Monday, August 25, 2014

We Went To The Louvre During Peak Season...

Crowds. I can only hope that you are not claustrophobic should you ever decide to visit the famous Louvre Museum during peak tourist season a.k.a. when Charles and I were there this past July. Because it's reallly, realllly crowded. Like "bout to throw dem bows" crowded... Luckily for me and Charles, we were mentally prepared to endure such crowds since we had done our research beforehand. We were up at the crack of dawn (7:30am) to get there in time for the 9:00am opening of the museum. Of course, everyone else had the same idea and we all kind of arrived at the same time haha but not really haha but really haha because it was what it was... haha. (<-- Did I really just type that sentence?)

With our tickets in hand, we had only one main objective for the Louvre: To see the Mona Lisa. Other than that, we planned just wander around and enjoy ourselves along the way. So off we went to the Denon Wing to see Mona and her glorified smirk. We walked through corridors upon corridors, making a few stops along the way to check out the artwork and so that I could admire the ceilings because well, the ceilings were pretty spectacular. If anything I was more impressed with the ceiling art and building design than alot of the artwork and sculptures along the eye level walls... Hence the many photos of ceilings to come..

^^ Ceiling #1
^^ Feel free to place your caption for this photo in the comments below ;)
^^ Ceiling #2

Many tour groups are led by guides who carry umbrellas or sticks with flags above their heads to keep their group together. Whenever Charles and I saw a stick waving in the air in front of us, we braced ourselves for traffic jams since these large groups generally move at a slower pace. 

 ^^ Ceiling #3
 ^^ Doesn't it look like the people standing below the painting are an extension of the artwork? 
Almost like they could climb into the painting to join in on Jesus and The Last Dinner if they wanted to... 
^^ Life Imitating Art
^^ Charles For The Photobomb Win (Ceiling #4)

Oh Mona... She just looking at us looking at her liiiike, "Meh. What-eva. Seen one tourist, I seen 'em all." So after we were done checking her out, Charles and I left the Denon Wing to go check out the art in the Sully and Richelieu Wings which is when I put my camera in my purse to be present in the moment.. And 3 hours later, we finally made our way outside to get some fresh air and attempt to touch the tip of the Louvre pyramid...

Major emphasis on attempt haha... But at least I tried right??? Anyways, I think this is a good stopping point for today. Our visit to the Louvre marked the beginning of our 1st day in Paris a.k.a. our 4th day in France. It also marks the beginning of my sharing photos with you from our time abroad this past July/August. As you can see, I'm more than likely going to be bouncing around sharing posts about Europe out of order to keep things exciting and also because I've been editing my photos out of order as well... (Un) Organized creative chaos for the win :) 

Have you ever visited a tourist destination during peak tourist season? How did/do you deal with the crowds?

Happy Happy Monday!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

My First Maternity Shoot

This is my close friend Camesha and her husband, Bill. Camesha is my second friend within my circle of girlfriends to join the world of motherhood and while Charles and I were in Europe, she gave birth to a beautiful bundle of joy named Camille! Wi-fi was spotty while we were traveling abroad so when I finally found some wi-fi and saw Camille's photo that Camesha had sent me to announce her birth, I about died! Camille is the cutest baby ever!! The photos above are just a few of the many I took of Bill and Camesha while Baby Camille was still cooking in the oven and I wanted to share them with you today because how could I not?!?! Camesha and Bill were the vision of glowing mother and proud father to be while I was taking their photos and I feel so honored to have been asked to capture this joyous occasion for them :)

Happy Happy Friday & Hope You Have A Wonderful Weekend!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Party Like A Pirate On The D.C. Boomerang Pirate Ship :)

Ahoy! Buckos! I hope yer don't mind if I catch yee up wit the past before we start discussin Europe! Today I've got a post full o' sunsets and grog and pirates, oh my! A little over a full moon ago, my best mates and I set sail on the Boomerang Pirate Ship for a boozy sunset cruise down the Potomac River in D.C. and had a jolly good time! Scroll down to check out moments from our groggy evening or prepare to meet your doom and walk the plank!!! 

^^ Don, Tia, Peach, Me & A Squinty Pirate To My Right
^^ Pirates take selfies too :)
^^ Notice how we completely disregard the Monument & Lincoln Memorial behind us lol. #locals
^^ Limbo Time!
^^ As we were sailing, our ship made a pitstop for what we all believed to be a boozy re-up haha.
Could've been toilet paper but it was more fun to think that they were throwing liquor around for our sake.
^^ Essential Pirate Accessories
^^^ The Motley Crew <3

I don't know about you but I have a slight obsession with anything pirate themed... I have no shame in admitting that I was one of those people who changed her Facebook language setting to "Pirate" and had her account set to that language for a good 2 years while in college (best 2 years of my "Facebook" life). So when I came across a Living Social deal for a discounted ride on The Boomerang Pirate Ship, I immediately hit up my friends and said, "Let's do this!" Luckily for me, my friends are all about the pirate lifestyle as well haha.

The Boomerang Pirate Ship offers two different types of cruise rides to the public. During the day, they offer Family Fun Treasure Hunt Cruises and during the late afternoon and evening, they offer Adult Booze Cruises which is obviously the type of cruise we took. The Boomerang picks up right in front of the Georgetown Waterfront and sails the Potomac River providing views of various D.C. cityscape along the way. The location is perfect for those wanting to grab a bite to eat afterwards as well since there are so many restaurants right there in the Waterfront once you off board the ship. Whether you're a D.C. tourist or local, I highly recommend reserving a ride on the Boomerang Pirate Ship for an experience that is everything but ordinary. Pirate costume optional but highly recommended :)

P.S. That Living Social Deal for the Boomerang... It's still going on!!! That you can enjoy the Boomerang at a discounted rate obviously makes the experience even better so go grab your tickets now before the deal goes away!!! P.P.S. I am not being compensated by the Boomerang Pirate Ship or by Living Social for my review. I just love all things discounted, had a really good time and wanted to share my experience with you. Simple as that :)

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