Notre Dame de Paris

Yes I know, I’ve been bad, but December is one of those months that never ends for me. This past December I’ve had way too much going on, and just now things are starting to go back to normal. Hope you all had a great holiday and a happy new year, and hope that the coming year will bring much needed peace and love to our planet. Still have more to share about Paris, so here we go :)

Notre Dame is one of those places that I had to see and experience in order to understand what the big deal is. And now that I have, let me tell you, I understand. While I’ve seen pictures of it before, nothing compares to actually walking through those heavy wooden doors and just getting lost inside.

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Celebrating 850 years in 2013, the cathedral stood as beautiful as can be.

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I felt like I couldn’t take enough pictures, and those I took couldn’t do it justice. Not much to say other than ENJOY :)

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Needless to say, if you’re ever in Paris, don’t miss out on experiencing Notre Dame.

Nothing Says Paris Like…the Eiffel Tower

Needless to say it’s just as good looking as it appears in all the movies and pictures you’ve seen, if not better. I made sure to stop by during daylight and at night, and since that weekend was the national day we got an extra special view. Here it goes, from all the angles :)

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I had a video that I can’t seem to post no matter what the file format is, so I guess the pictures will have to do.

More Paris.

 

Third Stop: Paris

Finally finished processing my 680 pictures that I took in Paris. I know it’s crazy isn’t it? Didn’t think I could take that many pictures in just a few days. I’ll try to organize them and group them for different posts,  and no I’m not going to post all 680 pictures!

Our whole stay in Paris was just great in every possible way. It’s was sunny and warm every single day, and in six days we’ve managed to soak in and enjoy Paris in every way we could. I’d say we walked for 6 – 7 hours every day, and needless to say my camera never left my hand.

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I actually didn’t realize how big Paris is, I mean it’s huge. Totally different feel from Edinburgh, which felt a lot cozier.

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I took these pictures on different days during our stay there. On our second day we took the water taxi down the beautiful Seine river and got off at different stops.

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Souvenir shops lined along the rivers and pretty much around any major land mark or tourist attraction.

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Working in Academia, my husband couldn’t help notice the the Sorbonne wasn’t very far from our first stop, so of course we took a stroll there :)

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We managed to take a peak inside too.

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We then wandered back and were caught by a golden bridge shining so bright under the sun that you couldn’t help but walk towards it. Turns out it’s the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge that is covered with locks. Locks that tourist couples have written their names on as a romantic gesture to show their commitment.

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I’m not sure what this next building is, but we walked by it as we were trying to make our way to the famous Champs-Élysées on our forth day.  The colored columns made it stand out even more.

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Full of famous designer brands and different cafes, the busy street was packed, which I’m sure is a very ordinary sight in Paris.  As many of you know, at the end of it stood the Arc de Triomphe. 

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A little Louis Vuitton never hurt anyone ;) You had to wait in line to get in!

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Standing so tall and proud, my little sucker to history self couldn’t help but imagine how amazing it must have been for kings and soldiers to march though it on their horses and carriages.

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Later that day we made our way to Sacré-Cœur Basilica to meet some friends. It’s a beautiful church that opened in 1914 and is dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus.

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After climbing a long stairway to get to the building, standing by the fence, you had a first row seat to view Paris from above.

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Love, Design, and Fashion

The past couple of weeks were extra busy (if there’s such a thing) and I’ve been struggling to make a few decisions, and there’s nothing better than some family love to remind you that everything is just fine.  I’ve wanted to post this sooner, but it’s never too late <3

At the end of Houston design week, I came home to one of the sweetest notes from my little sister.

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Along with this Kate Spade purse..

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Probably THE coolest bag I’ve got, and I can’t wait to put all my gadgets and notebook in there and just rock it :)

I should also mention that baby sister is officially a blogger now on Tumbler, offering all kinds of advice and product suggestions for makeup and skin care. Make sure to stop by specially if you’re too busy to find out about good and new products out there. Check out her site here.

Edinburgh Castle

Located on a hill in the heart of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle can’t be missed. It is really an impressive structure that has helped in shaping Scotland’s history. Walking towards the castle, this was our view. I had mixed feelings about a stadium built inside the courtyard. While watching a show or a concert there must be an amazing experience, it also doesn’t fit.

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The castle offered many great views of the city depending on the side you were on. It was a cloudy and somewhat hazy day, but we still managed to get a few decent pictures.

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As we all know, I’m a sucker for anything old. It was very hard trying to enjoy the tour while taking pictures, and the fact that it was a full house was a challenge as well.

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Many Scottish monarchs resided here over the centuries including Queen Margaret who later became St. Margaret.

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Did you know that Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to King James VI here? And that little “palace” of theirs was impressively decorated (of course)

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From inside the castle, this is what the courtyard with the stadium looked like.

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A few more shots around the castle, it was really fun and worth the trouble given the fact that we had very limited time.

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According to the Scots, Private McBain’s wife who had been in winter quarters decided to return home to Scotland. It was at Malplaquet that she handed her infant son to his father who was on parade. Having nowhere else to put him, private McBain fought the battle with the child in his knapsack. Personally I didn’t notice the baby until I read the description.

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This another view of the city from the top of the castle.

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On our way out, I took one last shot. I would imagine that back in the day, when these were lit with fire and monarchs with their carriages roamed the castle, that it was just amazing!! I know, I’m crazy!

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This concludes the hours we spent roaming Edinburgh. Next stop will be Paris :D

What I learned from Aaron Draplin

Last night I attended a presentation by Aaron Draplin from DDC as part of Houston Design Week. A first of its kind event to take place in Houston and it’s been absolutely fantastic. Organized by AIGA Houston’s chapter, they have done a great job in bringing a variety of events and speakers covering different aspects of design and typography. For me, last night’s presentation was one of the highlights of this week. Aaron was extremely funny and engaging while presenting his story including some highlights of his work, things he loves and hates.

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Asides from being a great designer, what made Aaron special was how simple and down to earth he was. He gave real and relevant advice that applies to all of us, and he continued to be funny while doing all of it.

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Every bit of it was interesting, and never a dull moment. Sharing personal experiences with such transparency gave this theatre that was full of people a very intimate feeling. Extremely brilliant and inspiring, his presentation included work, family, and a little bit of politics ;) I believe everyone in this theatre left on such a high note, feeling very happy and determined. Thank you Aaron.

Today, I’ll be attending a logo workshop with him. It is the last event in Houston Design Week, and I’m predicting it will be an awesome experience with great people. Until my next post, I will leave you with some of things I’ve learned from Aaron Drapling last night.

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by Alejandro Banegas

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Last but not least, always help and support each other.

Well done Houston, well done AIGA, and thanks to everyone -presenters and attendees- who made this a successful and great week.

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