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On a perfect spring day we emerge from a pretty wilderness to see the most charming of views.
The humble frontage of the Blenheim Palace. Notice the sole tourist running for his coach, obviously suppressing his disappointment at the size of the place.
If only Ikea offered bookcases such as these at Christchurch College Oxford. The original library steps by Chippendale is a nice extra touch n’es pas? Thankfully my digital camera’s flash did not damage the first edition of Newton’s ‘Principia Mathematica’.
A lucky shot of the Tokyo Metropolitain Government building I snapped on a rare cloudless and smog free day in Tokyo.
Reflected in the window of the Hotel of the Universe is the Town Hall of St Malo. Within – a universe of joy.
As I recall, I took this photo in a tiny ante-chamber at Vaux le Vicomte which turned out to be a 17th Century toilet. As a vulgar tourist remarked nearby… “What a way to go!”
The sun just rising on the horizon, the moon and a single star hovering above the makeshift tent we built on the desert island.
April in Paris and St Chapel in the sunlight. Paristalsis in full effect here.
Wandering around one of the pristine islands off the coast of Exmouth I found this shell just resting on the sand and took this picture before a footprint spoiled it. I resisted the temptation to souvenir it as it was so perfect where it was.
Taken on a summer day, this is the corner of the Fremantle Markets – a must for lovers of exotic coffee and handmade soaps.
Summer in Oxford and the punts look so very easy to operate. DO NOT BE FOOLED!
We photographed this view from a platform in Dinan. Oh that we had the time to wander down to see it!
his little chap obliging sat for a photo on a recent trip to the local swamp.
Your Christmas Getaway – Feeling a little down this December? Why not rent Vaux le Vicomte and flee to France. Don’t bother telling your family and friends. You can always claim you were abducted by aliens if they ask any questions.
This clever effect painted on the wall gave the impression of cool shade in this photo I took on a spring day in Paris.
This faun frozen in a musical reverie I snapped in the Jardin du Luxembourg
Windmill in Brittany – A lucky snap from a coach companion resulted in this fantastic photo.
Nikko in spring and the cherry blossoms we just at the height of their transient beauty.
The tiny Square Rapp is an Art Noveau gem and with a view like this when you step out the door each morning life must be good for the luck few living there.
At the back of the Grand Trianon we stumbled upon this charming garden in April and took quantities of snaps in the sunlight.
J’adore the door! The asymmetry and colour of the doors and shutters was charming I thought.
Vaux le Vicomte is stone’s throw from Paris. If I could chose where to live, this would be it.
My Heart belongs to Paris and Sacré Cœur was at its finest on this lovely day in Autumn when I snapped this picture.
Here I am in happier times in front of the Lapin Agile. I ask you, Dear Reader, do I look like a perfect Santa to you?
The beautiful dome of Les Invalides. It is forbidden to bring stinky cheese into this place of great sanctity.
Oxford through one of the apertures at the top of Magdalen Tower Oxford
Early Morning in Dinan, a charming street waits in readiness to be transformed in to a bustling restaurant strip in spring.
Such a peculiar contrast. A vintage car show in the grounds of a 14th century castle. I snapped this just as the show was ending. Vincennes
On a crisp morning in spring we turned back and say this wonderful view which I snapped with joy.
Such a charming conception to use these arches as supports. I snapped this on a perfectly clear spring day in Paris
Early morning at Abbesses, we chose not to climb the stairs up.
There in the abandoned picnic ground I snapped this pretty flower.
When in North Western Australia, always look down when you walk. If the blue ringed octopus doesn’t get you the stone fish or the cone shell will
I snapped this lucky shot in April in Paris with les Invalides in the background. A wonderful day!
A sunlight day in spring cast a perfect light on these statues and was shot to good to miss.
Lamp base on the Pont Neuf I took in Paris in spring. The first true view of the city I had in my life after debouching from the Metro.
Hector Guimard’s art nouveau masterpieces.
I saw and photographed these lovely flowers in the Place Monge markets one April in Paris.
It pays to get to Versailles early! A snap I took all alone in the morning.
Cascading blossom reveal a glimpse of the cathedral on a cloudy day in spring.
I shot this after a visit to the Opera. Opulence perfected!
Blue skies, and a wonderful view from our hotel in St Malo. Snapped by me in 2012
Who needs to be eating fresh baguettes in the main square of the insanely picturesque Rennes when you could instead be experience “Parmageddon” at the Bull Creek Tavern?
I love these awning along the side of the Musee D’Orsay. A magic spring morning and a perfect say for photos!
My wonderful friend led me up this little known way to Montmartre where I took this shot. With its reputation of art and Bohemianism, Montmartre remains a wonderful place to visit, especially in the springtime.
Old 1920s advertising on a building in Rennes, France