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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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Tips for Making Any Overseas Trip a Romantic One

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Vacations are a great way to leave our everyday lives behind to spend some stress free time with the one we love. Travel in itself can be quite romantic but there are definitely ways you can spice up your holidays even more.

Follow these helpful tips to make sure your romantic holiday gets off on the right foot and continues to head down the tunnel of love and passion. You can easily turn any part of your travels into a special romantic affair.

Choosing the Right Destination

A romantic trip starts with selecting the right destination. There are definitely cities and regions which are much more prone to sparking romance than others. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but generally destinations such as popular European cities, beach getaways, Asian resorts, luxury ski resorts, or tropical islands make for a good choice.

Couples should pick a destination which they both will enjoy as this will of course make it far easier to express their love for each other.

Choosing the Right Time

It is a good idea to select a time that will be most appropriate for your holiday. Choose a time that is easy for you in regards to taking time off work or from household duties. This will make it far easier to feel relaxed while on your holiday, allowing you to focus more on fuelling the romance.

You may also want to research when the best time is to visit your chosen destination so as to avoid peak crowds or unideal weather conditions.

Choosing a romantic date to travel such as an anniversary, honeymoon, or birthday can also turn any holiday into one filled with more passion. Travelling during Valentine’s Day can make for an especially romantic holiday of which there are many perfect Valentine’s Day destinations.

Fly Business Class

Although your destination may be exhilarating, the flight or flights to get there can be stressful. Minimise the stress of flying by booking business class where you’ll enjoy the VIP treatment with far more comfortable seats which many times convert into a bed allowing for a decent rest while in the air.

As a bonus you can many times be granted access to luxurious airport lounges when flying business class which makes waiting for your flight much easier as you are treated to free food and drinks along with clean bathrooms and seating areas.

Private Transportation

Public transportation can not only take longer to get to your hotel or attractions in your chosen destination, but they can also kill the mood for you and your loved one. By booking private transfers via your hotel or on your own, you can avoid buses, trams, and trains which can be crowded and noisy.

Choose a Nice Hotel

It may be difficult to find romance if you are staying in a dodgy motel or hostel. Be sure to book quality accommodation which has private en suites and clean furnishings. Remember that your vacation is supposed to be an escape, so make that escape the best it can be with premium toiletries, fancy marble bathroom floors, plush pillows, quality linen, and a nice hotel room view. All of these luxuries will make for a far more romantic getaway.

Eating Out

Nothing can ignite romance more than delicious food although preparing it isn’t always that much fun. One of the best aspects of travelling is that it gives us an excuse to not have to cook.

Seek out popular restaurants that offer a romantic setting, quality service, and mouth watering flavours that will leave you passionate for more than just satisfying your hungry stomach.

Get Dressed Up

Although you and your loved one may look good in any light and attire, it is never a bad idea to put on your Sunday’s best. It can sometimes be difficult in our everyday lives to find occasions to get all dressed and made up, so why not make your holiday abroad an excuse to do so.

Although clothes may not necessarily make the person, a nice dress or suit and tie can go a long way to giving us a little extra special glow to spark a bit of romance.

Log Off and Put the Phone Away

Nothing can kill a romantic dinner or event than the sound of message notifications, phone calls, or emails. Any holiday should be an excuse to remove the stress of the online world or work and with romantic holidays this becomes even more paramount.

You want to be focusing your attention on the love you and your partner share or if travelling solo you want this time to focus on the beauty of the destination you have selected which may in turn bring you a bit of romance. Disconnecting is all about reconnecting; so log off and put the phone away!

Reduce the Risk of Stressful Situations

Stress can kill romance very quickly. When we are stressed we can easily find ourselves getting into silly arguments or bouts of criticism. Your holiday is supposed to be an enjoyable experience so don’t let it turn sour by making the possibility of stress to creep on in.

Don’t try to overload your itinerary with too much and avoid setting too rigid of a timeline. Prior planning is important to avoid any unwanted surprises or disappointments when it comes to securing reservations for flights, hotels, or activities.

Should anything go wrong during your travels, you want to have the peace of mind you are protected by travel insurance from InsureandGo. Travel Insurance can help when the unforseen happens while you are overseas.

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How to Plan a Trip to Iceland

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If you have ever heard the amazing stories about Iceland, they are all true!  If you’ve come this far into doing research about how to plan a trip to Iceland, I’m here to help you cross the bridge and fill in gaps so you can make your dream a reality.

As someone who has done this trip, I’m able to assist in every step of the journey.  I’ve boiled this down into cliff notes so you can do your own research after reading them and dig deeper into tours that will fit your personal preferences and budget.

First off, you are going to need to trust the Internet.  It’s a big place with a lot of information that can help you get there in one piece and not be stressed out.  Long gone are the days of visiting a travel agency and having someone plan everything for you – for a fee!  It’s your adventure, and you can know that every item is covered online, you just need to know how to look for it.

The best tip I can give you is to leverage the various Facebook Groups about Iceland.

Resource:  When In Iceland Facebook Group.

Next, you’ll want to decide when to visit Iceland.

The winter months will allow you to have more freedom as the tourism numbers are down.  However, this comes with the caveat that it will be below freezing and there will be very little sunlight!  The sun is only out for approximately six hours during the month of December!

On the positive side, this allows you a great opportunity to view the Northern Lights, which is a marquee attraction in Iceland.

Conversely, the Fall and Spring will bring you better temperatures and less snow, but there will be a much slimmer chance of viewing the Northern Lights.

Lastly, there are the Summer months.  While you will see a greener country and experience a lot of beauty on that end of the spectrum, it does come with a much higher price tag.  Be prepared to spend more money if you choose to visit Iceland in the Summer.

Also, you’ll want to have an agenda.  If you are one to take things in on your own and adventure into the wild, Iceland will be a perfect escape for you.  There are also guided tours that you can hire and they will accommodate to your every need or desire.  Simply ask anyone in the aforementioned Facebook group and they can steer you in the right direction.

You can of course, do public transportation in Iceland.  It’s entirely safe and used by many people.

Iceland is a fantastic, unique place to visit.  If you need any help planning your trip, please visit my Iceland Tour guide resource and leave a comment.  Happy Travels.

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Overlooked and Underrated Euro Vacations

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Here’s a quick list of places to possibly include in your next European itinerary. 2018 is the year of the underrated vacation spot in our humble opinions, and we want to honor it.

Basque Country:

This place is in this author’s humble opinion easily and hands-down the most underrated little corner of Europe.

And honestly, between the two, the Spanish side of Basque country is going to cost you probably around 50% what the French side will, and most people in the know will agree that the Spanish side is at least 100% more fun!

 

Canary Islands:

There are two ways to do the Canaries: simply fly in and enjoy them, or treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic Canary Island cruise.

Best time to visit is definitely either spring or fall, as it does get quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer. If you are a beach bum, on the other hand, summer is best (but there will be a lot more tourists in the summer).

 

Siena, Italy:

This city is often overshadowed by Rome, Florence, and Venice, but it actually is arguably the best-preserved city in Italy and has the best historic city center. The cuisine here is absolutely to die for, and you won’t have to pay inflated tourist prices like you will in the aforementioned places either!

If you can, try to make it for the famous Palio, a horse race that has been going on literally for centuries.

 

Brussels:

Just as Siena is overshadowed by other bigger Italian cities, Brussels tends to stand forgotten next to London and Paris. But Brussels has key elements of the two metropolises, as well as its own unique and delicious cuisine, its own beer (considered by more than a few experts to be the worlds best), and easily the worlds best chocolate, both in solid and drinkable form. Belgian chocolate will seriously change your life forever.

 

Istria, Croatia:

This is one of the world’s best summer beach destinations. It’s incredibly beautiful, and by Western European standards, almost outrageously cheap.

Hipster tourists are starting to come in and drive prices up, but it still remains a great bargain by any standards, and most importantly, it’s a bargain without really having to give up any of our beloved amenities.

 

Budapest:

Budapest could be called the poor man’s Prague, but in reality that name isn’t very fair. For one thing, Hungarian culture and Czech culture are actually extremely different (for one thing, the Hungarian language isn’t in the same family as the rest of Europe, it’s its own thing completely, like the Basque language).

Prague is gorgeous, but it’s getting almost as expensive as the rest of Europe too, and honestly Budapest’s history and culture is much more interesting, especially for the seasoned traveller.

 

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