about this some more on subsequent returns to Paris, there is some truth there.

Paris does sweep you off of your feet.

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View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Paris -  Houseboats on the Seine

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Had an amazing time spending the whole day with Gael who is the co-founder of a cool company called Rendezvous With Paris. We walked the path that Charles De Gaulle walked on August 26, 1944, one day after Paris was liberated. So much history and Gael is a wealth of information about Paris since he grew up in La Marais and is super passionate about history and Paris.

This is a view of the Seine earlier today. Many of the boats are houseboats and there are even mail boxes along the Seine for the boat residents. New goal in life: live in a houseboat on the Seine. :)

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Also, check out France Guide on Facebook. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here taking photos of Paris and having the experience of a lifetime!

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View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Paris - Houseboats on the Seine

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Had an amazing time spending the whole day with Gael who is the co-founder of a cool company called Rendezvous With Paris. We walked the path that Charles De Gaulle walked on August 26, 1944, one day after Paris was liberated. So much history and Gael is a wealth of information about Paris since he grew up in La Marais and is super passionate about history and Paris.

This is a view of the Seine earlier today. Many of the boats are houseboats and there are even mail boxes along the Seine for the boat residents. New goal in life: live in a houseboat on the Seine. :)

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Also, check out France Guide on Facebook. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here taking photos of Paris and having the experience of a lifetime!

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View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Paris - Sunset - Overlooking the Eiffel Tower and City from Above

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Paris is everything I expected and so much more. 

It’s an overwhelming city in all the best ways. 

On my first day in Paris, I was treated to a walk around The Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood with a new Paris friend, Mikhail and his lovely friends. And then we then made our way to Montparnasse to take in this spectacular view from the top of Tour Montparnasse.

I am posting updates frequently to my Twitter, My Facebook, and Instagram while I am here in Paris (like an awesome video clip of the Eiffel Tower light show last night, for example!). Follow along if you are curious. :)

Not that I won’t post here but I will only be posting major photos here sporadically vs. everyday updates.

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Also, check out France Guide on Facebook. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here taking photos of Paris and having the experience of a lifetime!

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View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Paris - Sunset - Overlooking the Eiffel Tower and City from Above

—-

Paris is everything I expected and so much more.

It’s an overwhelming city in all the best ways.

On my first day in Paris, I was treated to a walk around The Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood with a new Paris friend, Mikhail and his lovely friends. And then we then made our way to Montparnasse to take in this spectacular view from the top of Tour Montparnasse.

I am posting updates frequently to my Twitter, My Facebook, and Instagram while I am here in Paris (like an awesome video clip of the Eiffel Tower light show last night, for example!). Follow along if you are curious. :)

Not that I won’t post here but I will only be posting major photos here sporadically vs. everyday updates.

—-

Also, check out France Guide on Facebook. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here taking photos of Paris and having the experience of a lifetime!

—-

View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

New York City - Cherry Blossoms - Central Park

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We dream of springtime

with our eyes closed in winter

as snow turns from white to pink

cascading down on the backs of our eyelids

in a slideshow of a moment

that is hard to grasp onto

but difficult to forget.

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This is the Bridle Path in Central Park taken during another springtime. Right now it’s near freezing in New York City and I keep thinking that maybe if I start posting photos with cherry blossoms, the weather will somehow become enamored with the imagery and shift. It could work, right?

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I am currently knee-deep in preparation for my trip to Paris. I leave on Friday and it’s hard to contain the excitement at this point. I have been pinning all of my Paris inspiration to my Pinterest Paris travel board and sometimes I have to stop and practically pinch myself because it’s hard to believe I will be there in four days. 

I will be taking tons and tons of photo (and video) while I am there. I will be contrasting the Paris of 2014 with the Paris of the 1940s in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris this year. If you are interested in reading more about this trip, here is my announcement post with details about the trip: Paris Through The Lens

 Be prepared for NY Through The Lens to temporarily become Paris Through The Lens starting this weekend! ♥



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View: “Central Park Spring - Cherry Blossoms Along the Bridle Path” in my photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

New York City - Cherry Blossoms - Central Park

—-

We dream of springtime

with our eyes closed in winter

as snow turns from white to pink

cascading down on the backs of our eyelids

in a slideshow of a moment

that is hard to grasp onto

but difficult to forget.

—-

This is the Bridle Path in Central Park taken during another springtime. Right now it’s near freezing in New York City and I keep thinking that maybe if I start posting photos with cherry blossoms, the weather will somehow become enamored with the imagery and shift. It could work, right?

—-

I am currently knee-deep in preparation for my trip to Paris. I leave on Friday and it’s hard to contain the excitement at this point. I have been pinning all of my Paris inspiration to my Pinterest Paris travel board and sometimes I have to stop and practically pinch myself because it’s hard to believe I will be there in four days.

I will be taking tons and tons of photo (and video) while I am there. I will be contrasting the Paris of 2014 with the Paris of the 1940s in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris this year. If you are interested in reading more about this trip, here is my announcement post with details about the trip: Paris Through The Lens

Be prepared for NY Through The Lens to temporarily become Paris Through The Lens starting this weekend! ♥

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View: “Central Park Spring - Cherry Blossoms Along the Bridle Path” in my photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.