Francoise Nielly

I distinctly remember one afternoon in Paris when I noticed an amazingly captivating painting through a gallery window. The gallery was closed for a late lunch and I couldn’t see any names or hints as to who the artist was. I shot a photo of it and would go back to it again and again.

Finally, five years later, I discovered who the artist was. Her name is Francoise Nielly; she lives and paints out of Montmartre in Paris. She creates beautifully haunting portraits with swift strokes of her palette knife. I am simply in love with her style and am glad I could finally see the whole scope of her work.

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Two of my favorite things

When I saw these photos of the IKEA advertisements in the Paris Metro, my heart fluttered and my knees felt weak. These are two of my favorite places: spots perfect for casual afternoons, people watching, and feeling instantly happier. When I spent my summer in Paris, I would often ride the Metro around town and discover hidden and beautiful places to sit, eat, and shop. It was a perfect way to quickly and conveniently absorb Parisian life. As for IKEA, I find myself going there on weekends to simply walk around and look at their displays. It’s one of my favorite places to relieve stress and rearrange my thoughts. Check out these amazing IKEA installations at recognizable Metro stops.

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Paris Nostalgia

image by Peter Howe

It’s been almost five years since the summer I spent in Paris, France. I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic lately, especially about this incredible trip. If you ever have the chance to go to Paris, I highly recommend it. Paris has hundreds of museums, including three of the most impressive ones I’ve ever visited: Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, and of course Musée Du Louvre. The food was amazing and the architecture was beautiful. Sitting in a cafe for hours was all we needed on a Saturday afternoon. I truly can’t wait to get back there and soak up all the city has to offer.