simple pleasures: un nouveau jour

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
— Socrates

avignon, a small town in the south of france is located on the rhone river and was the seat of the catholic popes in the 14th century. at the heart of the historic city sits the papal palace, a medieval gothic building. once a fortress, today it is a captivating museum housing religious artwork including centuries-old paintings, sculptures + frescoes.

simple pleasures: terrain des peintres

An environmental human rights movement is the vision under which I labor and which may, if we all work together in concert, become a self-fulfilling prophecy. May it be so.
— Dr. Sarah Steingraber

the south of france is a marvel. here, the silhouette of saint-victoire, the solitary mountain painted by post impressionist painter paul cezanne from this verdant lookout circa 1887. my love of nature is a driving force in my desire to preserve our natural resources, protect our animals + ensure the rights of all people. i'm diving into the compelling book living downstream by activist, ecologist + cancer survivor, dr. sarah steingraber. check out this feature length documentary film in which she discusses “the web of connections between our bodies and the ecological world in which we eat, drink, breath and work.”

simple pleasures: le refuge

In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.
— Anna Quindlen

this week's simple pleasures takes us to this beautiful courtyard outside of paris. i sat here + did what i love to do: meditated on my many blessings, listened to the wind in the trees + watched the world go by: children on scooters, elderly couples holding hands, young lovers. this is the perfect place to read, to revel in solitude + refine one's soul. may you all travel to destinations that light a fire within your heart +bring you boundless peace. 

simple pleasures: rebondir, bounce back

You should not allow yourself the luxuries of discouragement or despair. Bounce back immediately, and welcome the adversity because it produces harder thinking and harder drive to get to the objective.
— Ralph Nader

my objective? it's always travel. i always feel a little bit larger spiritually + stronger emotionally after my travels, a little bit wiser if you will. this summer, as i celebrate six years of health - that's 6 years cancer free! - i reflect upon my many blessings and my happy journey towards wellness + green living. those of you that follow along on instagram know that traveling is my life, and with a renewed ability to walk, hike, skip, jump, stroll + meander anywhere i'd like thanks to the gift of health, i'll explore a new country with the curiosity + wonderment of a child, then i report back to you here! last summer i was fortunate enough to visit four unique towns throughout belgium; you may remember the magical, vegan waffles that were a part of the adventures. a recent trip to the continent of africa, the mysterious + magical country of morocco, was also quite inspiring. this week, i'll share a photocentric voyage to amsterdam, a truly fortifying trip to a remarkable city, full of bold colors + fiery energy. i'll be sharing some of my favorite vegan restaurants, cafes + truly peaceful green spaces with you here so stay tuned eco boys + girls!