Cojean are a French food chain who focus on healthy, fast takeaway (or eat in) food and clean, minimal decor. Their first London store in Ludgate Hill opened recently and I was asked to go along and get some photographs that showed off the interior design as well as its London location. And of course, nothing says ‘London’ more than the iconic red London bus. Continue reading Fast and French
An acronym from my former life working in finance there for you: Year to Date. Anyway, for no reason other than I want to (and it’s my blog, so why not?) here, in no particular order, is a selection of photos from my year so far. It’s been a good year; mostly interiors but with some variety, as well as the start of my personal project, Icelanders in London.
Prints of some of my images are available at nickminers.com/prints. Proceeds from the prints you buy go towards helping me pursue my personal projects. Thank you, and enjoy!
Believe it or not, ‘Little Britain’ is one of the many names given to the French region of Brittany. This ties in with the French name for it, ‘Bretagne’, as compared to their name for Great Britain, ‘Grand Bretagne’. Settled by migrants from Cornwall and other Celtic regions of the British Isles, Brittany has its own distinct identity and even has its own language, Breton (or Brezoneg) which is very similar to Cornish.
I recently visited on a family holiday, staying in the region known as ‘Cornouaille’ in the south west of Brittany, near the city of Quimper. Some photos are online on my site, and all are available to buy as prints. Please feel free to have a browse by clicking here.
I have just returned from a fantastic road trip across France to the Spanish city of Barcelona. Our route took us from Calais in the extreme north of France, through Clermont-Ferrand in the Massif Central, an elevated section of France where the autoroute reaches altitudes of over 1200m above sea level. Further south the autoroute crosses the Viaduc de Millau, one of the tallest bridges in the world, which spans (and rivals as a spectacle) the Gorges du Tarn near Millau in the Aveyron département. After leaving the Massif Central, we drove through the Mediterranean south coast alongside Montpellier and Perpignan, before crossing the border with Spain to the east of the Pyrenees.
Five nights in Barcelona were barely enough to see what this amazing city and its surrounding area has to offer, but we managed to see some of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s most famous work, including the Parc Güell, and the simply breathtaking Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family), which, nearly 100 years after Gaudi’s death, is still under construction to this day. To the north of the city, the monastery of Monserrat lies 1,000m above the surrounding countryside on one of Spain’s most beloved mountains.
Our route back took us through the Pyrenees to the medieval French fortified city of Carcasonne, and back to the Viaduc de Millau where we approached from beneath, rather than crossing it, to get a different perspective. As we approached Clermont-Ferrand for a second time, the skies over the Massif Central gave us a rather impressive send-off with one of the most stunning sunsets I have ever seen.