Monday, March 28, 2011

Photography Getaways

If you love photography and love to travel, then you need to contact Nicolette Fisher at 

As explained on her website - "We offer photography travel workshops in Europe to the hobbyist photographer who loves to explore, learn new techniques, and ways to craft your photography in picturesque destinations you will never want to leave".

Nicolette offers 3 Day Tours and New 1 Day Workshops.  
Here is a few of her fantastic tours.

This Workshop in Versailles along with the Loire Valley would be a perfect add-on 

One Day Workshop Events:
Versailles, France                       Pictures in the Park
Join us for a day in the infamous grand gardens of Versailles. We gather in the morning for a photographic tour of the luxe gardens, and commence at 2:00pm for your optional tour of the palace on your own, before venturing out on the massive grounds on your own to put what you learned to use and take advantage of the late afternoon lighting.    
Friday, May 20, 2011   8:00am - 2:00pm                                                €45 / €65 with admission to Palace.

3 Day Workshop Tour
Montrichard, Loire Valley, France         Tues. May 24 - Fri. May 27, 2011
Join us in Montrichard, France to capture this enchanted area of the Loire Valley. This market town dones both medieval and Renaissance architecture and a hilltop fortress overlooking the Cher waterway. Montrichard also makes a nice homebase for the surrounding areas we will discover the next three days. 

A welcome reception will be held on Tuesday evening upon your arrival with appetizers and cocktails. The next three days we will encounter some of the area's best chateaux such as Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau  de Chissay, Chateau du Plesiss-Buerre, and Chateau du Montpoupon. We will also venture to Montresor, which is considered to be one of France's most beautiful villages. On our final day we will explore the local mushroom caves of nearby town Buerre prior to our hosted dinner party at a local restaurant with traditional French cuisine. 
Included:  workshops - excursions - Chenonceau tour - champignon cave tour - dinner party - gift & more

Beynac-et-Cazenac, France          An Ever After Photo Tale
Explore the fairy tale scenery of the Dordogne region with charming old villages, fortress high walls, and castles and chateau. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, this one day workshop tour is surely not one to miss. Included in your workshop tour is a one hour river float cruise tour.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011   8:00am - 4:30pm   €70.

3 Day Workshop Tour
Cinque Terre, Italy      Tues. June 7 - Fri. June 10, 2011
Get your cameras ready! This is one photography getaways you don't want to miss. How does three days on the Italian Riveria sound? Join us as we capture colorful rustic Italian oceanside villages, hike rugged breathtaking cliffs, meander through vineyards, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise, and explore the culture and charm of Italy's seaside villages. Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, offers the exploration of five picturesque villages, secluded from the main motorway and only reachable by train.

A welcome reception will be held on Tuesday evening after checking into your hotel. The next three days will be spent exploring the coastline, villages, vineyards, and more by foot, train, and boat. Don't forget to bring your appetite for traditional Italian food, as we will host dinner party on our last evening together. This is one getaway that could be a lasting memory!

Included:  workshops - excursions - boat cruise - hiking - dinner party - train transporation during workshops - gift & more

This is so much more that Photography Getaways can offer you.  This is an incredible opportunity to experience and capture some of the most beautiful places in Europe.

Nicolette is a talented photographer, and makes a wonderful teacher/guide.  She is also the Assisatant Copy Editor and a regular writer/photographer at Belle Inspiration Magazine.
I highly recommend Photography Getaways

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bon week-end!

Bon week-end!

Don't forget our giveaway - ends March 29th. 

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring is Sprung...almost!

  Happy Spring!

Is it true that Spring has sprung? 
Here in Paris it has...well, sort of.

All the luscious fleuristes are always stocked with extraordinary blooms.

The trees are starting to bud, and the flowers are popping up and 
showing their colors. 

We still need our jackets and scaves, but Spring is definitely on its way!
Sunshine and blue skies are on the week's agenda!  

A sweet group of Japanese expats were out on the Anevue des Champs Elysées on Sunday. They had created a memorial for the victims of the quake and tsunami.  
You could write messages on the mat and choose from hundreds of origami birds, which you were to unfold and write your meassage inside. 
 (The trick was getting it back together - thankfully the professionals were standing by to help with this!) 
  Everyone was stopping; Japanese, French, Indian, American, Egyptian...
It was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

  We continue to send our support and prayers to the people of Japan! 

Don't forget to enter our latest giveaway - "Une Cadeau Francais"
Everyone is welcome!

Ends March 29th

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Une Cadeau Francais

Une cadeau francais
(sounds more exciting than a giveaway don't you think?)
for all the wonderful subscribers to 
Belle Inspiration Magazine

 A chance to Celebrate the latest issue with 
150 pages of Spring Fever!

A HUGE thank you to all the susbcribers to Belle
I am still reading through all your lovely emails.  
Each and every one is read and aprreciated more that I can say. 

In the meantime, I was getting lost in an antique store when I found a pretty 
vintage silver photo 'book-style frame', 
which opens up to store your photos. 

Not sure of the age, as it has newer photo jackets inside, 
but if you like that vintage feel in your dècor you may like this. 

 I love details like this.  

The rules are simple:
Just let me know you are a Belle subscriber,
 and your favorite Belle article. 

Winner announced on March 29th.

If you' re not a subscriber to Belle, we'd love for you to join in on the fun anyway.
 Just leave a comment!

Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways and features on the Belle Inspiration website and in the magazine!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Belle Inspiration Magazine is 'Live'

The March/April Issue is now Online!

150 pages of "Spring Fever"

If you would like to see what we are creating, go to 

Stay tuned for a Giveaway this week

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Belle Inspiration is Celebrating "Spring Fever"

Belle Inspiration Magazine is Celebrating "Spring Fever"!

Online March 15th!

If you don't have your subscription yet, click here

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