Eight Photos Of Happiness

I was recently tagged by Louise, a lovely UK lifestyle blogger of Birds and Lillies to the eight photos of happiness post. Her post was so touching and I thought I would do a blog based version because I’m not one for pictures and my most recent happy moments have been blog posts with friends and family, that I’m extremely proud of revisiting.

This one is from my first post on the blog and it’s memorable because I was spending the day with my brother on the beach close to my home, and because we are close, all days with him invariably bring me happiness.

Brother made a cameo Walk on Rockaway Beach, Rendezvous En New York
Brother made a cameo

This picture was my first time going to see the holiday windows in New York, unbelievable I know. But a family member invited me and we braved the cold and the long walk and I will never regret it. It was a beautiful night for me walking with my mouth open, awestruck at the creativity, and the ingenuity of the artists behind these windows.

The pursuit of the stage holiday window in NYC 2014
The pursuit of the stage, holiday window in NYC, 2014

In the Spring, I was over the moon to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the Garden until the week after, but that didn’t make it any less amazing.


Magnolia Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC 2014
Magnolia Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC 2014

My favorite trip to the museum within the last year was the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art about China’s influence on fashion called China: Through the Looking Glass  This section of the exhibit is called, ” Porcelain: Blue and White

China: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 2014
China: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 2014

During the Summer I tried to stay active and blog about my yearly visits to the places that I find interesting and this time I went to the International African Arts Festival/Dance Africa Bazaar at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Every year I make sure to make this event because it feels like a backyard barbecue at the coolest friend’s house. And in the picture the baskets smelled so green and fresh, I wish I had Smell-O-Vision!

Fresh straw baskets at B.A.M. Dance Africa 2015
Fresh straw baskets at B.A.M. Dance Africa 2015

Anytime I get to hang out with my friends is precious and I got to spend the day with Karina at the High Line Park this Summer and you can see that post here. The park used to be a very busy railway in New York that was used to bring food from the Mid West, the resulting park is the most spectacular reuse of a public space, I’ve ever seen. It’s one of my favorite places and if you visit please make your way there. here is one of my favorite shots from that special day.

The High Line Park at Sunset, NYC
The High Line Park at Sunset, NYC

Back to back Karina posts, ha ha! Karina’s birthday is in the Summer so we did a special day out for her. We planned a day at mini golf by the water and it was amazingly beautiful, my phone and camera were behaving to get great shots of the day.

Gazing At New Jersey from Pier 25, NYC
Gazing At New Jersey from Pier 25, NYC

In August of this year, I went to a lazy picnic hosted by my friend Veziah to one of New York’s great open spaces, Governor’s Island. This allowed me to be on a day-cation from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while. I miss Veziah, we have to get together soon.

Manhattan Views , Governor's Island, NYC
Manhattan Views, Governor’s Island, NYC

This post was harder than I thought, it was difficult to whittle down the last year into eight favorite moments. Anyone who wants to do this challenge please tag me I’d love to see your happiest moments and what makes you smile most. Thank you, Louise, for asking me to do this!

Until our next rendezvous…



Rendezvous en New York

  49 comments for “Eight Photos Of Happiness

  1. Jim
    December 7, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    wonderful photos

    • December 7, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      Thank you!

  2. December 7, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Just superb, all of them!!

    • December 7, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      Thanks so much. Which is your favorite?

      • December 8, 2015 at 5:12 AM

        The High Line Park at Sunset, NYC
        The clouds, building with lights on, a perfect day about to end, make this one a unique

        • December 8, 2015 at 5:13 AM

          I’m glad that you liked it!

  3. December 7, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    What a marvelous post! That was fun, having a quick tour through your recent memories. Whittling down can be long and painful, but I’m very glad you did it.

    • December 7, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      Ok I tag you to do the same! Eight photos that make you most happy, it doesn’t have to be blog related and thank you being so supportive.

      • December 7, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        I should check to see how many photos I took this year. I might get hung up just looking at them.

        • December 8, 2015 at 5:15 AM

          See they bring you happiness, so you can do this post.

  4. December 7, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Some lovely photos here! It can be so hard to narrow it down to just eight photos, but you have got some fab ones here!

    • December 7, 2015 at 9:49 AM

      Thank you! Ten would’ve been easier, and I’m not counting recent posts from the last three months to narrow it down.

    • December 8, 2015 at 5:16 AM

      Thank you Rachel! Hoping to make new favorites soon.

  5. December 7, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Thank you, I appreciate it!

  6. December 7, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Thank you, I appreciate it! You can do the tag and I’d love to see it.

  7. December 7, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Love this post! Nice to get a rewind of your favorite moments! My favorite photo is of the magnolia blossoms.

    • December 8, 2015 at 5:14 AM

      I love that you as well, but then again I love them all.

      • December 8, 2015 at 11:59 AM

        Trudy, I have really enjoyed enjoyed reading about your Big Apple adventures all year. I never thought that I would ever find myself wanting to visit New York!!

        • December 8, 2015 at 12:02 PM

          Ha-ha the city should pay me then! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog as I gave enjoyed yours. I’m going to try to up my quality and consistency this year so you can enjoy it more.

  8. December 9, 2015 at 4:10 AM

    Thanks Trudy for sharing your happy moments. It is not only about the photos, it is also the feelings.
    Wish you a lot of happy moments in 2016

    • December 9, 2015 at 4:58 AM

      I wish you the same in your new home, I wish for you that months from now you don’t even remember feeling sad about leaving Paris.

      • December 9, 2015 at 5:16 AM

        Your words went straight to my heart!

        • December 9, 2015 at 5:17 AM

          Thank you and I mean it

  9. December 10, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    love the one of Manhattan…but why am I getting this feeling of happiness all of a sudden?

    • December 10, 2015 at 6:40 AM

      Does that mean you’ll be doing the post as well?

      • December 10, 2015 at 10:32 PM

        well, I’m booked solid for the next two weeks, then I’m traveling, so perhaps not just now on writing the post!!! but I’m still happy

        • December 10, 2015 at 10:35 PM

          I’m glad that I made you happy! That’s most important after all, safe travels!

  10. December 19, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Hi Trudy, Happy holidays. I am linking to you tomorrow.

    • December 19, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Happy holidays Janice! I see you are very busy with the blog, doing great things!

      • December 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

        Thanks Trudy’

        • December 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

          You’re welcome

        • December 19, 2015 at 10:17 PM

          I just wonder how you juggle all those balls in the air..? Really amazing!

  11. January 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Great Post Trudy! Happy New Year! Thank for all your support on my blogging journey. Looking forward to keeping up with you in 2016. All the best to you and yours.

    • January 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM

      Thank you Leanne! Happy new year to you as well! Thank you for visiting and supporting me through this year even though I have been a little inconsistent.

    • January 3, 2016 at 4:28 PM

      And success to you on both of your blogs!

      • January 3, 2016 at 5:18 PM

        Have used this post as inspiration for #73 on “you inspire me” It is scheduled for the 10th of Jan and is linked back to you. Please keep an eye out. Best wishes Leanne!

        • January 3, 2016 at 11:07 PM

          Thank you, I’m so glad I was able to inspire you in a positive, creative way. My best to you too!

  12. January 4, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Well living here is always journeys to new neighborhoods or trying new things so I don’t think I will run out of thing s to shoot or write about for quite a while.

  13. January 8, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Beautiful pics… I particularly liked the picture of the African baskets. Did you know that the baskets shown are not all from the same country in Africa?

    • January 8, 2016 at 12:07 PM

      Thank you. No I didn’t know that. Please tell me all about it. I’d like more information. I know that I love them, they’re beautiful, they’re handmade, and they smell great!

      • January 8, 2016 at 12:11 PM

        Yes Trudy, on the pictures, some are from Rwanda or Burundi, the big ones in the front are from South Africa, and I will have to look closer for the other ones.

        • January 16, 2016 at 11:47 PM

          Very interesting! I will probably go back to that festival like I do every year. I love the handmade crafts.

        • January 16, 2016 at 11:48 PM

          When you get a chance please tell me more.

  14. March 5, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    I could not decide which was the best one. I am leaning to the one of the people gazing at New Jersey

    • March 5, 2016 at 12:58 PM

      That was the one the unplanned shots! They always seem to come out best. Thank you for stopping by, hope you come again.

  15. May 23, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    I like how you tweaked the “assignment” to fit your strengths. Maybe I will stop opting out of some of the invites I receive…

    • May 23, 2016 at 4:46 PM

      I always think of how I can integrate this into my niche /topic. It usually takes a while to get going to make it fit then it’s easy.

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