I’ve been keeping this article at bay because writing about one of my happiest places is not an easy task. Like, I don’t know whether the words or photos would give it justice. In any case, I have learned to just go with my gut feel and now it’s telling me to reminisce and share some moments from 2018 in Fontainebleau, France.

Fontainebleau (/ˈfɒntɪnˌbl/French pronunciation: ​[fɔ̃tɛnblo])[2] is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. It is located 55.5 kilometres (34.5 mi) south-southeast of the centre of Paris.  (Source: Wikipedia)

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Aside from the fantastic ambience of the whole town, what I really enjoyed during my stay here was the weekly market.

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It’s an open-air market in the city center where I found so many things to photograph. But I just used my cellphone because when people saw me with my DSLR, they tend to ask questions in French which I cannot respond to back in their language. So, to remain low-key, used my phone.

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I would have loved to have a translator or be fluent in the language so I could photograph the sellers and the people behind these stalls.

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There was an array of items to choose from from furnitures, clothes, magic carpets! 😉

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And the food – the amount of produce I wanted to indulge in was pretty spectacular. But I had my favorites.

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This candied orange covered in chocolate was my absolute treat! I got it from a Turkish seller and was every bit perfect.

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For the rest of the food I couldn’t eat alone, I just took photos.

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And of course there has to be baguette’s! And the fresh seafood was a whole other story. The scallops, I could not resist – had some of those with a bit of butter and lemon.

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I was amused to see them decorate the fish section with some roses. Trust me, you won’t see that in the Philippines.

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The fruits smelled sooooo delish!

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I really appreciated the respect they have for their produce and how they try to grow most organically (at least from what I saw in that market).

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I stayed a while by the flowers, just to appreciate them and watch the florist put together instantly beautiful bouquets which I felt represented my life at the moment.

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I wasn’t quite polished, but I found joy in the journey. And till now, it’s a process to seek that joy in everyday life.

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That’s me in the palace grounds (for another article).

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I found these old school lock and keys so charming!

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Do I feel I’ve given justice to my one of my “happy places”: nope, but that’s fine. I had a good time putting this together and I hope you enjoyed an insight to one of my travels.

 

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