Saturday Snapshot 9

Hey guys! So several things happened this week that I never expected to happen EVER in my life.

Firstly, I won a $50 in a photography contest, which makes me feel slightly more justified in the countless dollars I’ve spent on cameras. If you want to see the winning photo (ha), click here.

And in the same photographic vein,  I started an Instagram account, and are we being real here? I love it. (For someone who six months ago didn’t even have Facebook, it blows my mind that I am now a huge fan of both Twitter AND Instagram. What the eff?) My Instagram is AshleyAbroad so let’s be Instagram friends or whatever it’s called!

And thirdly, today I met David Lebovitz! If you don’t know him you can find his blog here. He’s a San Francisco native who worked as a pastry chef at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse for 12 years, and then moved to Paris. He’s not only an extremely talented chef who gives out fantastic recipes, he’s also a laugh-out-loud writer whose books I read over and over again. It was cool to meet him in person though I kind of lost my cool and all I mumbled was, “Um, I love your blog.” Post soon!

So sorry for the lengthly updates! Here are the photos I liked this week. Let me know which ones you liked too!


Photo A

La Defense

This week I went to La Defense, Paris’ skyscraper-filled financial district. I journeyed there with the lovely Edna from Expat Edna for the Christmas market. I liked this shot because it shows a side of Paris that you never see in movies.

Photo B

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Street Art

The town I live in, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, is one of the pristine and well-t0-do suburbs of Paris. So it surprised me when I found this edgy street art specimen in town!

Photo C

On the way to see David Lebovitz at La Cuisine we walked past Paris’ town hall, l’Hôtel de Ville. It really looked beautiful in the light of the setting sun.

Hotel de Ville

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Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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  1. First of all, congrats on winning the Barrelhopping contest! :)
    I love the first picture, because there is so much to see, so many different elements… and the last one, because of the crisp blue sky (haven’t seen a lot of those lately :) )
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    • Thank you! Blue sky is rare here too, that’s probably why I was snapping so many photos!

  2. A real winner! Congratulations!
    What an interesting time you are seeing and recording Keep on having fun!Love,

    • Hi Gamma, thank you! Life here if anything is very interesting most days :)

  3. Ahhh Chez Panisse is the BEST!! As a UC Berkeley grad I got to go there a few times and it’s sooo amazing. I’ve never heard of him but I’ll check out his blog. As for the photo, I like B best, I love street art pics! And I just followed you on Instagram and Twitter so you don’t think it’s some random haha.
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    • I love Chez Panisse! How lucky that you went to school at Berkeley, I love the gorgeous school as well as the town. I only went to Chez Panisse once but I loved it (I used to live in Berkeley, but the Cheese Board was also delicious and more my budget). And I followed you back on Instagram and Twitter so no worries :)

  4. Congrats on the contest…but seriously, you didn’t get facebook until six months ago??
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    • Thanks girl! And I got one when I was 15 but then deleted it my senior year. I reactivated it when I went back to Europe – it’s so much easier to stay in touch with people when you’re traveling with FB!

  5. congrats on the contest! & Cool photos!!

    • Thanks, Shaun! I was really excited about it :)

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