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Posted on by Angela Kauffman

The weather has turned cooler, the rain has been falling, and I have been hibernating inside creating some art! I’d rather be out exploring the world and photographing it all, but this dreary weather gives me a good excuse to stay in and get the inevitable post-processing work done (aka Photoshop magic!). New art has just been added to the print shop featuring scenes from Arizona, California, England, and France! Check it all out here.

And the 2019 desk calendar is hot off the press too! It features new photos and a few old favorites. The unbound, loose pages are prefect for displaying in a frame, on the fridge, or on a mood board. I hope it reminds you of the places you love all year long! Indulge your wanderlust and grab yours here.

Want to see more photography and follow along on my adventures? Let’s connect on Instagram and Facebook!

2018 Desk Calendars Are Here!

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

The Journey's Eye 2018 desk calendar is hot off the press!  The calendar features some brand new photos from adventures I took this year and some old favorites from past travels. Each page is printed on photo paper and comes loose and unbound.  The pages are great displayed in a frame, on a mood board, or to help give some color to that fridge!  Choose from a 5x7" size or a mini 4x6" size.  Get a sneak peek of the calendar below or purchase it here!  I hope it brightens your 2018 and helps satisfy your wanderlust all year through!

Be sure to check the Etsy print shop for new prints from London, Paris, and the beautiful mountains of Colorado! And the best way to follow along with my adventures is here on Instagram! Be sure to stop by and say hello!

New Sale Items!

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I've been working a lot on the Etsy print shop lately and am excited about the new changes and items that are in the works!  One change to the shop is a brand, spankin' new clearance section.  Everybody loves a sale, right?  I, for one, am the type that always visits a clearance section straight away in any store I may enter.  This girl loves snagging a bargain.  

Visit the Journey's Eye clearance section here to save 50% on select prints!  Grab 'em while you can! 

Some images you may see there:  

Visit the shop here and be sure to check back soon for some new items!

Pura Vida

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I recently returned from an amazing adventure in beautiful Costa Rica!  “Pura Vida” seems to be the country’s slogan.  You see the phrase printed on just about every souvenir and hear it exclaimed regularly.  In English it means “pure life” and roughly translates to mean cool, great, awesome, etc.  Pretty much everything in Costa Rica would fall under this definition. 

Imagine this:  You just spent the morning hiking down a non-descript jungle path that led to a hidden beach.  You wouldn’t have known about this beautiful location if not for the tip from the local surf instructor.  Once there, you lay under the trees on the sand while watching monkeys jump from limb to limb above you.  After spending some time in the warm ocean waters, you find yourself back in town and in an open-air café enjoying a drink made from some of the best fruit you’ve ever tasted.  The scene you look upon is of the jungle hills and the ocean sprawling across the horizon.  As the jungle rain starts to fall outside, a toucan flies by.  You sit back and order your second drink.  This, my friends, is Pura Vida.  This is Costa Rica.

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Stay tuned to the Etsy Print Shop for prints from Costa Rica to be added soon!  Contact me if you would like to purchase a print of any image you see here.  Wishing you Pura Vida!

New 2015 Calendars are here!

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Can you believe that I'm already thinking about 2015?  The optimist in me is feeling like it will be a good year - hopefully for you too!  New desk calendars have been added to the Etsy shop, and for those who like to get their Christmas shopping done early, these make the perfect gift.  I made three different styles so you can find the perfect fit for those you may buy gifts for - your family members, your friends, your boss, neighbors, mail carriers (show them some love!), bus drivers, your kids' teachers, or your main squeeze.  The lists can get pretty exhausting, so I'm here to help with some options!:

You can choose to celebrate the architecture and beauty of Chicago all year round...

The style and sophistication of Paris...

Or some of my favorite images from around the globe with the Journey's Eye calendar...

All of the calendars come with 13 loose pages (12 months + 1 cover).  The pages come in a 5"x7" size or a mini 4"x6" and are perfect for displaying in a frame, on the fridge or on a mood board.  Enough talking about them, don't you think?  Shop for them here!

Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 2)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

One of my favorite places that I visited when I was in Cairo was the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  It took 18 years to build and was started way back in 1839.  You can see the beautiful courtyard and entrance in my last post here, but now let's take a peek inside.  Once I entered, I knew I was in a place unlike any I'd ever been before.  The contrast of darkness/light and beauty/decay made the Mosque a unique and memorable destination.

Entering the Mosque

Entering the Mosque

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

The magical interior

The magical interior

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Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

A view upwards into the large center dome

A view upwards into the large center dome

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The massive center chandelier 

The massive center chandelier 

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Large prayer carpet covering the floor

Large prayer carpet covering the floor

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

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For more images from Egypt, be sure to visit the Journey's Eye print shop on Etsy.

Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 1)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Have you ever been to a place that you know you will never forget?  A place whose beauty and enchantment is certain to leave an impression?  I usually find the most beauty in God’s natural wonders, but every now and then, a man-made structure will leave me in awe.  The great cathedrals of Europe are certainly gorgeous and whenever I see them, I am always impressed (how can you not be??).  But a few years ago, a location within the busy and chaotic streets of Cairo surprised me with its beauty.  I wasn’t expecting to see such a magical and enchanting place - the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  I’ll take you inside the Mosque in the next blog post – because, yes – it’s that cool that it needs its very own post!  But even the way leading to the Mosque is a sight to see…

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The mosque sits inside the Citadel, whose massive walls were built starting in 1176 (aka – a really, really long time ago).  From atop the Citadel’s walls, we could see far across the city of Cairo, with its smoggy horizon filled with pointy minarets and domes. 

High atop the wall of the Citadel

High atop the wall of the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

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As we made our way to the entrance of the Mosque, we entered into a courtyard.  We were surrounded by incredibly detailed architecture and antique, broken lights that oozed character and charm.  It was also pretty amusing to see the attention we received as our blonde, American features stood out like a sore thumb.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are quite a few pictures of me floating around Egyptian teenage boys’ homes.  I can’t blame them – I’m just as fascinated with their country and culture!

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An intricate courtyard window 

An intricate courtyard window 

Stay tuned for pictures from inside the Mosque!  In the meantime, you can view more images from Egypt here in the Etsy print shop.

2014 Calendars Are Here!

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Can you believe I'm thinking about 2014 already?  Some things you just have to plan ahead for.  New desk calendars are now available in the Etsy shop!  They include 13 pages (12 months + cover) that are professionally printed on luster matte paper.  Pages are unbound and loose, which make them perfect for displaying almost anywhere - in a frame, on a bulletin/mood board or on the fridge.  Here's a peek:

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When I was trying to decide on a city to feature in a calendar, my mind kept returning to Rome.  That city is so beautiful and magical, what better place to dream about the whole year through? 

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Like what you see?  You can purchase your own calendar here.   

Fun at the Pyramids

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

My heart and mind have been with the people of Egypt lately.  While I was in the country, one of my favorite encounters was with a donkey-riding little boy.  I found him (or should say, he found me) while visiting the pyramids of Giza.  As I was taking in the sights and trying to comprehend the pyramids’ magnitude, it became apparent that I had a ‘shadow’ following me around.  He didn’t say a word but followed my every move – all while aboard his trusty donkey.  I finally approached him and a huge smile enveloped his face.  He was so excited to talk with an American!  He didn’t attend school, but instead spent his days at the pyramids with his father, whose job it was to lead tourists on camel rides.  I gave my new friend a gift of what I thought was a simple stick of gum, but to him it was a great treasure.  We eventually parted ways, but I later saw him huddled with another young boy - both chomping away on the bubble gum. 

Other memorable events from the pyramids:

-an overly-friendly Egyptian offering my travel partner 1 million camels in exchange for my hand in marriage.  We didn’t take the deal because really, what would someone do with a million camels??

-riding atop a very tall camel through the desert and witnessing a camel fight first-hand.  The guides said that didn’t happen often, but once was enough for me to want to get the heck off my camel!  You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen camels fall slow-motion to the ground after attacking each other.  Trust me.

-oh… and seeing the pyramids and the Sphinx in person was pretty incredible!!

 

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Cleaning and restoring the base of the Sphinx

Cleaning and restoring the base of the Sphinx

View from the base of a pyramid

View from the base of a pyramid

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My friend (and his trusty donkey)

My friend (and his trusty donkey)

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A temperamental camel

A temperamental camel

A caravan in the desert

A caravan in the desert

The Colosseum

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

When you think of Rome, you can't help but think of the mighty Colosseum.  When visiting, it can be hard to make your way through the throngs of tourists.  They're everywhere, but for good reason - it's incredible.   Once inside its walls, it quickly takes your imagination to the days of the gladiators.  And don't even get me started on the amazing architecture of the place.  Something definitely worth seeing with your own eyes.  But for now, let's go there in pictures...

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A tourist-loving Roman "gladiator" takes a much needed break

A tourist-loving Roman "gladiator" takes a much needed break

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Archway leading to the inside of the arena

Archway leading to the inside of the arena

A look inside the Colosseum (and what was once under the arena floor)

A look inside the Colosseum (and what was once under the arena floor)

2013 Calendars

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

New desk calendars are available in my Etsy print shop!

These unbound, loose 5x7 pages come with 5x5 photographs that you can cut off and display after the year is through.

Pages can be displayed almost anywhere - in a frame, on a bulletin/mood board or on the refrigerator. A great gift for an art lover or traveler (or yourself of course).

Take a peek:

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In The Misty Moonlight

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Some cities just seem to have a magical quality about them at night.  Once the darkness hits, tourists scatter from the major attractions and there is a sudden peace upon the city.  I've always loved visiting sites at night when the lights seem to glow just for me...

Parliament, London

Parliament, London

A fountain in Rome

A fountain in Rome

The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum, Rome

Valley of the Kings and Queens, Luxor, Egypt

Valley of the Kings and Queens, Luxor, Egypt

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

For the Love of Tea

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I, myself, have always been a tea person.  I've never really understood the infatuation that Americans have with coffee.  When I lived in England, surrounded by like-minded tea lovers, I was in bliss.  They take tea love to a whole new level.  The tea breaks during the work day, the discarded used tea bags you'd see lying on the sidewalks, the "event" of high tea.  I loved it all, whether it be my weekly (almost daily) tea and scones at a favorite local cafe or living it up at afternoon tea at the Dorchester.

Through my travels, I've realized that much of the world agrees with my love of tea.  When traveling in Egypt, store owners would welcome me into their shop with a cup of hibiscus tea.  One of my favorite memories is having tea and biscuits served to me aboard ship while sailing down the Nile.  It seems that no matter what language you speak or what culture you are from, you can always enjoy a cup of tea together. 

Hibiscus, used to make a deep red tea, being sold in an Egyptian souk (market).

Hibiscus, used to make a deep red tea, being sold in an Egyptian souk (market).

View I enjoyed while sailing down the Nile.

View I enjoyed while sailing down the Nile.

Afternoon tea in London.  The rose tea was amazing!

Afternoon tea in London.  The rose tea was amazing!

Harrod's has an entire room dedicated to tea.  You can purchase just about any tea you can imagine.  They also have amazing tearooms where you can enjoy afternoon tea.

Harrod's has an entire room dedicated to tea.  You can purchase just about any tea you can imagine.  They also have amazing tearooms where you can enjoy afternoon tea.

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