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Snapshots from Paris

Her om dagen gikk jeg igjennom kameraet mitt og fant en del bilder fra Paris-turen i Desember som jeg ikke har rukket å se på. Det begynte å krible i både mage og føtter når jeg bladde gjennom bildene! Jeg fikk så lyst til å bestille en flybillett der og da og sette meg på neste fly til Paris. Dessverre er ikke livet så enkelt! Forhåpentligvis får jeg meg en tur nå til våren om timeplanen min tillater det. Byen er så utrolig vakker og bilder er dessverre ikke nok for å se hva denne byen har å tilby – den må virkelig oppleves.

Jeg føler at jeg fikk så mye mer ut av Paris-turen min denne gangen. Jeg visste hvor jeg ville og hva jeg ville se. Det å reise er så mye enklere når man har en plan, men det er jo også morsomt og av og til mer minneverdig å bare “støte” inn på det uforventede. Jeg følte at jeg fikk en bedre oversikt over byen denne gangen. Jeg har alltid følt at byen er så stor og uoversiktlig, og har aldri helt skjønt hvordan det hele henger sammen. Dette kommer jo også med tid og erfaring, men det gir meg så mye mer når jeg føler at jeg er kjent i en by – det føles da som å komme hjem på en måte.

//The other day I went through my camera and found a lot of pictures from my Paris trip in December that I hadn’t been able to look at. When I scrolled through the pictures I got a reminder of how much I love that city, and that I need to get myself back there ASAP! I even considered booking a flight-ticket, but life isn’t that simple. If my schedule allows it, I’m going to book a ticket this spring! The city is so incredibly beautiful, and pictures will not justify its beauty – it has to be experienced.

I feel like I got a lot out of my Paris-trip this time around. I knew where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. It’s so much easier to travel when you have a plan, but it may also be more memorable to just go with the flow. I felt like I got a better overview of the city this time. I also felt like the city was so big and complex, and never understood how it all was connected to each other. Getting to know a city comes with experience, but it’s always so much more fun when you feel like you know where to go – it’s almost like coming home.

The Perfect Instagram Photo

Å ta det perfekte Instagram bildet er en kunst i seg selv. Det ligger mye arbeid bak en gjennomført feed, og gode bilder. Det er alltid inspirerende å oppdage nye Instagram profiler, hvor både bildene og stilen er gjennomført. Det viktigste av alt er klare bilder. Klare bilder er lettere å redigere, og gjør at Instagram profilen din virker mer profesjonell. Jeg bruker både iPhone kamera mitt og mitt vanlige speilrefleks kamera når jeg skal ta bilder til Instagram.

Det neste som er viktig er redigeringsapper som VSCOCAM og AfterLight. Jeg redigerer så og si alle bildene mine i VSCOCAM først, før jeg så redigerer bildene i AfterLight. Det tar kanskje litt ekstra tid, men resultatet er verdt det. I VSCOCAM bruker jeg filteret A5 eller HB1 eller HB2. Kommer ann på fargene i bildet, før jeg så bruker filteret Elm i AfterLight. Bildene på bloggen redigeres via Adobe Photoshop. Jeg bruker Adobe Photoshop CS7.  Jeg bruker ikke noe spesielt filter. Jeg justerer kun på belysningen.

For å finne ut hvordan bildet ville sett ut i Instagram feeden min så har jeg en app som heter Preview. Denne er appen er helt genial. Den lar deg se hvordan Instagram feeden din vil se ut med et eller flere bilder. Hvis jeg har flere bilder som skal legges ut på Instagram så laster jeg gjerne opp alle disse samtidig for å se hvilket bilde som burde legges ut først og hvilken rekkefølge bildene burde legges ut i.

//Taking the perfect Instagram photo is an art in itself. There’s a lot of work behind a good feed and good photos. It’s always inspiring to discover new Instagram profiles, where both the photos and the feed looks perfect. The most important thing is to have clear and sharp images, because clear photos are easier to edit. I usually use my iPhone camera and my regular SLR camera when taking photos for Instagram. 

The next step is to edit the photos. App’s like VSCOCAM and AfterLight are important to have. I edit almost all of my photos through VSCOCAM before adding a filter in AfterLight. It may take some time, but the result is worth it. In VSCOCAM I use the filter A5, HB1 or HB2. It depends on the colours in the photos, and then I use the filter “Elm” in AfterLight. The pictures on the blog are edited in Adobe Photoshop. I use Adobe Photoshop CS7. I don’t use a particular filter in Adobe. I just edit the lighting. 

To find out how the picture would look in my Instagram feed, I use an app named Preview. This app is genius. It lets you see how your Instagram feed would look like with one or more photos. If I have several photos that needs to be published on Instagram I just upload all of these together and then play around with them to see which order they should be published in. 

Hotel Opera Richepanse

One of the hardest things when you travel is to find the perfect hotel that has everything you need to make your stay comfortable. When I’m looking for a hotel in a new city I always look at the location, cleanliness, bed, room size, breakfast opportunity (even though I always eat breakfast outside of the hotel) and other facilities at the hotel (gym, spa etc.). Through my lifetime, I’ve travelled a lot, and I’ve never found a hotel that I’m 100% comfortable with, until now.
Hotel Opera Richepanse is the hotel I stayed at in Paris. We stayed for three nights. We originally ordered a Superior room, but we were upgraded the minute we came. We were treated with macarons in the hotel room, and the luggage was brought to the room by the hotel personnel. The hotel is a boutique hotel, so everything at the hotel is beautifully detailed.

The hotel is located at Madeleine in Paris, which is very central. Around the corner you will find stores like Chanel, Prada, Fendi, Zara etc, food stores and cafes like Pret a Manger, Carrefour, Laduree. Champs Elysees is in walking distance, as well as Louvre. The location is perfect.

Big, bright room!

Yes, a GOLDEN WALK-IN SHOWER 

You can book your next stay in Paris at

http://www.richepanse.com 

Pont Alexandre III

I’ve been to Paris before, but there’s a lot of stuff that I haven’t done or seen in this city. One of those things that I’ve never gotten the time to see is Pont Alexandre III, which I finally did today. Pont Alexandre III is very close to our hotel, so that is a plus. It’s really one of the most beautiful places in Paris, and I get why it’s on everyone’s to-do list while being in Paris.


We also got to stop by the Christmas Market at Champ de Mars, which was very crowded. I would recommend the Christmas Market at Champs Elysees. It’s bigger and it’s not as crowded as the one in Champ de Mars. There are several Christmas Markets around the city. We were supposed to visit the Christmas Market in Notre Dame, but we never got to Notre Dame, so I guess I have to put that on my to-do list for the next trip to Paris.


Jacket: Cubus/ Shirt: Zara/ Skirt:H&M/ Shoes: Zara/ Bag: Gucci

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