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An Amelie Tour of Paris

By on Jun 27, 2014 in Europe, Films, Travel | 4 comments

Thirteen years ago, an off-beat French film captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world and propelled Audrey Tatou to stardom. Le Fableux Destin d’Amelie Poulain remains an iconic Parisian film, with such a sweet story at its heart that you just can’t help but fall in love with Amélie and her city, and there’s no better way to relive the film than with an Amelie tour of Paris.  If you’d like to know more about the film, read the review here. These days, though the Amélie obsession there once was in Paris has quietened, the film is still deeply intertwined into Paris life. Stand long enough in the Gare du Nord, which was one of the locations used in the film, and the tinkling, melodic music of Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack will fill the air, courtesy of an amateur pianist at one of the public pianos. But it is in Montmartre that the film really...

Seduced by Seville

By on Jun 11, 2014 in Europe, Travel | 2 comments

Like the iconic flamenco dancers of this city, Seville is a tantalising temptress made up to perfection. Deep red lipstick, hair tumbling in artful waves, dress swishing beguilingly, she is a flawless beauty. Every street sign here is made and displayed with care and artistry; the buildings are tiled with Moorish designs, much like Portuguese Azulejos. Church exteriors seem to be made up of paintings pinched from the Museo de Bellas Artes. The deep Andalusian sky provides the perfect backdrop for the elegantly-painted buildings – russet and ochre, white and blue, dusky pink. I was worried that Seville was one of those places I had spent too long dreaming about, and that it wouldn’t match up in reality. But in the five minutes it took for me to walk from the bus station to the cathedral, timed serendipitously with the first rays of dawn bathing La Giralda in a pale golden light, Seville...

Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College

By on Dec 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

This guest post comes from Dan Perdomo, a blogger who enjoys discovering underrated parts of London. Enjoy!  I was lost in London; and not for the first time. This was my fifth time in London since moving down south and I had decided to wander around Canary Wharf. I was walking along the Thames Path which should have led me to the O2 Arena… but I must have gone in the wrong direction. Ending up in Isle of Dogs (I had no idea where that was in relation to The O2’s location) in a park called Island Gardens, I stumbled upon a view across the river that made my jaw drop. Little did I know I was looking at the Old Royal Naval College. The grand buildings looked enormous, even from across the Thames. I looked up and down the river but couldn’t see a bridge in sight in which I could cross to get a closer look at the palace. Heading for the exit to try and find the nearest tube station,...

Photo Friday: The Bean, Chicago

By on Mar 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s the last Friday of March, so it’s our last City & Culture themed photo – for now at least!   There’s surely nowhere better on a sunny Spring day than super-cool Chicago, USA, and the Bean provides a dazzling centrepoint to the city. I had so much fun taking futuristic, surreal photos here.     Which is your favourite city to photograph? If you have any great images you’d like to see on Starry-Eyed Travels, then send them in – they could feature here next week!  

Giving Sao Paulo a Second Chance

By on Mar 19, 2012 in Travel | 4 comments

It’s fair to say that, at first glance, I wasn’t that impressed with Sao Paulo. The disastrous inefficiency of the airport and the thick smog that had stopped the plane landing on my arrival to South America had left me feeling a little bitter towards the place. However, I was back in Brazil, almost four months later and, giddy with the wonder of Rio de Janeiro, my attitude to Sao Paulo had softened somewhat. I had some time spare and a friend living in the city who had offered to put me up for a few days. I figured: why not? So I arrived into Sao Paulo, with no expectations and no particular anticipation for it – on the South America ‘circuit’ Sao Paulo barely features – travellers might use it as a transition point from one popular tourist destination to another, but very few of them see outside of the airport or bus station. It is not considered...

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