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one day in paradise

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one day in paradise

I promised myself I wouldn't spend this mini (babymoon) break taking photos...so I took my camera to the beach for one day and only took a couple of simple images...so I could look back and remember the lazy glow of five blissful days on the shores of Mauritius.

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Paris | France

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Paris | France

Truly a movable feast as Hemingway put it,all be it a cold one. Paris in winter possesses a cold that penetrates any Cape Union Mart boots that you may have paid thousands for.

The Parisians of course don't feel a thing. They float around and grin at our shivering African bones.

Anyway, they are so busy kissing in public, it's no wonder they don't feel the cold.

I have never experienced such architectural beauty, and the images really don't do it any justice. I decided to just take my 50ml f1.4 lens, as it's light and versatile, but unfortunately it failed to capture many of the grand spaces and places.

The quirkiness of Montmartre is infectious, everyone looks like an artist or a writer and there are vintage shops everywhere.

Nothing can prepare you for the majesty and splendour of Versailles. My heart bleeds for Marie Antoinette, as I walk walk through her giant milkmaid playground, an imaginary world of the simplicity and normality she obviously craved...poetic irony. 

Cats and Magpies everywhere in the Cemetery give it a truly melancholic atmosphere. I see a beautiful young girl engraving a tombstone in the rain.

And lastly, my ultimate, standing in front of the sculpture of Cupid & Psyche, brought to life by Antonio Canova in the dim light of the Louvre. I could stand there for a lifetime.

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Sagrada Familia | Barcelona

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Sagrada Familia | Barcelona

Traveling from Seville to Paris, I made a big fuss to spend one night in Barcelona, purely to see the genius that is Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. I got my way. Pictures really don't do any justice to this masterpiece. I'ts crazy. I'ts grand. I'ts beautiful madness.

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Seville | Spain

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Seville | Spain

Spain feels like an old film. 

One cannot quite comprehend the grandeur when standing inside the Catedral. It is majestic in every way, and even for the non-religious, this masterpiece of architecture is awe inspiring.

"Let us build a church so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think we were mad"

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Andorra

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Andorra

We started our European trip in a small little gem of a country called Andorra. 

Nestled between France and Spain, it's a snowsport haven. 

A white Christmas with family.

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