Taking Better Photos Through Glass

Have you ever been on a bus or train and you see the perfect view ahead of you, but when you try to take a picture, it is a disaster?  Maybe it is blurry, or that oil smudge from someone’s head is not only gross, but also now captured in your photo.  If you are…

Paris by Métro: Cité

Cité at a Glance Line=4 Arrondissement=4th Tip=You may want to use the elevator when it is operating. Sights Within 1 Kilometer: Île de la Cité-0m Bird and Flower Market-30m Archaeological Crypt-100m Seine/Quais-Varying Bouquinistes-Varying Palais de Justice-210m* Sainte-Chapelle Church-270m Conciergerie-350m St. Séverin Church-350m Notre-Dame-400m Shakespeare and Company-450m Sorbonne/Latin Quarter-500m/Varying Hôtel de Ville-550m Pont Neuf-550m Place-Saint Michel-550m…

Paris Metro 101

The Paris Metro is like arteries hidden under the city skin.  These tunnels take you all over the city.  I love rising from the Metro to find unexplored territory, or a grand sight right before me.  Some people may be intimidated by the system, but it really is efficient and much more affordable than a…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

When I think of a masterpiece, I envision that moment when you stand before something that completely overwhelms you.  You might feel the urge to let a tear go, or in my case, a stupid grin takes over my face.  It is a time when your life changes because you have seen greatness.  Here are…

Coming to a Blog Near You

While taking up space at the Victor Hugo Cafe in the Place des Vosges square, I came up with an idea for a mini-guidebook series about Paris.  Yes, I realize there are probably more guidebooks available on Paris than the number of people that live in my hometown, but I think there is always room…

Updated Portfolio

If you’ve been enjoying my photography, I have a home specifically dedicated to it on my portfolio.  I’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response on my captured images which is very motivating and encouraging me to do something with them.  Here is what you will find on my portfolio: Best of the Best I’ve featured only…

England on my Mind

George Alexander Louis.  What do you think?  With all this buzz about England, I can’t help but think back to my week I spent in London in 2011.  England was always at the top of my list to visit, but London didn’t meet all of my expectations.  I think I need to return and spend…

That’s A Lot of Views!

I’ve reached my goal before the end of July!  I don’t think I’m going to reach 1,000 followers by the end of the month, but I’m pretty happy with all these views.  My goal is to keep on getting better and better with my writing and photography.  Please let me know if you have ideas…

Stonehenge

In honor of the birth of the Prince of Cambridge, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos of England.  Then I realized I don’t have all of my England photos on this computer, so we will have to wait till tomorrow for that one.  Until then, let’s take a look at Stonehenge. If…

Cantigny Park in Northern Illinois

Sometimes we have to enjoy the treasures close to home when we can’t get away.  One of my favorite places to visit is Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.  The estate was owned by Robert McCormick who is known for establishing the Tribune company which contains the Chicago Tribune and WGN.  The estate is named after…