Day 2 – Tourist in Paris – Paris Photoshoot …

Paris, Photography, Travel

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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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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Piazza dei Miracoli in watercolour – Photopost

Photo Post, Photography, Pisa

It’s probably Italy most famous landmark and I have captured it in my dreamy watercolour effect, this fine art photography print is available to buy in my Etsy Shop in a range of sizes.

Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy.

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