Paris: Fighting My Way to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

I wrote previously about my visit to Versailles’s gardens last autumn, but the truth is I took hundreds (yes, really) of pictures that day, and not just of the gardens. Though Versailles’s grounds are vast and possibly my favorite part of any visit, my day in fact started at main palace. For anyone planning to visit the palace at Versailles, my… More Paris: Fighting My Way to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

In the Shadow of French Royalty at Château de Fontainebleau

After spending the morning at Vaux-le-Vicomte, I continued my château-palooza at Fontainebleau, which served as a royal residence for eight centuries and was even the spot where Napoleon abdicated before being exiled to Elba. Needless to say, there’s a lot of history here. With such a storied past, it is not surprising that there’s a ton to… More In the Shadow of French Royalty at Château de Fontainebleau

London: The Chaos and Beauty of the Columbia Road Flower Market

“Come on up, we sold all the crap last week. The flowers are fresh this week!,” the flower vendor cheerfully called into the crowd. It was Sunday morning at the Columbia Road Flower Market, and the day was in full swing: a mass of people, vendors calling out sales pitches that were varying degrees of… More London: The Chaos and Beauty of the Columbia Road Flower Market