If you’ve been following me on social media, then you’ll have seen some of the pictures from my London and Paris trip that I’ve posted so far.  You might have noticed that I almost never show an unobstructed picture of anything.  Instead, I prefer to photograph things as I first see them, which usually means that they are slightly obstructed by an object or at a strange angle.  How often do you ever first see something and have a postcard perfect, unobstructed view of it?  Never!

My photos are my eyes and they show exactly how I see the city, whether it’s from the ground looking straight up, a close-up view of the details, or a glimpse through the trees.  These may not represent typical tourist photos, but they are an accurate view through my eyes.  So, as my incredible journey winds down, here’s a last look at what I’ve seen and done.

 

We managed to squeeze in a whirlwind trip of Paris…

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{Rue Princesse in Paris}

 

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{The Eiffel Tower on a rainy day}

 

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{A view from Jardin des Tuileries}

 

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{I never actually rode the Metro in Paris….I just loved the sign!}

 

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{The grounds of Hotels des Invalides}

 

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{In awe of Notre Dame}

 

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{Inside Notre Dame….too pretty to resist a photo!}

 

On a rainy and blustery Monday, I made my way to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford!

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{The queen was in residence the day I visited!!!}

 

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{I had no idea that Stonehenge was in the middle of a beautiful green and yellow field filled with sheep!}

 

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{I’m sure this isn’t a typical photo from Stonehenge, but I was in awe of the endless fields of rapeseed in this part of the country!}

 

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{The architecture and history of Oxford is astounding}

 

Now, here’s something you might not know about me….I am an utterly obsessed fan of BBC television shows!  If it’s a murder mystery or period piece, you name it, I’ve seen it!  I love shows like Morse, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Rosemary & Thyme, Endeavor, Vera, DCI Banks, etc.  Many of these shows are filmed in an area of England known as the Cotswolds, so of course, I *had* to visit!  The Cotswolds is an area of picturesque villages surrounded by trees and fields.  The houses are made of stone and the roof is either slate, or in some cases, thatched!

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{A view out the window of my moving bus. The countryside was really this green and vibrant!}

 

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{Slate roof tiles with wisteria growing wild in Burford}

 

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{The beautiful town of Bibury}

 

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{A lovely home in full bloom in Bourton-on-the-Water}

 

You might have noticed that I never include people in my photos, but these two friends were just too cute to pass up.  :)

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{Bourton-on-the-water}

 

 

I travel home this weekend and will resume my usual posting about decorating and home decor next week!

 

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7 comments on “London and Paris {A View Through My Eyes}”

  1. Kim,
    I love the armchair travel you’ve taken us on. While London is my favorite big city in the whole world, the Cotswolds stole my heart. I even found a cottage I could be very comfortable in!
    Mr. B. and I love all the series you’ve listed—we watch them all new episodes or rerun, doesn’t matter to us.
    xo,
    Karen

  2. Loved your pictures. Totally agree, take photos how you actually see things. I got a chuckle, you wrote udderly impressed, I think you wanted to say utterly but those darn typing fingers messed you up.

    Keep on traveling and enjoy.

    • Lol! That is too funny {and embarrassing}! I can’t believe I did that….apparently, I spent too much time in the countryside yesterday and have cows on the brain! :) Kim

  3. i just loved seeing all of these pretty photos you took on your trip. I can’t believe you didn’t ride the metro in Paris… That’s the only way we got around except by foot! Did you get to see the Queen at Windsor Castle? I always wonder where the royals really live in that castle as I doubt they are sleeping in the rooms that are on the public tour. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just LOVE the way you take you photos. Would you please blog about your pictures one time :-) What camera you use, what lens you like to take on vacation…I just love them all!

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