Paris, France

I ended my trip in France with spending the day in Paris. I learned the public transportation and got myself to the Eiffel Tower and later to the Notre Dame Cathedral…which is now closed and under construction. But while I was near the Eiffel Tower, I made a game at taking photos of the couples who were getting married that day. :) I didn’t expect to see this at all, but couples were all over the place that I couldn’t help myself since I had my equipment on me. I was being discreet taking these pictures and giggled the whole time. I find being a photographer for these couples in such a public place super stressful so maybe that’s why I was so happy because it wasn’t me! Lol  So now I can brag and say that I photographed six wedding couples in one day!!! :)  After all, Paris is the city of love!
Thank you, France…you are so magical and I’ll be back!

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What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
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Moustiers, France

A quaint little village South of France. Situated between two cliffs and there’s a beautiful waterfall in the center of the village. Probably the most important historical monument is the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Beauvoir; it takes 262 steps to get to the top to see the chapel but it is totally worth it and the view of the rooftops of Moustiers is quite breathtaking. I enjoyed an amazing croissant and hot chocolate in one of the coffee shops and we bought snacks from a beautiful pastry shop. It was a quick little visit after running in the lavender fields in Valensole, but I’m super glad I saw this quaint little village with my own eyes. P.S. Thanks to my friend, Claire, for the middle picture… 7th photo from the top. :)France_20190622_MariaPeterson0173 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0161 France_20190622_MariaPeterson015820190703_untitled_0001-220190703_untitled_0001France_20190622_MariaPeterson019520190703_untitled_0002-2France_20190622_MariaPeterson019620190703_untitled_0002France_20190622_MariaPeterson018320190703_untitled_0002-320190703_untitled_0001-420190703_untitled_0001-5 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0200

Who lives sees, but who travels sees more. – Anonymous


Lavandes Angelvin, France

My favorite way of learning geography is through traveling. It was truly a beautiful experience to arrive at the lavender field by 5AM to wait for the sunrise; and I will never forget the smell of lavender the second we opened the car’s door. These are the things that remain in your bones forever.France_20190622_MariaPeterson0011 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0008 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0014 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0019

“True humility is born out of an awesomeness of God’s greatness, grows in a heart full of gratitude,

and matures in the awe of His passionate love for us.”


Cassis, France

Such a cute little town with such cool vibes on the Mediterranean Sea. And my first time swimming in the Mediterranean Sea too. Mind-blown.

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“To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Anderson


Goult, France

I basically went all the way to South of France for this cooking class. It took three days to get here and there were times the thought did enter my mind that God might not want this for me and that I led Him instead of Him leading me. I was being tested to trust and not for a moment to think that God is not good and didn’t care about me. So when my feet landed in Aix-en-Provence the evening of June 19, 2019,  I knew that this cooking class was a GIFT straight from heaven. The experience with Giuseppina Mabilia was more wonderful than I imagined; Giuseppina is a woman of vision and passion. I loved being there with my good friend, Claire, and five other people from Hong Kong. The day was like a dream and it will be one of the highlights in my entire life. I am beyond thankful.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4France_20190620_MariaPeterson0013 France_20190620_MariaPeterson001120190627_untitled_0002 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0026France_20190620_MariaPeterson0023 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0045 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0075 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0029 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0110France_20190620_MariaPeterson0087 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0088 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0140 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0054 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0107 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0150France_20190620_MariaPeterson0168 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0170 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0187France_20190620_MariaPeterson0190 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0194 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0205 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0209 20190627_untitled_0001-2France_20190620_MariaPeterson0241 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0225 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0227France_20190620_MariaPeterson0237France_20190620_MariaPeterson0245France_20190620_MariaPeterson0255 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0252“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
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