It’s hard to believe that our vacation is coming to a close. We’ve had spectacular weather, oh-so-many delicious meals, and lots of opportunities to just rest and play. In fact, I’ve been spending so much time doing all of the above that I pretty much forgot to pull out my camera. Sometimes really being in the moment is the best medicine!
And when I’m back in the grind of work in the city, I plan to pull out these photos and give myself permission to dream again…
“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.”
Although I had to say goodbye to Paris early yesterday morning, I feel like a good dose of the Parisian aesthetic came home with me. To clarify, I didn’t buy any souvenirs (aside from the food I ate, my only other purchases were two postcards!); however, the constant people watching and sight-seeing was like a crash course in good taste.
To begin with, Parisians seem to have a love affair with good food made from good quality ingredients.
Wouldn’t you be inspired to eat well if your supermarket veggie display looked like this?
So when I arrived home yesterday afternoon, one of the first things I did was to head over to Whole Foods to purchase some zucchini, tomatoes and pesto for a healthy dinner of Pesto “Zoodles” with cherry tomatoes. Eaten al fresco on our patio, I could almost pretend that I was back in Paris!
Today, I spent much of the day finding things in the apartment to give away. Paring down seems somehow very Parisian. My goal is not only to de-clutter (an ongoing task when you live in a New York apartment) but I’m also eager to make sure I’m surrounded by only pretty things. And to that end, I went out and bought myself a bouquet of flowers for the bedroom.
Could this have been my inspiration?
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”