Sunday, June 23, 2013

ich bin ein Berliner

After a week in London, our next spring break destination was Berlin, Germany. During our four day weekend adventure we stayed at a beautiful sunny apartment in the eclectic Kreuzberg neighborhood which had an incredible weekend Turkish market, access to the canal, and a great selection of bars. The atmosphere of Berlin was so inviting and relaxing. The sunny weather made the colors of the city pop, everything appeared so vibrant.

 Visiting the Holocaust Memorial was an incredible experience, the whole memorial itself is made out of basic concrete slabs and is somewhat disorderly and confusing in order to represent the uncomprehensibleness of lives and communication lost in the Holocaust.

 It felt weirdly symbolic when I came across a bug helplessly suffering, lying on its back after having just been stepped on by a man's foot. 

Our last evening spent in Berlin was magical. After sitting by the canal at golden hour sipping beers and chatting, we took a route along the canal and a few strange turns later accidentally came upon a carnival that appeared out of nowhere. As we walked through a dark and barely lit park path we saw the lights of the carnival off in the distance.

We emerged from the dark path and towards the field made bright by the neon colors of the carnival rides. Sounds of carnival game operators and energetic children screaming flooded the area. It felt like walking straight into a scene out of a movie. 

All images are film, with the exception of the full-length portrait of Eve.

xx jacqueline harriet

Thursday, June 20, 2013

england, april 2013

For the first week of my two-week-long spring vacation Metin and I traveled to England, spending most of our time in London with the exception of a day trip excursion to the seaside town of Brighton.

London had long been at the top of my list of places to visit, and it was incredible how quick and easy it was to take a two-hour high speed train directly there from Paris. As soon as we arrived at St. Pancras International, it was disorienting yet comforting to hear the familiar sound of the English language being spoken. As much as I'd improved in speaking French over the previous months, I was much in need of a mental break...constant back-and-forth translation can tire the mind.

The week sort of blurs together, as a few days were lost when I came down with a fever and was too weak to go out and sightsee for part of our trip. But for the most part, we were able to visit most all of the 'sights'.

The dreary weather of London is no myth, but on one of the earlier days of our trip we witnessed some beautiful rainy weather. No sarcasm intended, the rain was a positive, it was only light mist and what followed was a beautiful sunset of pink and yellow that framed Big Ben in the distance as we stood over by Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately I only have Instagram'd photographs of that particular sunset...but here are some film and digital photographs from my week in the UK!

One of the most exciting 'sights' for me was the Tate Modern, a museum I'd been dreaming of visiting for years. 

London was completely different from what I expected, I hope to explore more of its diverse neighborhoods in the future. Though, I think my favorite part of the week was when Metin & I visited the sweet Lauren Maccabee in Brighton. Lauren showed us all around the town with its charming streets lined with shops and cafés. People were SO friendly and happy and eager to start conversations. The weather wasn't overcast but not quite sunglasses worthy, it was breezy and pleasant. 

Metin, Lauren and I drank beers on the beach for a few hours and Maisie Cousins dropped by to chat as well. As seen from my previous post concerning Marseilles & Cassis, I'm starting to find myself falling in love with beach towns. 

Posts with photos from Berlin, Rome, and Spain coming sooooon.

P.S. I'm back in NYC full-time as of last week!

xx jacqueline harriet

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

flo morrissey / 9mary in paris & london

The lovely Flo Morrissey (also known as 9mary, listen to her beautiful music here) visited Paris in April to perform at a Sofar sounds event at NYU Paris.

A few hours before the show, Flo & I met up over coffee & orange juice at Café Carette by the Eiffel Tower. 

Afterwards, we strolled around the 16th arrondissement and enjoyed one of the best days for weather I saw all semester.

Flo performing an original song during the Sofar sounds show

A few weeks later when I visited London [Flo's hometown], we met up once again for a few hours to have tea & catch up.

Flo gave me a tour around the stunning Kensington Gardens, in Hyde Park which struck me as a sort of miniature Central Park. Dogs kept running up to us as we lounged in the grass.

Blogging pictures of my travels to London, Brighton, Berlin, Rome, and Spain soon!

xx jacqueline harriet

Sunday, June 9, 2013

marseilles & cassis [the south of france]

Back in April, I went on a two-day school trip to the south of France. My friends and I joked about how sitting on the beach felt foreign to us, having lived most recently in places like New York City and Paris. After a semester fileld with gray days in Paris, the beach was the perfect getaway. Of all of my weekends spent abroad, this ranks as one of my most cherished.

The first destination was Marseilles, the oldest and second largest city in France. In comparison to Paris, Marseilles feels like an entirely different country save for the French language. The port city is far more rugged in its architecture, a mix of new and old that isn't anywhere as extravagant as Paris. On almost every block, there were construction sites, as the city is undergoing a huge reconstruction in order to ameliorate its status (Marseilles had a bit of a seedy reputation in the past). Pictured above is one of the more contemporary additions to this old city, a modern art museum if I can recall correctly.

At the top of the city lies a Catholic Basilica, Notre-Dame de la Garde, pictured off in the distance below.

The drive up to the basilica featured breathtaking views of the sea.

Once we reached the basilica, the highest natural point in the city, we were able to get a great 360 view of the the city and the sea.

Inside the basilica.

Our night ended with a dinner held on a docked boat restaurant, we watched the sun set a million different shades of blue, pink, and purple. Unfortunately no photos but you can imagine....

The next morning, we took a bus ride through breathtaking cliffs on our way to a beautiful commune, Cassis. 

Once we reached the charming commune, we took a boat ride on the Mediterranean along Cassis' famous cliffs. Literally the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my whole life, the water was unbelievably blue.

For the rest of the day we explored the area on land and then settled onto the rocky beach where we enjoyed ice cream and beer until it was time to drive back to the train station. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

slow spring in Paris

Paris greeted me with snow, acquainted me with gray rainy days, and made me praise every opportunity to stroll sans layers of jackets.

Twice in the past two years I've moved eastward in increments of 3,000 miles, to cities with much harsher weather conditions than my Northern California hometown. Though the spring weather, and the people, were slower to become as warm and inviting as in Sacramento or New York, by the end of my experience it felt extremely sad to have to leave a place that had become a "home" for five months.

Though I really didn't photograph much abroad, these simple photographs give a little taste into some fond memories I had in Paris. As much as each of my five months spent there had specific emotions and events attached to them, rather than diagram it out into the darks/lights, I'd like to regard it as a whole.

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting photographs from my travels to the south of France, London, Berlin, Rome, and Spain! And in two weeks, I'll be back in NYC...full-time.

One of my first days in Paris, at Place de la Concorde. One of the most beautiful sunsets I witnessed in the course of five months.

Snow on a late January evening.

Rachel & Steph in the Métro.

Smoke break with Mégane and Morgane at the opening of a new bar in the le Marais.

Rebecca & Morgane waiting for the Métro.

Mégane and Rebecca before their school fashion show.

Brunch at the ironic Breakfast in America diner with Madeleine and Regina.

Christopher Owens' (of the band GIRLS) solo show at La Flèche d'Or.

Bristol on the métro after a movie & cocktail hour.