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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Paris, Munich and Berlin!!

Back from Europe and Breaking a 102 degree Fever!!

Unfortunately, I'm back without the ability to swallow painlessly. Twenty four hours after stepping foot on North American soil my body physically collapsed. I spent most of this weekend burning up and Sunday morning in the emergency room. Don't know if it was being around 53 Spring-Break-therefore-sleepless-high-schooler's on a boot-camp-style regimen of museums and tours in less than favorable weather (snow, rain, hail and ice cold wind), let alone that some of those 53 were complaining about 'Strep' throat and other mysterious ailments. Well, some antibiotic-filled-hours since, I'm finally able to face the keyboard and share SOME of the 750 photos that I took with you all! Mind you my aesthetic sensibilities lend for some alternate type of photos. It was my third time in Paris, second time to Munich and first time to Berlin so as we travelled through those cities expect to see not only some of the typical tourist images, but some of my quirky, graffiti, dessert and color-filled images. Since I can't possibly share it all at once expect this to be the subject of choice through out the next few posts. I hope you enjoy the images and words!!!


Blogging from Paris



The shot above is one of my pics of the Eiffel Tower & of the peace monument that is located at the end of the Parc du Champs de Mars. The glass walls of the monument have the word "peace" written/etched onto the glass in many of the world's languages. The monument is called Le Mur de la Paix (The Peace Wall). It was made by Clara Halter, the wife of famous writer/painter/philosopher Marek Halter and officially erected in 2000.

The image to the right is of Gregg as he looks through one of the glass panes of the peace monument.


Don't ask me who named this cafe- but I think its brilliant. Most definitely one of the places I would love my fictional characters to have an impromptu romantic meeting - the problem- readers would not find a little cafe called 'You and Me in Suede' believable!!!


Rent-a-Bike and leave it where you like! Why, oh why? can't every city in the US have these?? Well, I can tell you why NYC can't have them - the parts would be sold off instantaneously...or maybe not - I'm done being the Ye-of-little-faith-person I want to believe its possible!!


Can you tell what's wrong with this pic? No, the building is not melting.


In most European cities when they are doing construction on a building they cover it with a sheeting that has imagery on it - like mega-banners. The images are usually of a building itself to disguise that construction is even happening. Sometimes there will be something quirky happening in the image like in the building windows or there will be elegant large scale advertisements on the sheets. This time they took a Salvador Dali cue and distorted the image of the building. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Me in the Marriott Rive Gauche/Paris Lobby (click to see larger)
So let me know what you think and stop back by in a few days to see some more of Euro & Me!!!

Reader Comments (8)

This is a really fun introduction to the three-city tour we’ll be going on. I have my ticket!
I loved the sepia Eiffel Tower, but my most favorite pic—beside the sticker-covered laptop, which explains why I’m not a full-blown artist (can you guess what I mean?)—is the surreal building sheeting. What panache! What dedication to beauty! We just splay out our concrete chaos, dust, and noise in front of God and everyone! LOL!

March 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissalister

WOW! I seriously thought that you and your husband had decided to stay in Europe for ever... but you are sick! I hope you feel better soon. Great tour, I am looking forward to seeing more of your picks, they are good!

April 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeatriz

love the pictures of Europe...can't wait to see more. Hope you are feeling a little better this morning. I love seeing your writing with the pictures, I hope you do more writing of your recent experiences in the next post. You are amazing!!!

April 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstain boy

Bravo Mme.
Les photos sont magnifique!!
You do well when you're with fever.
get back to school soon
we need you

April 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryour principal

come backkk! pictures are amazing, sorry you have been so ill :(. hope you had fun though

April 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersteph

oh, how i loved your photos of Paris - i'm hoping to go next spring, so i'm always excited to see/hear about other's experiences.

but i do hope you feel better soon ;)

thanks for visiting my blog, and leaving such a nice comment on my post for sunday scribblings.

April 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

on the pic where gregg is walking toward the building it looks like that he has a cane but its the pole witch i think is cool

April 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercuchi

also marisol you looked great in the rain coat we picked out

April 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercuchi

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