Peaceful

Paris, France

Paris, France

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Gaze

Paris, France

Gabriel’s Visit

Gabriel, Notre Dame de Paris, France

Notre Dame de Paris, France

Wishing everyone a healthy & happy holiday season and a Christmas full of miracles.

Along the Seine

Notre Dame, Paris, France

Notre Dame, Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris France

Paris France

Notre Dame de Paris

Île de la Cité, Paris, France

Île de la Cité, Paris, France

Passage

Paris, France

Paris, France

Souvenirs of 2012

Montmartre, Paris

Exodisc, Montmartre, Paris

As the year comes to an end, like most of us I think, I’ve been spending some time looking back at the last twelve months remembering all of the good times. There are certain things you take with you into the new year, almost like souvenirs of 2012. I’m not just talking about the Detroit Blues album discovered in a little record shop in the hills of Montmartre 4,000 miles from home this past August.

There was the starry night in Lyon at the Roman amphitheater, savoring every note of that phenomenal Bon Iver show. There was the afternoon I spent in Music Heaven, right here in Detroit at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, hoping Jack White would never leave the stage. It’s the memories and experiences we take with us as our adventures through 2012 come to an end that to me are the best keepsakes of all.

In Pursuit

Paris, France

Even the possibility of something new can be frightening, but what’s life without an adventure? Where’s the excitement in standing still?

I Stopped By

Just to see the street they walked every day, to see the door they recognized
as home for awhile, I stopped by.

Montparnasse, Paris, France

Maybe hoping their genius was in the air, maybe hoping to meet their ghosts,
I stopped by.

Montmartre, Paris, France

I wonder if they know I stopped by.

WALK

Paris, France

Paris, France

You never know what could be right around the corner.

Out in the Mix

Paris, France

I remember the excitement of making it back to the Amsterdam airport for our layover on the the way to France, anticipating an amazing trip, just like the last one that started with a layover there. I felt so alive, back in the mix, running to catch our flight and listening for all the different languages being spoken around us.

Paris, France

Traveling connects us, mixes us all up together, even after we’ve returned home. I can’t imagine how many other people have taken these same photos from atop the Arc de Triomphe, and now, no matter where they live or what language they speak, we have this experience in common.

Paris, France

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France

We grabbed some colorful macarons at the corner boulangerie and headed down Rue Vavin to the Luxembourg Gardens. It was a beautiful summer afternoon and we quickly found a seat next the the bocce ball courts to enjoy our little treats. I can’t tell you which color was my favorite, each one was incredible. I can’t show you them either because it wasn’t until I put the last bite in my mouth that I realized I should have taken a picture.

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France

So when we finally got up to explore more of the Gardens I made sure my camera was ready to go. My favorite images though were actually taken when we returned the next day. It was drizzling this time, but the Gardens still made for a beautiful, colorful surprise in the middle of Paris.

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