Our wonderful balloon adventure in Paris, for families with children but not only

Visiting Paris is a memorable experience, right? Having done it with just my husband (when there was just us two) and having previously lived in Paris for seven years in my student years, doing it with a toddler in tow and pregnant was a (totally crazy) different experience. Only joking, it was still wonderful, and not more stressful because, hold tight, we didn't cram in too much

9 sure signs that you live in Britain

There are a few things which are definitely British, things that you are not likely to experience in other countries. As an Albanian expat living in London I have been through them, in the last seven years of my life. 1. You know for sure you live in the UK if you still cover yourself at night, with a duvet in the summer. 2. You

How did communist Albania help preserve neighbouring Corfu? An interesting fact

The reason for this area of Corfu remaining unspoilt to this day, as we discovered, is its proximity to communist Albania.   Boat entering Agios Stephanos bay, opposite Albanian coastline While holidaying in the North-Eastern part of Corfu, in the area of Agios Stephanos, we discovered a very interesting fact about Albania and Corfu. Albania is geographically very close to the

Our memorable family holiday in the Ardeche region, south of France

This is the reworked and final draft of my 'travel feature' assignment - I shared an earlier version of it here on the blog and after I received some comments (by email, a great benefit of sharing your work) I have reviewed it below._______________________________________________________________________ For the adventurous family who likes to design their holiday and enjoys driving, France is an excellent destination offering countless possibilities.After

Albanian traditional costumes at the British museum

My 'photo a day' project has slowed down (quite considerably given that I haven't posted a photo a day for the last two weeks) and instead of posting every day I will be posting photos that I take when I can. Doing such a project should be fun and not stressful so I will not be harsh on myself. If I cannot do it every

Children playing at the beach, in Britain and Albania

I took this photo of children paying in the sea, in a beach in Devon, in the South West of England. It was a warm-ish Sunday afternoon at the end of August and these children were wearing their wet-suits and playing around with their surfs. I love the fact that British people and their children are always doing something, an activity even when it is

Portraits of wheat, the cereal grain

Isn't this beautiful? I mean when you look at the individual wheat, so closely your appreciation for it reaches, a different level, no? It almost looks like a sort of shellfish and you can feel the breeze moving its hair around. Wheat amongst friends. Now there are a few of them, all standing up in a big field, saluting the sun, ready for another glorious

Early morning photography – how early can that be?

Have you ever got up early in the morning with a desire to capture the beautiful morning light? It has been on my mind many times, but very often my bed has been sweeter than anything else. I have especially wanted to do that in the countryside, outside of our urban living zone. So when we go down to Roger's parents, in Devon, that's the

Holidays in Ardeche, South of France #4, back home via Reims

Going back homeTime came to go back home and leave the lovely Vallon Pont D'Arc behind. We left early in the morning and I took a few shots with the lovely morning light. Vallon Pont D'Arc in the distance Vineyard on the cotes of the Ardeche Lac d'Orient, near Troy.We strategically decided to stop on the way from Ardeche to Reims, at this man-made

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