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French dome with giant metal tower structure

Yeah, so the thing about Paris is that it’s pretty hard to avoid the Eiffel Tower. I mean, it’s there. It’s always there. It’s bigger than you think, and then you get close and it suddenly becomes short and fat.

Really it’s everything you thought it would be and you continue taking your pictures in full realisation that there is nothing you can show that hasn’t already been shown before. In the year 3246, when civilisation has fallen, and aliens finally make it to our planet, they will be able to recreate the Eiffel Tower using all the millions of photos of it, taken from every possible angle, and in every possible weather condition. It will look superb. Maybe they will give it a more exciting colour.

So anyway, I went to Paris and here’s my proof.

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Gamla Bicycle

Gamla Stan in Stockholm is one of those places that outwardly you want to avoid, but secretly you thrill at the little side streets and cobble stones. Then you get stuck in a crowd of (other) tourists walking at such a slow speed you wonder how they can remain upright, grimace, and try and loom behind them until they get out of the way.

Every now and then, between the shops selling traditionally woven tartan, you catch a glimpse of a quieter part and wonder if this is what life would have been like in The Old Days. Minus the hipster bikes.

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Roue de Paris

Paris in December is much like London in December, only colder and greyer. This was my thought as I stumbled around the roads (I’d say streets, but it just seemed like one giant car-filled road), partially frozen because I’d absolutely mis-judged the weather.

What follows will be a black and white montage. I didn’t have to use any software to make the images black and white, it was really just that grey. Saying that, because I like to contradict myself, this is the Roue de Paris, which had some colour.

I’m off to buy gloves.

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Autumn Glow

 

The Primrose Hill Christmas fair had the usual assortment of food stalls, music, and weirdly small dogs. The sun was low against the hill, and I was trying to get these two in silhouette, but the woman turned and caught me mid-snap. Luckily this turned out to be a lot better than what I had intended.

My apologies to this woman for clicking when you had a mouthful of food, but the sunlight was hard to resist.

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Butterfly

Insects are generally weird and creepy, and just because this has a pretty pattern doesn’t make it any less weird and creepy. It also looks like something has been nibbling on it. Be reassured it wasn’t me.