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Paris time… chasing the light

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My days have been filled lately with chasing the light. People always ask me what my favorite thing to do in Paris and I usually say walking. I walk for hours and hours discovering new parts of the city. But lately with this morning and evening light I have picked up a new activity… simply chasing the light. If you are wondering what exactly that is. I simply follow where the light is hitting the streets and buildings. It sounds easy but its all about timing.

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You see this light isn’t so easy. Paris likes to play hiding games with the sun and can be moody at times. The sun rises around 6:15 these days so that means very early morning strolls. But they are worth it!

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Then you also have the afternoon light which is so lovely when you find a hidden courtyard in St Germain de pres.

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Just as the sun begins to set you can find the light hitting the buildings just right. Last night I found myself chasing the light which sun sets around 9:15. It makes for very long days but when the right is just right you can’t go wrong in Paris.

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Let the planning begin!

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The hard stuff is out of the way I am happy to report I found an apartment in a location I am so excited to explore! I have lived in Montmatre for 4 months and the 5th arrondissement for a month and a half and now I am so happy to be able to explore the 2nd arrondissement. I am staying on a small little street behind the Palais Royal.

You may wonder why I chose this location and perhaps some people may think its a little touristy. I am hoping the small street tucked away behind the Palais Royal will bring a little escape and still put me in the center of the city. I was deciding between a Montmatre apartment that I have already stayed in or the current apartment in the 2nd and I literally got goosebumps thinking of walking out and seeing the louvre, the palais royal, and the seine in the early morning light. When I lived in Montmartre I would walk down to the Seine everyday and well to be perfectly honest I was distracted by every little detail, beautiful door, and boulangerie I passed by. I would arrive to the Seine later than anticipated.

Of course I will miss my favorite boulangerie around the corner in Montmartre but I will be closer to one in the Marais. Clearly I have priorities… I cannot wait to catch up with old friends over coffee and walks through the leave filled streets in the autumn. Let’s be honest who wouldn’t love a backyard that looks like this? Someone pinch me…

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Rain, Cafes, Black and White

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To sum up this Monday it would be with rain, cafes, black and white. The day started out with a little sun and it seemed hopeful until the rain set in and stayed most of the day. I have been working on a cafe black and white series you will start to see in the first photo. A big thank you to Costume Cafe today for keeping me warm and dry. If you have the chance to check them out I highly recommend them! 

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Chasing the Paris light

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When I woke up today it a cold winter rainy gloomy day in Paris. I headed to the Bastille market early and because of the rain not all of the vendors were there. I spent time looking up and down the aisles. One thing led to another and I had a full bag. It all started with the fresh beautiful eggs I couldn’t resist. Then I found breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Those photos will have to wait for another day. After heading home to cook and do work I was hesitant about heading out in the now hail that was happening outside. Then all of the sudden through my window peaked the sun! So I headed out and the light continued for about two glorious hours while I chased it around Paris.

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Paris in the Tulleries – Autumn continues

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I have been running around Paris for the last week and a half and there are so many places I still want to see. Today I had lunch with my friend Jane from La Cuisine Paris and she reminded me to slow down and enjoy myself. I am going to try to do my best… the rain today is helping me catch up on some work and edit away. These images are from Autumn in the Tulleries this past week.

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An Afternoon at the Louvre

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On my list earlier this year was to explore the Napolean III apartments at the Louvre. You could spend days exploring the Louvre so its best to come with an action plan and pick a few parts you want to see.

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Paris in Black and White a series

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Paris, France in Black and White a series. Recently I did a collection of Black and White photographs for the new French restaurant in Chicago Brasserie by LM. The photographs are displayed all over the large restaurant. You can put this collection anywhere. I chose to put this in a hallway since I love filling empty white walls with photographs.

Mix and Match any black and white photographs to create your own collection

 

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