Was lucky to have some time off for the holidays so I set out to explore an new territory in a familiar land: Minnewaska State Park. Gorgeous lake and falls. Our two travel companions were pretty burnt out towards the end._DSC3716_DSC3718_DSC3728_DSC3666-2

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2014 West Indies Labor Day Parade

It’s been so busy around here with weddings and personal life, I haven’t had much of a chance to update the ol blog! I recently went down with my film camera to the labor day parade here in my neighborhood around Eastern Parkway. This happens every year and I’ve always seen it while moving September 1 (typically in standstill traffic in my van) but this year I had already moved by the first so I was able to enjoy it! Lots of grilling, jerk chicken, anything served in a pineapple, and every country in the west indies being represented by it’s people. SO much energy and revelry.

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Upon arriving to Schipol airport for the second time, I felt immediately at ease and ready to explore an entirely different culture. The Dutch are all ridiculously happy and laid back, everyone  in a pleasant mood and healthy looking. We immediately found a pair of bikes to rent out and ride around, really the only way to get around as the Dutch love. Over the next few days we settled into our houseboat, visited a few museums including the Van Gogh and Anne Frank museums. Of course we went to the dutch brewery underneath the windmill on the east side of town, visited lots of cafes and restaurants and just wandered around. One night we had to go by the infamous red light district-certainly an interesting experience. I would love to go back and spend more time really diving into the culture here, truly beautiful and pleasant place to be with some amazing memories I won’t forget.

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Leaning Tower of Piza

Another good one from my trip to Italy-Piza! A staple for all to see and I was surprised to see all the rest of the buildings leaning as well. Truly magnificent architecture on the facade, however.


Happy 4th of July

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All about Venice

Last night I had a dream that I woke up in Istanbul for some reason…my travel bug is setting in again, so I thought I might put together a blog about Venice and all it’s tiny intricacies, mazes and spectacular views. Not to mention the personal connection we all now have with it. Fond memories!

This was the street where our charming AirBNB was located. Amazing place, felt like home.


Caught the sunset on our first night there on our way to get lost until we found an amazing seafood joint. Venice_002 Venice_003 Venice_004 Venice_005

This was the facade of the apartmet-it has very middle eastern style to the windows, which were found all over Venice. Loved it!Venice_006 Venice_007

A more than typical mask artisan’s shop. He said he’d been there for over 25 years, but the shop itself was much much older. He is in the next photo:Venice_008 Venice_009

St. Mark’s Square was a great place to hang out and people watch. We haggled for those cheap glow in the dark air flyers, only for it to break 30 seconds later. Venice_010 Venice_011

More wanderings.


What Gena was actually unaware of was that building across the water would serve as the perfect spot for his surprise proposal.


New Year’s Eve


He proposed, at midnight, amidst the fireworks. She had no idea and of course, said yes :)Venice_015 Venice_016 Venice_017

What I love is you can literally get lost in this place, without actually getting lost. All roads in the end just lead to the water or center of town. Venice_018 Venice_019 Venice_020

Her wish had come true!


After resting off the NY eve shinanigans, we woke up super early the next day for some engagement portraits. They are really spectacular and worth every minute of our complete exhaustion if not just for the light and the views. Venice_022 Venice_023 Venice_024

This image was taken by Aeran, but I have to end with it. After wandering around all night, hopping in and out of New Year’s Eve gatherings, we ended up back on our street just in time for the sun to rise. It was a magical moment that I won’t soon forget :)Venice_025


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