Hey everyone, happy Saturday! This Saturday Snapshot is actually on time, can you believe it?

So this week I endured a travel blogger’s most-feared nightmare; my computer crashed and the hard drive has been wiped clean. So my upcoming editorial calendar has been ravaged because I lost all the photos I had taken for them. While I had backed up a lot of my photos, almost all the pictures I’ve taken in France so far are gone, as well as almost all of my documents.

My next plan is to buy a MacBook Pro because I have had it with PC nonsense, considering my last computer (an HP) was an absolute terror. I had to replace its battery three times, there was no internal clock so I was constantly googling, “Time in Detroit”, it was super slow and it had to be plugged in at all times or it would abruptly shut down. I can’t wait to have my first Mac and be worry-free from computer problems, hallelujah!

So anyway, I am writing this from my cozy house in Michigan, looking out the window to see a blanket of snow covering the family minivan and cherry tree in the yard. Isn’t that wholesome?

Without further ado, this is what I did this week. I couldn’t choose a favorite shot so please vote in the comments!

Photo A

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland! While normally I am fervently against all that is fake (i.e. Wonderbread, Las Vegas, etc.) I really have a special place in my heart for Disneyland due to several cherished Orlando-trips as a child.

Photo B
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The sun emerged from Paris’ ever-present overcast sky long enough for me to snap this picture of the castle. Who wants to move in with me?

 

Photo C
Du Pain et Des Idees

On my last full day in Paris (at least for a while), I revisited my absolute favorite bakery in the city, Du Pain et Des Idées. I sat outside on that bench for a while and every French person who walked by chattered about how famous and delicious the bread is there, which is called Pain des Amies, or Bread of Friends.

Photo D
Chausson aux Pommes

And this really wouldn’t be my blog if there wasn’t a bit of food porn, right? This is a chausson aux pommes, basically an apple turnover with a flaky, buttery crust.

So how were your week? Are you as excited for Christmas as I am?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

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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