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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Somewhere over the rainbow

If I remember correctly, we were coming out of Chipotles when we first spotted it: a brilliant rainbow over Seattle.We cursed ourselves. Our plan for that evening was to go up to the top of the Space Needle. If only we’d set off earlier, we might have been there when the rainbow happened. As it was, there we were, on Pike Street, staring up at the sky, cursing. Rainbows never last that long! Oh well. Corralling Charlie and Amélie, we made our way towards the monorail (because when you’re being a tourist, you might as well be a proper tourist). We bought our tickets and boarded. As we set off, we caught glimpses of the skyline and were amazed to see that the rainbow was still there. And it was still there too when we arrived at the base of the Needle. So we wasted some time taking pictures because, let’s face it, that rainbow was about to disappear! Then we headed to the ticket booths, bought more tickets, and made our way inside. Here, we were made to queue for the (oh for heaven’s sake do we really have to do this again) obligatory family picture against a green background. We grinned obligingly but un-enthusiastically, shuffled forward to join another queue, this time for the lifts, waited, shuffled inside the lift, whirred to the top, stepped out and… NO WAY! The rainbow was unbelievably still there! At which point I started elbowing other tourists out of the way to get outside and get my picture of the mercifully longest lasting rainbow I have ever seen.And the city just got prettier and prettier as the light faded…

17 September 2014 - 3:48 AM Zara - Seattle is quite stunning through your eyes and shutter! so happy the rainbow stuck around long enough to get to the top of the space needle. again, it was a pleasure finally meeting you and your lovely family in person. so wished we had more time to visit!! xxoo

31 October 2014 - 10:31 PM amelia - oh my goodness, these are incredible! Is there a magical secret to getting such great scenery photos like this?

1 November 2014 - 7:01 PM Cass - It was all luck Amelia! If I could make weather and light like this I would be a very rich person indeed! These were handheld in very strong winds with the narrowest aperture I dared in such low light which wasn't very narrow at all. According to the books, I did it all wrong - but again: saved by the light :)

31 October 2014 - 10:34 PM amelia - these are incredible! Is there a magical secret to getting such great scenery photos like this?

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