The summer of 2009, I spent 3 weeks in Paris with my daughter Melissa and grandchildren Eva and Davis. We were thrilled when we learned that our Birmingham friends the Wilsons, would be there as well. They had an apartment overlooking the gardens at the Palais Royal, so we joined them late one summer afternoon. The grownups had wine while the children dug in the white powdery "Paris dirt", played Follow the Leader around the Pol Bury Fountains and ran up and down the arcade. Ethan found the roses in bloom and had a fine time throwing petals in reckless abandon. La vie est belle!
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, lover of all things French ( whose French is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic church and 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 13 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.