Global Memories | Chalk paint globe

chalk paint globe

It doesn’t really matter if maps are flat, spherical, illustrated, stylized, historical or in a book. I love them all equally. The globe that’s been gathering dust in my son’s bedroom got a little makeover recently. What started out as a run-of-the-mill globe was transformed into a method of recording our recent family trips by the simple coat of chalkboard paint.

Original globe

We plan to draw, print, write and relive our favourite times together.

Chalk globe

Of course, I covered everything on the globe with chalkboard paint except God’s country.

Nova Scotia on globe


Opening Doors in Paris | Paris doors

blue and brass Paris doorknob

Wouldn’t you be extra happy to come home every day and reach for some of these beauties to open your door? You’ve got your fresh flowers, your bottle of wine, a baguette and some wonderful cheese… sigh. I know, it’s stereotypical but it’s a nice daydream anyway. Here are just some of the photos of gorgeous door hardware that we spied walking around Paris in June. I was lucky enough to catch a few of these doors opening as I lurked nearby (trying not to be too obvious and creepy) and the courtyards are just as stunning.

Paris snake doorknob


wood and brass Paris door


blue door face knocker Paris


blue Paris door


Paris blue door

The Invasion of Love Locks | Love lock bridge

While on our post-school, pre-Nova Scotia trip to Paris my son and I walked over to Notre Dam Cathedral. Our route took us across the Pont de L’Archêveché which is one of the love lock afflicted bridges.

Pont sign

Love locks attached to bridges and other public spaces are much like an invasive species. Have a look… don’t they collectively look like some strange barnacle or clinging mussel?

Love locks on bridge

Love lock bridge Paris

This is happening in a number of cities but Paris in particular, has been invaded. Sweethearts write their names on padlocks and attach them to public places – mainly bridges – and throw the key into the water. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s when padlocks began appearing on public structures. Most don’t realize what they think is traditional isn’t at all but is a relatively new phenomenon and a destructive one at that.

Love locks Paris

The tradition started roughly a hundred years ago with a sad Serbian tale of two ill-fated lovers, Nada and Relja. Relja jilted Nada who never got over her heartbreak and died alone. The young women from her town wanted to protect their own love and started to affix locks to all the places where Nada and Relja met while in love.

The locks on the Pont de L’Archêveché obscure the original ironwork and architecture of the bridges and the weight of the metal locks is threatening the integrity of the structure. Parisian officials have started to remove sections of the ironwork to protect the structure of the bridges. Unfortunately it seems they will be replacing the original gorgeous iron with transparent panels to which no locks can be affixed.

There is an item from the BBC about the lock removal undertaking here.