I started this blog just as I was about to embark on my first solo trip (that was back in May 2008). It was a way to keep in touch with friends and family and more importantly document this special journey. That particular trip definitely broke down barriers for me. It gave me confidence and it truly made me believe that I could do anything I set my mind to. There's a part of me that knew that already but that trip to Thailand really confirmed it for me. And there has been no looking back ...
The time since that first solo trip has flown by and it has been filled with some amazing opportunities. My photos have been selling quite well and has far exceeded my expectations. I contributed two essays to a book on Thailand and I just recently signed a licensing agreement for the use of one of my photos for a two-year production run of a poster. Oh and somewhere in there ... I'm an accountant.
And now I am embarking on my 7th solo trip ... a three-month trip through France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this dream would come true and now here it is. I have no expectations going into this. I just want to live it and be in the moment. I can only be grateful for that opportunity and curious as to what it will bring me.
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April 25th 2013
I am truly at a loss for this trip to actually write down and say what my mom and I have both done during the day. We went into it with nothing truly planned and to use my mom's common phrase ... we just went where the wind took us. I am normally much more verbose about my trips but like I have said before we have just relaxed during our time in Paris. For me, I've have had the chance to just hit up some of my favorite little corners and discover some new ones at the same time.... read more
April 23rd 2013
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was well overdue for a vacation. Both mom and I have certainly been taking full advantage of being away and have been getting some much need rest and relaxation. We have been (and very uncharacteristically so ...) sleeping in later than usual and we have enjoyed watching French movies as we wind down the day. Having travelled many times with my mom, we both just love wandering around and actually usually get more pleasure in being in less crowded areas and jut enjoy being "off the beaten track". Although being in Paris means that you have to see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, we have found much enjoyment in going through the small side streets and just discovering what there is to be discovered. Our ... read more
April 21st 2013
Our morning started again with a cafe creme at the Bistro Dupleix. Could we be becoming regulars? We then walked underneath the bridge that links the Dupleix and La Motte-Piquet Grenelle metro stations. Every few days, there seems to be a market that installs itself there and this morning was one of those days. It was one of those typical markets that have the farmers with their incredibly beautiful fruits and vegetables as well as vendors plying their wares. There were definitely some very delicious things that were quite tempting including a very yummy looking boeuf bourguignon. We then hopped on the subway and headed towards Les Invalides. We were able to walk along the grounds and see the beautiful golden dome glistening in the sun. From there, we hopped on the subway again and headed ... read more
April 20th 2013
First of all, let me just say that I have never slept so well in a long time. My head hits the pillow and I am gone until the very next morning. I definitely needed the vacation and had been looking to the break for a while now. Paris is doing me some good. Today was one of those days with no real purpose. Just some aimless walking around in Paris. Although there are definitely things that need to be seen and to be done in Paris, my mom and I have just as much pleasure just stopping at a random metro station and exploring the neighbouring streets. And that's the day that we had in store ... We started the day with a cafe creme at Bistro Dupleix which is just up the street from ... read more
April 19th 2013
Today the weather was a little bit colder than the last couple of days and it varied between sunny to rainy. That did not however dampen our efforts to continue our visit of Paris. We started by heading to the Trocadero to once again see the Eiffel Tower and see if the line to climb was reasonable early in the morning. It had been quite short the afternoon of the day we arrived but I think that everyone has the idea to hit it up first thing in the morning. As it was quite long, we decided to try another time and just head towards the Cimetiere Pere Lachaise instead. But first we stopped at the Au Rond de Point and had lunch of steak, fries and salad. I almost had to wear one home seeing ... read more
April 18th 2013
After an early bed time and a late rising (which means we went to bed at 9 pm and we woke up at 9:35 am!!), we were definitely rid of jet lag. We took our time getting ready and then slowly headed out to grab the subway. We made a wrong turn and ended up discovering the streets around the hotel. Our first stop would be the Charles de Gaulle - Etoile subway stop to go see the Arc de Triomphe. Having been to Washington Square Park in New York, my mom had a notion of what the Arc would be like. She of course was quite surprised to see how much bigger it was. We definitely took our time just enjoying the surroundings and the beautiful Parisian sun. We then headed to the subway station ... read more
April 17th 2013
Two years ago to the day, I was getting on a plane to realize a dream of taking a leave of absence from work and travelling for an extended period. That trip started in Paris and ended in Paris and it took me through France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. It was therefore ironic that I ended up on that exact same flight to realize something that I had wanted to do for a long time ... have my mom travel with me to Europe. Although my parents have had the opportunity to travel to a number of places, this would be the first time for my mom to cross the Atlantic. And iconic Paris is, in my mind, the best place to start! Our journey over the pond was relatively uneventful but we were definitely sleep ... read more
September 15th 2012
Just a few photos of the weekend spent at my brother and his wife's new cottage. Very proud and so very happy for them that they have made this dream come true for themselves.... read more
August 25th 2012
A week at the cottage with the family ... relaxation and bliss are truly the only words that come to mind. This is a cottage that we have now rented for the past four years but for me it was my second time there (I was travelling the other years!). It was definitely great to be back there and the week seemed to have flown by. There were tons of photo ops which always keeps me busy for a bit. I managed to finish two mystery novels (I can't remember the last time I was actually focused enough to finish one ... that's a problem and I need to solve that little issue!). Out of curiosty (I really needed to know if there were pieces missing) I managed, with some help from dad, to finish a ... read more
July 21st 2012
I have come to the conclusion that I am only a good blogger if I am travelling alone. And that's because although I have no qualms with getting on a plane and traipsing halfway around the world by myself, make it dusk or nighttime and that bravery goes out the window!! So blogging is a good way to entertain myself in the evenings. When there is someone around though ... not so focused on that as much as enjoying the company that I am with. So this is why there is only one entry for The Fourniers 8-day stay in New York City! Our Home Away from Home Again this year, we stayed at the Hotel Belleclaire which is located on the corner of West 77th and Broadway. The hotel is clean and the staff are ... read more