what happens in the middle of nowhere


There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
-Bern Williams 

good norning and bon weekend! it’s memorial day so i’m sending thanks to all the troops who’ve worked hard to protect our freedom over the years without judgement or politics including my own dear dad and brothers.



we’ve been working non stop lately but last night i had a chance to do a little armchair traveling and explore the idea of going to a couple upcoming events with volunteers for peace  (vfp.org) this summer. below are two happening in july. there’s something for everyone including boys and girls, single adults and families. they’re held all over the world and range from archaeological digs to bringing clean water to communities in need. the sky’s the limit!  normally i’d never travel to the mountains or far inland as a coastal lover. still these are good jump offs to start an overseas trip. take a look at the site and if you decide to go, let me know!


The Valley of Wonders (La Vallee des Merveilles) is  in the French Alps. There were more than 40,500 protohistoric  rock carvings dating from the Chalcolithic and the Bronze Age discovered throughout the region.


this one is near the  Côte d’Azur. it’s also known as the valley of marvels.


way up in the mountains someone stumbled onto ancient rock carvings that are thousands of years old. what were they doing up here way back then?

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It’s accessible only by hiking which is why the prehistoric site has been so well preserved.
Mount Bego, which rises to 2,872 meters, dominating its imposing stature valleys. The terrain has been shaped by glaciers that ran down its slopes there some 10,000 years ago.

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this little guy has become the poster child for the region.


the work will be done in one of the caves of marvels


so many ancient sites have the spiral as a recurring theme. some of the oldest are in france.



and thousands of carvings like these are all over the rocks. i’m fascinated with the petroglyphs. what were they trying to say?


Vallée des Merveilles-fr.wikipedia.org

this traveler made a panoramic interactive of the region which he uploaded below:



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anyway after that i’d head to italy where they’ve been creating a sustainable eco- friendly town from  ancient ruins. again, not in my first choice for a travel destination necessarily but a good starting point nonetheless! granara-eco-village-green-camp

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it’s supposedly close to parma


and picturesque to say the least


The organisation G.Eco (Granara Ecology) is located in Granara, a 600 mt altitude rural village on Appennini mountains. Granara is an experiment in sustainable development of an open community. The activities concern solar and appropriate technologies, bio-architecture, holistic health care, environmental education, social activities, theatre and art workshops and promotion of ecological awareness of inhabitants and hosts.  Granara hosts a summer a Theatre Festival, dedicated to ecology.



it looks like the town was once abandoned

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groups of dedicated visitors have come and put their hands on it to bring it back to life and repurpose and modernize it while maintaining its beauty and history.



of couse you always eat well in italy, even in the middle of nowhere!




above is a good photo video just to get an idea.

anyway VFP offers so much that it’s impossible not to find something to sink your heart and/or teeth into. they offer over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries around the world. below is just in europe! visit their site to open up the rest of the world.  in the meantime have a great weekend with the ones you love!

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England UK
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Northern Ireland UK
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland UK
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

May 18, 2013. Travel. 3 comments.

from here to eternity

miami-beach TPA


good morning and happy sunday all! it’s a bright and early morning and another chance to have a great day. sometimes that means lounging around and other times it’s getting out into the world and exploring. i came across this montage yesterday and it’s been on my mind ever since. there really is nothing like traveling is there?

it cures what ails us, sheds a different light on the world, makes our problems seem trivial and connects us in a way that only being there can do. i know myself well enough to know that wanderlust is coming on strong and maybe it’s time to book a trip.  do you have plans this summer?




well so, even if we stay in one place we can still create something out of nothing! have a beautiful day where ever you go!

May 5, 2013. Photography, Travel. 10 comments.

minuit à paris



allo tout le monde! how’s your winter wonderland? i hope it’s warm and cozy in your world. i wish i could say this was me in the shot above but alas don’t think i’ll ever be that girl…but i just landed in paris and am about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.



i left miami today and snap, it’s midnight and i’m in gay paree! i vowed never to come again january but my most exciting flea market tour ever is about to go down. i don’t mean to play coy and am dying to drop the bomb on who i’ll be with but haven’t got the OK (hint hint) to post about it yet!



we’ll be traveling to the markets and also going to the outskirts of town with a friend/merchant who’s had a stall passed down for over 3 generations at clignancourt. it’s a place i’ve always wanted to check it out and now finally have a reason to go.

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it was snowing earlier but once the jet lag hit i crashed and didn’t get to run around and shoot the beauty that is paris in the snow.



so instead of reinventing the wheel i searched for images of paris in winter and came across so many wonderful interpretations and moments captured over the years.



while i’m here, i’ll be shopping for my next OKL sale which is scheduled for the week of march 3rd. if you want me to look for something special let me know!



for now it’s off to bed. it will be nice to have the next few days at lorraine’s place with not too much on the agenda except enjoying the city for a change.

Roofs of Paris in the Snow, Herbin, 1902


i’m hoping to get some flowers and take shots of her pretty little pied-à-terre that she has so beautifully maintained over the years. it’s like coming home and just knowing it’s here is such a dream.  it’s right in the heart of the marais at the place des vosges.

Place des Vosges Carla Coulson

Carla Coulson

she rents it out so if you come to paris and need just a little place to hang your hat, retreat or write, this is it. luckily not too many people want to come in january so this week it’s all mine!



the clock is about to strike midnight so i’m heading off to dreamland, have a beautiful night and sweet dreams to you my darling friends!

January 15, 2013. OKL, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping, Travel. 26 comments.

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