10 May 2018

PARIS HERE I COME!

Next week I depart for one of my favourite cities on earth.
This is to be a special gift to myself having just completed a most challenging ten month journey.
With the return of breast cancer after a nine year reprieve and the necessary surgery and recovery period, followed by the awful chemotherapy and arduous radiotherapy sessions, I will soon be packing my bag and attempting to put these memories behind me and create lots of new adventures to feed my spirit and soul.



Firstly, I am so looking forward to joining other students from around the world
 in what promises to be a most stimulating week partaking in
"The Art of Street Photography".
This will be my third such course in Paris, but with a different teacher and eleven new class mates.


Then it is off to Flower School where I just know the flowers are going to be my idea of heaven!


Perhaps you might like to follow along with me?


16 November 2015

Vive la France ...

Paris is hurting and so are we ...

Although I am so very sad for those suffering such loss and pain, I also reflect on all the positive and happy times I have enjoyed and hope to again one day.

Here are just a few random photos from the thousands I have enjoyed creating during past visits ... 








 I love Paris because you can have a poem composed just for you ...

 

 I love Paris because the people can be cheeky and fun 
- and the statues are rather special ...

 

 I love Paris as this dear man wanted me to photograph
 him feeding the birds near the Sacre Coeur ...
 

 I love Paris because big men can happily walk little dogs ...

 

 I love Paris because the street art can be interesting ...

 

 I love Paris because I watched this man sharing his pasta 
with his dog as if it was a perfectly acceptable thing to do ...

 

 I love Paris for these delicious Portugese tarts served warm 
from the oven by the charming owner of Comme a Lisbonne 
in the marvellous Marais ...
 


 I love Paris because sights like this mother "dinkying" 
her mini me daughter through the back streets of the Marais 
make me pause a while - and smile ...

 

 I love Paris because you can dance down by the River Seine 
and who wouldn't with legs like these ...

 

 I love Paris because I managed to take this photo 
and receive some nice comments about it ...
 

 I love Paris because people are willing to pose for a photo for your photography course
 - what great hair ...
 


 I love Paris because this is a scenario being played out all over the beautiful city every day ...




 I love Paris because there is always music on the streets 
for all to enjoy ...











 I love Paris because the flowers always bring such joy ...


 I love Paris for all its charm and cafes and characters ...

 

 I love Paris because "Just Married" couples
 can celebrate like this ...
 

 I love Paris because carousels still matter ...
 



We love you Paris and stand by your side 


 
 

14 August 2014

Burano ( part two )


The quaint and quirky island of Burano provides a visual feast for the travel photographer with its customary cats ...
... and laundry that seems to match the wall colour





... and then there are the entrance curtains with a variety that rather fascinated me - as the following will show!!



 


















 


Even the occasional patch of peeling paint 
had a certain pleasing aesthetic






 

 
There are many attractive cafes and restaurants  





And when the day trippers leave and the light fades a little ...




I paused and reflected how lovely it is and how lucky I am 
I had always wanted to see Burano and I am so glad I now have ...





But it is time to leave now ...


On the last ferry boat 

 Arrivederci Burano


Across the lagoon to Venice
 with a great big sigh ...