Taking to the water on Lake Annecy // In pictures

Lake Annecy, France

The heart of the French town of Annecy might be its pretty old town, but its lungs are the lake. It’s here that local residents and visitors get outside and get active – running and cycling on lakeside paths, sailing and kayaking on the water or swimming in it. Or if that’s all too energetic you can just soak up the fresh air on one of the boat cruises that tour around the lake. Lake Annecy was formed by melting glaciers 18,000 years ago and the clear waters still flow in from surrounding Alpine rivers and springs. … 

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Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial // In pictures

Berlin's Holocaust Memorial

Between the Brandenburg Gate and Tiergarten in Berlin lies a solemn field of 2771 grey stone slabs. The Holocaust Memorial – or, to give it its full name, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – commemorates the Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust. It’s an almost impossible task to create something to symbolise that horror, and the design process was a long and controversial one that started back in 1988. Eleven years later, US architect Peter Eisenman’s design was finally approved and the memorial opened in May 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII. … 

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Explore the Elements

Explore the Elements photography

Earth, water, fire and air – the four elements that make up life on earth and which we tend to take for granted. But a new photography challenge got me thinking about the elements – how they’re expressed in the world around us and how you can capture them in a photo. In the Explore the Elements competition, bloggers are being asked to share photos which represent each of the elements. The categories are open to interpretation though, and you don’t need to be too literal. … 

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Berlin’s Reichstag dome by night // In pictures

Reichstag dome

Seat of the German Parliament, the Reichstag is one of the most famous and imposing buildings in Berlin. The original version, built in the 1880s, was topped with a stone dome. But that, along with the rest of the building, was damaged by fire and war. When it was restored in the 1960s they left out the dome, but 30 years later architect Sir Norman Foster designed a space-age glass version to top the building. Made of glass and mirrors, it looks like a location from a sci-fi film. Walkways spiral around the edge of the dome and in the centre is an upside-down pyramid which points down into the parliament hall below. … 

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Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park in the Cotswolds // In pictures

Colesbourne Park snowdrops

After winter seems to have dragged on for ever, the first snowdrop peeking out of the ground is a sign that spring is finally on it’s way. But Colesbourne Park in the Cotswolds has taken snowdrop growing to extremes. Described as ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’, the estate has over 250 different varieties of snowdrop on display in ten acres of traditional country garden. Colesbourne Park has been home to the Elwes family for centuries and Henry John Elwes started off the snowdrop collection when he discovered a new species, named Galanthus elwesii after him, in Turkey in 1874…. 

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In pictures: The best of the rest of 2014

Sailing out of Santorini

Only a fraction of the huge amount of photos I take each year ever make it onto the blog, so it’s become an annual end-of-year tradition for me to share some of the ‘best of the rest’ of the year’s photos (here are my choices from 2011, 2012 and 2013). These are some of my favourite unpublished photos from the last 12 months, starting from the seas off Santorini in Greece all the way to a Marrakech rooftop sunset. Hope you enjoy them, and wishing you all a great New Year’s Eve and a fantastic 2015! Lucy x… 

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Cardiff Castle // In pictures

Cardiff Castle, Wales

In the heart of Cardiff, the city’s castle brings together 2000 years of history in one place. Over the years it’s been a Roman fort, Norman Castle, Victorian Gothic mansion and a Second World War refuge. The first building here was a Roman fort, long-destroyed by the time the Normans arrived in 1181. They built a new castle, with an imposing keep on top of a motte – or hill – which you can still climb for fantastic views over the city. The castle was passed down through generations of noble families until it reached the Bute family in 1766 who transformed it again. … 

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Poppies at the Tower of London // In pictures

Poppies at the Tower of London

As you approach the Tower of London, the moat is a sea of red, with tightly packed flowers as far as the eye can see. It’s an awe-inspiring sight, and even more so when you realise that every single bloom equates to a life lost in the First World War. It’s all part of an art installation called Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, created by ceramicist Paul Cummins, which centres around the symbol of remembrance – the poppy. … 

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The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory // In pictures

Lindisfarne Priory ruins in Northumberland

Northumberland’s Lindisfarne Island has such religious significance they even named it Holy Island – and its holiest site is its priory. The region’s earliest Christian monastery was founded here by Irish monk St Aidan in 635 AD. Despite its remote location it was close enough to Bamburgh’s castle for protection, making it the perfect base for converting the local pagans to Christianity. Over the years the priory was also home to St Cuthbert, who’s commemorated by a statue amongst the ruins today, and the illustrated Lindisfarne Gospels were written here. But after a series of Viking attacks at the end of the 8th century, the monks packed up the Gospels and Cuthbert’s body and relocated to Durham. … 

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Amongst the ruins at Ephesus // In pictures

Ancient ruins at Ephesus, Turkey

On the western coast of Turkey, Ephesus has some of the Mediterranean’s best-preserved, grandest ruins. As a major port for trade routes to Asia it grew from a coastal town in the 10th century BC to the second largest city in the world. A series of rulers over the years left their mark – from the Greeks and Romans to the Byzantines and Ottomans. But when its port silted up, Ephesus was abandoned and fell into ruin. … 

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