March 9th, 2016 by


Maeder Exhibits at Art Wynwood with Galerie Mark Hachem


February 11 thru February 15, I exhibited at Art Wynwood with Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris. Such a beautiful art fair! I so enjoyed exhibiting there and meeting interesting people from all over the world. I met Kevin O’Leary, a Shark’s on the television series Shark Tank. Kevin was exhibiting his photography work at Art Wynwood. All profits from the the sales of his photographs were to benefit Teenage Entrepreneurs and The Perry J. Cohen Foundation. I found him to be very gracious and sincere in person, so different from his Shark persona on TV.

Art Wynwood

At Art Wynwood, Galerie Mark Hachem, Submerge VII, 1/10 Photograph mounted on plexiglas.

Here I am with Bruce Helander and Kevin O’Leary at Kevin’s exhibition at Art Wynwood

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Fake Ancestor Wall at Villa Antonio

Yep, I photographed two more friends with My Fake Ancestors.

Here is who made it to the Wall! My dear friend Phil Sutphin of Focused Logistics.


Krista Simpson, ISR Swim Instructor, made the wall.


Krista trains babies to swim! Yes, it is amazing to observe. I soon discovered that babies have a natural ability to swim if nurtured and guided. I am working with Krista on a new photographic series, Water Babies and I’m loving it! I want to convey the free spirit we humans are born with.

Here is one of the photographs from my new series Water Babies

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Water Baby

Exhibition at Arthouse 429

February 18th was the reception at Arthouse 429 for the Exhibition, PRINTED, featuring a New Collection of Photography & Print. Here below is a photo of my friends William Halliday, Raquel Williams and Mary Tidy-Coyle, the A Team at Arthouse 429.



Last week Carol Teti-Keesler, Decorative Crafts, organized a wonderful art tour and luncheon at NSU Art MuseumI loved the BELLISSIMIA Exhibition!

Here is my husband, Gary Antonio, walking to Bellissima!



Had an incredible evening dancing the night away at the Sunset Lounge and so was Mayor Jeri Muoio! Called the Cotton Club of the South!  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Tina Turner played there! The City of West Palm Beach is restoring the building to its wonderful 1930’s theme! I am so glad it is back!

Below playing are the Palm Beach All Stars


That’s all for now… Till next time!


Cheryl and Benji xo





February 9th, 2016 by




Gary and I were so very blessed to celebrate New Year’s Eve at our friend Cynthia Trone’s, backyard celebration with the Tibetan Buddhist Monks. Our friends Diane Arrieta and her husband Leslie also came with us. The monks were performing a New Year’s Sacred Ceremony. Before they began, Gary, Diane, Leslie and I sat down with them. As I spoke with the monks, they looked straight into my eyes, gave me a warm smile, and I could not see a trace of judgment. Made me smile all the way home.



“Icons in Style,” a Conversation with Iris Apfel and Naeem Khan

Another special event I attended was a talk at the Four Arts in Palm Beach with Iris Apfel, 94 year old Fashion and Design Icon and Naeem Khan, Fashion Designer. About ten years ago, Iris Apfel was asked to exhibit a retrospective of her fashion that she collected over many years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She became an overnight sensation after that and in demand as an 84 year old fashion model and icon. I was given a gift of the fabulous documentary “Iris” by Albert Maysles and I fell in love with her. I was so happy to see that she was going to be at the Four Arts and I headed to Palm Beach for the talk not knowing that the parking was completely packed with cars, because of Iris! I had to park several blocks away but it was worth it. I found a seat just five rows from the stage and happily listened as Iris and Naeem Khan spoke. Just wonderful!  I found Naeem Khan very sincere and humble as he spoke about his fashion career. I also found Iris to be just very matter of fact, humorous and profound.

Loved it.



Maeder as Karl Lagerfield’s Assistant or Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction; Your Pick!!!

Gary and I were invited to our neighbor Margie Yansura’s birthday retro party. I had this great idea. Since my husband, Gary, is always told that he looks like a younger Karl Lagerfield, I decided to go as Karl’s assistant in a white shirt and jeans. What I didn’t realize was that no one at the party even knew who Karl Lagerfield was!  What was I thinking, West Palm Beach is not Miami? So there was my friend Julie sitting there with bad 80’s retro hair and we both looked like Edine and Patsy in the British Show, Absolutely Fabulous! When no one at the party knew that hysterical show, I became Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction!



Featured in West Palm Beach Magazine. Cheryl Maeder: Photography as Canvas written by Sandra Schulman

I was so happy to be featured in West Palm Beach Magazine! Sandra Schulman wrote such an amazing article on my work! I loved it!

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Submerge Judith III


Dreamscapes Photographs at Inside/Out Showroom at the DCOTA

Here is a photo I shot of my work at the Inside/Out Showroom in the Design Center of the Americas.




Another great Art Fair exhibiting with Galerie Mark Hachem at Art Palm Beach, January 20 thru Jan 24th

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Here is a photo of Gary in a contemplative pose at the Art Palm Beach party on the Lester’s Yacht Seafair. See he looks very “KARL





December 23rd, 2015 by


I just reread my last blog post at Gardenhouse and realized it has been little over a month since my last blog post. Life has been full speed recently and I have not stopped still until this past weekend. I finally had time to chill and smell the roses or a least a facsimile in my backyard. There have been several shifts in my world, and I am looking at the world with a new set of eyes.


There are certain truths, and when experienced, change us for the best. One of the truths: It is not what we do in life that really matters, but who we are when we are doing it. Life is not about what we achieve. It is simply about loving and being loved. Some years back, a dear friend of mine Gordon, a writer, became ill with AIDS. For years, Gordon wanted his work published and for years that was Gordon’s quest. Until one day, I was on the phone with Gordan, and I asked how he was doing. He told me he was doing wonderful. He was happy. He told me that he did not care if he was published or not, that was not so important. What was important to Gordon was to love and be loved. It stopped me in my tracks and went straight to my heart. These last couple of weeks, I experienced this truth for myself. It hit home.


In life there are various events that take place and at the time seem so seamless. However, behind the scenes, the real work occurs! It transforms boys into men, and girls into women. It took me into its grip and I stayed with it until it all surfaced and produced the miracles! The premise behind my film Submerge!


Canvas Outdoor Museum, Submerge Film Exhibition Became a Reality


After so many months preparing Canvas Outdoor Museum became a reality in West Palm Beach, Florida. Artists came from all over the world to paint their beautiful art on buildings throughout the downtown West Palm Beach District. I was the artist selected locally and also the only artist creating a public art installation outdoors. Submerge, the film, was projected under the Royal Park Bridge Walkway. Also under the bridge walkway is the wonderful art mural of Artist Sean Yoro, a.k.a Hula , who was painting his mural as I was projecting Submerge.


Here is the public art video installation and the viewers who came by to see it!



Submerge, film installation could not have happened without the help of

The Guys Helping

The A Team! From left to right: Raphael Clemente, Director of West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, with his trusty generator and bicycle, Gary Antonio, my partner in crime, Jose Bedia Jr. and Robert Fehre

Mayor Jeri Muoio with Gary and I under the Royal Park Bridge Walkway during the Installation of Submerge

Mayor Jeri, Gary & Cheryl


Scope Art Fair 2015, Miami Beach, Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris


Went straight into exhibiting at Scope Art Fair 2015 with Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris just a few days after Canvas Outdoor Museum. The art fair was located right on the beach at South Beach. A beautiful location for art. Met some very wonderful people during the exhibition. Sometimes it feels like such a small world after all, and we are only six degrees of separation from each other. Is it a matter of luck, chance, or is it the magic of synchronicity!

During Scope Art Fair, exhibiting with Galerie Mark Hachem, The Center, Santa Fe, an amazing national photographic organization, brought a wonderful art tour to the booth to meet with me. Loved every minute of their visit!


Center, Santa Fe and I at Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris booth, Scope Art Fair

Cheryl Center Scope

Kelly Luchini, Art Consultant & Appraiser looking towards the Beach at Scope Art Fair


Cornell Museum of Art, Art Talks: A Conversation with Women in the Arts


On December 7th I was so happy to be part of the panel for Cornell Museum of Art. Artist Talk: A Conversation with Women in the Arts. The panel consisted of Diane Arrieta (Mixed Media Artist), Francie Bishop Good (Artist and Founder of The Girls Club Collection), Marisa Pascucci, (Curator of Collections at Boca Raton Museum of Art), Jannett Roberts, (Publisher of Professional Artist Magazine), Jane Manus, (Sculptor), Brenda Zappitell, (Painter) and myself. This was an incredible experience. Love sharing my experiences and exchanges with the panel and the audience.

Wonderful photo of the event by Agata Ren

Agata Ren


Another great photo by Jane Dagmi where I am talking with my hands again

Jane Dagmi Cornell


As this year comes to an end, I wish everyone the most wonderful holiday time and a Great New Year!!!!!!







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Giving Birth to an Art Installation!

November 11th, 2015 by

Canvas Outdoor Museum Comes to Life in West Palm Beach


Sitting here at my computer, waiting to go out to the location to set up for my film installation SUBMERGE . Waiting not so patiently, hoping there is no rain so that we can finally test the film projection at the location. The film installation is under the Royal Park Bridge Walkway, West Palm Beach (the middle bridge to Palm Beach). Finally after so many months of anticipation and planning, Friday, November 13th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm , I will be projecting the film every night through November 22nd. Canvas Outdoor Museum is finally here. Twenty world renowned artists flying in for the nations’ largest outdoor museum show. I am the local artist that was selected from West Palm Beach for the exhibition. It has been a long time coming and finally here! Please give good thoughts for sunshine tonight while I prepare to SUBMERGE!

Here is the link to the film for all those that can’t be in West Palm Beach.

Panoramic with Submerge Cropped


Defying Expectations! Cornell Museum, Group Exhibition Exxpectations


It has been such an incredible experience exhibiting at Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, in the group exhibition Exxpectations. The Curators Brenda Zappitell and Melanie Johanson have been so wonderful to work with. The exhibition features female artists from across the US and Canda tht defy conventions.

The exhibition will be up through January 3rd.

The reception was on October 29th and here are some photographs from the reception.

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Cornell Museum Cornell Museum Brenda



A Night with Friends at Villa Antonio

My most wonderful Les Copines friends Jane Dagmi, Judith Knopf and Karen Tierney came over to dinner at our house some weeks ago. We were celebrating Jane’s birthday and she brought the cake! An absolutely incredible strawberry cake that I almost ate it all up myself.


Janes strawberry cake


Till next time!

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The Open Road of Possibilities

October 20th, 2015 by


Dreamscapes Photographs at DCOTA, Inside Out Showroom

Hooray!! Really happy to have my Dreamscapes Photographs exhibited at the beautiful Inside/Out Showroom, DCOTA Design Center, B216. If you are there at the DCOTA, please stop by!

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October 3rd, Opening Reception, The NEXT Gallery, Italy!

Love that my film installations were being exhibited in Italy at the gorgeous NEXT Gallery in Piacenza in the Group Exhibition Plural Unique. The opening reception was October 3rd. Here are some photos taken at the opening reception. Was so happy to see people at the gallery enjoying my film PLAY! Made me very happy.. Viva L’Italia!

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 Armory Art Center, The Artists of Art Salon: A Collective Dialogue

October 9th, was the Artist Talk for The Armory Art Center, The Artists of Art Salon: A Collective Dialogue, curated by Elle Schorr. Really enjoyed speaking about my work.

Artist Talk Armory Art Center


GardenWalls, Desert Bliss Collection, Gold

Love designing the GardenWalls, nature-inspired wall coverings. Here is my pick for the blog today. Hope you enjoy!

Desert Bliss Collection, Gold

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Kick Off Party for Canvas Outdoor Museum Show, West Palm Beach

Saturday night was the opening Kick Off Party for Canvas Outdoor Museum Show. Can’t believe that the show will be happening in just a few weeks. November 8 – November 22nd. Twenty artists will be flying in from all parts of the world, and I am the only local artist from West Palm Beach that will be in the exhibition! I will be exhibiting my film SUBMERGE here in the USA for the first time! So very excited. Here are some photos from Saturday’s party!

Nicole Henry of Nicole Henry Fine Art, Creator & Visionary behind CANVAS with her two adorable children.

Nicole on Stage


There’s more celebrations but I will wait for the next blog post.

Till Next Time!

Bengi and Cheryl


The Turning of New Leafs even here in Florida!

September 30th, 2015 by


Hanging on to Summer just a little longer with GardenWalls, Italian Summer Collection


I created the GardenWalls Collection to bring the outdoors into our indoor living spaces. I photograph elements in nature and incorporate these elements into the nature-inspired wall-coverings. Here is my pick for the blog. Italian Summer, Chocolate to welcome the fall.

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Maeder exhibiting in Italy

One of my favorite places in the world is Italy! So I was very excited that I will be exhibiting there! If anyone is in Italy for October, please visit The NEXT Gallery in Piacenza, Italy. The exhibition Plural Unique will be at NEXT Gallery October 3rd through October 17th.

Next Gallery HERO Promo


Canvas Outdoor Museum Show Kick Off Party October 10th

I am also looking forward to the kick off party for Canvas, October 10 from 7:00 pm to 11 pm, for more details visit

For several summer months, I have been working on the film SUBMERGE which will be projected on a building for Canvas, Nov 8 thru the 22nd. There will be 22 world renowned artists coming from around the globe for Canvas. I am so happy to be part of this incredible show.

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon at our House with Bengi

                  Bengi in living room

Until next time!



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MAEDER in the Big Apple

September 9th, 2015 by


Ca’D’Oro Gallery, NYC, Breaking Surface Exhibition

In August, I happily flew to New York City for the group exhibition “Breaking Surface” at Ca’D’Oro Gallery NYC. It was so wonderful to be exhibit at this beautiful exhibition.


It was also fantastic that it was featured in WHATSUPMIAMI!


Frances Stern, Galleria Ca’D’Oro New York Manager and I


Jodi Weiss, Jane Dagmi, myself, and Angela Krass, Orange Alloy



Daniella Douglas and Emilio Rosas



I always love walking around New York City! One of my favorite things to do besides Paris, of course! Here are some photographs I captured in New York.




MoMA / Museum of Modern Art NYC

Stopped in at MoMA on my last day in New York before I headed back to West Palm Beach.




Was happy to find this painting by one of my heroes, Mark Rothko!

Mark Rothko

Then I came upon this famous painting! Guess who?

The Starry Night by, of course, Van Gogh.

Van Gogh Starry Night


Nicole Henry of Nicole Henry Fine Art Gallery, together with an incredible team, has created such an amazing venue here in West Palm Beach. Canvas Outdoor Museum Show will be the nation’s largest outdoor museum. There will be 21 artists from throughout the world coming to West Palm Beach for this exhibit November 8 through the 22nd. I am so excited to say that I am one of the artists in this exhibition. My film SUBMERGE will be projected on a building directly across from Nicole Henry’s beautiful gallery. Here is a short video on CANVAS.

Nicole Henry

Nicole Henry

Until next time!

Bengi and Cheryl

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It’s Summer! Hitting the Road with Cheryl and Gary!

August 5th, 2015 by

Art Southampton 2015

Last month, Gary and I took off for a week and headed to the beautiful Hamptons! I was exhibiting my photographs with Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris  along with Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol! How incredible is that! I was in such great company! I was also excited that two of my photographs were selected by Art Miami/Art Southampton to represent Art Southampton 2015  in all their print and online media, throughout the world!


Dreamscapes, Hamptons Dunes at Art Southampton 2015


Submerge V, 1/10, at Art Southampton 2015 with Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris


Hamptons Dunes, 2/10, at Art Southampton 2015 with Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris


Mark Hachem and daughter, Lea, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris


Jackson Pollock’s Studio, Springs, East Hampton where it all began


Jackson Pollock’s Studio Floor

Before the trip, I went on to airbnb  and booked a room in a charming house in East Hampton. Gary and I both love adventure, and part of that was not knowing exactly where in East Hampton the house was until we actually arrived there. We were so happy to find out that the house where we were staying was in the hamlet of Springs! It was just five minutes from the Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner house! Whenever we are in the Hamptons, we always love going there as it is so inspiring. We had such an incredible trip exhibiting at Art Southampton, hanging out with Mark Hachem & his wonderful daughter, Lea, eating breakfast at Springs General Store and just wandering around the Hamptons! Oh and did I leave out eating the most delicious soft shell crab sandwich at a little outdoor café on the way to Montauk! Pure Heaven!

July, a Wonderful Month for Exhibitions!



My Dreamscapes Photographs were in a solo exhibition at the beautiful Pelican Grand Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the month of July. A Special thanks to Robert Keesler, General Manager, and Carol Teti-Keesler of Decorative Crafts, supporter of the Arts!


Photo of Robert Keesler, Gary Antonio, and I


Pelican Grand Hotel

I went upstairs on the wonderful terrace of the Pelican Grand and took this photograph of the hotel’s shadow in the sand below.


My Dreamscapes Photographs are also being exhibited at the Stinson Beach Gallery, Stinson Beach, California in an exhibition entitled “Speaking in Dreams” curated by Georgia Gibbs. Love the title for the exhibition! So happy to be a part of it and in this charming gallery. Some years ago, Gary and I had our studios in San Francisco and, on weekends, we would take off for this wonderful beach town. I have great memories shooting on Stinson Beach. It is only about 23 miles from San Francisco!. If you are in or about San Francisco, please check out the gallery. The exhibition is there through August 29th.

Stinson Beach Gallery

Dreamscapes photograph Far & Away III, 1/10, 30 x 45 inches now being exhibited at Stinson Beach Gallery, Photo thanks to Georgia Gibbs.


Several weeks ago, Gary, Bengi the dog, and I took off for St. Petersburg. On the way, we drove through this little Americana town that felt like we were back in the 50s. For one block long, there were these wonderful murals painted on the store fronts, I took out my camera and photographed Gary walking along the storefronts. I put the image on facebook and was happy when a friend, Wendy Blazier , Independent Curator & Art Historian, commented. Wendy told me exactly what town we were in and the artist who designed and painted the murals. We were in the town of Okeechobee and the murals were designed and painted by Joseph Steiert in 2012.

Here is the photo of Gary. I end this blog with the wonderful twitter comment from Georgia Gibbs about the photo “Gary is the perfect compliment – the walking base note! He better be careful or they will keep him!”

Gary Okeechobie
Until next time!

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June 24th, 2015 by


On June 10th at Poltrona Frau Showroom, Miami, Gary and I had the wonderful privilege of meeting legendary Architect, Industrial Designer and Visionary Mario Bellini. Celebrating 50 years of collaboration with Cassini, Mario was on a US tour and stopped in Miami at Poltrona Frau for the private reception and lecture. As Mario Bellini was speaking and showing the presentation of his work, I was moved and inspired by not only the innovative architecture he had created over the years, also the amazing industrial designs that dated back to the late 60s to present. At Poltrona Frau, Gary and I went up to speak to Mario, and he was so very humble, genuine and gracious. Such a beautiful evening.

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Gary and Mario Bellini


From left Giampiero di Persia, Poltrona Frau, CEO, Phillip Sutphil, Michael and myself





Dreamscapes at Poltrona Frau/Miami


I love exhibiting my photographs at Poltrona Frau/Miami. The workmanship of the furnishings and showroom design are just exquisite. Art in design.

Dreamscapes, Les Copines, Mediation, 3/10, 30 x 45 inches, photograph on plexiglas



Dreamscapes, Far & Away VI 6/10, 30 x 60 inches, photograph on plexiglas



I am lucky to have dear friends who also happen to be fabulous foodies! Last Thursday night, Gary, Bengi and I had some friends over to celebrate. It happened also to be my birthday. It was so much fun and relaxing as everyone brought over a delicious dish. Aud, a close friend since my teenage years, brought the dream cake… Chocolate, what else! Delish.

Here are some photos from Jane Dagmi, Communications Manager at Parlore  & Stylewriter. I’ve written about Jane several times previously. We have taken several road trips together and there will be more to write about in future blogs – adventures from our trips. Thelma and Louise revisited, but we won’t drive off the cliff, I promise.


 Photo taken by Gary, starting from back row on right Karen Tierney, Jane Dagmi, Cheryl Maeder, front row right is Audrey Douglas and Julie Dungan-Holdefe



Backyard swimming pool with Bengi contemplating jumping in


Jane taking a selfie with Bengi



And to end today’s blog, here is a photo that my dear friend Les Bernstein sent as she was visiting New York. Love it. A good sign.


Until next time!

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May 27th, 2015 by

PLAY Wins Best of Show, Palm Beach Cultural Council Biennial 2015

When I was twelve, I won a pair of roller skates. I have no expectations when it comes to winning awards. Exhibiting my photographs at galleries and designing for Gardenhouse have been the most wonderful gifts all their own. On May 14th, my husband and I attended a reception for the Palm Beach Cultural Council Biennial 2015. My film PLAY was selected, as well as the work of 60 other artists, by Juror Elizabeth Sobieski, a Contributing Editor for The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Avenue Magazine, The New York Post and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

At the reception, when my name was called out to receive the award for Best of Show for my film PLAY,  I was stunned.

The concept for PLAY came about one day as I was shopping at the Wellington Mall. I was walking on the 2nd floor, and looked down below to see children laughing & playing amongst oversized plastic foods – buttered waffles, bowls of grapefruit, and kiwis. The children from my vantage point looked like tiny, happy fairies laughing and playing.

The idea for PLAY was born. Taking in everyday moments that one would normally pass by, and capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary is what I’m all about. Two of the photographs from PLAY were also selected for a curated exhibition Fotos for Foster Care Counts by Hamburg Kennedy Photographs alongside the works of Diane Arbus, Sally Mann and Elliott Erwitt.

I hope you enjoy the film!



Vintage Fashion & Karl Lagerfeld’s Twin

Gary and I attended the Modern Luxury Magazine party at the Armani Showroom in the Miami Design District. As we were walking along to the party, I photographed Gary. He is constantly told that he looks like Karl Lagerfeld or Karl looks like Gary.



Several weeks ago, Gary and I visited our friends, The Rovners’, in WaterSound Beach along 30A – a 28.5 mile coastal corridor that hugs the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida. The drive takes you along sugar white beaches and coastal sand dunes, reminiscent of the coastline along Carmel, California, however it is much calming. Our friends live along the beautiful WaterSound Preserve, with cascading sand dunes leading to the ocean.

Along 30 A is the town of Alys Beach, which I have photographed before for I am in love with the English Tudor, Greek and Moroccan influences in the architecture – as well as the fact that all the materials used are sustainable. Here are photographs taken on our trip.




















Until next time!

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