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City Snapshot: Dusk at Christmas

Romantic photo of glowing windows during sunset in Paris

Sunset in Paris is a magical time, but to be honest, I much prefer dusk.  Parisians all over the city are getting off work and stopping in for a quick drink at their neighborhood brasserie.  The sky is a dusky purple-blue and the buildings are illuminated from within as lights are turned on and fireplaces are lit.  The thousands of lights along bridges and buildings that Paris is so famous for are starting to flicker on, but the city is still illuminated by the last remnants of sunlight.  For me, this is when the city is at its most beautiful.

Laduree Macarons

Laduree macaroon shop on the Champs Elysees in Paris

If you are familiar at all with French macarons, you’ve certainly heard of the world famous Laduree bakery.  The Champs Elysees boutique is the home of the macaron, where it was invented in its current form in 1930.  Since then Laduree has opened satellite boutiques all over the world, selling over 15,000 macarons a day.  Although there are a number of delicious macaron makers in Paris (in fact, you can find them in almost any patisserie), it’s hard to beat a fresh Laduree macaron straight from the oven.  The gorgeous gilded interior of the Champs Elysees boutique adds to the charm, although the line for the counter is often stretched all the way out the door.  Although it is expensive, consider taking a meal in the equally beautiful Laduree restaurant next door.  The food gets great reviews, and the macarons served to diners are the freshest.
Laduree macaroon shop on the Champs Elysees in Paris


Sneak Peek: Jessica & Matt

Jessica Holmes and Matt DanielJessica and Matt eloped in Paris last week in a beautiful, detail-filled ceremony that left me teary-eyed.  They met working as a prince and princess at Disney, and they are every bit as adorable as you would suspect.  During their portrait session the wind was blowing especially hard, so we ducked into a small archway near the Louvre to get a break from the cold.  This image of that moment is one of my favorites from their wedding day.

City Snapshot: Medici Fountain

Medici Fountain at the Jardin du Luxembourg by Paris photographer Stacy Reeves

The Medici Fountain at the Jardin du Luxembourg in the Saint Germain des Pres neighborhood.  I love this garden because it brings out the real culture of Paris – children playing with toy boats on the fountain, teenagers sprawled on the grass laughing in groups, friends playing tennis on the public courts, and lovers curled up on benches underneath leafy trees.