Flammekuchen in Strasbourg France

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On a trip through Europe, we spent a few days in Strasbourg, France.  The city is gorgeous.  The leaves were changing color and the town is surrounded by a canal, bordered by half timber houses and lots of trees, so it looks beautiful in the fall.

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Laduree in Paris

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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!

(A list of our favorite tips for traveling with a camera is included at the end of this blog)

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The evolution of Gingerbread

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.

(A list of our favorite tips for traveling with a camera is included at the end of this blog)

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Love locks in Paris and Amsterdam

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Love locks are appearing on bridges all over the world.  We found these in Paris and Amsterdam.  What was once a romantic gesture made by couples who want their love to be locked together forever, is now a nuisance that countries are trying to stop.

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Baba in Paris

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 au Bougnat, which quickly became our new Christmas tradition.

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Strasbourg France

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 –

LENSES –

OTHER EQUIPMENT –

French haute Couture designer Cleone

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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]