France has always held a very special place in my heart. From my very first three week sojourn in high school, I immediately fell in love. My first visit to Paris was magical. I was thoroughly taken aback by the beauty of the city’s architecture, food and café lifestyle. I was also lucky enough to be able to explore both Lyon, Dijon and the remote French country side where my host family lived and owned a vineyard. I knew that on the plane ride back to the States that I would definitely be back soon.
I hold dear to my promises and six years later I found myself back on that plane to Paris for a semester abroad, which would really change my life and open my eyes to the world. I have always had a sense of adventure and a passion to discover faraway places. My days were filled with school (only a few days a week, what an arrangement!) and wandering around the Jardin du Luxembourg, strolling along the Seine and eating so many hot baguettes, pain au chocolats and concord grapes that I officially lost count after the first month. I have two favorite things about Paris, first being the light – I don’t mean all of the sparkling lights at night, I am talking about the rays of light that during the day reflect off the marble and create an ethereal glow. My second favorite thing is the color of the sky – the grayish/bluish/purple billowy clouds that are just not seen anywhere else. It has just been too long since I have journeyed to France, but I really hope to change that in the next year. In the meantime, I really, really want to jump into each and every one of these stunning photographs found here of the La Dorgdogne region.