Hey guys! So several things happened this week that I never expected to happen EVER in my life.

Firstly, I won a $50 in a photography contest, which makes me feel slightly more justified in the countless dollars I’ve spent on cameras. If you want to see the winning photo (ha), click here.

And in the same photographic vein,  I started an Instagram account, and are we being real here? I love it. (For someone who six months ago didn’t even have Facebook, it blows my mind that I am now a huge fan of both Twitter AND Instagram. What the eff?) My Instagram is AshleyAbroad so let’s be Instagram friends or whatever it’s called!

And thirdly, today I met David Lebovitz! If you don’t know him you can find his blog here. He’s a San Francisco native who worked as a pastry chef at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse for 12 years, and then moved to Paris. He’s not only an extremely talented chef who gives out fantastic recipes, he’s also a laugh-out-loud writer whose books I read over and over again. It was cool to meet him in person though I kind of lost my cool and all I mumbled was, “Um, I love your blog.” Post soon!

So sorry for the lengthly updates! Here are the photos I liked this week. Let me know which ones you liked too!


Photo A

La Defense

This week I went to La Defense, Paris’ skyscraper-filled financial district. I journeyed there with the lovely Edna from Expat Edna for the Christmas market. I liked this shot because it shows a side of Paris that you never see in movies.

Photo B

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Street Art

The town I live in, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, is one of the pristine and well-t0-do suburbs of Paris. So it surprised me when I found this edgy street art specimen in town!

Photo C

On the way to see David Lebovitz at La Cuisine we walked past Paris’ town hall, l’Hôtel de Ville. It really looked beautiful in the light of the setting sun.

Hotel de Ville

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Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.