Inspirational Images of London & Paris

26 April 2013

Forever immortalised together in Charles Dickens' seminal novel, The Tale of Two Cities, London and Paris are two of Europe's great capitals. From stunning views over the Thames and the Seine to the famous structures such as Buckingham Palace and the Louvre, there are many visually striking outlooks in these capitals. Here at Flight Centre, we thought we'd unlock the lens cap on some images that were captured by our team while exploring these two iconic cities.

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The Medici Fountain captured by Tiffany Apatu

Tiffany Apatu, Leader of Design and User Experience, was taking a European sojourn. She was particularly enamoured with the French capital. "Paris is such a beautiful city to take in on foot. I remember feeling like we had explored from sunrise to sunset for days on end. Le Jardin du Luxembourg was a delight to rest our weary tourist-feet. There is still plenty to see and experience in the gardens - including the Palais du Luxembourg - but what I remember most is feeling completely, totally relaxed - soaking up the sun and beauty of the park oblivious to the city surrounds. I really love the "Medici Fountain" originally created in the early 1600s. It's a great example of the countless works of art - by both man and nature - in the grounds."

 

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Trafalgar Square captured by Magali Padilla

Magali Padilla's husband was sent on a business trip to London, so she grabbed the opportunity to tag along. "Wandering alone in a foreign city is a treat for me. That’s when adventure and discoveries start! London is a very quaint city with hidden treasures. I came upon Trafalgar Square as I was walking ; I was attracted by the colours, textures and moodiness of the scene amidst the commotion of the city traffic. It was the last day of the trip and it looked like rain was coming soon, so I rushed to capture a few more shots."

 

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Macarons captured by Olivia Mair

Olivia Mair flew into the French capital to revel in the Parisian sophistication. "On a visit to Paris I joined a Chocolate and Pastry Tour of the Left Bank.  It was a beautiful summer day and walking through the gorgeous streets of Paris was almost as big a treat as the little indulgences we tasted along the way.  The highlight was our guide presenting us with a box of Pierre Herme macarons to try - although the Licorice and Violet looked spectacular, the Salted Caramel was definitely the hit of the day!"

 

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The London Eye captured by Katrina Imbruglia

Katrina Imbruglia was holidaying in England's capital when she decided to enjoy a bird's eye view of this magnificent city. "Soaring high above the London skyline, just below the murky clouds, in a perspex bubble is an amazing way to get a handle on this vibrant metropolis.  From up here at 135 metres, London looks like a lovingly crafted miniature city, with Buckingham Palace this way, the Houses of Parliament and the Clock Tower that shelters Big Ben just over the Thames, and the Tower Bridge the other way. Not for the claustrophobic (it's a pretty intimate space, and once you're in, you're there for around half an hour); or for those who get queasy at heights; but for the rest of us - eye opening."

 

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The Arc de Triomphe captured by John Mackean

John Mackean, a consultant based in Whitford City, Perth took a whirlwind tour of Paris. "I took this photo after I enjoyed a fantastic dinner on the Champs-Élysées. I had to dodge traffic on one of Europe's most congested roads to get the shot though. Out of the hundreds of cities and towns I've been lucky enough to visit in the world, Paris by night is still the most enchanting."

 

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The Portobello Road Markets captured by Simon Collier-Baker

Development Team Leader Simon Collier-Baker was enjoying a chilled week in London when he decided to head to the Portobello Road Markets. "London is famous for its markets and together with the Camden Markets, the Portobello Markets would have to be one of the most well known. I was certainly keen to check them out. I love browsing the stalls and chatting with the sellers. Quite by accident, I turned my head and before me was this fabulous bread stand. It was so photogenic that I just had to capture the image."

 

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The Centre Georges Pompidou captured by Kate Adams

Air and Product Specialist, Kate Adams was travelling with her then fiancé, now husband in July/August 2007. They spent one month in France in total, which was her eighth visit to Paris as this is where her Godmother lives. Naturally Kate feels very lucky to have family in such a beautiful place. "I love everything Paris and especially photographing it. I have never actually been inside the Centre Pompidou but I am very interested in the outside structure as I studied it while at university. Very intriguing. This was my fiancés first visit to Paris so I was very interested to show him around and we spent most of our "Paris" days walking as this is the best way to see the city. Since I have been there so often, I know my way around which is very handy in a city with so much to see and do."

 

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The London Skyline captured by Olivia Mair

Olivia Mair remembers taking this image with incredible clarity. "The Kinks famously wrote "As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise" and it's not hard to see why if you stroll along Waterloo Bridge in London at dusk.  On one side you have a superb view of the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and on the other, a stunning skyline complete with the Thames, the dome of St Paul's cathedral and the famous "Gherkin" building.  As the sun sets the lights slowly come on and London takes on a whole new atmosphere. Shortly after taking this photo a full moon rose above the buildings making the scene even more magical.  After taking a few shots of the moon I turned around to see at least 20 business men standing behind me taking photos on their smart phones - it was certainly worth interrupting the daily commute!"

 

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The Eiffel Tower captured by Richard Dannhauser

Flight Centre recruitment consultant Richard Dannhauser was in Paris for a conference in 2011. The day after the formal proceedings finished, he managed to dedicate quality time to enjoying the sights. "I was doing some sightseeing in Paris with a friend of mine and just enjoying the French summer. I took a very similar image on my last trip to Paris in 2002 and wanted to add this to my collection of pics, off course in 2002 I took the original photo on a early version of the digital camera and this one with my iPhone using a app called hipstamatic. I love the composition and the colours and how new technology like iPhones can give you amazing photos."

 

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Hay's Galleria captured by Talia Schutte

Talia Schutte was travelling through London as part of a longer trip when she stumbled upon this unexpected discovery. "London has always had a special place in my heart. You can find something different around every corner. Down every alley a whole new world will open up for your visual pleasure. Take this building for example. It used to be a dry dock for old navy ships, but it has been beautifully transformed into a historic shopping centre. What an unexpected sight to see in such a surprising location."

 

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