Monthly Archives: November 2013

Finding That Elusive Shot Of Lake Geneva

Lac Leman, Geneva, Switzerland

A couple of weeks ago we had some fantastic weather at the weekend in Geneva, so I set out in search of a shot that’s been eluding me for quite some time. I’ve always been disappointed with my shots of Lake Geneva in the past, and have found it difficult to find an interesting way of shooting such a large body of water. I’ve never really captured how it feels to walk along its shores in Geneva. So when I came across this shot I was extremely happy, it felt great!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

House, Glen Coe, Scotland

Many things about Scotland were completely unexpected to me. The majestic, simply breathtaking landscape was the biggest surprise. Followed closely by the distinct lack of any pubs along its winding country roads. Whilst driving in England you rarely pass more than 5 miles without seeing a cosy cottage pub. I’m not sure why I thought Scotland would be the same, but it certainly wasn’t!

This shot was taken at Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, and the small white house was definitely unexpected. A fantastic location for a home, it’s tough to beat the scenery even if it is a little remote. Having said that I don’t even know if it’s inhabited, I didn’t get close enough for that. I think for now I’d like to keep it a mystery and just imagine what it must be like living with such an incredible landscape on your doorstep.

Has a destination ever taken you completely by surprise? Have you ever seen something unexpected on your travels? Know of any great country pubs in Scotland?! I’d love to hear from you.

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The Most Beautiful Canyon In Europe?

Verdon Gorge, France

Located in the South of France, the Verdon Gorge was undoubtedly the most spectacular sight on our road trip from Geneva to the coast. The whole area was just incredible, but this view down into the gorge was a highlight. Just past this spot I vividly remember a fairly long tunnel that was only wide enough for a single vehicle. It certainly made me a little bit nervous! I think you can go hiking and kayaking deep inside the gorge, but we were just passing through. If you’re ever in the area it’s most definitely worth a detour!

So is this the most beautiful canyon in Europe? Have you visited the Verdon Gorge? What’s your favourite landscape in France?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Grand Canyon, USA

When I saw the theme for this week’s photo challenge I immediately thought of my trip to the Grand Canyon. What an awe-inspiring testament to geological history. Some of the layers of sedimentary rock are nearly 2 billion years old!

We had a great day tour by bus from Las Vegas. The journey was long and at times very bumpy, but certainly more than worth it. I wish I’d known at the time that you could go hiking in the canyon, that must be an incredible experience! I’ll have to make sure I get to that next time round. For now I have my photos of the incredible vistas from the western rim.

Have you visited the Grand Canyon? How was your experience? Did you manage to take a hike?!

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Winter Trees Of Le Plateau Des Glières

Winter, Plateau des Glières, France

The first snow of the season appeared on the Jura mountain range this week, which means winter is well on its way. One of the great things about living in Geneva is that we’re very close to a whole host of mountains which are perfect for winter sports. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or just a bit of simple snowshoeing there’s something for everybody.

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Five Great Reasons To Visit Bodie Ghost Town

Wheel, Bodie, California

Visiting the ghost town of Bodie was undoubtedly a highlight of our road trip around California. It was a unique experience full of surprises. Abandoned places are always intriguing to explore and Bodie is no exception. So apart from the fact that ghost towns are just really cool, why should you visit?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

Geneve, Switzerland

I’m pretty sure that right now I have the best commute to work I will ever have in my life. In fact I’d probably say that it’s the best part of my day. Every morning of the working week I walk twenty minutes to my office, flanked on my right (or left on the route home) by Lake Geneva and the Rhône river. It certainly beats commuting on the underground network in London! And is the perfect inspiration for this week’s photo challenge.

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