Shelagh's Lens



As we approach the Winter solstice, waking up in the dark and returning home from work in the dark, it’s lovely to think of the splendour that is the Palais Garnier. This month, the Paris Opera House is home to…

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Setting the Tone

… for an evening of dance, drama and romantic splendour. We’re back at the Palais Garnier, also known as the Paris Opera House, where the lighting does justice to the gorgeous ceiling above the audience.

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Gently Lit

Is it a visual effect crafted by mirrors, gilt and a single fixture, or something more? We’re back at Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera House, where the sense of the theatrical is not confined to the stage. Here, we had…

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Upstairs, Downstairs

Urban renewal is nothing new; it was on Napoleon III’s mind when he placed Baron Haussmann in control of rebuilding significant portions of Paris more than a century and a half ago. Haussmann selected the site of  the Opera House,…

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Well, we’re not exactly backstage here; in fact, we’re in box number 29, if I remember correctly.  I have a number of images of the splendid Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera House, but we’ll start with this bit of organised…

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Bastille Day: Military Bonhomie and Panache

  With this year’s Bastille Day just passed, here’s a collection of  some post-parade images. Some of the shots of troops relaxing were taken literally around the corner from our hotel, while others are the result of our stroll across…

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