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From the Paris Opera I had wandered straight into the Louvre, but as there wasn’t enough time to see the Louvre I ended up wandering through Paris again. I ran into Joan of Arc and then the church of Saint Roch, which was unfortunately closed. Still, it was interesting just to walk across a building in an architectural style that I don’t usually see everyday. I do wonder if people in Europe feel the same way about historical or traditional European architecture as I feel about traditional Korean architecture; familiar, beautiful but not particularly something that would be amazing to see randomly in the middle of the city.

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The thing about taking photos while traveling, is that one shot may not tell the whole story. People like to throw around the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are so many times where I feel that some of the pictures I take fail to say even a few hundred. Taking photographs while traveling can reveal quite a lot about your photography, especially any limitations. This was the extent of how much I could capture of the church with the bundle lens I had on my mirrorless camera. How I wished I had a wide-angle lens to fit more into my frame! I could of course have taken a portrait length photo, but then I wouldn’t have been able to fit in the interesting way the building curved out to the sides. I don’t remember exactly, but I probably wouldn’t have been able to fit the whole front of the church in a portrait frame from directly across from the church anyway. There wasn’t exactly a wide open space in front of the church, so there was a limit to how far I could back up to take a photo.

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In a sense, my limitations pushed me to find an alternative solution to my problem. I was happy with how this photo turned out as it gives a feeling of height and framed the columns in a nice way.

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My wanderings led me to the Tuileries Garden. It was more of a park really and I think I only saw a very small portion of it. If I were to live in Paris, the first thing I would buy would be a bike. I wanted to keep out of the underground as much as possible, and in the process I found Paris to have seemingly endless roads wherever I went. I guess it wouldn’t have been so bad if I was only traveling for 2-3 days, but I was on a 2 week trip through Europe and walking from morning to dusk was starting to take a toll on my feet. I was surprised to find that my legs didn’t ache as much as I’d anticipated. When I had traveled to Japan my legs had been dreadfully tired from walking for three days, but my legs must have grown stronger from my daily commute to Seoul for about a year before my trip.

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One thing I noticed at the Tuileries Garden were the many statues throughout the park. It wasn’t just an occasional statue or a memorial  in the center of the park; they were everywhere.
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This statue looks like it has suffered some damage but I actually feel that the damage has added to the piece.  Look at the emotion in the in the expressions. If I remember correctly, we read emotion through a persons eyes and eyebrows. There are plenty of references to seeing and reading emotions through someones eyes, but not as many that describe the eyebrows. If you try covering the eyebrows of the child in this statue, you may find that you completely lose the emotion coming through the eyebrows.

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I think it’s always nice to find a lush spot of green in the midst of a busy city. When I was growing up I was forever running and rolling around in the soft green grass, turning cartwheels and looking for lucky four-leaf clovers. It’s one of the things I miss most while living in Korea. For whatever reason the grass here is never soft, it’s sort of a prickly scratchy type of grass that’s not very enjoyable to sit on. Usually people want you to stay off the grass in Korea as well. I wondered if that was the case in Paris as the grass was roped off.

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My time in Paris had a rough start and I wasn’t exactly in good company, but there were moments of beauty here and there. I feel as though I never fully understood Paris to be honest. I don’t know the language, know little about the people, and my memory of Paris feels a lot more disjointed than my memory of London. It is interesting going back through my photos of my travels. It reminds me of things I have forgotten, and delights me when I see something I remember. I think in times when we are unable to travel, photos and videos are of great comfort.

Do you ever go through old photos to travel back to those places in your memory?

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Garosu-gil street is known for it’s pretty cafes and road shops along a street lined with trees, which makes it the perfect spot to have a photo walk or simply explore. I thought this hand painted sign with a simple message was cute and endearing. Nevermind that the cake and tarts aren’t on display, the sign just has so much personality even though it’s so simple!

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Hello hand lettering and spring! I think I’m going to have to pick up hand lettering as a hobby. Love the leaves and extended curls at the end of these letters.

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If I have a garden someday, I really want to make a colorful tiled mosaic in it somewhere. Not exactly for a whole walkway, but just a small special spot somewhere. Though, I guess it would depend on the shape of the garden so we’ll have to see.
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Say hello to Miso! Or maybe her name is spelled Meeso. Either way her name means ‘smile’ in Korean. She was a cutie and had a penchant for kissing my nose (much to the shock of Kip when I got home). We brought her with us on our walk and pretty soon had some company…

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… this silly Goldie slipped through the doors of this hair salon to say hello to Miso! He was too heavy for the owner to carry, so she sort of wheelbarrowed him back into the salon.

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I’ve been wanting to take a nice bike shot ever since I saw some lovely ones over at A Blog By Robert, so I stopped mid street when I saw this one in front of a cafe. It doesn’t compare in either mood or composition, but it has its charm and I was happy with the coloring. I think I was actually a bit happier when we came back around to have some coffee, and I was allowed to grab a shot of the neon sign inside.

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What treasures have you found on photo walks or while exploring your neighborhood?

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Meet the producers! Pike Place Market is the farmers market located downtown Seattle bustling with life and energy. Don’t mistake this for your average weekly farmers market. Pike Place Market is open daily and has unique sights that sets it apart from all the others. Follow me as I show you around some of the special highlights of Pike Place Market!

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#1. Pike Place Fish Market
No journey to Pike Place Market is complete without paying a visit to the Pike Place Fish Market! Located right at the entrance, the Pike Place Fish Market is “world famous” for its upbeat energy and of course it’s flying fish.

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There are other fish stands peppered throughout the market, and you can see all sorts of colorful peculiar looking fish. Look at the expression on the fish to the right!

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#2. Neon signs & Flowers
Pike Place has an interesting vibe with its vintage signs in both print and neon. Flowers also add a bit of light on their own with their bright colors and pretty arrangements.

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#3. Fruits & Veggies
What market would be complete without fruits and veggies? Prices are handwritten with a red border; a design that is shared throughout various stands in the market.

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This is probably the best display at Pike Place Market! It’s always fun to point it out to visiting friends and watch them jump an inch out of their skin!

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You’ll also see an interesting assortment of handmade wares and paintings throughout the market. You’ll also see an assortment of clothes and accessories with more to be found on the lower floors.

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#4. The Gum Wall
Of course you must find the gum wall while you’re there! It’s in an alleyway so if you’re having trouble finding it just ask one of the locals. I kept my safe distance as the last thing I wanted to do was trip and land on a wall covered with gum, but it made for an interesting backdrop for photos. So if you’re looking to take some memorable photos or add to this delightfully gross piece of work, head on over to the gum wall at Pike Place Market.

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#5. Meet Rachel and Billie
Rachel the Pigs is the official mascot of Pike Place Market. She’s actually a piggy bank so if you’d like to donate towards the Pike Market Food Bank, Senior Center, and other social services, find Rachel at the main entrance of Pike Place Market. Oh, and she’ll be happy to take a photo with you. She even lets small children sit on her back!

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#6. Piroshkies
Clam chowder is famed at Pike Place Market, but if you’re allergic to shellfish or would like to try something else, Piroshky Piroshky is the way to go.

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You can’t go wrong with the Smoked Salmon Pate Piroshky, but Beef and Cheese was pretty good as well!

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#7. The First Starbucks Store
Even if you’re not addicted to coffee, I’d say it’s worth stopping by the very first Starbucks store. According to Google there are more than 21 thousand Starbucks stores in the world, so it’s interesting to see where it all began! You can add a special Pike Place Market cup to add to your Starbucks mug collection, or buy a simply buy a souvenir for your friends; they’ll probably appreciate it more than a key ring or magnet!

What is your favorite thing about a farmers market? Let me know in the comments below!