My French Life Photos

1.  La Tour Eiffel seen through the scratched-up window of the evening metro that took me home. This photograph describes my life in Paris- not a glamorous fantasy, but a perfectly real, daily life. 

2.  Just because I'm not in France right now, doesn't mean I can't eat like a Frenchman, drink like a Mormon, and study like a BYU student
3.This photo is of my friends from France, they were so excited to see East High because of the popular movie, High School Musical.  They tried to pose just like the Wildcats! Our cultures intermix- specifically our pop culture. I couldn’t believe how similar we are, even though we come from different places. 

4.  For me, "My French Life" is pretty much class and the elevator/3rd floor in the JFSB. Thought I'd try and show that visually. 

5.  This is a photo of my sister, Charlotte, who really encouraged me to study and explore the French language.  I feel very lucky to have memories with my family in a place where I lived and loved.





10.  Les Personnes à Mont Saint Michel

11. Mont Saint Michel

12.  La Neige






21.  La Pointe du Raz

22.  France is a country that is truly diverse and brilliant like anyone of Picasso’s paintings. This photo, taken from the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Orschwiller, Alsace, France, doesn’t show the grandeur that is characteristic of France but an effective peaceful serene moment. This is what I love about france, the rolling hills dotted with old castles, vineyards for miles, and sleepy towns long forgotten.







29.  Behind Sacre Coeur

30.  Lights of the Stained Glass

31.  The Story of My Life During Study Abroad

32.  The Other Faces of France

33.  Tale of the Iron Gate

34.  Sittin' on the Seine

35.  Shadows

36.  Scripture Study Behind Sacre Coeur

37.  Sacre Coeur

38.  Lamp Shades Shedding Light About Normandy

39.  Prayer Candles of Notre Dame

40.  Calvary Across the Sky

41.  Golden Gates at Versaille

42.  Harbour at Aix

43.  History at Every Step

44.  Les Perdrix

45.  Life at the Cafe Les Deux Magots

46.  Lighting a Prayer at Notre Dame

47.  Lights at the Monestary

48.  A walk on the canal of the Seine. That says France.

 49.  The wonder of France is best seen in black and white.

50.  These are some pictures that I took in Normandy. I had learned about D-day in school, but I was never really able to wrap my head around this event. Actually being there, standing on Utah beach or looking at the Arromanches harbor, brought me a lot more perspective than the edited version of Saving Private Ryan. My experience in Normandy was super humbling. 




54.  Decepticon seen in Mantauban, France!

55.  Even though this photo was not taken in France, I feel that it represents the style and feel of the culture. The beauty of the swirls in the arm of the bench along with the rich colors in the background represent the beauty of France with its richly colored culture. The bench invites you to sit and watch the world go by. When I think of France, I think of sitting on a bench with a croissant and watching the people pass by.


57.  I spent 9 months in Pairs on my mission and this was a picture taken on the very last morning of my mission on the way to the airport.

58.  "My French Life" consists of relaxation and swimming in the sun drenched tropical beaches of French Polynesia! 

59.  La fontaine du soleil en septembre

62.  This photograph was taken during my 6 month stay in the city of Le Mans, France (located just 1 hr. TGV ride south-west of Paris) during my LDS Mission in France.  It applies to the theme of "My French Life" because I lived in France for 2 years and I loved it.  Le Mans was one of my favorite areas due to its shear beauty in mixing the old culture and architecture of France with the new innovations and technology that today's Europe has to offer.  I miss my French life.

63.  This image is of my best friend Fritz Gérald Février at "La Forteresse des Platons," in the mountains above Les Cayes, Haiti. The fortress was constructed in 1804 during the year after Haitian independence. Haiti had just become the first free slave republic in the New World, and the Haitian people wanted to guard against potential attacks by their French ex-colonial rulers. Nicolas Geffard and other leaders of the new republic had forts such as this one constructed all over Haiti, perched strategically on mountaintops so the Haitians could easily spot oncoming ships. While the fort is in ruins today, it still stands as a symbol of the indomitable spirit of the Haitian people and of this intriguing corner of "la Francophonie."