L’Opéra Garnier. Paris, France.


L’Opéra Garnier. Paris, France.

Sometimes the best takes are the outtakes. This is an outtake from lunchtime at the opéra. I was looking to take a straight up shot of the columns with a centred balcony [judging by this, i’ve clearly failed, hence the outtake]. Every time I tried to line up the shot, the little man on the balcony would stick his head over the edge and make a funny face when he thought I wasn’t looking. This time, i was able to catch him thinking about…whatever lovely French men think about on their smoke breaks.


Banqueting House. London, England, UK


Banqueting House. London, England, UK

This is another one of the gems that I found during my Rick Steeves Walking Podcast of Doom. During the 17th Century, the balcony at the top of the dome [the window facing the street on the corner] was where they would execute monarchy with a crowd waiting and, presumably, cheering on below. If you’re a fan of Ruben, he painted the ceiling. This was also a part of a 17th Century palace which burned to the ground and only this part remained.

[Other than the truly fascinating history of the building, I love the juxtaposition of the red bus v the white building v the blue sky.]

If you would like to learn more about the events, the Banqueting House website has a useful timeline from the beginning of the 17th Century to the present as well as truncated histories of related monuments and how they all relate to each other. 🙂

St. Paul’s Cathedral. London, England, UK.


St. Paul’s Cathedral. London, England, UK. 2012.

I remember taking this, which is strange, because I don’t always remember every frame that I take. I had downloaded a few of Rick Steves‘ walking podcast tour guided walk things of London and I had planned to use one for morning that I had planned to get out and do stuff [ex. the one that takes you past the Houses of Parliament for the morning that I had planned on going to see them and then explore from there.]. This day, I did two in one day and covered almost 15km on foot. I hd already been to the Tate Modern the day before, so I kind of had an idea where I was and where I was headed for the day. At any rate, this was about 2/3 of the way through the longer of the two podcasts. The good thing about the way that Mr. Steves [is it appropriate to call him Rick? I’ve used so many of his online resources, radio shows, and podcasts through out my trip planning that I feel like he’s my BFF] had structured this particular walk was that once you arrived at St Paul’s, he tells you to pause the recording and to look around or have a seat. I remember that this day , it was freezing in the sense that it was incredibly blustery which was making every alley like a wind tunnel. I popped into Paul’s Bakery for a coffee and a pain au chocolat to warm up before continuing my walk. And there it was, just at the tail end of magic hour, towering over the walls of the cathedral.

That’s how it happened.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London, England, UK.


Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London, England, UK.

I love this spot in town. Between the Houses of Parliament, the tourists, the statues in the garden, the protestors, the MPs, and the clock tower, I’m fairly certain that I could spend all day, every day here and not be able to take the same photo twice. Plus, just a skip over the bridge and you have Tower Bridge and the London Eye right at your feet, and on a clear day, St. Peter’s Basilica.

Does anyone know what the Latin is at the base of the clock?

The Houses of Parliament. London, England, UK.


The Houses of Parliament. London, England, UK, 2012.

Despite it being windy and absolutely freezing, this day was absolutely fantastic and not a single cloud in the sky. I love the Houses of Parliament, aesthetically speaking, and looking over the bridge with clock tower makes for a lovely setting for a picnic [which i had. there’s something to be said about the small things in life: picking up a sandwich and a cup of coffee and sitting on a bench, people watching.].

Also: I love gargoyles.

La Cathédrale de Notre Dame. Paris, France.


La Cathédrale de Notre Dame. Paris, France, 2012.

Low Light. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I would like to think that this works. Edit free barring a minimal adjustment to the white balance. At 1,83m tall, not much makes me feel small or overwhelmed, but Notre Dame is one of those things, especially if I’m standing under one of the towers or right in the middle of the Cathedral itself.