Michael Newsted: Paris

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It’s been one of those days. I knew it would hit at some point. 3 weeks fully back in the US and I want back. Paris is holding part of my heart in a way I was afraid of. That city, the adventures we had, the wandering, the beauty. Goodness let’s go back? Well maybe one day, but I figure if I cannot hop a plane right now and take us all back…I would at least share some of of the image from my other friends who were there with me in Paris.

Michael Newsted is one of the most talented individuals I know. Not only that but humble…he will be blushing at me writing this I am sure. His eye for light and color is one of the best I know. Over the last few years, I have watched him evolve as an artist and it has been one of the most inspiring things to watch. Michael rediscovered his love for photography on his travels in Europe and I believe these shots from Paris really show that rediscovery well. I mean what better place than Paris to fall back in love, right? All these moments and images are so well captured, the story they each tell is so beautiful.

This trip was unique and eye-opening in many ways. I realize now how naive I was as a traveler. I felt prepared and ready! I mean I had been to China for a month, Japan, South Korea…I traveled alone all that way what is different about this?

Though this was not more challenging any way in comparison to my past trips, it was eye-opening to the personal growth that needed to happen.

My heart has been craving wandering streets, getting lost, and watching the world happen. I want that still…

There are many things I would redo about this trip from the places we stayed and the places we went, but the biggest thing I will say is to travel with those that inspire you, push you, and get you. You will hit points where you need space, but when you travel with great friends you all understand and at some point you begin to feel more like family than friends. It is crazy how I miss all these wonderful people. Now we are all over the world, but for those 3 weeks we were all in one place just living in those moments.

That is what it should be…travel is not about a check list it is about soaking it in. Taking the time to watch the street performers and spend hours in front of a Twombly discussing the purpose of life or just being silent.

I miss it. I miss it alot, but most all I miss all of us and I miss going and seeing. I miss experiencing and knowing every day holds a new surprise all it’s own.

Can you all tell I am ready to plan the next one? Thankfully I have a trip planned every month for the next 4 months, but I don’t think it will be long till we cross the pond again. Come on air miles!

Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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