Saturday Snapshots 36-38

Saturday Snapshots 36-38

Wow. The first Saturday Snapshot in three weeks! I have to admit that this photo series is dying a long, slow death. I’ve vowed to keep it going until the end of my time in Paris but after that it will be kaput. (And clearly I should never have vowed to put up a picture every Saturday considering I’m always busy on Saturdays.)

Anyway. Life has been really good recently, though my friends are dropping like flies- everyone’s leaving Paris! I’m trying to make the most of my time here considering I have less than a month left. All I can say is that this city will be very, very hard to leave… (more…)

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One thing I will miss? Little cafes with cranky waiters and shit coffee. It’s all part of the Paris experience.

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In the last three weeks I found REALLY GOOD Mexican food at Candelaria. I got to brush up on my Spanish and sip an ice-cold Modelo on a hot day… what could be better?

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On my recent trip to my friend’s farm near Limoges I took 400+ pictures in four days so I thought I’d throw up my favorites in case you hadn’t read the post! This is a bridge in the beautiful town of Confolens.

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This is a picture of my friend Rachel in a top hat. She’s fabulous.

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There’s no point of an SLR if you don’t blur out a background every once in a while, right?

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My Australian friend Fi. I love portrait photography so I was very happy with this shot!

Which is your favorite picture from the last three weeks?

Saturday Snapshots 34 & 35

Saturday Snapshots 34 & 35

Hey! Four photos in two weeks? Well… yeah. The weather’s been so good here that I’ve been less focused on photography and blogging and more focused on friends, sunshine and lots of other wonderful things.

The first three photos made me laugh though, because they truly do represent the trifecta of my France experience: partying in Paris, classic French grandmother food, and random-awesome-event-I-somehow-got-into. (more…)

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I obviously didn’t take this picture, but I just wanted to remember this night in Oberkampf with good friends. I will miss this.

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I finally made a coq au vin! It’s basically a rooster braised in red wine and then topped with mushrooms and parsley. Judging as I only have about six weeks of France left I need to cook as many old-school French dishes as possible.

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This week I got to go to the French Open! It. Was. Amazing. Post soon!

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On the hottest day in Paris yet, I took a stroll with friends on the Canal Saint-Martin.

What did you do this week?

Saturday Snapshot 32 & 33

Saturday Snapshot 32 & 33

So the past few weeks in France have been great, as you may have discerned from posts such as this one. As cliché as it may be, the spring in Paris is just as great as they say.

Hopefully in the future you guys will be seeing better photography from me as I just upgraded my photo editing software from Picasa to Adobe Lightroom! Though I’m currently just using the free one-month trial (which you can access here) I’m so in love with Lightroom that I will be purchasing it soon. (more…)

And if you guys haven’t done it already, I would love it if you could fill out my Ashley Abroad reader survey! I’ve already gotten so much great feedback and will be making lots of changes going forward.

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Last weekend I attended Edna’s Paris in the 50s Birthday party and had an absolute blast. It was such an interesting mix of expats, and there was just so much love in the room- I seriously feel so lucky for the great friends I’ve made this year in Paris. Bon anniversaire, Edna!

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At the party there was a little Paris blogger meet up! It was great to meet Emily as well as hang out with Edna and Danielle- as well as finally meet Edna’s fiancé Mike in person.

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Last weekend we had a long weekend in France (also known as faire le pont), so I visited the Vaux le Vicomte Château with the family I work for. It’s a beautiful château with a long and tragic history, as well as a very cool kitchen, as pictured. Post soon!
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Before leaving the château, I made sure to take a picture of the beautiful tree-lined road that leads to it.

So, which picture is your favorite this week?

Saturday Snapshot 31

Saturday Snapshot 31

Hey, everyone! So to sum up the last week, I would say it was amazing with a side of stressful. I’m probably feeling the happiest I have ever been in Paris (which may have a strong correlation with the balmy weather.) Needless to say, Paris spring so far has been blissful.

Here’s a few shots of what I’ve been up to this week: (more…)

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Paris is in full bloom! On Saturday I headed to the Jardin de Tuileries with Edna of Expat Edna for some springtime sunshine and a flower photo shoot.

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We enjoyed an impromptu picnic of rotisserie chicken while watching the little boats pass by.

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Later, we strolled the Seine at sunset. Rough life, I know.

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I spent another Saturday tanning and chatting with my good friend in beautiful and thankfully little-known Parc Monceau… head here if you’re looking for peace, quiet and impressively well-kept grass.

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And finally, a little memento in my purse from the night before out dancing in Bastille with friends new and old. I probably shouldn’t say more than the night was epic.

What’s your favorite Paris picture from this week?

Saturday Snapshots 29 & 30: Alsace Edition

Saturday Snapshots 29 & 30: Alsace Edition

Happy Saturday, everyone! So all of my photos this week come from my long weekend in Strasbourg, Colmar and Karlsruhe with the lovely Julika of Sateless Suitcase. This was actually not our first European get-together- we also met up last December in Cologne, Germany, to see the Christmas markets. (more…)

Overall it was kind of the best weekend ever (lots of good beer, friends and half-timbered houses), although it certainly did a number on me financially- and if I want to go to Asia I really need to start saving every Euro I can.

And in the name of spring cleaning I created a blog survey- I would love, love, love if I could get some feedback from you guys! I’m really new to this blogging thing and I just want to know what you think works, what doesn’t. Here’s the link if you interested!

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I loved seeing all of the bright, springtime flowers in Strasbourg…

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As well as enjoy some prime people-watching by the banks of the river.

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I’m not sure why but this scene felt quite European.

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Julika and I took a day-trip to the adorable Alsatian town of Colmar, where we tried to score the perfect Pinterest picture.

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And since we were already in Alsace, we decided to pop over to visit Alex from Ifs, Ands & Butts in Karlsruhe, Germany! This is the scrumptious southern German dish of Käsespätzle.

Have you ever been to the Alsace region or Karlsruhe?

Parks, Picnics and Pompidou: Saturday Snapshots 27 & 28

Parks, Picnics and Pompidou: Saturday Snapshots 27 & 28

So it’s time for the weekly (or as it has been recently, the bi-weekly) update!

Post-road trip life has been pretty great- namely because spring is FINALLY here in Paris. (And is debatably over after about three days… this heat is starting to feel like summer.) I’ve been extremely busy with blogger events, social outings and just life, I suppose. But in sadder news two of my closest friends here left a few days ago to move back to England so that has got me seriously bummed. (more…)

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I love the Canal Saint-Martin, so it was great spending my friends’ last full-day in Paris people-watching and pastry-eating there.

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I’m starting to get a little creepy with my candid photos… but I must say I like the result!

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The view of La  Defense from Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

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A lazy Sunday spent lounging in the park. We packed a picnic that involved baguettes, pink champagne, goat cheese and goat cheese chips. Yum.

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I finally made it over to the foodie-heralded L’as du Falafel. It was really good (I loved that spicy sauce), but I will admit that the falafel on the rest of the Rue des Rosiers is exactly the same!

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Enjoying all kinds of art around Pompidou.

Which picture is your favorite?

To Spain and Back Again: Saturday Snapshots 25 & 26

To Spain and Back Again: Saturday Snapshots 25 & 26

Hey, everyone! So I’m finally back from my epic 10-day French/Spanish road trip… and I’m utterly exhausted.

It all started when my lovely mother and delightful little sister, Bee, came all the way to Paris to visit me! From there we made our way down the French Atlantic coast by car, all the way to Spanish Basque country. I’m already missing them but I’m so happy we had the chance to take the trip of a lifetime together. (more…)

So without further ado, what is your favorite photo from my trip? Vote in the comments!

Saturday Snapshots 23 & 24

Saturday Snapshots 23 & 24

Hey everyone! So this week I have a legitimate reason for having a late photo of the week… my host family recently moved and thus I was wifi free for about eight days. Yes, it’s been painful but ultimately made me realize I need to stop wasting so much time on my MacBook… a lot more reading, cleaning and other productive activities happened during my wifi-break. But here’s a litte update about what’s been going on around here recently… (more…)

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Um, this may come off as weird, but the girls in Paris are really pretty. And don’t they dress well?

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I snapped this while walking through one of my favorite Paris neighborhoods, the Canal Saint-Martin. If you’re looking for a gritty, lively and bakery-filled neighborhood that the French would call, “bobo,” or borgeois-bohemian, head here.

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One of my favorite meals in France? Oven-baked Mont d’Or slathered all over meat and potatoes.

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Who is behind these beautiful murals? FKDL, apparently.

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The lovely Alex from Ifs Ands & Butts came to visit Paris, and we had a delightful chat over coffee at the Australian hipster coffee shop, Tuck Shop. I love meeting blogging buddies IRL!

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This wouldn’t be a true recap of the last few weeks without some goofy shots of my girlfriends, no? Whether we’re window-shopping at Hotel de Ville or taking the dreaded night bus back to the suburbs, when we’re together it’s kind of always a good time.

So, your turn. What have you been up to recently?

Saturday Snapshot 22

Saturday Snapshot 22

Hey everyone! Please excuse me for the week-long blog hiatus- I have not yet mastered the art of blogging while traveling. In fact I didn’t even bring my laptop to London which is where I just spent several blissful and sunny days. (Yes, sunny, warm London weather in March. Can you believe it?)

While I journeyed to London briefly in 2010, this was my first time really exploring the city and I have to admit I kind of fell in love. And took hundreds of pictures, of course.

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So, which photo is your favorite shot of London?

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I spent one afternoon wandering around the charming neighborhood of Notting Hill, which you may know from such films as… Notting Hill. I particularly enjoyed my time antique shopping admidst the colorful buildings on Portobello Road… post soon!

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Portrait photography was my first love when my dad bought me a point-and-shoot at age 12 and I have to say I really like this portrait of Julia on the Thames. Julia, for the record, is one of the three French girls I take care of. She’s 16 years old but is so mature for her age- as well as funny, stylish and an absolute joy to hang out with.

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We had fun scrounging the delightfully grungy markets at Camden Lock, which is a canal/shopping area located in the hipster neighborhood of Camden.

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Another neighborhood we enjoyed exploring? The very ritzy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We picked out our dream townhouses while snapping pictures of cars worth more than my ransom.

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When we spotted some break-dancing in Trafalgar Square, I switched my camera to sports mode and rapid fire shot some photos of guys busting some very impressive moves.

As always, thank you for reading Ashley Abroad- thank you for following along with my journey, your support means so, so much to me!

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Saturday Snapshot 20 and 21

Saturday Snapshot 20 and 21

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday. So this week’s Saturday Snapshot is actually from the last two weeks… I’ve been cozying up inside to avoid the grey, drizzly, Parisian weather and therefore have been lazy about taking pictures. On Monday I’ll be off to London to face more bad weather but hopefully enjoy more photo ops! (more…)

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I could have easily inundated this post with equine shots as I spent a happy Sunday at Zoe’s horse-back riding competition. I entertained myself by snapping lots of shots of unsuspecting horses, aren’t they adorable?

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On one of my few visits into Paris this week I came across a very cheery birthday party and couldn’t resist taking a picture.

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I also made crepes Suzette this week, a classic French dessert consisting of sweet crepes drowned in orange and Grand Marnier sauce. For a dish that is considered very difficult I wasn’t too upset about my first try!

So finally, which photo did you like best?