Springtime in Paris

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good … More Springtime in Paris

Transformation 2

Paris – My 2 favourite images from the spring of 2013 blended together. Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau and Cours Albert 1er – a walking path along the Seine. The cold and very wet day along the Seine balancing the camera under a small umbrella Transformed by the next day … warm and beautiful sitting … More Transformation 2

Symmetry of an Icon

In the field of architecture and engineering, there is no finer example of bi-lateral and rotational symmetry than the Eiffel Tower. From any angle, from near or far, night and day … It is the template.   Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Symmetry      

Shadow Lands

  When you start looking through a photograph library for images that include some form of shadowing, it becomes apparent very quickly just how significant it is to try and delineate light from darkness … And you see easily why some images stand apart – why the same landscape leaps out at you at sunrise … More Shadow Lands

Diamond Light

In response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge …. Twinkle Prague Fairmont Empress Hotel – Victoria, Vancouver Island Paris – City of Light Venus over Kozskiusko Mauna Kea – Big Island, Hawaii  

WPC – Containers

This week's WordPress Challenge is Containers …. These images were taken on Market Day in Rue Cler, Paris last May. The first one shows a collection of old tobacco tins mainly, and the second is a set of rubber stamp boxes  


This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is MONUMENT “It seems to me that it had no other rationale than to show that we are not simply the country of entertainers, but also that of engineers and builders called from across the world to build bridges, viaducts, stations and major monuments of modern industry, the Eiffel Tower … More Monument

Paris Gardens

This week's Travel Theme is GARDEN … The Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The gardens of the Champ de Mars lie at the foot of the Eiffel Tower between the Ecole Militaire and the … More Paris Gardens

Paris – Lumiere

As some may recall, I spent 10 days in Paris last May … The wintry European “Spring” of 2013. However, during that time I managed to capture images of a particular Paris mood that I think will certainly define that city for me forever as it has for many others – or until I manage … More Paris – Lumiere

Light and Sky

Occasionally, themes for the Weekly Photo Challenge (Let there be Light) and Ailsa's Travel Theme (Sky) converge and make it difficult to distinguish which images to use …. And today's duo are a classic case. So these 3 images used previously are interchangeable for either theme …. No image in my collection says “sky” like … More Light and Sky

Weekly Photo Challenge:Inside

This week's challenge is INSIDE Inside the Long Bar – Raffles Hotel, Singapore   Inside this small cup lies …… Fire, intensity, bitterness, solace, and aching addiction on a cold and rainy Paris morning   Inside the lock at dawn ….. Rhine River, Germany          

Travel Theme: Architecture

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Architecture “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Frank Gehry Prague – Saint Agnes of Bohemia and Muzeum Karlova mostu Regensburg Cathedral   Paris – Notre Dame Cathedral   Czesky Krumlov   Budapest – Parliament Building          

Travel Theme: Motion

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Motion River Seine in Paris at dusk …. The boat traffic is fairly hectic at this time, and It's difficult to get more than 30 seconds to capture the lights as they come on. This is a photo I almost deleted but it suits the theme.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World through Your Eyes

The Weekly Photo Challenge is The World Through Your Eyes Our 10 days in Paris during May were predominantly rainy …. making for challenging but rewarding photography. Here on this day, walking up the Champs Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe and juggling the camera and umbrella … the main thing that caught my eye … More Weekly Photo Challenge: The World through Your Eyes

Last Day in Paris

“Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets – as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and … More Last Day in Paris

Paris_City of Light

“The whole of Paris was lit up. The tiny dancing flames had bespangled the sea of darkness from end to end of the horizon, and now, like millions of stars, they burned with a steady light in the serene night. There was no breath of wind to make them flicker as they hung there in … More Paris_City of Light

Paris_Les Invalides & Napoleon’s Tomb

Les Invalides – officially known as L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original … More Paris_Les Invalides & Napoleon’s Tomb

A Window on Paris

Tuesday morning 5.30am … From our room at the Hotel Relais Bosquet looking into Rue Champs de Mars and Rue Bosquet. Another cold and rainy day in Paris. Parisians are looking back with nostalgia to that glorious few days of Spring a week ago.

Paris in the Rain

The sky hung low, the color of graphite, and it seemed just as heavy. The air was cool and dense. But I wasn't disappointed. After a shot of bitter espresso, I was ready to go. I had bad weather as my companion, and a good one it was, too. I walked along the quays and … More Paris in the Rain


Montmartre is a hill in the north of Paris, France. It is 130 metres high and gives its name to the surrounding district, in the 18th arrondissement, a part of the Right Bank. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district. The other, … More Paris_Montmartre

Paris_La Tour Eiffel

Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long lasting structures? Aren’t the genuine functions of strength always in keeping with unwritten conditions of harmony? Besides, there is an attraction, a special charm in the colossal … More Paris_La Tour Eiffel

Paris_Rue Cler Market

The Art of Parisian Living By Rick Steves Walking down rue Cler makes me feel like I must have been a poodle in a previous life. It's a cobbled pedestrian street lined with shops run by people who've found their niche. Aproned fruit stall attendants coax doll-like girls into trying their cherries. And ladies, after … More Paris_Rue Cler Market

Paris_Tuileries Garden

The Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually first opened to the public in 1667, and became a public … More Paris_Tuileries Garden


From the Place de la Concorde along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe     From the Pont de la Concorde over the River Seine    

Prague to Paris

Tomorrow, I pack the telescope away for a month and embark on a European River Cruise. We fly from Sydney, Australia to Prague for 3 days – then travel down to Budapest boarding the River Cruise boat for 15 days through to Amsterdam. Along the river we stop at Vienna, Durnstein-Melk, Linz-Passau, Regensberg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, … More Prague to Paris