Posts Tagged ‘Louvre’’

Get My Good Side Please

May 11, 2012

My husband and I travel – A LOT!  While getting photos of the two of us together as we travel is easier with advances in self-portrait features of digital cameras, often we still rely on the generous nature of strangers to capture our moment for us.

However, several years ago, my husband John and I were in Paris.  After some feet-tiring hours at the Louvre, we were relaxing by the courtyard fountain when a new tradition in our travel photography was born.  Yes, we take photos of our feet.

Since then, we’ve taken a number of such pictures and I think there are some big plusses.  First, you can easily take it yourself so if you are off the beaten path, you can still document your moment.

Most of us are not self-conscious about our feet in the way we might be about, say, our hips…

If there are multiple people in the shot, you don’t have to be concerned with getting everyone to smile or if their eyes are open.

Shoes on or shoes off it’s an interesting way to tell a story.  Imagine dirty hiking boots in the view you climbed up to see…toes buried in white sand of a well deserved getaway or even just small feet playing in a mud puddle.

I had not given much thought to our quirky feet photos.  In truth, at times they were a way to show where I was without showing too much…sweaty, dirty, no makeup or even worse – in a swimsuit!

So imagine my surprise when the June issue of Readers Digest arrived and there was a brief article on – you guessed it – feet photos!  Seems a photographer named Tom Robinson began documenting his travels with his wife this way back in 2005.  He now has a collection of over 90 such photos, 3 of which can be found on page 88 of the June Readers Digest!

We also have a number of photos of our shadows.  This one shows both our shadow, and our footprints in the snow, from a hike near Cave B in Washington State.

The back cover photo on our holiday card was the shadow of us on our tandem bicycle.

For the back cover of our Shutterfly photo album from our 11th “honeymoon” trip to the Dominican Republic last July, we used a photo of our footprints in the sand.  It’s a wonderful reminder that we are on this journey together.

 

Photos are an important part of your travel as well as your everyday life.  Get creative and have some fun.  Even the most camera shy in your group may enjoy posing for a “foot photo”!

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My Aching Feet

September 30, 2011

Travel is hard on your feet.  Doesn’t matter what shoes you wear, your feet suffer.  Flying makes your feet swell so the shoes that are normally your favorite, are feeling snug after a couple hours in the air.  I wear a FitBit and my travel days are always some of my most active – it’s a lot farther from the garage, through security, to your gate, then to baggage claim and ground transportation at your destination than you realize.

I do not travel in sneakers.  I prefer flats – often with rubber soles – that look dressier.  They are “comfortable walking shoes” without having me look like a stereotypical “tourist”.  They are easy on and off at airport security as well.

 

No matter what shoes you wear, you will likely spend more time on your feet when traveling than you do at home.  After hours at the Louvre’, touring the museums and monuments of Washington DC or working your company’s trade show booth in Las Vegas,  your feet are going to be tired.  Sometimes they feel as if they are on fire.

It was after my own day at the Louvre’ that I discovered a great way to refresh my aching feet.  My husband and I, to enjoy the beautiful day, took a seat on the edge of the large fountain in the rear courtyard of the Louvre’.   We took off our shoes and dangled our feet in the water.  We spent about 30 minutes soaking up sunshine, splashing our feet in the water, enjoying the scenery and taking pictures.
When our feet were dry and we put our shoes back on, I was surprised to find they were no longer tight and my feet were no longer sore or tired!  The cool water had reduced the travel swelling and left us feeling absolutely refreshed!

We had the same experience after walking over 12 miles one day in our nation’s Capital!  Now whenever we find ourselves in need of refreshing, we look for a fountain to take a break and splash our feet.

When there isn’t one or the weather is not conducive, I’ve been known to fill the hotel tub with a couple inches of cool water, sit on the rim with a glass of wine and a book and pretend I’m at the Trevi’ Fountain in Rome.

What a simple – and often entertaining solution – to a very common travel complaint! 


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