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"Paris is always a good idea." - Audrey Hepburn
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Heading to Paris today!!!! 💕💕

So excited! I have been live streaming from Periscope recently too a lot (look for Vivienne Gucwa or travelinglens on there!) so going to try to do that there! 🎈

Heading to the Air France lounge in JFK soon. Flying Premiere Economy 🍷for the first time! Fun!!! 🌏

#franceonthefly   #travel    #paris   #france   #eiffeltower   #love  
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Shangri-La Hotel Paris - One of the most luxurious hotels in Paris

There are places that are talked about on late nights with friends. They are the places where you would stay if you were lucky enough; the type of place that you describe which causes everyone to wistfully nod their heads in dreamy agreement. When you come across such a place and find out that it exists in reality, it’s a beautiful moment. I feel fortunate to share my experience at such a place.

There is a HUGE write-up about this hotel with TONS (and I mean TONS) of photos here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/98521423909/shangri-la-hotel-paris-a-photo-tour-there-are


I knew I was about to embark on an epic experience when I was offered the opportunity to stay at Shangri-La Hotel Paris during my stay in Paris a few months back. But I don't think I fully grasped the enormity of the experience until I walked up to its exterior and laid my eyes on its grand entrance.

The Shangri-La Hotel Paris is a 5 star hotel that was just recently award Palace status which puts it in an elite group of hotels in Paris that uphold extraordinarily high standards of excellence and luxury.

Built in the late 1800s as a residence for Napolean Bonaparte's nephew Prince Roland Bonaparte, the residence was restored to its former glory from 2006 to 2010 when it opened as the Shangri-La Paris Hotel. It is also a historic monument. 


Read a HUGE post about the hotel with explanations of each photo here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/98521423909/shangri-la-hotel-paris-a-photo-tour-there-are

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*All photos taken with my Sony A7R.


Tags: #travel #hotel #luxury #sonyalpha #paris #france #shangrilaparis #shangrilahotelparis #luxury #hotel #history #eiffeltower #awesome #love
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Shangri-La Hotel Paris
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Paris - Eiffel Tower

I have been going through my photos from Paris. It's interesting how time colors memory, no?

I took this self-portrait with my Sony A7 from the balcony of my room at Shangri-La Paris Hotel. This was, hands down, one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower I have ever had the pleasure of savoring. It almost seemed completely unreal. 

Cannot wait to do a huge photo-set and post about my experience there. It will be a rather epic post, that's for sure! Will probably post about it early next week. 

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Tags: #paris #france #hotel #eiffeltower #selfie #selfportrait #portrait #photo #travel #travelphotography #photography #sonyalpha
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Paris: Summer in the City of Love

Paris blossoms

in the summer.

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These accompany a post with TONS of Paris photos (and I mean TONS) here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/97700686784/paris-summer-in-the-city-of-love-paris-is




Trees,

heavy with leaves,

shimmer in rare bouts

of sunlight

that pours

over the city streets

like white gold.

And even

the rain

shimmers against

history-bleached architecture,

as the days linger long,

-like trailing words spilling slowly

off the phrases of lovers.


View a HUGE photo-set about Paris here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/97700686784/paris-summer-in-the-city-of-love-paris-is



*All photos taken with these cameras: Sony A7R, Sony A7, Sony A6000

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Tags: #travel #paris #sonyalpha #france #travelphotography #photo #photography #romantic #summer #beautiful #pretty #love
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Paris - Summer in the City of Love
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Photos from Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Hotel - Paris, France

There is a HUGE write-up about this hotel with TONS (and I mean TONS) of photos here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/96672433314/royal-monceau-raffles-paris-a-photo-tour-a

The Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris  is a 5 Star Palace hotel located in the heart of Paris within walking distance to the Park Monceau and the Arc de Triomphe. It opened in the late 1920s and has hosted a wide array of people including Josephine Baker, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, and Michael Jackson. 

It was recently refurbished by the iconic French designer Philippe Starck. And indeed, staying in the hotel and exploring it fully takes you on a whimsical journey into the imagination of Starck.

By the time I stayed at the Royal Monceau, I had been traveling in France for nearly three weeks at the tail-end of an adventure that took me through the south of France and up to Paris. I was a bit saucer-eyed and woozy from travel and travel photography. However, Royal Monceau made it impossible for me not to completely unwind and have my own smile-worthy adventure within its walls as I discovered the whimsical genius of Starck and grew to appreciate the Royal Monceau's high standards of excellence.

Read a HUGE post about the hotel with explanations of each photo here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/96672433314/royal-monceau-raffles-paris-a-photo-tour-a


Tags: #travel #hotel #luxury #sonyalpha #paris #france #royalmonceau #raffles #design #interior #architecture #starck #fun #awesome #love
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Royal Monceau Hotel Paris - An Epic Design Adventure
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Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Hotel - Design by Philippe Starck

There is a HUGE write-up about this hotel with TONS (and I mean TONS) of photos here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/96672433314/royal-monceau-raffles-paris-a-photo-tour-a

The  is a 5 Star Palace hotel located in the heart of Paris within walking distance to the Park Monceau and the Arc de Triomphe. It opened in the late 1920s and has hosted a wide array of people including Josephine Baker, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, and Michael Jackson. 

It was recently refurbished by the iconic French designer Philippe Starck. And indeed, staying in the hotel and exploring it fully takes you on a whimsical journey into the imagination of Starck.

By the time I stayed at the Royal Monceau, I had been traveling in France for nearly three weeks at the tail-end of an adventure that took me through the south of France and up to Paris. I was a bit saucer-eyed and woozy from travel and travel photography. However, Royal Monceau made it impossible for me not to completely unwind and have my own smile-worthy adventure within its walls as I discovered the whimsical genius of Starck and grew to appreciate the Royal Monceau's high standards of excellence.

Read a HUGE post about the hotel with explanations of each photo here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/96672433314/royal-monceau-raffles-paris-a-photo-tour-a


Tags: #travel #hotel #luxury #sonyalpha #paris #france #royalmonceau #raffles #design #interior #architecture #starck #fun #awesome #love
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Royal Monceau Hotel Paris - An Epic Design Adventure
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Paris - Le Royal Monceau Hotel

Here is a little teaser from Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris where I had the pleasure of staying as a guest of the hotel itself when I was in Paris recently. The interiors are intricately and whimsically designed by Philippe Starck and I fell in love with them during my stay.

Here I am running down one of the hallways feeling like Alice in Wonderland.

I will be posting a huge photo-set from my time spent there later this week.

(Edited to add: The photo-set is up now here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/96672433314/royal-monceau-raffles-paris-a-photo-tour-a)

 But, I couldn’t resist posting this timed action self-portrait that I took with my Sony A7R. I set up my tripod in the hallway and used my phone to trigger the timer countdown on my camera. And then I ran and hoped for the best much to the amusement of some of the staff .

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View on my travel blog here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/96492733874/paris-royal-monceau-hotel-hallway-here

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Tags: #paris #travel #france #design #sonyalpha #a7r #interior #phillippestarck #hotel #fun #goodtimes
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Paris: Montmartre street view of Sacré-Cœur Basilica

And these streets

they falter

under the weight

of it all:

the joy,

the despair,

the endless

striving

for something,

anything

to

hold onto.

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Taken on an afternoon in Paris with my Sony A7R while wandering around Montmartre for hours with no particular plan.

Sometimes those are the best kind of afternoons.

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View this post over on my travel photography blog here:

http://travelinglens.me/post/93361313129/paris-montmartre-street-view-of-sacre-coeur

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Tags: #travel #photography #paris #france #travelphotography #sonyalpha #a7r #writing #poetry #prose #parisphoto #cobblestone #europe
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