I’ve recently returned from my first ever trip to Paris and I’m still in awe of how much I loved it. I know you’re sitting there thinking why hadn’t I been before now, and I’ve been wondering the same thing ever since I arrived and realised how much I’m suited to Paris.
I always thought that the most romantic city in the world was a city for lovers and couples and that as something of a cynic I’d be immune to it’s charms. How wrong I was. Read more
Any traveller will know that when you’ve been lucky enough to have visited many different places often people love to ask where has been your favourite. I know some people absolutely hate when people ask this question, but I don’t have a problem with it. It’s kind of a natural question I’d say.
Anyway, I always answer it that I could never pick just one place, so here are a few of my favourite places I’ve visited so far…
St. Petersburg, Russia
I was absolutely blown away by the time I spent in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Russian history is utterly fascinating, and there’s something I find so intriguing about the country, culture and Russian people. I was also taken aback by the opulent and exciting architecture of some of the buildings in St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas.
The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, by far my favourite building in St. Petersburg
The Côte d’Azur, France is one area I never get tired of exploring. I spent a day there whilst on my recent cruise with Holland America. Our ship, MS Ryndam, docked in Monte Carlo, after a beautiful, slow sail into the port.
There’s something pretty special about a glittering sea…
St. Georges Church
When I first arrived in Lyon, France I was delighted to find out we were staying in the oldest part of the city, Vieux-Lyon. I dumped my bags and headed straight out to explore. Within less than two minutes I came across the stunning St. Georges Church.
The banks of the Soane
I really like this picture. I took it standing on the banks of the River Soane, which runs through the centre of the city. I love the mix of different colours of the buildings combined with the swirl of white clouds in the bright blue sky above. I really wasn’t expecting Lyon to be so beautiful!
The opposite view
Notre Dame de Fourvière Basilica
The Basilica sits high atop Fourvière hill, looking down over the city. It has four large spires and is affectionately known by locals as ‘the upside down elephant’, as they look a little like legs. From the area next to the Basilica you are treated to amazing panoramic views over the entire city. It’s definitely worth the walk to the top of the hill just for the view. Or there’s a funicular if you’re a little lazy like me!
Inside a traboule
Lyon is full of traboules – secret passageways that were created between buildings to allow workers to pass between streets to go to between work and home more quickly. Some of them are small and cramped, but others like this one are open in the middle and even have peaceful little courtyards within…
I had such a great time in Lyon. The food is incredible – Lyon is world-renowned for its gastronomy and for good reason. The architecture, both old and now, is striking and eye-catching. The oldest part of Lyon is brimming with character and charm and the Confluence area is modern, chic and contemporary. The only thing I regret is not having enough time to explore the city more fully. Although I guess that gives me a pretty good excuse to go back, right?!
I visited Lyon as a guest of the Rhône-Alpes Tourism board however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
No, your eyes are not decieving you- that is a little house on top of an industrial chimney!
It’s a work of art by the incredibly talented Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi. Villa Cheminée is part of the Estuaire project, which sees some incredible works of art line the Loire River from the city of Nantes to Saint Nazaire. This was one of my favourite art installations along the route. The chimney isn’t actually an industrial chimney, though it was created to look like one. I was lucky enough to get to go inside the little house on top, which features a kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor, and a tiny bedroom on the upper level. The house is designed so that you can lie in bed, and the windows are at eye level, thus allowing you perfect views over the Loire.
I’d love to be able to stay in the house one day, it’s such a quirky idea. How many people would be able to say they stayed in a house on top of a chimney?!
Today’s Friday photo comes from Venice. I took this picture while sitting in a cafe watching the gondolas and people go by. Perfect!