• Notre Dame

    Life,  Travel

    Notre Dame

    With the tragic fire at Notre Dame in Paris earlier in the week, I saw an outpouring of stories and photos of people’s experiences in the historic and famous cathedral. Though I have been fortunate enough to have seen Notre Dame with my own eyes three times (so far) in my life, I didn’t join in on the photo/story sharing. However, since it is Easter, I thought today was a good day to share a photo I snapped the last time I was in Paris, about 6 years ago. Although this photo, which predominantly features parts of the cathedral that were destroyed, was taken 6 years ago my story is…

  • Books

    Book Review: Almost French

    The full title of this book is Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris and it’s by Sarah Turnbull, an Australian journalist who moves to France. When browsing through Good Reads I came across this book and it intrigued me as I do enjoy reading memoirs and about people’s real lives. This story about a 20 something year old Australian woman who meets a French guy while she was abroad in Bucharest and then in a whirlwind romance goes back to France with him to live seemed too good to pass up. I liked the book but didn’t love it and I really wanted to love it. The premise…

  • View from Eiffel Tower

    Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Atop

    I love aerial views. It’s always so breathtaking to see things from up above and get another perspective of a place. I have various views from up above from different skyscrapers, from different outlook points on mountains, from planes, etc. So when I was thinking about which picture I wanted to use for The Daily Post’s “Atop” photo challenge I decided to go with one from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This particular shot is probably not the best one I have from atop, but since I recently saw Beauty & the Beast I’m still in that France/Paris mindset! Have a good Friday – we’re so close to the weekend!

  • Life,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Achievement

    There are all different kinds of achievement. Whether it’s completing your checklist at work or climbing to the top of a mountain – achievements can be small or grand. Either way, there’s a feeling of accomplishment, happiness and satisfaction inside. For The Daily Post’s “Achievement” photo challenge, I decided to do a Flashback Friday. Back in 2007, a few friends and I went to visit a friend who was studying abroad in London. We planned a day trip to Paris by train. A little crazy to go for just a day, now that I look back on it, but we managed to see the major sites and had a good…

  • Culture,  Photography

    Photo Challenge: Humanity

    It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do for the latest photo challenge from The Daily Post. When I read last Friday that the challenge was going to be humanity I started racking my brain for ideas of pictures I have taken in the past that might represent “humanity”. Unless you live in a city or are currently traveling, I think it’s hard to take a good picture for this category in a few days so you’re mostly limited to previously taken pictures. I’ve traveled to a handful of places in the world and have seen various aspects of humanity, but no pictures that I can remember…