Sunday, 24 July 2011

Just.been: Tour de France

I managed to leave behind the horrid rain in England and escape to the beautiful French countryside for a week. 
A relaxing holiday spent strolling through the trés jolie villages of Normandy.

La belle dame de bohème

As soon as I laid eyes on this beautiful lady, I was immediately transported back the turn of the 20th century. The time of the Moulin Rouge, full of alluring dancers. The bohemian artists, Toulouse Lautrec, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Bustles, lace and ladies with parasols promenading along the Parisian banks of the Seine.

Gowned in layers of delicate lace, pearls and flame red hair, she is a true bohemian of any era. A true artisan and couturier, she beautifully hand crafts all her unique dresses. Click here to view her wonderful creations.

Floral Bikes

Scattered all across Normandy were these beautifully decorated bikes covered in flowers celebrating the 98th edition of the Tour de France. These belle examples were to be found in the little village of Lonlay L'abbaye.
Unfortunately I didn't manage to catch any of the live action, but did manage to find a television in the middle of the French countryside in time to watch Mark Cavendish bring home the Green Jersey, pardon le Maillot Vert, for the first time in British history.

Laid back denim

Yet another decorated bike celebrating the Tour de France and me exploring the petit town of Bagnoles de L'orne. Sporting a pair of metallic converse, a pair of Replay cut-off denim shorts and a comfy Topshop tee. Not forgetting the essential pair of aviators, result = the perfect laid back holiday look.

On Top of the World

Words cannot express how much I love this shot of my little brother. I don't know whether its the fact that he was unaware of the picture being taking, or the pure natural beauty of the French countryside that makes me love this shot more. It just captures that moment when you feel like your on top of the world, powerful, in control, yet fully at the mercy of nature. 

Who knows I might make a model out of him yet, but for now I'll stick to capturing moments of him like this.

Lest We Forget

A moment of remembrance for the brave soldiers of the first and second world war.

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