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Photo of the Week: Adieu, Summer

Alors, mes belles, fall is upon us. It is cool and rainy in Paris today, and the sweaters and scarves have come out of the closets. The next couple of weeks will be spent catching the few remaining moments of warmth and sunshine, then it’s on to autumn.

I took this photo at the Jardin des Tuileries on a sunny afternoon. As if to foreshadow the change of seasons, the sky alternated between sunshine and clouds, dousing the garden in gold one moment, grey the next. The laziness of summer lingered in the air, but it retreated further with every crisp autumn breeze.

Fall in Paris will be a very new experience for me because the change of seasons isn’t very evident in Southern Arizona. It’s cactus and sun and blue skies year round!  I’m excited to see crumpled leaves piled in the streets and barren trees looming over the gardens. I’m even more excited to have a legitimate reason for wearing tights, knee-highs and scarves!

Stay tuned for a post about my excellent weekend spent in Lille, France, where I braved Le Braderie (a.k.a. the city-wide yard sale)!

Soak up the sun this week! Smiles and all the best,

Savannah

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Photo of the Week: Sacré Coeur

Sacré Coeur, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, towers over the city like a loving king gazing out over his kingdom. Tourists swarm around the basilica and the surrounding neighborhood, buzzing like bees from photo-op to photo-op. At night, it can be seen from the opposite side of the city, glowing like a torch, or a really big night light. 

My mother and I went to see Sacré Coeur at the beginning of the week. I’d already visited the basilica when I toured Paris a few years ago, but what I hadn’t explored was the fabric and crafting district to the south. The 18th arrondissement is a creative haven, boasting row after row of materials in all sorts of colors and textures. Now when I want to get crafty, I know where to go.

Don a sun hat and a camera and be a tourist this week. You might see somethin’ unexpected.

Smiles and all the best,

Savannah

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Photos of the Week: Forever Sisters

My little sis and I spent all of Saturday running around town, scarfing down waffles and making bracelets! We had so much fun and I am so glad we got to spend one last day together, just us, before I leave.

Tell someone you love them this week, and mean it with all your heart. We don’t do that enough.

Smiles and all the best,

Savannah

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Photo of the Week: There’s always something to be uncovered

A telephone poll sits on a back drop of blue sky, red ridges and an old factory.

The view from Jerome, Ariz. 

Jerome, Arizona doesn’t change much. In fact, in all the years I’ve been visiting this little town, it’s remained almost exactly the same. It’s me who’s changed: The park I used to play at seems much smaller than I remember it. The ice cream cones are not nearly as mouthwatering. The people I meet don’t seem quite as eccentric. I’ve grown up, and I’ve grown used to Arizona’s ghost town.

Yet, despite how ordinary this little place has become over the years, I still manage to find new treasures and new horizons. Even in a town as small as Jerome, hidden coves remain to be discovered. It’s like a good book– no matter how many times you read and reread it, it always manages to show you something you didn’t notice before.

Look at something a little differently this week. Who knows what you’ll find.

Smiles and all the best,

Savannah

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Photos of the Week: Namaste

“The word of the day is ‘will,’ meaning ‘the faculty of conscious choice and deliberate action,” my yoga instructor said last night to a room full of aspiring yogis who sat with eyes closed, legs crossed, backs straight, pulses steady.

I sat front and center on my blue mat, listening to her voice and letting her words sink in. She has a way of saying exactly what my spirit needs to hear, always, and this moment was no exception. I hadn’t been to yoga in months, and as I laid down to rest at the end of our practice, I asked myself, “Why? Why did I stop doing this?” Somehow, I’d lost the will to continue the practice, the work of turning inward, connecting to my body and my spirit. I stumbled and wavered, but today, after months of struggle, I think I’m back on the path.

Outside Yoga Oasis Central, Tucson, Ariz.; May 6, 2012

It is easy to stray, to let old patterns work their way back into our lives, to forget where we were headed and get distracted along the way. Sometimes, we lose the will to continue toward, through, within our vision. Yet we can always unearth and renew that will inside of us, if we make the conscious choice to do so.

Outside Cafe Desta, Tucson, Ariz.; May 6, 2012

“You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”

–Rumi

Will yourself onward, live deliberately today, tomorrow, and every moment afterwards.

Namaste,

Savannah

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