Football game day tradition in Santa Clara California starts at Stan’s Donuts. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography of Santa Cruz, California.
Food Gifts from Santa Cruz
In the United States we know gingerbread at Christmas made into a gingerbread man, a dark cookie sweetened with molasses. But in Europe it takes all kinds of shapes.
Love locks are appearing on bridges all over the world. We found these in Paris and Amsterdam. A romantic gesture made by couples who want their love to be locked together forever.
(A list of our favorite tips for traveling with a camera is included at the end of this blog) One of the highlights of visiting Paris is lunch at Au Pied de Cochon – the perfect Parisian brasserie.
Outside the Sacre Coeur there was a food festival at Christmas where famous food providers from all over France were demonstrating cooking techniques. There we discovered the Canele d’Armagnac and the Baba du Bougnat, which quickly became our new Christmas tradition.
We diligently tried all the best french macarons in Paris, but nothing compared to Laduree! Maybe it was the pastel colors, or the uber cute shop, or the matching ribbons and tissue paper with the Laduree insignia, but nobody does it like Laduree!
In France, the custom of charivari now often includes a drive through the town in a parade of decorated cars with horns blaring. The older custom was to make noise as the couple left the church or at the home of the newlyweds on their wedding night, but customs change over the years. This was the couples car for a wedding in Paris .
Tony and I at a photo shoot in the Gardens of the Royal Palace in Paris.
Photos we took at Everett Family Farm – a little known event venue near Santa Cruz. The farm is so beautiful in when the persimmon trees have turned orange – a small family wedding would be incredible here in the fall. They even do flower arrangements for weddings. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography.