Day 2 – Tourist in Paris – Paris Photoshoot …

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Day 2, Tourist in Paris…

Despite the predicted rain, I was blessed with clear blue skies and sunshine. So was up and out early to avoid the crowds and ready to capture the city like never before, I was here to take photos after all! First up the Eiffel Tower…

 I took almost the same route as the day before but stayed close to the main street looking for a bakery and something for breakfast, before heading straight towards the iron icon to capture it in the brilliant morning light.

After a walk around the tower base and a few clicks later, I met up with my friend at the carousel in front of the tower where we then caught a tour bus. The hop on hop off bus tour took us past the golden dome of Les Invalides, across the Ponte Alexendre bridge and through Place de la Concorde.

We was close to at a great little spot I had heard about from a fellow travel blogger as a great way to see the Eiffel Tower for free, so we stopped off for brunch with a view on the roof of Printemps. Not only can you walk through a posh department store, admire the designer clothes and grab a roomy lift to the top….there is a reasonably priced cafe on the roof with fantastic panoramic views of the city! A perfect photo opportunity, if there ever was one!

The view from printemps is well worth it and if you on a tour bus its stops just outside the store before the Lourve.

We re caught the tour bus and headed to the Louvre to take a few snaps in and around the courtyard, it’s a fantastic area to photograph as there are so many angles, perspectives and lines to play around with.

Next up was another on my must see list the Pont Neuf where we took some snaps of the padlocks. The weather was changing and deciding it wasnt on our side, we walked towards Notre Dame in the hope of some dramatic light. By the time we had arrived it had grown stormy and the clouds descended so I switched to black and white for a more dramatic effect.

 

Deciding it was time to stop for a late lunch and the weather to pass we found a little cafe and settled in. By the time we finished eating the sun was back out and we decided to finish the afternoon at the Arc di Triopmhe before heading back to our hotels to rest our feet and charge our cameras.

Later that evening we met up Trocadero to catch the first light display of the night on the Eiffel Tower. 

Coming soon! Day 3 – Sacre Coure and the Montmartre

You can read about my 1st day in Paris here.

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Padlocks of Paris

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One of the places at the top my list to photograph in Paris was the padlocks on the Pont Neuf bridge, after a visit to Notre Dame I spent some time taking photographs of the many differant padlocks there.

Over the past decade, love locks have popped up in cities across the world, decorated with lovers’ initials, declarations of affection and sometimes even marriage proposals.

 There is an incredible variety of padlocks, from old and rusty to gold-coloured padlocks personalised with laser engravings.

They will probably meet the same fate as those of the Pont des Artes, the first Parisian bridge to be weighed down with the love locks. The worldwide tradition has become so popular, it just isn’t sustainable in citys such as Paris.

In 2015 local authorities were forced to de-lock the entire bridge, removing 45 tons of metal for safety reasons and to protect the structure which was severely stressed from the weight.

Leaving a padlock on the bridge is no different from carving initials into a tree or writing ‘I woz here’ on a bus stop, but it gives us photographers a chance to take some great shots!

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Weekend in Paris – day 1

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Paris Day 1…

I started my trip at London St Pancras station where I easily caught the Eurostar to Paris Gare de Nord. After taking what I thought would be a stressful and confusing 30 min metro ride across the city, (Turns out it was simple and stress free.) I arrived at my final stop Gare Monteparnesse.

I was staying in the 15th arrondissement at Hotel Innova, the lovely leafy residential neighbourhood of the city has great metro links and is easily accessible to all of the major sites.

Excited to finally be in Paris, it wasnt long until I was checked in, the room inspected and ready to explore.

Camera charged and in my bag, I headed straight towards the iconic Eiffel Tower in hope of some Paris magic, not only was it the biggest must see, ever on my list it was naturally the meeting place to meet my friend.

My first view of the Eiffel Tower was totally unexpected,  I had just walked down a random side street after thinking I was lost and there it was! The top of it in my view……with the sun directly behind it which caused me to squint, take a photo and then be disappointed with it. I deleted the photo before venturing in that general direction and ending up on the Champ de Mars.

The view of Montparnasse Tower from under the Eiffel Tower

Once up close I have to admit I was impressed, it was so much bigger than I expected. I took some more shots despite of the bad weather, working out angles and perspectives, before I had a quick look around for possible photo spots for the next day.

Looking up from under the Eiffel Tower

After taking a few of the classic ‘under the tower’ shots I met up with my friend for a decent catch up and some food, over some very nice french wine we made plans for a photo tour of the city the next day before we headed up to the Trocodero and what I can only describe as one of the greatest balcony in the world for a fantastic light show off the Eiffel Tower at night.

View from Trocadero at sunset

I went to bed feeling the Parisian magic and hopeful the next day would bring better weather for some amazing photographs.

Coming soon! Day 2 – Tourist in Paris

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Panoramic Views from Printemps, Paris…

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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

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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