Eiffel Tower Portrait Photographer | love

"I have never felt so in love."


Tattoo.

I've probably blogged about this before but here it is anyway.... I really love tattoos, so when Darien emailed me about getting my sketch tattooed on him I was SOOO excited. I had drawn this sketch of the eiffel tower when I went to Paris in 2007. When I arrived in Paris late at night, I knew I had to see the Eiffel Tower. I stood there bundled up in the cold air at 2am, sketching and imagining all the amazing experiences I would have in Paris. I'm glad that my memories of Paris found him.

Who knew a two inch sketch could become such a big tattoo. (To purchase this sketch, click here)

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p.s. Darien's also a very talented photographer. Check out his work here.....

paris

As I said in this post, trusty shoes, my vans have traveled with me to many places. There are so many times that I miss the places I've traveled. Oftentimes, I find myself "itching" to travel somewhere. I was in Europe for 24 days on a $2500 budget (including airfare, hotel, train, food.. everything!). It was such an amazing experience. I just want to share with you some of these wonderful memories. Wherever I go, I try to photograph my feet/shoes to remember where my feet have been. In the early morning of one of our days in Paris, we decided to ride this huge ferris wheel to view Paris. So of course I had to take a picture of my feet with the Eiffel Tower and Paris in the background. At the top of the wheel I took it!

That day, we had also ventured out the Louvre. It was exciting. On the subway and walking there, there were tons of people headed to view the Louvre as well. There was soooo much excitement. By the time we had gone to Paris, it was already day 19 or something of our trip... which meant... We already had 19 or something days of old European art. Bleh. We were exhausted physically and tired of the art. Sad, huh? Anyway.. we went to the the outside of the Louvre which was pretty awesome for me anyway... There were a bunch of spots to look down into museum from ground level.

As I said, we had become tired of museums and old European art, so by the time we got to Paris, the only museums we wanted to go to were unique, modern or free. This museum below was free. The architecture of the museum was beautiful. I love the history of the architecture. (Hey! I'm an architecture buff, not an old European Art buff)

I took this picture at the Pompidu Centre. It was such a great moment. Everything around us was peaceful and quiet. It was as if everything had stopped to see the sun setting behind the Eiffel Tower. I can feel the peace deep in my hear when I look at this picture.

A must on our things to see was the Cathedral Notre Dame. It was as beautiful as I could have ever imagined. (It was infested with tourists though, so it kind of killed the experience. We were traveling in September/October, the off season, so I could not imagine what it must have been like in high season. bleh) I love the contrast of bright stained glass and the dark nooks and confessional areas.

This was our life for 3.5 weeks. It was tough, but it was well worth it! Somehow I packed really light (less stuff than my traveling buddies) but ended up with the heaviest pack. It was 35 pounds at the start of our trip and nearly 45 by the end. I got a great work out. And, I wore sandals (flip flops) most of the time! It can be done!

Oh .. I love to travel. I'll be in New York next month! Hurray!

Georges Seurat

Another great find at the Legion of Honor was a painting of the Eiffel Tower in Paris by Georges Seurat. The detail of this painting is crazy. The color choices are beautiful. My sister was reading the info about the painting, and it said that the painting isn't really finished because at the time he painted this the Eiffel Tower wasn't done... so he kind of just made it up. What a great artistic piece as well as a great little bit of history!