One year after NYC

Before leaving our ‘home’ in the caribbean in may 2013, boyfriend and I decided to go to New York City and take it easy before going on a new adventure. These are just a few of many photographs. If there is one thing I have learned in the city: Oh my, it is photogenic!

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In any other place on earth, what would I have done on a cloudy afternoon? A good book and some good food. So in the city of extremes.. I took my boyfriend to one of the largest public libraries in the world and try some real New York bagels! I like to see as many famous places as possible when I am visiting somewhere new, without looking too much like a tourist. The Nikon camera doesn’t work in my favor!

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One of the most precious memories of the city I have of the Brooklyn bridge. I have always wanted to go see it, as I have seen it on the tellie so many times.. But I couldn’t have imagined the beauty of the lines and colors that make this bridge so unique.
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As you can see on the picture above, the One World Trade Center or  “Freedom Tower” as I’ve got to know it, was still in full construction. This tower and an other building, forming together the 1WTC, are build next to the September 11 Memorial.
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This view on the skyline and it’s Empire State Building is taken from the top of Rockefeller Center, seeing the sun set on the city is a have-to.

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One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.
-Tom Wolfe

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Granny’s Great Adventure, part I

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May 9th 2014, the day my grandmother (or ‘oma’ in dutch) stept foot in an airplane for the very first time in her life. She turned eighty earlier this year and my mom decided to treat her on a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. For oma anyway.

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Oma dedicated her life raising her eight children and taking care of her husband. Life has been hard I can imagine for this incredible lady. My mother felt it was time for her to take a well-deserved vacation in the south of France. At my place!

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So I was happy to pick them up at the airport (where I took these photo’s) and show oma where I live for the first time. She had never been in any of the places I have lived, because I always live abroad. Oma had a great time discovering all the new things in her trip, like the architecture, the scenery and the culture.

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We took a “train” ride through the old city center of Montpellier. There was a dutch voice on the tape for oma so she learned about the history of the city.

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The sun disappeared behind a thick cluster of clouds that afternoon. Which was a pity because we were showing oma where my boy works, on the beach.

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Relaxing on our balcony on the end of the day :)

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On day two we took oma to a place called Saint Jean du Gard, where there is this old train station and these old trains that took us through the beautiful mountains..

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Stay tuned for part 2!

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Anguilla, caribbean paradise

Hey you guys! For this week’s the travel diaries I am sharing a bunch of very sun kissed photographs I took in the Caribbean, where I lived for about two years. Let’s daydream about the summer holidays!

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In october 2011 me and F moved to the French-Dutch island Saint Martin, a little piece of paradise. When my parents came to spend their holidays we took a day-trip to another tropical island only a twenty-five minutes ferry ride away: Anguilla.

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In the morning we left Saint Martin’s Anse Marcel bay to go to the ferry docks in Marigot, the island’s capital. Saint Martin is a very diverse island where you can find as many deserted beaches as traffic jams. Time to leave paradox-island for a day to come to peace in Anguilla. 

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Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory, that means that when we rented a car upon arrival we had to drive on the left side of the road, something to get used to! 

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We discovered this little secluded beach by accident, isn’t it just like in the movies? White sand, turquoise water, palm trees growing vertically over the beach, a soft ocean breeze and then there’s the smell of fried chicken and baby back ribs on the barbecue! 

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These hammocks were the cherry on top! Snoozing after lunch -and- waking up in this scenery..

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Rendez-vous bay was actually the first beach we had come across on Anguilla. It seems like an endless coastline decorated with sand and blue.

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Wouldn’t you want to live here?

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And then there was Limestone bay. Perfect for some sunbathing and having fun in the waves. 

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On the move: Airport méditerranée

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Airports are so interesting! There are always people with incredible stories, ceilings with interesting lighting, overpriced parking.. ;)

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These photographs are entries for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: On the move.

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Signs

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So at the beginning of this week I challenged myself again to go out and take photos of a certain theme: this week was in the sign of.. Signs! Here is what I have come up with!

Ohh wouldn’t this first picture be great for this week’s daily post challenge “On the move” ? 

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I fell in love with this cute whale car-wash sign I drove by, I had to take a U-turn and capture it!

 

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There is so much going on in airports! That’s where I got my official pictures for the “On the Move” challenge which I will share with you in the upcoming week.

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Remember, just shoot!

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le Pont du Gard

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The impressive ‘Gard Bridge’ is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) long and was build by the Romans to transport water from a fresh water spring in Uzès to the city Nîmes.

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Coralynx’ Photo Challenge: Signs

This monday it is time to announce a new Challenge! I challenge you and myself to provoke creativity and to look at the world around you in another way then usually. Look at the signs. That’s the theme most of you voted for in the poll.

Signs are everywhere.

We use sign language when we speak, shops use signs to draw our attention, restaurants do too. Signs are on the side of the road, in our horoscope.. Or there to inform us about the spices we can purchase on the produce market in Nice, France:

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To enter this contest:

For wordpress users: Include your signs photograph in a post and use a “ping back”  to this post.

For those who don’t have a wordpress blog: Upload your photo anywhere else on the internet (example: TinyPic.com) and post the URL in a comment on this post.

You have one week..

I will share my signs photographs upcoming weekend with the photographs of the contestants. Remember, it’s all about having fun and expanding horizons!
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Back from the Ardèche

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I am taking you to the Ardèche today, a region in France very popular for family vacations. I used to work here and the past few days a went back to meet up with some friends. I admit I fell of the face of the earth for about a week.. No internet, no cell-phone.. It was quite lovely to be honest. Life in the Ardèche is like going back into time when we didn’t complicate our days with modern technology.

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Spring time to me means staying outside for balcony wine-drinking, hiking, lunch and barbecuing! I must admit that these are photo’s of last year but I just loved this day so much that I have to share this with you!

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Happy weekend to you all!

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Photo’s are entries for this week’s Spring! photo challenge.

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Alter ego

“Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him?”
-Bill Watterson

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I saw these people staring at their reflection while I was strolling down the ‘Promenade du Peyrou” in the center of Montpellier. I was wondering what they were thinking whilst looking at their alter-ego. I’d like to think that when times get rough our second self keeps it’s head above water to get us through the difficult moments.

Here you can see a reflection photo which I really enjoyed from blogster Nguyen-Kan from Depth of Feelings.

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Hi everyone! A quick update from your blogster. I have been working on some new posts lately which I am very excited about, you’ll find out very soon! (More information will be on my Facebook page)

And I will be having a new photo challenge also, in which this time you can challenge me! All you have to do is vote on this poll, which you can also find on my Facebook page. Of course once the results are in I will announce the new challenge here on the blog and you are welcome to join me.
Have a good wednesday!

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“Family portrait”

Family are those who chose to have you.
Friends are family you chose to have.

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I am grateful for the days spent with my ‘family’ from Saint Martin and all others that made this weekend unforgettable. Stephanie, Cedric, Cedric, Sebastien, Fanny, Swann and my Fabrice.
-petit clin d’oeil a Imane et Seb. 

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Documenting the Streets: Street Photography Tips from Dominic Stafford

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Photographing on the streets is like no other form of photography. It’s real, it’s pure luck, and most importantly it shows life as it is, in real time. A street photographer must adapt, improvise, and blend in to any situation — and be ready to find beauty in even the dullest of scenes.

When I brave the streets of South East Asia, I never really think about anything else other than: “Would that be a good shot? Would that be a good shot? Or would that be a good shot?” I’m in photo mode, and it can become quite tiring. After thirty minutes I’m sitting down, enjoying a soft drink. But even then, I think: “That would be a great shot, and that would…

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Monument: a photo challenge

This week I am participating in this photo challenge by dailypost.
The theme is Monument.

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I took this photograph on my trip to New York City in may last year. As a European girl I have seen the city, and this bridge, a million times on tv and in movies that I could not believe I was finally there! To recognize places you have never been to and to know so much about monuments and streets you have never done research on.. It is kind of crazy!

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Rooftops of Arles

“Who else has walked here, on the top of the Roman Arena?” I ask myself.

When I wander in old cities like Arles I can’t help imagining how life was back then, when this city was new. All the love stories and tragedy that must have taken place underneath these rooftops..

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This city in the French provence is so alluring with it’s pale sky and colorful housing. No wonder why van Gogh went here to get inspired. In 1888 he wrote to his brother:

Because I have never had such a chance, nature here being so extraordinarily beautiful. Everywhere and all over the vault of heaven is a marvellous blue, and the sun sheds a radiance of pale sulphur, and it is soft and as lovely as the combination of heavenly blues and yellows in a Van der Meer of Delft. I cannot paint it as beautifully as that, but it absorbs me so much that I let myself go, never thinking of a single rule.

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Out and about, Sète

Once upon a sunday afternoon, in a land far far away from trouble and stress, a family enjoyed the soft spring season sun.

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Sunday was the last day in the south of France for my parents and we decided to make it unforgettable! + it was my mom’s birthday!

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I had prepared some lovely picnic foods on saturday night and sunday morning. All I had left to do was put on a flowery spring-outfit and hop in the car. (Without forgetting to bring the family!)

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We’ve found this beautiful spot on the water near the historic town of Sète.

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There is such joy in spending quality time with quality people.

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Hey! I managed to get photographed a couple of times!

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It certainly isn’t a punishment living on France’s south coast. Don’t worry, I will take you all with me on my discoveries and aventures.. To be continued! ;)

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Weekly photo challenge: Upside down

Please join me in my adventure to provoke creativity in all of us. This week’s challenge you can interperate in so many ways. Here is mine from about a year ago. Upside down it still makes sense and adds a little more intrigue.

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Just leave a URL to your entry in a comment below! It’s just that easy.
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Results: on the table challenge.

This is my kitchen table’s personal diary. See what has happend in it’s life this week:

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This last photo reflects my sunday. A little messy, but a great time around the kitchen table with my parents who are in France to see me for two whole weeks!

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Food photography by Ira Leoni

This week we are taking photographs of everything on our tables and this got me all excited and started looking up some famous food photographers. The work of Ira Leoni really caught my eyes.

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So happy to be working on my food photography this week!
[Join me in the #OnTheTable Photo Challenge]

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