Shakespeare and Company is an independent English language bookshop in central Paris. It’s across the river from the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Left Bank. This bookstore opened in 1919 by an American Sylvia Beach. It has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right. The inside is compact but much bigger than I expected. Photography isn’t allowed inside without permission. There are many people reading and writing like the lady picture here. She is on her phone and I didn’t use flash or make any noise to capture this interior scene.
Slänggungan or Wave Swinger is a fairground ride. I enjoyed the challenge of photographing a lot more than I would have done riding it. If you see one of these carousels and have a camera try a capture it. It’s tricky to get the sense of movement without making everything too blurred. Visiting friends in Gothenburg I wasn’t expecting to go to an amusement park. They had booked for us to go to a wonderful all you can eat restaurant which was awesome. After eating way to much we went for a walk around the park.
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace happens 4 times a week over summer. I remember standing in front of the palace as a child watching this 45 minute ceremony. Walking to Westminster after a bike ride in Hyde Park and seeing crowds starting to gather. I thought it’d be worth waiting to see what was about to happen. We stood at the gates of the Wellington Barracks on Spur Road. I wasn’t expected the Queen’s Guard march out of the gates so fast. Because of this there’s a little blur in their feet.
Aside from cycling and hiking I did little else in my time in Bora Bora, which is popular for diving and many other aquatic activities. I was fortunate enough to go on one boat trip on the lagoon. There were two guides and only three passengers on the boat. It was the best day of my brief time in French Polynesia. We went snorkelling a few times during the day in various parts of the lagoon. Even swimming with baby sharks. Here we were feeding and snorkelling with stingrays. There were dozens of them and they were extremely friendly.
This is probably the largest fish I have come in close contact with. Although looking down on him from the boat was close enough for me. The Gaint Trevally or GT for short is a large marine fish found throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. It can grow to over a metre and a half in length and a weight of up to 80kg. This photograph was taken in the Aitutaki lagoon. There were at least three or four GTs. Nearly everyone on the boat went snorkelling in the water with them but I wanted to focus on photographing them. That’s my excuse for staying out of the water anyway!