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.
Loved the flowers on this dress we shot in Paris!
Really nice having some down time while traveling. Just leisurely wandering instead of rushing to the next planned activity. OUR TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH CAMERA EQUIPMENT OUR LIST OF FAVORITE EQUIPMENT FOR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY Traveling with camera equipment can get a little tricky, so we have listed some of our favorite tips for making it easier. Take only your favorite camera and lenses use a comfortable cross-body camera case always carry a polarizer use watertight and shock resistant equipment put gel packets in the camera case CAMERAS – Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5D Mark II LENSES – Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L II, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L, Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM Ultra Wide angle Zoom, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II zoom Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L macro OTHER EQUIPMENT – Hoya 77mm NXT Circular Polarizer Filter Hoya 72mm NXT Circular Polarizer Filter SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB 160MB/s CompactFlash cards CompactFlash card case that is watertight and shock resistant Interteck reusable blue silica gel packets Tamrac sling pack camera bag
CAMERA AND LENS DETAILS LISTED ON THIS BLOG POST IN THE RIGHT COLUMN While in Strasbourg, Tony and I stopped to admire the exquisite wedding dresses at the boutique shop of haute couture designer Cleone, and actually met the designer herself. The dresses are incredibly imaginative. I would love to be invited to a runway show for the next collection – I can’t wait to see what she will design next. [Strasbourg, France – October 2, 2013]