Panoramic Views from Printemps, Paris…

Paris, Photo Post, Travel

There are plenty of places to photograph paris from a height, the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Montparnasse Tower to name just a few. After spending some time researching photography spots in Paris I discovered this almost hidden gem to capture the city skyline.

The Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais

So if like me want to photograph the Paris skyline for free over a coffee? Head to the top of Printemps Haussmann on Boulevard Haussmann. The posh department store is filled with designer goods and a spacious lift leads you up to a rooftop cafe which is reasonably priced and offers the perfect panoramic view of Paris on a budget. 

Haussmann buildings and the city skyline

 

Sacre Coeur sitting on top of Paris highest point

Read more on my trip to paris, coming soon!

 

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Bees on Pink – Photopost

NaturePhotography, Photo Post, Photography

Now it’s officially summer, here’s a few nature shots from my garden this summer of a bumble bee on a bright pink flower.

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Let me know what you think in the comments below.

These prints and many more are available to buy in a range of sizes on my Etsy Shop.

 

 

 

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Bury st Edmonds – Angel Hotel Review

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We are back in UK and very kindly had a chance to stay at the luxury Angel Hotel in Bury st Edmonds. In the heart of the Suffolk countryside and right inside the historic town centre, this beautiful Georgian building is set directly opposite the cathedral and Abbey Gardens.

This stunning hotel has traditional charm mixed with contemporary decor. We had a wonderful welcome and took advantage of concierge service before a smartly dressed porter escorted us to our room.

We had a very large and highly decorative ground floor room with double doors leading to a small patio. The bathroom was up a small set of stairs and there was complementary tea/coffee, bottled water and a hamper on arrival.

 

The kingside bed not only look plush and amazing but was super spacious and very comfortable.

There is a warm and cosy lounge where guests and passing visitors can stop for lunch or just a quick coffee complete with a log fire which I bet looks fantastic over the winter time this also serves and an evening dinner area if you wish to use it (We ate out at a local restaurant nearby)

We treated ourselves and ordered breakfast in bed and ate around the little table by the patio doors. The cooked breakfast was filling and although our plan was to eat in sun on the patio it rained, so we ate in the dry comfort of the room watching the morning news before we checked out.

 

 

After spending some time walking around Bury st Edmonds and the Abbey Gardens, we had a stop off in both Sudbury and Halstead on our drive home, both of which are pretty rural countryside towns we found ourselves having enjoyed a very relaxing and enjoyable break in the Suffolk countryside.

With excellent service, including concierge this is a fantastic little night away for a couple or a special occasion the only thing better than the hotel was the town and surrounding area!

 

You can check out the hotel on there website here

Puccini, Son of Lucca…

Italy, Lucca, Tuscany

A bronze statue sits in front of his childhood home at Corte San Lorenzo, Fragments of his life are scattered throughout the province of Lucca. His music is known all around the world and he is arguably the greatest Italian composer of all time. He is Giacomo Puccini, (not to be confused with the opera singer Pavarotti!)… Famous for his late-19th century romantic Italian operas such as La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot and one of the most famous arias ever written, Nessun Dorma. (You might have heard it being sung at football matches.)

 

The home he grew up in has been restored in the style of the mid-nineteenth century and made into a small museum with a pretty little garden, You can walk through the rooms of the house, where there are displays of manuscripts and music scores from his operas, as wells as photos and paintings. Each room has a small description of what the room was used for (written in both Italian and English), The highlight for us was seeing the very same piano on which he composed Turandot, There is also some interesting costumes from his operas, and various other memorabilia.

His lake side home where he lived and worked on his major operas is in nearby Torre del Lago, what was once an old watch tower and his beloved home is now his final resting place and a museum. Every year during the summer months the Museo Villa Puccini holds a Puccini Opera Festival, held in the outdoor theatre overlooking the lake, Puccini fans can hear some of his famous operas performed by the very lake where he composed them.

The city of Lucca embraces him as a favourite native son, and its a wonderful joy for any opera fan and if you wish to visit the area there is the aptly named piccolo hotel Puccini just around the corner from his childhood home!

Black, White and Red Photography – London…

London, Photo Post, Photography, Uncategorized

I’m not the best at black and white photography (so any tips would be appreciated!) but on my last trip to London, I played around with the classic red of the London buses against a black and white background….What do you think?

 

 

Please feel free to critique in the comments below…

Taken in London, England.

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