Paris, France

First, to see the best sites of Paris and record the memories that will last a lifetime, we recommend a most WONDERFUL photographer for you and your Love! Ivan Franchet ( took our pictures of our Honeymoon in Paris; with photos soon to be posted here. He and his wonderful wife, Emmanuelle, knew of all the most picturesque spots of Paris. She drove – he shot – and we smiled – a lot! The result – MAGIC!

Our August afternoon in Paris consisted of the Basilique Sacre Coeur, Jardin des Tuileries – Le Louvre, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Le Pont des Arts (St Germain des Pres), Place de la Concorde, and the Trocadero overlooking the Tour Eiffel. I had chosen Ivan online, and we developed a friendship through emails before we met. I fell in love with his photography, and he offered a photo package that was extremely reasonable. He gave us the full CD of pics, and created a lovely keepsake book of our photo memories. We could not have possibly gotten these pictures for ourselves, or seen as many sites – as we did not know Paris well, did not have a car, and did not know the truly picturesque places to go. Ivan practiced his English, and I my French, and Emmanuelle was the perfect translator!

Whirling around the city of Paris, hearing the applause of city people loving us lovers in love — this made our trip so magical! THANK YOU Ivan, and Emmanuelle, for truly letting us live and feel the true spirit of Paris – as we glance at our book of photo memories – created by your heart, love, and knowledge of the world of Paris and photography!

To contact Ivan Franchet, member of the International Assoc of Wedding Photographers, in Paris France, go to  Please tell him Riana & Jimmy sent you!


Acapulco, Mexico

La Quebrada Cliff Divers: A MUST See while in Acapulco! Come watch the family tradition of these men who have been diving beautifully off these cliffs since the 1930’s. Be sure to eat and drink at La Perle restaurant while watching the show- the fish for lunch was amazing! Afterward, have a photo taken with the divers for a small tip.







Key West, Florida

Totally casual, but relaxing as can be – this resort island town is dear to my heart as I traveled here for years as a young girl before it was developed and heavily promoted. My Artistic Aunt Genie lived there for years, and is a true conch. Our family stayed where The Reach Resort now stands, on the beach at the end of Simonton Street, and is the prettiest resort there. For a great beach and breakfast/lunch experience, go to the Southern Most Beach, or what we used to call, “John’s Beach” after the original cook at the beach restaurant.

Duval Street is the place to walk, shop and eat, and to catch the sunset – go to Mallory Square. There are artists and vendors there every night at sunset – some of the prettiest in the world! The people there are totally cool, and because it is a town of artists of every type, you will love the shops and restaurants – where food is art. I loved Louie’s Back Porch and 7 Fishes for dinner.

Smathers Beach is nice too, there is parasailing and other water sports along that area. DO take the Conch Train tour early on – although it looks cheesy, it is an incredible tour of the rich history of the island. It helps you get the lay of the land early on, so you can enjoy walking everywhere – take comfortable shoes, no dress clothes, as this is totally a casual town.

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