Windows of France - a travel blog by Korina

I'm recently back from a trip to Europe. Coming back to NY is always a bitter-sweet feeling, and as I have personally spent exactly one half of my life living in Europe and the other half in NY I'm kind of torn as to where my heart belongs...Although I have figured out that I actually don't have to choose! As long as I can pop over to Europe once in a while to visit family, friends and favorite or completely new places, I can happily spend the rest of my time here in the Big Apple. One of the things about Europe that I miss and appreciate the most is the sense of history and tradition that that is so apparent wherever you go. Sure there are new and ultra modern buildings and spaces all over Europe too, but there is an overall respect for the old and worn that we lack here in the US. While Europeans preserve and renovate, Americans tend to tear down and build new. 

One of the places I visited on my recent trip was Normandy, France. I spent most of  my days walking around the countryside and small towns and villages, just breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the atmosphere. One of my favorite things to do was to peek into peoples' gardens and look at their homes (well, I'm a designer who loves houses, so can you blame me?!). One of the things that struck me the most was how beautiful they often were- almost always actually- in all their simplicity. They were well cared for without being over done, stunning without trying too hard. One day I started taking pictures of windows. There were so many different types and styles, but what they all had in common was beauty and old age. Here I will share will you a sample of them. Enjoy!

Etretat, France. 

Etretat, France. 

Etretat, France.   

Etretat, France. 

 

Etretat, France. Notice the lady inside. She was very suspicious of me...

Etretat, France.

Notice the lady inside. She was very suspicious of me...

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France. One of my faves. So simple and inviting. 

Etretat, France.

One of my faves. So simple and inviting. 


Etretat, France. Lopsided and charming. 

Etretat, France.

Lopsided and charming. 

Etretat, France. Notice the Art Nouveau- style window muntins.  

Etretat, France.

Notice the Art Nouveau- style window muntins.

 

La Roche Guillon, France. 

La Roche Guillon, France. 

Vetheuil, France. This must be my favorite...

Vetheuil, France.

This must be my favorite...

Vernon, France.  

Vernon, France.

 

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France. Side note: I think France has the most hair salons per capita of any country I've seen...

Etretat, France.

Side note: I think France has the most hair salons per capita of any country I've seen...

Paris, France.

Paris, France.

Vernon, France. I had to finish with something extra grand!

Vernon, France.

I had to finish with something extra grand!