france, a one-week love affair (pt. 2)

After spending a lovely few days in the South of France, Jerry and I caught a train and headed north back to Paris. We walked...everywhere. Next time, we will definitely learn how to work the public transportation. Advice for the future: just because you can see the Eiffel Tower does NOT mean it's in walking distance. However, it's extraordinarily pleasant to just stroll the neighborhoods, people watch, & eat a hot, fresh baguette along the way. lvallen_franceblog2_16*Jerry & I happened upon the Arc de Triomphe during a parade, so naturally, I had to recreate my Tia Lauri's "spinning in the streets" photograph since all the streets were closed. This is the only time there were not a ton of small euro cars fighting their way around this massive traffic circle.

France 2012 film

France 2012 film

I loved all the biking throughout the city! I especially loved how everyone could bike, text, AND fight traffic!

France 2012 film

France 2012 film

France 2012 film

France 2012 film

France 2012 film

France 2012 film

I love this simple shot of the cream Alfa Romeo on the street corner! I wish this was a daily site here in the States--reminds me of the decades I wish I grew up in!

France 2012 film

Beautiful Brasserie a few street blocks away from the Arc de Triomphe. Ate some escargot, soup, & drank some delicious french wine. Needless to say, I easily gained 15 pounds in France but it was so worth it!

France 2012 film

I love the detail of the Eiffel Tower!

France 2012 filmLooking up...and up, and up.

France 2012 film

France 2012 film

A weary walker stops for a sit on the Pont des Arts.

France 2012 film

Jerry & I couldn't find a lock to purchase, but the love letters were heartfelt & endless.

lvallen_franceblog2_15I loved this grassy park along the Seine, where bikers cycled by, dogs played fetch, & teenagers escaped their parents. Also, the Eiffel Tower at night is such a magical view, & honestly, no picture does it justice!

The last black & white film installment of "France, a one-week love affair" should be up in the next few days! Until then, au revior!

best of the herald-sun (pt. 2)

The ringleader of the circus cart and his monkey, "Maxwell," ride the circus cart before the Squirm Burpee Circus event during Tour de Fat at Diamond View Park in downtown Durham on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Tour de Fat, a bicycle tour sponsored by Fat Tire Ale, kicked off their tour in Durham and will travel to 13 cities ending in Austin, Texas. (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Part two of my Herald-Sun series includes some of my favorite shoots from this summer. Tour de Fat, a bike festival with beer sponsored by Fat Tire Ale, kicked off in Durham, N.C. and made for some hilarious shots. In this post, I also got to meet a world traveler who collects chess sets, inventor of the Thundershirt, and a local Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Leopold Simmons, plays with the water pump, while his father, Todd Simmons powers the water pump while asking water conservation trivia questions during Tour de Fat at Diamond View Park in downtown Durham on Saturday, June 25, 2011.  (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Kristin Saintomas, of Team Brick, a local biking club, takes a spin in a recliner bicycle at Tour de Fat at Diamond View Park in downtown Durham on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Saintomas and her friends said they attended Tour de Fat to have a "clucking fantastic" good time. Attendants are encouraged to dress up during the festival for the bike parade.  (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Henry Jobe, a retired Merck employee, shows off a chess piece he collected when he traveled the world including India, South America, Turkey and England before settling in Durham, N.C. Wednesday, June 22, 2011.(The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Phil Blizzard is the inventor of the Thundershirt, a compression shirt to help reduce anxiety in dogs. (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Don Lebkes, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, takes meals to individuals across Durham on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.  As a retired delivery man, Lebkes said Meals on Wheels was a similar job but he gets to help out the community. (The Herald-Sun | Lauren A. Vied)

Stay posted for part 3!