Cannes, the French riviera

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This summer I got the opprtunety to go to France through work. We’re a sales business, selling office supplies and more, and we do sales campains for the sales people all year long and in June you can win a trip to Cannes, France. The backoffice people, like me, can also win. For every third sales guy who wins, one backoffice member win a trip.

I’ve been working in this company for four years now and finally it was my turn to win a trip. This is the best thing I’ve ever won! A 5-day trip to Cannes, France, all included. And when I say all, I mean flight,  hotell, breakfast, lunch and dinner with lots of wine included.

This was my first real trip to France. I’ve been in France a couple of times before, but it has only been short period like the time I took the boat from Dover to Calais and drove straight to Belgium or that time I drove through the Mont Blanc tunnel and stayed half an hour in Chamonix (at a café) before going to Italy.

Cannes is a fancy city, full of rich people and exclusive shops along the Croisette. But you also have the old town where you can find cheap things. I really liked the Old Town with the small shops, where you could find unique things.

Apart from lunch and dinner which we had to attend (I ate LOTS of GREAT food, nom nom nom nom), you could spend your days as you liked. We spent the days at the beach and did some shopping and the evenings were spent eating dinner and then drinking at some bar / disco, often ending up late in bed.

I brought my camera wherever I went, either it was shopping or sightseeing. One day I allowed myself to go on a solo photo trip while my colleagues were either tanning,  swimming or shopping. It was lovely to walk around while the sun was shining (maybe 27 degrees) and the sky was almost free from clouds.

Here are some photos from the beach:

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I also took some pictures of the old town and the buildings and such around Cannes.

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The Vigeland Park

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I went to Vigelandsparken (the Vigeland Park) a few weeks ago. It was a sunny afternoon and I wanted to photograph here. I had been there a few days earlier, at a picnik, but at the time I didn’t get time to photograph a lot.

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Oslo is colorful

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I’ve been working on a project to showcase Oslo as a colorful city. My main subject is colorful buildings. Well, it’s not really a new project, I did photograph a lot of colorful buildings last summer (see this post and this post for instance). Now I’m at it again and this time I’ve even created a #hashtag so you can see all my post at once on Instagram. #osloiscolorful is the hashtag I created. (It was not easy, since I needed to find a hashtag no one had used before.)

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What to photograph when in Oslo

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A while ago, while spending time on Instagram I had a short communication with a guy who were going to Oslo this summer and he said he collected info on where to photograph by looking at my photos from Oslo. That gave the idea to make a list of things to photograph in Oslo.

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Foggy Oslo pt. II

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A little over a week ago, I got a phonecall while being at work. I was superbusy had chance to answer. It was from a unknown number too and I rarely take those calls, since it’s most likely someone who’s going to try sell me something or someone who wants me to take a survey. Right after I got a text message. It was from a guy from Visit Norway that asked me if I could call him back before noon.

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Before the sun sets

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Inspiration can come from many places. One big source of inspiration is Instagram. I spend a great deal of time there. I recently started to follow this young photographer, Weston Kloefkorn, on Instagram–look him up on Instagram or his website. He had taken a photo from the roof of the Operahouse in Oslo and it was such a beautiful photo.

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