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Morning Mist Over Lake Annecy

In France, Photography by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

I walked across the Avenue d’Albigny towards the mountains and the lake and noticed the frost that wrapped itself around blades of grass as a glistening shroud. Le Pâquier was almost empty save for a few cold souls in the distance. It was 8am, the market would be waking the townsfolk with the scents of Savoy cheeses and salty bundles …

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Three Little Venices Some Of Europe's Other Venices

In Destinations, France, UK by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

Venice conjures up the most intricately romantic images – from late night rendezvous hand-in-hand atop arched bridges to the enchanting rhythm of the canals as they push through to the Adriatic, helped along by the city’s most profoundly recognisable denizens – the Gondoliers. Therefore it’s understandable that other cities would want to be like it – all around the world …

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The Poet In The Jardin du Luxembourg Ossip Zadkine's Memorial To Paul Éluard

In Art, Music & Film, France by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

Hidden in the western corner of the Jardin du Luxembourg amongst lush shrubbery and tall dark trees that block the sun, hides a poet. Rather, a surreal bronze depiction of the poet Paul Eluard, by the Russian-born artist Ossip Zadkine. The work is similar in style to Zadkine’s seminal work – ‘La ville detruite’ which stands in Rotterdam as a …

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I voted To Remain The UK EU Referendum 22/06/2016

In Lifestyle, UK by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

The economic argument for voting to stay in the European Union is overwhelming. The common sense argument even more so. But what of the personal arguments? They’ve been largely ignored, a matter of ill-importance, especially for the average Brexit supporter, coiled up in tight nationalist circles of hate and bitter resentment. I’m from Yorkshire, and though I haven’t lived there …

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Tropical Animals Diverse people, good music and a whole different world in Florence

In Clubs, Destinations, Italy by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

From the outside, the club scene in Florence can appear a stagnant mess of bad R&B and pop nights designed solely to yank in American students with cut price drinks and terrible, terrible music. Few exceptions exist . One exception however, is the wonderfully raucous Tropical Animals. It has found its home in a few different venues since its inception …

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Jesus On A Stick | London Finding Jesus On Oxford Circus

In Destinations, Photography, UK by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

Gas, buttered corn and perfume intoxicating the olfactory senses, a hundred different languages, the grind of traffic and the occasional ranting of a preacher assaulting the ears. The turmoil of Oxford Circus. The crowds push into Selfridges from the queue at the door that gradually reaches the commuters and shoppers culminating at Bond Street Tube – every entrance a maddening …

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The Gondoliers of Venice A secretive guild of Venetian elite or simply a gimmick?

In Italy by Nick NomiLeave a Comment

The dark shadows of Gondolas have moved through the canals of Venice for almost 1000 years, and for each of those dark crescent shaped boats, there have been hundreds more Gondoliers, each rigorously trained and sworn into the Gondoliers guild, only after years of apprenticeship at the mercy of a master Gondolier. First the Gondoliers worked mostly for the Venetian …