travel obsession

Definitely had a bit of a travel bug lately and while i am happy to have the next month free of any planned trips and just take some time to relax and enjoy spring at home, i think after that i will be itching to hit the road again. So lucky to have a man who is open to go anywhere with me and who makes an excellent travel companion. Hopefully planning a trip to Croatia in July with another one of my favorite travel buddies, a country i really know nothing about, except that the photos i have seen look lovely. looking forward to doing some research and exploring a new place to fall in love with.

Thinking this map from you me and the royal we is fantastic and would look oh so nice on our wall and definitely loving the color coded pins for where you are, where you’ve been and where your headed…. maybe i will hunt down a vintage map and create one of our own, although that probably won’t do much to calm my travel obsession… just so many places to see!

giorgia fiorio

we visited c|o berlin which is probably my favorite photography museums ever and saw two amazing exhibits. One was Roger Melis who lived and worked in east germany and showed beautiful portraits of everyday people around europe. the other was by Italian photographer, Giorgia Fiorio and it totally blew me away. She spent the last 9 years traveling the world documenting religious rituals and discovering the great powers of faith. Incredible subject matter and Amazing images.

images by Giorgia Fiorio, read more on her site.

I heart berlin

a short and lovely weekend getaway in berlin. the forecast projected rain for the whole weekend, but we were spared and even blessed with a bit of sunshine, except for a brief downpour right before we left for the train station. i decided it was the city’s tears, crying because it didn’t want us to leave :(

Mini Ashley sized doors :) even in heels i think its just my size….

Asian food and a beer after a very early morning and long train= perfect lunch

oh how i miss living in a city. the art, culture, food, the energy of city life, walking aimlessly making new discoveries …. and so much more…. :(

Now i suppose i need to focus on all the beautiful things I am surrounded by now in our quiet little city: the forests, the lakes, long bike trails…. the warm months of the year are definitely the best here being able to be outside, please come soon spring!

i heart seasons

or more so the beginning of one and the end of another…. these first warm days of spring when every moment of warmth is so appreciated and gobbled up. It’s finally warm enough to wear my converse and ride my bicycle again which is definitely a cause for celebration! Coming from the land of eternal spring otherwise known as central california, I appreciate any true season. I love waking up to the world blanketed in snow; while everyone else complains about how much they hate the winter and all the inconveniences which tag along with the cold, i cant help but smile. And these first few days of warmth and sunshine after months of freezing temperatures bring such a sense of possibility and make me dream of picnics, bicycle riding, swimming in the lakes and all the lovely things long warm days can bring. But as always after a few months of endless overheating I am sure I will be begging for my scarves and mittens again ;)

chasing inspiration at the saatchi gallery

We spent a short weekend in london a few weeks back… the tickets were dirt cheap during an easy jet sale back in January and the flight is only an hour so I impulsively booked us tickets. The place I found to for us sleep near South Kensington, was fine except that we had twin beds which gave the feeling of a childhood sleepover which needless to say is not exactly romantic…. but definitely a good laugh.

We really had no other plans than cruising around the city by foot and exploring, which is one of my all time favorite activities. The only “must-see” in London for me was a visit to the saatchi gallery and left with the spark of inspiration I was desperately searching for.
Two of my favorite sculptures, a taxidermy camel in a giant suitcase and a huge beautiful heart:

This exhibit from Emily Prince was incredibly sad and beautifully showcased. Her project “American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (But Not Including the Wounded, Nor the Iraqis nor the Afghanis)” documents the American men and women who have lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through 5,213 sketches. Read more about it here

guten tag, bonjour, hello

As of late i have realized oh so delinquent i have become in returning emails and even picking up the telephone to call my far away friends. After a few dabbles in blogging over the past few years, i decided starting a new one would be a much easier way to share my life with inquiring minds and hopefully find some much needed inspiration to pick up my camera. so…..
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome :)