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Paris City Sights – Photo Essay

A photo essay from the beautiful and romantic streets in Paris.

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Champs-Elysees Sunset

We visited Paris for a long weekend and absolutely loved it. For me it was my first ever European city after visiting London and Edinburgh and it was everything I dreamed it would be.

The architecture, food and people made it one of the most memorable few days on our 2 and a half years of travel so far.

We wanted to share some of our favourite photos from that amazing time there. Enjoy!

Champs-Elysees Sunset

Looking towards the Champs-Elysee at sunset.

View from the top of Arc de Triomphe

View from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

The Louvre

The stunning and beautiful Louvre (and the hordes of tourists). If you wish to avoid them you might want to consider pre-purchasing Paris attraction tickets.

Paris at Dusk

Paris at dusk is brilliant with everyone coming out to enjoy the city.

Notre Dame Cathedral from the River Seine

Notre Dame Cathedral from the “lovers bridge”.

Les Invalides Tombs, Napoleans Tomb

Napoleon’s body lies within Les Invalides Tombs.

Iconic Eiffel Tower lit up at Night

If you ever visit Paris then make sure you visit the Eiffel Tower during the day and at night. When it is all lit up it really is magical.

Which of the above is your favourite photo?

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Laurence

    April 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Love the sky on the Tomb of the Invalids shot 🙂

    • Cole

      April 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Thanks Laurence. The evenings in Paris create some beautiful lighting effects with all the older buildings.

  2. Courtney Mroch

    April 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    There is no other word for this than GORGEOUS! I’ve pinned several of your photos. I hope to one day get to Paris and see some of these sights for myself, but until then I appreciate jaunting there by way of you. THX!

    • Cole

      April 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      Wow thanks for sharing our photos Courtney we are really glad you enjoyed them 🙂 I am sure you will get over there soon and will love it as much as we did!

  3. Alison

    April 9, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    These photos are fab. I really like the one of the bridge filled with lovelocks, which looks considerably more packed than when I visited last year. I think the authorities took them down for a while, but people started putting them on again, ha ha. Paris is such a great place to photograph.

    • Cole

      April 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Yea I heard they took them down and within hours there were loads back on there again! Pretty crazy. Would love to go back.

  4. Laurel

    April 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Beautiful photos, you should be proud! I’m embarrassed to say that despite living in Europe I still haven’t been to Paris.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      You have to go Laurel! It is so beautiful and they have amazing food haha.

  5. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    April 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    These are really beautiful photos of Paris – I especially love the second one!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      Cheers Christy! It is an easy place to photograph that’s for sure.

  6. Kelly

    April 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I love the one of the Arc de Triomphe!!! Such a beautiful view! I can’t wait to go to Paris!!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      You will love it Kelly! Make sure you take loads of photos too 🙂

  7. Ali

    April 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Great photos! Paris is such a gorgeous city!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Thanks Ali 🙂 We loved it and hoping to head back to France again soon.

  8. Sergio

    April 26, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Bien vu la note est informative et sympathique !
    Thanks for sharing : Sergio

    • Cole Burmester

      April 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      No problem Sergio. Thanks for checking out the blog 🙂

  9. Sarah

    May 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Gorgeous photos! I especially loved the picture taken from the top of the Arc–magnificent!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      I don’t think I realised how symmetrical it was until I checked my photos later that night!

  10. cheryl

    May 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Wow, these are some really really pretty photos! Makes my heart swoon. I really need to visit Paris. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      You would love it! And it is probably only a few hours from Berlin by train 🙂

  11. Daisy de Plume

    July 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    These really are great shots. Don’t know how to pin pictures from other sites, but do wish I could pin your Louvre photo onto my pinterest Louvre page. Did you burn the clouds in it? Just lovely.

  12. kim Brittenburg

    July 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I am in love with your photo of Notre Dame Cathedral from the “lovers bridge”. My daughter is in love with paris and had had her senior photos taken on a green screen to have a photo of the lock bridge added behind her but we have not seen on she loves as much as yours. I was wondering if there is any way you would allow us the right to the photo to photo shop her in and your person out? I know this is unusual request but its just sooo perfect the way you took the photo. Please get back to me as soon as possible. I really appreciate any help you can either way we appreciate your time.
    Kim Brittenburg

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Hey Kim,
      Sorry it took so long to get back to you! Been busy in Africa. Happy for you to photoshop your daughter in as long as you don’t use the photo for commercial gain. Let me know if you need anything from me.
      Regards,
      Cole

  13. Milena Yordanova

    January 15, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Beautiful photos! I especially like the first one. The sky of the second photo is very interesting.

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Making the Most of a Trip to Monaco

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Monaco is one of the hottest destinations in travel right now, and there has never been a better time to explore the principality that attracts over 320,000 visitors a year from all around the world. While Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco helped plant Monaco firmly on the movie-goers map, and the winding roads and glorious hill-scapes send our minds back to James Bond-esque car rides, there is another side to Monaco that gives itself as the perfect stopover for the adventure holiday-maker.

Monaco in Brief

Nestled on the French coast on the Mediterranean Riviera, Monaco is the richest nation in the world – not just for the celebrity yachts and sports cars that glint in the Monegasque sun – as according to The World Bank, the people of Monaco earn more per capita than any other nation, which is evidenced in how luxurious a place it is. But, it doesn’t just have to be a destination for those with laden pockets. With a population of around 30,000, Monaco was founded as a colony of Genoa in 1215. The House of Grimaldi presided over Monaco ever since (with a brief period of French rule from 1789 to 1814) – with the Prince of Monaco acting as supreme ruler. That is until 1911, when Monaco became a constitutional government, with the monarchy acting as a figurehead, much like Great Britain’s. But what can be done in Monaco?

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Formula One

Monaco, of course, is well known for the Monaco Grand Prix, a Formula 1 race held annually on the Circuit de Monaco. Begun in 1929, and forming 1/3 of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the race is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. The streets of Monaco are transformed into the circuit, which makes it naturally one of the most dangerous and difficult to manoeuvre through in the world. The track changes, corners, and elevations combine with the luxurious atmosphere to make the winner of the tournament extremely lauded over. While participants clearly can’t rock up to join the race, finding your wheels on the same streets is a sure adrenaline burst, especially for sports fans.

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Nightlife

Thanks in part to Casino Royale, Monaco is on the map for the extensive connection it has to casinos, and more specifically the iconic Casino Monte Carlo, that the nightlife of the city-state revolves around. In the beginning of roulette, the wheel had been modified in order to ensure the player’s odds were high enough to have a chance of winning with the single zero machine, Monaco accepted the game developed by Louis Blanc of Germany. Until 1933, roulette was played exclusively in Monaco, and the game helped place Monaco on the map for being a high stakes, exuberant place. As such, the roulette wheel was at the centre of the night out, that spilled into nearby bars and clubs. Monaco continues this tradition of bustling bars and celebrity-spotting clubs, replete with live music, cabaret events, and special guests, with the Living Room and La Racasse providing as glamorous an evening as James Bond would indulge in.

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Water-sports

Located on the Avenue de Princess Grace, Lavrotto Beach is home to not only beautifully clear water and scorching sand, but a variety of water-sports for the nautical adventurer. From canoeing and kayaking under The Rock, to snorkelling and scuba diving to discover the shoals that live beneath the deluxe city-state and rival those of the Great Barrier Reef. For those who are into faster experiences, jet skis are available to cruise the blue lagoon, and flyboarding can be done in the bay. Motorised water-sports are extremely popular and an easy way to get that heart rate going.

Seeing Monaco from the Sky

France is extremely popular for its hot air balloon rides, and Monaco has adopted this pastime as well. The perfect way to take all 202 hectares in is to soar above it propelling by a canister of liquid propane gas. The hot air balloon ride can be as exciting or as leisurely as you make it, and can form the basis of a picnic high in the sky. Alternatively, you can don your swimsuit and hop onto a parachute behind a speedboat, to see Monaco from above while parasailing. Both methods allow you to feel the wind in your hair and witness the beauty of Monaco.

Monaco is a magnificent place; and a definite spot for anyone wanting an exciting break – just a short trip down from France, and a perfect stop for any time from a day to a week. While the excitement may differ from bouldering and white water rafting, the thrill in the air of being amongst the yachts, the beautiful scenery, and the scent of celebrity is enough to get hearts racing.

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5 Unmissable Northern Ireland Attractions

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Northern Ireland is a beautiful part of the world, yet one which often lies off the usual tourist track. However, there are many great places to visit and things to see and do in this region – offering the perfect getaway from packed tourist destinations and a chance to see a largely unspoiled natural landscape.

Despite this, there are still many different attractions within the area that are well worth a visit. From city scenes to geological wonders, the sheer versatility means that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone in the region.

If you are thinking of paying Northern Ireland a visit, here are five of the best attractions that the area has to offer – just waiting for you to arrive!

Giant’s Causeway

Instantly recognisable and famed across the world, the Giant’s Causeway is a definite must-see. Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO world heritage site, the Causeway is a unique example of natural beauty and wonder. Take time out of your schedule to explore, clambering over the rocks and discovering the science, myths and legends behind this ancient monument. A Giant’s Causeway tour also makes the ideal way to learn about the Causeway and get to know the area, as you are shown around by a knowledgeable tour guide.

Belfast

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast is a city steeped in years of history. Boasting plenty of varied attractions, there is guaranteed to be something to suit every taste in Belfast. Spend some time wandering the streets and exploring the city’s shops and eateries, or instead, head out and visit one of the dedicated tourist attractions. As the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic, history buffs are sure to enjoy a visit to Titanic Belfast, the museum which commemorates the ship and the tragedy that followed her maiden launch. Alternatively, a visit to Crumlin Road Gaol is another favourite on Belfast’s tourist trail. Explore the gaol and learn all about its rich history, right through to its eventual closure as a working prison in 1996.

Murlough National Nature Reserve

For those who prefer a taste of the great outdoors, head out to the stunning landscape of Murlough National Nature Reserve and spend some time getting back to grips with nature. Ideal for a fun-filled family day out or a relaxing day spent exploring, the reserve offers the perfect example of an unspoiled wilderness situated in the picturesque Irish countryside. There are plenty of walking routes and trails dotted across the reserve, so pick your favourite and head off to explore more of the beautiful scenery!

Dunluce Castle

Brooding and full of a unique atmosphere, Dunluce Castle is a perfect example of cultural history and architecture. Located on the coast, this impressive ruin offers stunning views across the water and is also an understandable favourite among budding photographers. A must-see landmark along the Antrim coast, the castle offers a real mix of Irish history and different time periods.

Derry

Perfectly combining tradition and history with a quirky, contemporary twist, Derry is Northern Ireland’s second-largest city – a city with something to suit everyone. From its vast array of quaint cafes and eateries to the traditional architecture, history buffs are sure to want to pay Derry a visit. If you do decide to head down to Derry, make sure not to miss the historic city walls. Striking and memorable yet also enlightening, a walk around the walls is sure to help you step back in time and discover Derry’s past and rich history.

Are you feeling inspired? These are just a few of the many exciting places to visit on offer within the region. Northern Ireland truly is a hidden gem – why not discover the beauty of this area for yourself on your next trip?

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Worlds’ Best Surfing Breaks: Lanzarote’s El Quemao

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Lanzarote plays host to some serious, world-class level surfing. The volcanic island rises straight up through the water, and because it lacks a continental shelf the waves it gets from the Atlantic are completely unobstructed. With low precipitation, balmy winds and endless sunshine, this laid-back island is every surfer dude’s dream.

In the northwest, El Quemao is a commanding left and right-hand reef break. You can experience colossal swells of up to five metres high, rivalling those in Hawaii. This area is meant for the expert. The waves continuously form quick tubes with vertical descents, perfect to enter, descend and ride the tube.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Seven of the Best Restaurants on Lanzarote

Table Arrcife Known for their burgers, tapas and their large selection of beer.

Casa de la Playa, Arrieta Go for authentic Canarian seafood cuisine overlooking the beach.

El Mirador, Playa Blanca Enjoy seafood by the ocean!

Cofradia de Pescadores, Playa Blanca Specialising in seafood; ask for the fresh fish of the day.

Restaurante del Diablo, Timanfaya This lunch-only restaurant utilises volcanic heat to cook their various meat dishes.

El Tenique, Tiagua They offer delicious meat fare. Their popular Cabra is served on Sundays.

El Chupadero, La Geria Situated in wine country, enjoy a glass of vino, tapas and live music.

Hippy Holidays – Low Impact Lanzarote

Pack a lunch and explore former Hippy Heaven, Papagayo, by bike. There is a family-friendly beach with calmer waters to paddle in and swim. There are also out-of-the-way places for older children to explore.

Visit Timanfaya National Park. It is 50 km² of expansive plains, volcanic ash, fossilised lava, geysers and boulders. Amp up the exotic by joining a Camel Train to explore this region.

Consider getting around by bicycle to get exploring areas off the beaten path, as well as beaches, finding smaller towns and farmers’ markets.

Fancy a Holiday in Malta? Now You Can Fly from Southend

As of October 29, 2017, EasyJet is scheduled to fly twice weekly from London Southend Airport to Malta year-round. London Southend has its own train station that runs up to six trains per hour to and from central London. This will carry passengers from Essex to the South End.

Malta, south of Sicily, has grown in popularity. The weather is great year-round (19 to 30 degrees). It is also the home of three World Heritage Sites.

Inland from Alicante: Seven Out-of-the-Way Places

Alcoy Here you will find Barchell Castle, the convent of St. Augusti and church of Santa Maria. The Moors and Christians festival is a must see.

Le Romana See cave houses; there are some cave properties currently in use.

Aspe Grapes grown in this region are tied to a custom of eating 12 grapes at New Years.

Cocentaina While at the village of La Villa, visit the Comtat Palace.

Ontinyent Archaeological finds around the area date back to the Bronze Age and Iberian period.

Bocairent Cobbled streets and architecture allow you to see what life was like many centuries ago.

Guadalest Go see the castle of San Jose. Access to this fortress is via a natural tunnel through the rocks.

Benidorm by Drone

Viewing Benidorm by a drone shows the magnificence of this area. The ocean is a stunning blue-green; the eye never tires of it. Numerous apartments and hotels hug the beaches of Playa Poniente and Playa Levante. In between these seafronts lies the Canfali vantage point with the majestic Mal Pas cove at its foot. You can also see the energetic lights of theme parks. Benidorm has five of them. The Las Vegas-style Benidorm Palace can also be seen. The beautiful Villaitana golf course looks smaller than its actual two 18-hole golf courses. These landmarks invite you to come and play.

Responsible Travel – Surfing in Lanzarote- https://www.responsiblevacation.com/vacations/lanzarote/travel-guide/surfing-in-lanzarote
Surfing in El Quemao http://www.hellocanaryislands.com/surfing/lanzarote/surfing-el-quemao/
Surfinglife.com (by Rich) http://www.surfinglife.com/surfing-in-lanzarote-canary-islands-3/

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