After my last post I’m sure it will seem like I am a self-hating New Yorker. Definitely not the case. I absolutely love the fact that I have the opportunity to live in one of the best cities in the world. Case in point, where else would you find such a beautiful, simple reminder like this? A few years ago, some magical holiday elf decided to continue the spirit, even after the Christmas trees had all been abandoned. I will never know who created this special moment, but I will never forget the way it lifted my spirits that day.
One of my favorite memories each summer is spending quiet days on the beach in Fire Island. Accessible only by Ferry and with a strict no-car policy, there is no place that forcers busy New Yorkers to slow down more than Fire Island. Bikes are the preferred mode of transportation and the local grocer will make you a custom sandwich to nourish you after a long day in the sun. As the sun sets each night, and the boats lining the dock bob slowly in their beds, you can practically feel the stress melting away.
A few years ago (hence why I look so young in the above picture!) a friend and I took a road trip from New York to Montreal. I had never been before and was completely unprepared for how much it reminded me of France. In fact French is the first language in Montreal and many people there do not even speak English. From the cobble-stoned streets and the French street signs, to the piercing cathedrals and boulangeries, Montreal captured my heart. The perfect destination for a a quick stay, I fully intend to return and properly explore this gorgeous city.
Living in a city, it is easy to overlook those everyday places that serve such an important purpose. Millions of people cross through Grand Central Terminal in search of a subway, a train, or even just a dose of fresh oysters. I decided to visit the NYC landmark and take myself out of the race, and just observe. In the midst of the movement and chaos, I found little happy moments like two little girls spinning on the slick marble floor, beautifully detailed lighting, and a gentle rhythm to the constant bustle. It was a simple reminder to take the time and stop every once in a while, to just admire our surroundings.
Last Summer I spent some time in California, and one of the clear highlights was a wine tour of Santa Barbara. Driving through the wide open fields of the countryside with the scent of fresh grapes permeating the air was more relaxing than a glass of the orchards finest. Driving from winery to winery you not only get to taste a series of wines, but also pick up quite a few interesting facts about the industry. My favorite part of the experience was experiencing the seemingly endless countryside, and enjoying a fresh picnic in Kohler Winery’s backyard. On the drive back to Santa Barbara proper, I stopped at Solvang, a Danish village that feels like you are stepping back in time. Don’t miss their fabulous pastries and wooden shoes!
Whenever I photograph something, I am always interested in seeing how differently it will turn out depending on the angle and perspective. This was especially true when I visited the Taj Mahal. A universal icon that has been photographed to death, I wanted to see if I could get a new or different angle. While I definitely am new to photography, I like to think that I added a bit of my personality into these photos. Either way, I hope it inspires you to one day visit this incredible masterpiece.
There are many things that stood out to me while traveling throughout Lisbon. The beautiful palaces, the sweet foods, the winding streets. Yet the one thing that struck me so deeply was the sky. The clouds in Lisbon seemed so close, that an outstretched arm might be able to graze their edges. The sky seemed so wide and open, that in a moment, it could swallow an entire city whole.