Tag Archives: Travel

La Tour Eiffel …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Springtime in Paristhe Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent structure when it was built for the 1889 World’s Fair…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz The Iron Ladyit’s use as an important radio tower helped save it from being torn down in the early 1900’s after some Parisians thought it an eyesore and possibly unsafe…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz La Tour Eiffelthe “Iron Lady” is an iconic symbol of France attracting more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world (approximately 7 million people per year) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz from arc de triompheevery seven years 60 tons of Eiffel Tower Brown paint freshen up all 986 feet of her…

collageit was only a 20 minute walk from our Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel to the tower…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cup at La Tour Eiffelthat filled us with excitement each and every time we saw her…Slice of Galeries Lafayette Paris Map a wonderful Jean-Paule Goude image that I enlarged from a Galeries Lafayette map inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (turning her in the opposite direction I added one of our photos of the Eiffel Tower for her body along with more French ribbon trim)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Postcard from the pastthe postcard on the left hand page was sent to my parents by me from the tippy top of the tower years ago (at that time they added a special embossed emblem and stamp when you mailed your card from the tower)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz postcard upjoining again with Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge and Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffellastly here is a 17 second video I took of the wonderful light show that happens each night for five minutes on the hour…

ooh la laa how we enjoyed that twinkle stepping out of our hotel just a little ways…

 

 

 

 

Le Mont Saint-Michel

the traveling tea cup and I are joining T Stands for Tuesday today with a little trip to Normandy, France…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the traveling tea cup
built in the 11th century the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey Church has been an important pilgrimage destination…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont St Michel it was exciting for me to return to a place that was magical so many years ago when I stayed there as a solo traveler…

Magpie's Nest Lady in the windowback then before the addition of the bridge high tides would completely cut off traffic…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz bridgethere are about 3 million visitors annually (even on a Tuesday in April it was crowded)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the mont  there are 900 stairs from the bottom to the landing of the nave at the top along with lots of cobblestone streets…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz spire renovationwe wished we’d had a little more time there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont St Michel with sheepgood reason to return again one day…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont Saint Michel journal pgsI created two pages in my French Travel Journal using original text from two old books (the postcard lifts up and is from my nine week trip to Europe long ago… I sent a postcard to my parents almost every day)…Magpie's Nest Promise Everything early pagesI was also inspired to create two pages in one of my gesso journals using a vintage map of the abbey on pages I painted black…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz left and rightthe ‘tell me everything’ image is a moo card enlarged and printed in black and white…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tell me everythingthis spread is for the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE ALWAYSI had been playing with this image days before the horrific Orlando shootings… the French calligraphy was from a friend back when I participated in swaps… a dried rose mirrored the rose on the vintage plate…  the bee is painted tin…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Always I wish you

I used Pixlr Express to alter my photo…

~♥ “Je te souchaite” = “I wish you” … LOVE ALWAYS ♥~

 

Hospitality In The Valley…

for Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday this week I am sharing another update on our son’s thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT)…

Magpie's Nest Colin Szymkowicz on the ATon Friday we drove south for a little less than three hours to spend the weekend with him in Waynesboro, Virginia…Magpie's Nest Colin Szymkowicz Panoramahe decided to take a zero day/day off on Saturday to recharge his battery spending time with us and doing some laundry… loading up on carbs and enjoying some nice hot baths/showers too (his Dad even gave him one of his famous foot massages)…

Magpie's Nest Colin Szymkowicz AT viewmost days on the trail he hikes 20+ miles and even clocked in 31 miles a day or two burning lots and lots of calories in the process (we have never seen him eat so much!!!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Harmony quotewe enjoyed hearing about his life on the trail and got to meet some of the hikers that seemed to pop up all around town…

Magpie's Nest Devil's Backbone Brewerythey know all of the best all you can eat buffets and watering holes near the trail…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Edelweiss Restaurant Staunton VAthe Edelweiss Restaurant was a favorite of ours on the way back and forth from Virginia Tech when Colin was going to school there… right after I explained how special the song EDELWEISS is because it was the wedding song I walked down the aisle to we stepped into the restaurant and guess what that gentleman in lederhosen was playing on his accordion ♥

Magpie's Nest Colin Deuces on the ATthru-hikers take on a trail name… 

DSC04723 Keats quoteColin’s is Deuces

Magpie's Nest AT Trail infoWaynesboro really lives up to their city motto of Hospitality in the Valley by offering free rides from the AT into town with everyone being very friendly and gracious (they maintain a volunteer calling list to provide rides to hikers all around town)…

Magpie's Nest CJS Traveling T Cupby Sunday morning he was itching to get back on the trail so he enjoyed a last big all you can eat breakfast at the hotel and we bid him Auf Wiedersehen after a quick Traveling Tea Cup photo (pinkies in the air)

Magpie's Nest Deuces Skyline Drive~♥ happy trails to you ♥~

Saint-Jean de Luz

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz a few atlasesmaps have always been a favorite thing of mine so imagine my delight with the new MAPS challenge at Art Journal Journey this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French travel journal and michelin'sit will be the perfect opportunity to create more pages in my French Travel Journal

Magpie's Nest Saint Jean de Luz beachon our Best of France tour we got to spend a few hours in the Basque fishing village of Saint-Jean de Luz

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz by the seathe red and white buildings were all very neat and charming looking…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Friperieit must be a bustling place during the summer months…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz fishing netsa map page torn from my 1974 Michelin guide to France was a nice beginning for this spread along with a couple of our photos…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz Journal Pgs ~♥~ thank you for your visit and Happy June ~♥~

 

Art Journal Journey May Wrap up plus one more…

the creativity for Erika’s JOURNEYS theme last month was great (you can see everyone’s work in the gallery here)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Travel Journal May PagesI got a nice bit of work done in my French Travel Journal above…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Journey like a Dream along with a piece in my “Life is but a dream” journal…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz CJS AT JourneyI also created a digital collage honoring our son’s Appalachian Trail journey… 

1 Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz HOPE supplies while clearing out a bit this morning I came across some scraps of fabric fusion paper … a blue paper dinner napkin from our travels that I had only used the corner of and didn’t want to waste along with a couple of free images from the internet and a quote which inspired me to make two last pages for Art Journal Journey’s May theme of JOURNEYS

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz HopeHOPE can be an important part of every journey don’t you think…

Avignon …

Avignon sits in the heart of Provence, France…

Magpie's Nest Papal Palace Avignonin the early 1300’s it was the seat of the Catholic Church for about 70+ years…and home to the Palace of the Popes with a beautiful castle and cathedral surrounded by lovely gardens…

Magpie's Nest Liberte French Flags Avignonlots of towns in France have a carousel…Magpie's Nest Avignon Carousel Belle Epoquethis two story one in the main square in Avignon was lovely…

Magpie's Nest around Avignon the Palais des Papes was the largest Gothic palace ever built by Pope Clement V, who abandoned Rome in 1309…

Magpie's Nest Avignon Statuarysuch rich history…Magpie's Nest Avignon BridgeAvignon was immortalized in a song you may have heard about the famous medieval bridge which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

Magpie's Nest Le Cafe du Rocher Avignonwe hiked up the hill for a great view of the Rhône River and recharged our batteries at le Cafe du Rocher while we watched a mother duck and her ducklings play in the fountain…

Magpie's Nest Avignon France ProvenceI was not much of a shopper on our trip concentrating more on collecting memories and photos…

Magpie's Nest Provence Rest Stop Gift ShopBUT there were temptations (Linda the poppy mug made me think of you!)…

Magpie's Nest Avignon Rest Stop Ladies Bathroomin the Provence region Lavender is a big attraction and I just had to snap a quick photo of these full length bathroom stall doors at a rest stop (designed with privacy in mind…they are not uncommon throughout Europe)…Magpie's Nest Paper Napkins back at home after coming across three different napkins in my stash I got busy peeling away several layers and tearing and pasting pieces of napkin for quite a long time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pressed LavenderI added several sprigs of Lavender that I had pressed from our garden hoping that “fleurs partout” translates to “flowers everywhere” (French Lavender fields won’t be blooming until around late June – July I believe) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Flowers Everywherejoining Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday and Art Journal Journey today for the last day of Erika’s lovely JOURNEYS challenge…Magpie's Nest Avignon angel on Tpot(Avignon angel photo layered with Diana iphone app onto my teapot/cup photo)

~♥ thank you for visiting ♥~

 

Paris is always a good idea…

we treasured the extra days we got to spend in the city of lights both before and after our Best of France tour…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris lightsLa Flamme de la Liberté above is a replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty in New York … it became an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales, after her death in 1997 in the nearby tunnel beneath the Pont de l’Alma…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne d'Arc Parisit would not be hard to fill a journal with just Paris…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz around townin going through a couple of goodie drawers here at home I found some great French bits and bobs which led to a few more art journal pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz City of LightsI made a tiny postcard to slide into a French velum envelope addressed to all of you lovely blog friends out there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne d'Arcusing some original French ledger and book pages felt good… (the first rip is always the hardest)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz L'Ile de la CiteI have confessed in the past that I sometimes use copies of vintage ephemera but I am doing much better at using the real thing…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz PARIS City of Lightseven though Erika’s JOURNEYS challenge is winding down for the month over at Art Journal Journey I have a second set of pages to share today…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Chris and Sabinegetting to meet Chris and Tony from the UK and Sabine from Germany  helped make some extra special Paris memories for us…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Chris and Sabine and Patty MeetChris enjoys coffee so she has a bit of used coffee filter by her and Sabine likes tea so I used the muslin tea bag from the tea we shared in a Paris cafe near Notre Dame (yup dried them out and took them home) … I enjoy both tea and coffee which is represented on the left hand page (after carefully opening the tea bags and putting the tea leaves in a special dish garden I noticed shimmery flakes on the inside of the tea bag fabric which for me symbolized just how magical our time in Paris was… thanks to The Graphics Fairy for the lovely ladies and cherubs … the Eiffel Tower is from a peeled tissue)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris ici la revolution Notre Dame(snapped a photo of the interesting ironwork by Notre Dame and noticed what was written on the marble on the left hand side when I got home: ICI LA REVOLUTION)

“Paris is always a good idea.” -Audrey Hepburn from the movie Sabrina

Arles…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles impressionsArles is rich in history that goes back thousands of years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles ruinswith the houses mingled in with the Roman ruins…

Patty Szymkowicz Bleu Blanc et Rouge in Arles France on our walking tour I got distracted by some clothes hanging on the line which I thought was a perfect salute to France’s bleu… blanc et rouge flag…

Magpie's Nest Arles France 1944 text book pagethe well preserved Amphitheaters are ancient…Magpie's Nest Arles Van Goghwe got to walk in the footsteps of one of Arles favorite sons…

Magpie's Nest Van Gogh garden inspirationinspired by the setting and light Van Gogh produced nearly 300 paintings and drawings in the 15 months he lived in Arles (he spent some of that time with another favorite son Paul Gauguin)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles Doors Windowsthis UNESCO world heritage site had so much to offer…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles street art samplerin the short time we visited we saw some interesting street art too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles Francewhich inspired two more pages using several of my photos cut and collaged for AJJ’s JOURNEYS theme (I wanted to give better credit to the artist but I could not read the name or find a link even after a good bit of searching)...

 

Saint-Émilion

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion cobblestonesSaint-Émilion is a village in the Bordeaux wine region of France (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Arch their history goes back to prehistoric times…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion garden and wisteriathere were wonderful photo opportunities at every turn…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz welcome to Saint EmilionI could snap photos of windows… doors and arches all day long…

Magpie's Nest Saint Emilion Church yardthe Gothic Collegiate Church Cloister built between the 13th and 14th centuries contrasted beautifully with a more modern art installation there…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Art installation Collegiate Cloisterwish we knew more about that…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz speak english with french accentthis sign made us giggle with its great sense of humor (many Europeans speak two and three languages at least)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion up highI created another spread in my French Travel Journal printing some of my artwork onto a used and flattened teabag (more about the process here)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz St Emilion beginning pgsusing one of my hand carved stamps on tissue paper and my arch photograph on the left hand page…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Bordeaux Francethe peeled wisteria napkin pieces attached with glue stick were the final touches for my spread …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz abandoned convent grapevinesthis is my tenth entry for AJJ’s JOURNEYS challenge… 

Magpie's Nest St Emilion hillside~♥~ thank you for your visit ~♥~

save the bees…

Magpie's Nest Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotelwe had occasion to speak to French bee keepers in the lobby of our hotel in Paris…Magpie's Nest Attention Abeilles Paris

their education booth was a nice surprise and we learned that city bees are doing better than country bees these days…

Magpie's Nest Queen Beefor over 15 years Paris has officially been a pesticide-free zone which aids breeding in addition to the warmth of the city environment…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Up on Arc de Triomphewe enjoyed the views of Paris after walking up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe (you can see the people along the top…we could feel the wind vibration in some of those security spikes)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Green Paris Rooftops(some lovely Paris rooftop gardens with a new one going in on the bottom left)

I am joining Erika’s JOURNEYS challenge over at Art Journal Journey with this spread in my French Travel Journal…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Bee Journal Pages“Stop using chemicals in your garden.  In the US more chemical tonnage is used on lawns and golf courses than on crops.  Even people with apartments routinely use pesticides on their window boxes, killing every butterfly that visits.”  –Mark Daniels, Director The Strange Disappearance Of The Bees


Cité de Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a beautiful fortified French town and a UNESCO World Heritage site…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carassonne samplerduring the 3rd century A.D. a curtain wall was built and parts remain today…

Magpie's Nest Carcassonne samplerbuilding began in the 12th and 13th centuries of “La Cité”  as it is also called with 53 towers strung together by two enormous concentric walls…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Cathedralhere is a UNESCO quote about this ancient walled “city”:   

“Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation.”

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Hotel viewswe were excited that there was a planned overnight stay within the ancient walls…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Traveling Tea Cup with a viewand the traveling tea cup had a nice view from our second story window…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Traveling T Cupat night the fortress took on another kind of charm…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carassonne at nightthe next day we were headed to the Midi-Pyrénées region in southwest France to visit Lourdes…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne from Hotel joining Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday and linking two more art journal pages with AJJ’s JOURNEYS theme

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz CarcassonneI used torn pieces of peeled napkin for the starry sky… a photo that I took along with computer generated words and the Carcassonne medieval coat of arms…

 

music is the universal language…

 

Magpie's Nest Avignon Window lace curtain

in the weeks before our trip to France my mind would wander and I would imagine walking on the streets of Paris hearing accordion music played on a street corner…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Avignon portal and marketas Mr Magpie and I were strolling the narrow cobble stone back streets of Avignon we happened upon a gentleman playing his accordion…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Avignon around townmy heart skipped a beat when I heard him and then we saw him as we turned the corner…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Accordion PlayerI was so excited and did manage to take a short video

 you can see Mr Magpie on the left and you can hear me using my best “Merci Beaucoup” to the nice workmen in the van for not running into me around that sharp turn…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Avignon AccordionI am joining AJJ’s JOURNEYS challenge again with this page in my French Travel Journal capturing a moment we will never ever forget…

 

Giverny in April…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Giverny Reflectionsgetting to visit Monet’s Garden was one of the reasons we decided on Trafalgar’s BEST OF FRANCE tour (we can not speak highly enough of our brilliant tour director Krista Taylor and great coach driver Francis and thank them so very much for a memorable journey through France)…

Magpie's Nest Magpie's in Monet's Gardenwe visited on a Wednesday and there were quite a few people there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Monet's Housesuch a beautiful place both inside and out…

Magpie's Nest Monet's Dining Roomwe can only imagine how crowded the gardens would be later in the season with the parade of flowers that never ends…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz in Monet's Gardenstanding on the Japanese bridge even without water lilies blooming was a dream come true (I wanted to bring my paper parasol but it didn’t fit in the suitcase so my fold up Monet’s Garden umbrella had to do)…Magpie's Nest Room with a viewwe lingered a little longer and then had a bite of lunch in the village under a bright red sunbrella where we also visited a cute boutique for some cards and a slice of berry tarte…

Magpie's Nest Giverny Tea Room La Capucinewe were delighted by the precious rabbit hopping freely around the garden…

Magpie's Nest Giverny Monet Quoteleaving the village of Giverny and walking back to our coach I spotted a great bird refuge sign that inspired me to create a page in my French Travel Journey linking it to Art Journal Journey for their JOURNEYS themeMagpie's Nest Giverny beginning pagesErika couldn’t have picked a more inspiring theme this month as it has really helped me keep busy working in my travel journal trying to preserve some memoriesMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Bird Refuge Giverny(French text, heavy gesso, pan pastels, French bird refuge sign photo, used tea bag, pressed Virginia flowers)