My Travel Year in Instagram Photos for 2015
Leah Walker December 25, 2015

Compared to my travel stats for 2013 and 2014, this year seems sedentary, with only two continents and eight countries visited. The beginning of 2015 was spent in Texas taking care of my health. And at the end of March, I moved to Paris. Looking back, I can’t believe how much my life has evolved in a mere 365 days.

For the first time in recent memory, I felt perfectly satisfied simply being still. There was no inner voice pushing me to move. I loved having a routine and slipping into the same bed most nights. Despite my contentment, I traveled extensively throughout France. During my multiple campaigns with Atout France {Fall for France/Top French Cities, France Wine Travels, 24 Hours in Paris} and personal trips, I managed to visit ten French Regions: Lower Normandy, Midi-Pyrénées, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Rhône-Alpes, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, and Île-de-France.

I’ve come to realize that quality is far more important than quantity, whether that be shoes, people, or travel. In 2015, I only visited two new countries and marked four items off my to-do list. I’m just fine with that, because the bulk of my travel time was invested in the places that I love most–France, Austria, and Texas.

I’d love it you’d follow along on Instagram {Leah Travels}. My 2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year.

Mountains

 

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” –Edward Abbey

You really have to see it to believe it. #Italy #Lazio

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Italy, you are FANTASTICO! #Craco #Basilicata

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❤️🇦🇹❤️ #VisitAustria #MyAustria #LoveTirol #Austria #Alps

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My happy place 🇦🇹 #VisitAustria #MyAustria #LoveTirol #Austria #Alps

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W is for 'Walker' #VisitAustria #MyAustria #LoveTirol #Austria #Alps #kitzbuhel

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Architecture

 

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”―Winston Churchill

I 💙 French blue. #France #VikingCruises #Rhone

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Concrete. Steel. Glass. Liege-Guillemins Station designed by Santiago Calatrava #Belgium #Liege #RailEurope

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Stairway to Heaven #Ghent #Gent #Belgium #RailEurope

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Dusk at Palais Royal 💙 #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Old meets the new along the Rhine in Germany. 🇩🇪 #Germany #vikingcruises

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Flowers

 

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”―Victor Hugo

It's all in the details. #Brussels #Belgium #Bruxelles #RailEurope

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No nook is too small for flowers in France. #FranceWineTravels #CognacTravels #Cognac #France #visitfrance

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Oh, Italy! You've put on a show this week. #LaMarche #Italy #Recanati

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Sunrise and Sunset

 

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever”–Horace Mann

Sunset and cocktails on the bank of the Seine. #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Early-morning flights have their rewards. #Paris #France #visitfrance #parisjetaime #sunrise #8eme #topparisphoto

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Oh, pretty, pretty Petit Palais… #Paris #France #parisjetaime #sunset

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Sunrise bike ride in Cologne🇩🇪 #Germany #Cologne #vikingcruises

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Portraits

 

“Slow down, take time, allow yourself to be wildly diverted from your plan. People are the soul of the place; don’t forget to meet them and enjoy their company as you explore a place.”―David duChemin

The early bird gets the fish. #TopFrenchCities #Nice #NiceTourisme #fallforfrance #France

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Rain or shine, nothing will keep a Parisian from a good book. #Paris #France

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It's a slow Monday morning at the book store. #Paris #France #parisjetaime #topparisphoto

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Afternoon at the park #Paris #France #dog

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Take me to church… #Mons #Belgium #Doudou #RailEurope

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Post-Bastille Day Parade cigarette #Paris #France #parisjetaime #14juillet #BastilleDay

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Trees

 

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”―William Blake

Signs of spring are starting to show in #Lyon #France. #VikingCruises

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Apricot trees and Syrah vines share the same soil near Tain-L'Hermitage. #France #RhoneValley #VikingCruises

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An evening walk through the gardens of L'Yeuse #FranceWineTravels #CognacTravels #Cognac #France #visitfrance

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The sun shines through the arches of bougainvilleas on my suite's terrace. #Italy #Basilicata

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I took the same photo last September. The gardens are still just as beautiful to me a year later. #Versailles #France

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The gates aren't the only thing golden at Parc Monceau. #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Autumn #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Good morning, Germany. 🇩🇪 #Germany #vikingcruises

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Black and White

 

“To see in color is a delight for the eye, but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”–Andri Cauldwell

Diagonal shadows #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Midnight on the metro #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Friday evening stroll #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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One way to spend a rainy afternoon in Paris: Wander the arcades. #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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As seen at the Black and White Photography exhibition in the Albertina Museum #vienna_city #Austria #Vienna

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A French bulldog standing watch in a store along Rue Saint-Honoré #Paris #France #parisjetaime #dogsofinstagram

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Terrace sitting is a huge part of the local French culture, especially in classic Parisian cafés like Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Don't forget to submit your photos for the #FocusFSChallenge by @FourSeasons. This Instagram contest is designed around four themed photography challenges: “Design and Architecture,” “Local Culture,” “Nature’s Wonder,” and “Me, in the Moment.” Contest entrants should use the hashtag #FocusFSChallenge to share their images on Instagram, and must enter using the entry form on fourseasonsmagazine.com. Four Seasons will showcase the entries of six finalists on Instagram @FourSeasons and on Four Seasons Magazine, inviting followers to vote for their favorites. The Instagrammers with the most popular photos at the end of the contest* will win one of three dream trips and photographic expeditions: a European tour at @fsbudapest and @fsprague; a Hawaiian holiday at @fsmaui and @fsHualalai; or a California getaway at @beverlywilshire (a Four Seasons Hotel) and @fssantabarbara To enter the contest and for more details, visit Focus on Four Seasons and follow hashtags #FocusFS and #FocusFSChallenge. Full contest rules are available on fourseasons.com. *The Challenge is open to residents of the United States, the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec) and the U.K. #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Night falls #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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🚴🏻 #Paris #France #parisjetaime #parisperfect #eiffeltower

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Booze

 

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”–Dean Martin

Santé, #Nice. #TopFrenchCities #fallforfrance #NiceTourisme #France

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Almost too pretty to drink. @thepeninsulaparis #Paris #France

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Lunch at @fsparis starts just as one would expect. #Paris #France #parisjetaime #24hoursinparis #visitfrance

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The birds in Austria love beer, too. 🇦🇹#VisitAustria #MyAustria #LoveTirol #Austria #Alps #Innsbruck

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Water

 

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”–Norman Maclean

Morning in #Marseille. #TopFrenchCities #TravelMarseille #fallforfrance #France

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End of the week on the Mediterranean. #Basilicata #Maratea #Italy

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Last day in Italy, so I spent it on the beach with @luxeadventuretrvlr. #Italy #Veneto

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Lake of Love ❤️❤️❤️ #Bruges #Brugge #Belgium #RailEurope

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Maienweg Lake #VisitAustria #MyAustria #LoveTirol #Austria #Alps

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Sunny Sunday in September #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Reflections of autumn #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Morning cruising through Germany on the Rhine River 🇩🇪 #Germany #vikingcruises

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Street

 

“There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.”―Charlotte Eriksson

Sometimes it pays to make a wrong turn or two. #Avignon #France #VikingCruises

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The prettiest street in Mons #Belgium #Mons #RailEurope

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Forever and ever ❤️❤️❤️ #Paris #France

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Easy like Sunday morning #Puglia #Italy

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An afternoon in Innsbruck's Old Town 🇦🇹 #VisitAustria #MyAustria #LoveTirol #Austria #Innsbruck

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Moi

 

“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city”―Roman Payne

'Paris is like a love story, you only remember the sunny days.' –Lisa Gachet #Home #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Today, I really grabbed the horse by the tail. #Paris #France #parisjetaime #topparisphoto

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Austria is one of my happy places. #som50 #insalzburg #VisitAustria

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Happening right now with @helipassfrance. #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Cheers to the weekend! ✨🍾✨ #Paris #France #parisjetaime #parisperfect 📷: @artnoshoot

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Madame Eiffel

 

“I look to the right as I cross the bridge and smile to see the tip of the Eiffel Tower soaring over rooftops in the distance on the other side of the river. I’ve seen it in photographs a thousand times, but seeing it in person for the first time reminds me that I’m really, truly here, thousands of miles away, across an ocean from home.”–Kristin Harmel

For sale #Paris #France #Trocadero #EiffelTower

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Home sweet home #Paris #France #EiffelTower

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Bon week-end à tous! #Paris #France #parisjetaime #EiffelTower

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A rainy start to this Paris morning #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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Tonight in the City of Light #Paris #France #parisjetaime #sunset

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Sunday's sunset is worth another look. #Paris #France #parisjetaime

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The light 😍 #Paris #France #sunset #parisjetaime #eiffeltower

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Parisian Sunrise💗💜💗💜💗 #Paris #France #parisjetaime #parisperfect #eiffeltower #sunrise

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Iron Lace🇫🇷 #Paris #France #parisjetaime #parisperfect #eiffeltower

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This little light of mine…🕯 #Paris #France #parisjetaime #eiffeltower

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Leah Walker

Leah has a marketing management company specializing in strategy, content creation and implementation for luxury brands and destinations. She's also a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. Leah documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. She sometimes freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for four years, and was awarded additional time with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.

8 Comments

  1. Just beautiful. I love that you showcase the spot while including yourself but it’s not really all about you. I learn a lot from your photos and think you’re such a natural. I’ll see you in the Spring. I can’t wait to get back.

  2. What a beautiful year you’ve had! I love the way you organized your photos. It’s funny because I definitely traveled less this year too, but it was all in order to quit my job. I feel like 2016 is our year for lots and lots of travel. 😉

  3. Beautiful photos. Hard to begin to rank which are my top 10. The lady in the park is a pretty cool one. Glad your year went so well!!

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