Thursday, March 29, 2007
we have been having such a great time and of course estee just loves being here and getting spoiled by my parents!
thought i would share a couple photos, this first one is just of a weird plant in my grandma's backyard... i just loved that it is shaped like a perfect heart... this one was actually for an assignment for the workshop i mentioned i am taking... i know my grandma probably wont like it for all of the reasons i love it, to me she is the most beautiful woman in the world...
chris and sister and her boyfriend are all coming tomorrow... i cant wait.
and yes ann and i still call eachothers husbands boyfriends because husband sounds way to grown up... dont you think?
Monday, March 26, 2007
i took the photo this afternoon, i just started a creative lighting workshop all about using sun in really cool creative ways... its being taught by some seriously amazing photographers and i am really excited about all that i can learn from them.
i really have no business blogging... lots of packing to do, hope everyone has a great night!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
here are a few of my favorites...
and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my big brother mark... he is 30 today and probably has no clue how much i love him!!!!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
we arrived in venice at about 9am after a 12 hour overnight train ride from paris... it was a long night in really cramped quarters in a bed that felt like a wooden plank but luckily we were so tired we actually did get some sleep. we shared our cabin on the train with a very kind french couple who spoke virtually no english at all but did manage to put the words together "venice is magical" and boy were they right. probably the most vivid memory of the whole trip that i will always remember is the boat ride from the train station to our hotel, we were in awe just looking at the beauty surrounding us not even talking, just looking around and taking it all in. we were able to check in to our hotel when we arrived because the man saw that i was pregnant and pulled out all the stops ( i was seriously treated like a queen everywhere i went in both paris and venice because i was pregnant... no waits in museums for restrooms, always got a seat on the metro etc.) our hotel was really, really fancy in venice it was a bit of a splurge but so worth it because the staff was so nice and our room was so luxurious. we filled up on a big breakfast at our hotel, cleaned up and headed out, we walked to the piazzo san marco and toured the beautiful cathedral, we then went to the doge's palace where we spent quite a bit of time... it is really big and is not only a palace but is also where all of the government business took place and also was a prison. there was some really beautiful artwork and the prisons were a little spooky but very cool, i also liked the room that they had all of the prisoners artwork displayed. after the palace we had a nice lunch, walked around went into some shops and headed back to our hotel where the concierge had made us dinner reservations at a nearby restaurant (they booked every dinner for us and they were all out of this world)
the next morning we woke up with plans of another day of art. we started by going to the gallerie dell'accademia which is actually an old church and convent that now houses the best of the old venetian art, another big museum with such beautiful works, like i said i love old religious art and there was a lot of that here, not to mention the audio guide was very detailed and gave a lot of history on some of the pieces which we really enjoyed. after that we went to see the peggy guggenheim collection this was a fabulous exhibit and quite a change from the pieces we had just seen considering it was all modern/ contemporary.
after the peggy Guggenheim collection we headed over to the ca'pesaro museum that was hosting a huge picasso exhibit... so extensive with photographs and his sketches and even his pottery. this was a fabulous exhibit in such a cool building and it also featured a pop art collection that was so unbelievable and creative, this was one of my favorites of the trip. this is the night of my favorite dinner of the trip in a delicious little restaurant right on a gorgeous canal. we ate fresh spaghetti, steaks, tons of cheeses, creme brulee (chris had lobster) such a great night. I'm sure most of you know that there are no cars at all in venice so the sound there is like nothing else, so quiet and tranquil you don't even realize the noise of living around cars until you are not around them anymore.
the next morning we headed to the island of mureno where the Venetian glass is made. we went by water taxi (by the way the weather was absolutely perfect the whole time, clear skies and 80 degrees) it was very cool to watch them make the glass, heat it, form it, blow it. we then walked through the showroom and even splurged on a beautiful vase. when we returned we finally took a gondola ride, oh i loved this so much, riding through the skinny canals listening to the gondolier sing and taking in the beautiful sights all around. that evening we went to the arsenale which was a place chris had heard about and wanted to go to, there wasn't much there but again everything in venice is gorgeous.
we left venice early the next morning and stopped in germany for 4 hours and then on to Chicago for 3 hours and then finally home (24 hours of travel) it was a long day but what a trip it was... i'm still basking in the memory of it all!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
one thing is for sure, we are both loving this warm weather...
fancy usually tries to keep her distance from estee but every once in a while she cant resist... but really who could?
Monday, March 12, 2007
i have always had a thing for doors, in fact i love to photograph subjects in front of any cool door i can find, so paris was a real treat (except for the fact i didn't have a subject to photograph) every door on every building is exquisite, beautiful color, amazing carvings and tons of rod iron... here are just a few...
we had a busy weekend, Friday we went to dinner with friends and then to the home and garden expo. Saturday we went to dinner with chris's parents and yesterday we spent the afternoon with ann and adam... plus we have a ton to do today. but i am making it a priority to take estee out and get some shots of her, i really miss photographing her and feel like it has been forever. Hopefully she will cooperate and i will have something to share!!!
Friday, March 09, 2007
the next morning we had breakfast at our hotel, just one of the things i love about paris is the breakfast... fresh croissonts and breads (some even filled with chocalate) fancy cheeses (oh the cheese...) hot chocalate, waffles with nutella, oh i could go on and on... after breakfast we headed out for musee d'orssay this was the museum i was the most excited about before we came and it did not dissapoint. The museum is all the works of impressionists from degas, monet, manet, pissaro to van gough and renoir (i am going to dedicate an entire post to just the art that we saw in 10 museums in total that we visited, seriously mind blowing!)
after musee d'orsay we went to the georges-pompidou center where the musee national d'art moderne is which houses an extensive collection of modern art (i particularly loved the photography galleries, so inspiring) by the time we had been through both museums our feet hurt and we were really hungry so we had lunch and then went to see notre dame and sainte chappelle
a typical street corner in paris, france
i have such a thing for religous art and and all of the gothic architecture and the beautiful stained glass. they were such gorgeous cathedrals and all that you would imagine them to be. it had been raining a little bit on and off all day and so the sky was gorgeous and when the sun peeked through the clouds it was such a sight. we had a fancy dinner that night and then went to bed.
renoir works in musee d'orsay, paris, france
notre dame cathedral, paris, france
stained glass in notre dame, paris, france
chris in awe looking at sainte chappelle cathedral, paris, france
the next day was our anniversary and we planned on spending most of it in the famous louve museum, we set out early and spent nearly 5 hours in there (could have spent more time in there too) i still cant wrap my mind around some of the art we layed our eyes on, the venus de milo, winged victory (took my breath away), the dying slave (michelangelo), and of couse di vinci's mona lisa. we had planned on having dinner at le grand coulbert (where the last scenes in somethings gotta give are filmed) but when we got there they were full and we didn't have reservations but thanks to our trusty book we still had a delicious and very romantic dinner. after dinner we went back to the eiffel tower and watched it twinkle and took the ride to the top, it was cold and crowded but such an amazing expierence and a great way to celebrate our 4th anniverary... together, at the top of the eiffel tower.
taking a break in the louve museum, paris, france
a bycicle lined street, paris, france
a beautiful sight, versaillies garden, paris, france
inside the versailles palace, paris, france
the gardens of versailles, paris, france
after our trek to versailles we headed up to the montmarte area of town where the sacre coeur cathedral is. It is a really cool area with tons of artists all around painting and a lot of shopping, we walked around there and then headed back to our hotel to pick up our bags and catch our train to venice (an overnight train that left at 9pm) we were really sad to leave paris but so excited for venice and felt that we got to see most of what we had planned (of course paris has so much history and so much to do there is always more) but little did we know what was in store for us when we stepped off that train... i should warn you there will be some serious raving and gushing in my next post because i am crazy in love with venice...