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. It is thought to have originated in Basel Switzerland as Basler Lackerli, a spiced bread sweetened with honey and kirsch and with hazelnuts and spices added. That sounds like a great addition to the Christmas tradition. In France it is known as pain d’epices, or spice bread.
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. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography
One of the highlights of visiting Paris is lunch at Au Pied de Cochon – the perfect Parisian brasserie.
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.
Day of the dead figures make unique wedding cake toppers.
The photographs we took in Bruges, Belgium were published in the online magazine “Two Bright Lights“. They featured it as “Travel & Nature: Belgian Adventures”. We loved Bruges and are thrilled that they loved our photos.
The Grand Wailea on Maui is the perfect setting for a Hawaiian wedding, including an old Hawaiian style wedding chapel. Right on the beach with a gorgeous sunset every evening.