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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Paris wedding charivari (Shivaree)

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 .

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Almonds at Weddings

Candied almonds have historically been given as wedding gifts or served to the guests as wedding favors.  In France, Calissons d’Aix en Provence are said to have been served at the wedding of the king in the 1400s.  The Italians serve five almonds to signify five wishes for the bride and groom –  health, wealth, happiness, children and long life.  known by many names – dragee, confetti, Jordan Almonds, mlabas, koufeta – they are popular at many American weddings as well.

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

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Colmar France

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The lovely village of Colmar, along the Rhine in France.

Villefranche sur Mer in the South of France

Villefranche sur mer France

5 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 –