Ha, I can hear you laughing and saying, 'Well V finally met her match in Paris and actually got thrown out of a shop for taking photos!" Well that might very well happen one day, but not here. Actually the proprietor ofLes Abeilles, Jean-Jacques Schakmundès was not showing me the door, he was giving instructions to the man who was helping with a delivery that day. He was very kind and allowed me to photograph his charming boutique in the Butte aux Cailles neighborhood. Since 1993, he's kept over 30 hives in the Paris region. We'll be back another day for a look at what he has to offer. In the meantime, click on the link and visit his website.
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, part-time painter, lover of all things French ( whose français is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic art museum volunteer, grateful community volunteer, and grandmother to 5 delightful grandchildren.
I fell in love with Paris in March 2007. It was as the French say, le coup de foudre : love at first sight. As a result of that trip, my photography took another direction. Since that time I have pursued a career of sorts in photography and dreamed of returning to the City of Light. November 2008 found me strolling the streets of Paris once again. My first visit I was so overwhelmed with the incredible beauty of the city, I photographed it as a "tourist". In 2008 I returned and I looked at the city with more of a photographer's eye. I wanted to capture the unique, the small details, and oh yes - the people! This blog was started as a photo diary of that trip, but I have been most fortunate to return to the city j'adore 9 times since. Each time I leave, I wipe a tear and start planning my list for the next trip. Paris may well be a moveable feast, but I think it's best savored in person! Someone told me that once you have been to Paris, you will leave a piece of your heart. I left mine right there, but I brought home some wonderful memories. It is my pleasure to share them with you.