Inspired by Our Honeymoon

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Last week I was looking through pictures of our honeymoon in France and Spain, and completely forgot that we snapped a few shots of my favorite inspired corners. Since I never shared pictures of our European trip, here are a few of my favorites that I hope will inspire me to create something later.

There's something about perfect little white garden boxes and a cute tree planted inside that makes me stop at front doors across Europe to take pictures. (Yes, that's my arm to the left eating ice cream.)

One thing that I love about Europe is the freshness of cheese in the shops, bread in baskets and flowers on the sidewalk. We took way too many pictures of bright flowers but here is one of my favorites in a Paris shop.

Walking through the ch√Ęteau de Versailles was a dream come true - I am a sucker for European royalty, especially the kind with scandal. After walking the beautiful gardens and going through the historical castle, we stumbled upon a decadent dessert shop with gorgeous macaroons in every color.

More door entry candy. I can't get enough and Tours, France was no exception. This door entices shoppers into an over-priced handbag boutique.

As soon as I walked through the hallway of our hotel in Tours, France, I was in love. This wallpaper is so modern and clean that I just had to snap a shot.

This flower pot was created with wine boxes and we found this unique piece outside of a bar in Bordeaux, France.

Once we made it to Southern France, we stayed at an amazing resort in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. We were in walking distance to downtown and you could feel the ocean breeze on our balcony. At breakfast, these little jam jars included chalkboards, because no one is happy spreading strawberry jam thinking that raspberry is going on that muffin.

Here are two shots from our comfortable hotel lobby in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

We crossed the Baie de Chingoudy into Hondarribia, Spain and stayed in a parador, a fortress dating back to 980. Looking past all of the medieval swords, drapes and furniture, this building has a lot of charm, including this little wall arrangement.

Walking around Hondarribia ...

And our ultimate inspiration: food.

We finally put up pictures of our honeymoon in the living room and we walk by those framed reminders everyday. Now I need to be reminded that the inspiration should come out in my work!

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