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!

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?

Saturday Snapshot 19

Saturday Snapshot 19

Late again, sorry!

The girls were home sick for the entire week so I barely left the house- lame. Luckily I still got to enjoy Saturday strolling around Le Marais, which is my favorite neighborhood in the world in Paris.

So, readers, which picture do you like best?

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Golden, fragrant rotisserie chicken on the side of the street will always make me happy. I heart France.

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Roses all over the sidewalk? Are you trying to seduce me, Paris?

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Le Marais is so full of little surprises: street art, baroque architecture and random statues included. And for once, blue skies.

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Though the Bastille is one of my least favorite neighborhoods in Paris, I headed here to watch some English-language films and grab a few drinks with a friend. Not a bad way to finish off a perfect day in Paris.

What did you do this weekend? 

Saturday Snapshot 18

Saturday Snapshot 18

Hey, everyone! I hope you all have been doing great. I’ve been… well, I’ve had a tough week due to some problems with my job here. But it seems I have resolved everything so no more tears. And I’m sorry to be vague-blog but I really do think things are looking up!

So this week I barely took any photos- I think all of that Istanbul coverage (which you will see more of very soon!) wore me out photographically. Here are a few iPod-snapshots of what’s been going around in my adorable little town…

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Valentine’s Day is coming and all the florists are preparing their wares! The streets smell really, really good these days.

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There were lots of blue skies this week, and I have to admit I’ve never felt like such a sun-worshipper… I swear I will never take good weather for granted again.

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I love this guy- he sits in the plaza everyday selling his Nutella crêpes and chatting with the townspeople, and wears a different hat everyday! (They’re all fabulous but my favorite is his cowboy hat. Yee-haw.)

So which photo do you like best this week? For more of my town check out my #OnlyIn feature with Jessica from Curiosity Travels!