Caught this father and son leaving for school on Friday morning. I love that people still live and work in #Chinatown making it a vibrant community not just a tourist attraction.
#RA250 sees artists from the Royal Academy creating public space art, with work adorning the streets of the West End. I managed to see St James, Piccadilly, and Regent Street today. It is like turning the city into a gallery.
Who needs a limo when you have a #routemaster to the party?
Down in the crowds or up above the fray, all ready for a busy day in #london🇬🇧
There’s that moment as the train arrives when the guard announces #allchange - a bit what my life feels like on the lovely day in #london🇬🇧
#paris #lifelesson no.4: sometimes you shouldn’t go back. I have wonderful memories of visiting #perelachaise back in the days of film. Someone had placed a rose in Denon’s hand, there were lip prints on #oscarwilde’s grave, and #jimmorrison’s was surrounded by graffiti, the lingering smell of pot and hippies playing guitars. It was a revelation. Now it’s just a sterile cemetery- plastic walls around Wilde with big safety notes, barriers around Morrison and nothing but the standard sad plastic flowers. Will be hanging on to my memories and forgetting this week happened.
Have you ever gone back someplace that was once magic and found it is now a disappointment?
#Paris #lifelesson no.3 - immerse yourself in art and life and joy. I’m not normally one for video installations but the #gustavklimt surrounded us in music and light, painting us all in rich colours. Watching children dance and adults sit in awe was a good reminder to find the joy in every day
#Paris #lifelesson no.2: don’t let rain stop play. My #Monet day could have been washed out but I decided to go to #giverny anyway and I’m so glad I did. The scents of roses, jasmine, and honeysuckle were released by the rain.
The trip to Giverny is an easy 40min train from Gare saint lazare and then you can either take the shuttle for €10 return or walk (it’s about an hour). One especially nice part of the day was how respectful everyone was each other, making space for everyone to get the photographs they wanted. A tour guide even waited for me to finish a shot before leading his group over the bridge.
After the house and gardens, I took a good walk to the simple church that dates to the 11th and 15th centuries. It was nice to get away from the crowds and so quietly for a few minutes. There is also a very nice memorial to the British Airmen who died trying to liberate France.
#paris #lifelesson no.1: be creative in your planning. Monday is a challenging day to play tourist in Paris. Many of the museums are closed so the places that are open are very crowded. It’s a good day to just wander, to find off the beaten track neighbourhoods and exhibits. Or just sit in a park. A little creativity in your Monday is also a great way to start the work week and bring a new perspective to the problems you didn’t solve last week.
#running in to the new week and a new adventure in #paris