31 July 2013

Apartments in Paris

If you are contemplating a visit to the beautiful "city of light" in the near future and considering the accommodation options,I can assist you in booking a fabulous apartment at an affordable price in a location that suits your specific requirements through
 The Paisley Travel Company.

These are just a few of the apartments I have actually stayed in - and loved!

So, why book an apartment?
For stays longer than five days I truly believe it is THE way to go.

Your front door will become a familiar and most welcome sight after hours of pounding those Paris streets.

It is a luxury to spread out and relax in your very "own" sitting room .
Work at a desk with free wifi, write up your daily adventures,phone home with all calls included,listen to your favourite music, read about what's happening in Paris and elsewhere, watch some TV, or a DVD. 

It is always fun to shop in Paris, either at the appealing street markets, or practise your French at the numerous specialty food outlets and feel like part of the neighbourhood.

You CAN CHOOSE TO EAT IN (occasionally)
Sometimes you just want to stay home and make  a meal for yourself. 
With such a bounty of delicious fromage et jambon, seasonal fruit and vegetables that taste so fresh,the BEST ever bread,inexpensive wine - and pastries to die for, how can you go wrong?
I also love to buy fresh flowers as soon as I arrive and suddenly, you feel like it really is your very own pied-a-terre in Paris (even if it is temporary!)

 The apartments I recommend are well equipped with full kitchens and laundry facilities. This adds to the ease of your stay and means you can cut back on packing and save on laundry bills.

Look forward to hearing from you ... X


27 July 2013

Dreaming of Blue Skies

Hugo, my six year old grandson recently told me he liked to daydream.
I assured him that was quite OK and in fact,I believed it was actually a most beneficial way to nourish the imagination and nurture the creative spirit.
I might have lost him at that deep and meaningful!

But I do find a bit of drifting off to far flung shores helps me survive a grey winter's day, or a yearning for yet another travel adventure.
"Settle Petal" I hear an old friend muttering in my ear!

Sooo, one of my projects for the past week has been to sort through my abundance of photos in an attempt to cull and file and create some order ready for my next venture( more about that soon...) 
Along the way I have enjoyed revisiting places like the perfectly picturesque Greek island of Santorini and it is where my day dreams take me via these images today.

Happy daydreaming to you too this weekend ...

All images by Joanna Brazier

07 July 2013

Jeunes a Paris

The French word for teenager is adolescent and for youth it is jeunesse.
I always have some fun photographing this age group in Paris and what a fabulous and romantic city it is for the under 30's.

See what I mean ...

 Isn't she amazing?

 It is all about the shoes and aren't they colourful?

 It is all about the hair and isn't it wonderful?

 Model material in the making.

 A chat over a cup of coffee in a cafe courtyard - tres appealing!

 A familiar scene played out day and night all over Paris.
Oblivious to anything other than their own special moment. Sigh ...

 BFF's go window shopping at the Hermes store.
Yes, please!

 These bros were happy to pose and made me laugh out loud at the Trocadero overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

 Whilst the older people in the foreground of this photo relax and read,the exercise freaks against the wall at the rear, put themselves through a commando style workout, all in the name of physical fitness!
 Perhaps being more mature does have its advantages?

 Girl talk in the Jardin des Tuileries.

 Guys and their dogs meet on a Marais corner.

 A friendly chef takes a break in a Marais side street and offers me a happy grin. 
Merci beaucoup Monsieur.

 Pete spent some of his childhood years in my hometown of Perth and is now serving good coffee and tasty treats at the Strada Cafe 
at 94 rue du Temple 
in the 3rd arrondissement.

 Karaoke in the Paris Style! 
A microphone is set up outside the Opera Garnier for anyone who feels like stepping up for a session - what a great idea, plus some of the performers are really good.

 This budding poet had set up near the Centre Pompidou ready to type you a personalised piece of prose - the whole idea appealed to me.

 This cool dude was swinging it out in St Germain and the crowd loved it.

 Love at the Louvre.

 Aperitifs on a drizzly evening on the Ile Saint Louis.

 A mum and her mini me daughter ride through the Marais - no helmets, no fear.

And yes, people do go to work -  between their cigarette breaks !