Pantheon Paris

The Pantheon, Paris: Home of France’s Heroes

The elegant dome of the Pantheon is an iconic fixture of the Parisian skyline. I was excited to see inside, when I was in Paris for the first time, with my family. The Pantheon’s purpose is to serve history, but the building itself is also a legacy of Paris’ tumultuous history. Paris is a city that celebrates and honours the past better than any other … Continue reading The Pantheon, Paris: Home of France’s Heroes

Photo of Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

I was warned about temple burnout in Japan. Before visiting, I couldn’t image becoming numb to the historic beauty of shrines and temples. This was my first time travelling in Asia, so I hadn’t done the temple trails before. I also didn’t plan on visiting enough temples to put me at risk of burnout. I wasn’t in Tokyo for the temples, so I’d only planned to visit the … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

SoHo Cast Iron Historic District NYC

Meeting Manhattan: Behind the beautiful facades in SoHo

I still can’t believe how much we squeezed in to our first day in New York City. I arrived on Wednesday night, but on Saturday my boyfriend and I had our first day off together, so we spent the whole day exploring. It was a hot, sunny day. I’d bought a new pair of Converse at Macy’s the day before, ready to pound the pavement. … Continue reading Meeting Manhattan: Behind the beautiful facades in SoHo

Brighton Bathing Boxes Melbourne

Brighton Bathing Boxes: Melbourne’s Rainbow Row

The rainbow row of Brighton Bathing Boxes is one of the most iconic sights in Melbourne. The brightly-coloured little beach houses are the calling card for Melbourne’s affluent bayside suburb of Brighton, and their likeness is plastered across postcards, prints and artwork all over the city. Our apartment came fully furnished, including a massive print of the Brighton Bathing Boxes hanging in my office. The … Continue reading Brighton Bathing Boxes: Melbourne’s Rainbow Row

Moat and Gold Dome of Invalides Paris

L’Hotel des Invalides: A Grand Tomb for the Little Emperor

A military museum is usually the last place you’d find me in any city, let alone in Paris. I was spending the morning with my Dad, whose passion for history is so infectious that he managed to make a place I’d usually skip interesting. My sister, Georgie, had just returned from her student exchange in Tours, a small town near the Loire Valley, so the … Continue reading L’Hotel des Invalides: A Grand Tomb for the Little Emperor

Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Why visit Versailles? Exploring France’s last royal residence

Three million people visit the Chateau de Versailles every year. A successful visit will include an early start even in winter, patience in queues and battling the inevitable, year-round crowds. The zoo-like atmosphere inside the palace dampens the magic more than a little and it will take up one of your precious holiday days in Paris. So why bother with Versailles? Even if you’re not … Continue reading Why visit Versailles? Exploring France’s last royal residence

9 Things to Know Before you Visit the Eiffel Tower

As of yesterday, the Eiffel Tower is 126 years old! Not bad for a building that was only meant to be temporary, and torn down after 20 years. When it was unveiled in 1889, it wasn’t popular with the Parisians, but today it’s one of Paris‘ best-loved icons and attracts more visitors than any other paid attraction in the world. 1. A case of mistaken identity It … Continue reading 9 Things to Know Before you Visit the Eiffel Tower