Notre Dame Cathedral at dusk

Notre Dame Cathedral at dusk

It’s been over ten years since I was last in Paris. So I was very keen to go back to recapture some of the iconic tourist attractions at night. On our first night in Paris I wasn’t planning any photography but it was a lovely warm evening with a clear sky. Notre-Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There were hundreds of tourists in this square in front of the western facade. A couple of nights later I came back to get some better photographs later in the evening with a darker sky. This first attempt with the dark blue twilight sky is my favourite. That is the moon to the right of the cathedral.

German Church in Gothenburg

German Church in Gothenburg

Christinae Church or German Church is in the centre of Gothenburg in Sweden. There has been a church here since 1623 for the growing German and Dutch congregation. The one we see today was the third church here, built in 1779. I didn’t go inside the church but I did spend quite a bit of time on the bridge with the pink flowers on it. There is a cafe on the bridge which made a great coffee and had some wonderful Swedish sweet treats to eat.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey in afternoon light

Driving around North Yorkshire, I looked on the map for somewhere to visit and saw we were close to Fountains Abbey. Having heard of the name but never visited it before I took the gamble that it might be worth a photograph. Little did I know, that this is one of the largest and best preserved monasteries in England. This is the view from the Cloister Court looking towards the main tower.

Hallgrimskirkja at Night

Hallgrimskirkja at Night

This was the photograph I visited Iceland to capture. It was much harder than I had expected and was the cold coupled with my very basic tripod made this extremely difficult to get right. This was taken on the 3rd attempt. Fortunately my hotel was less than 100 metres from the Hallgrimskirkja. I say this because it was early November when this was captured and temperatures are known to drop to -10 degrees C at night in Iceland. Probably should have packed a jacket and some gloves but I’ll know for next time.

Hallgrimskirkja from the south side

Hallgrimskirkja from the south side

The Hallgrimskirkja is one of the largest buildings in Iceland. This is the south side looking at the back of the building. Here the building looks quite small but this is an optical elusion caused by using a very wide angle 10mm lens and standing only a few metres from the building. In fact the main steeple is 73 metres tall.