Paris is a very hard pill to swallow. At first it got stuck in my throat and i didn't like it, but once i gave it some time and got it down, Paris is one of my favorite places on earth. If you haven't been to Paris yet go with thick skin, then have fun. Why do I love Paris? I feel it is so organic. The streets and the buildings flow with the lay of the land. It is nice. And the food is like none other. At first when i entered Paris i felt the place was so hostile and dirty, "why would anyone want to be here?" but just like anywhere, there are good areas and bad.  Unfortunately I found the bad areas first. I was staying the first 3 nights in a small water damaged 1 star hotel. I shouldn't need to say more. But it wasn't so bad. The nights were hot so it would have been a bit nicer though if the room had some AC. After my skin thickened up I started to enjoy Paris. I went to a few art galleries and tried out some great French sweets. French eating I've got to say is my favorite part. good wine, beautiful and tasty sweets, and a presentation to knock your socks off.
Getting a bit lost is easy to do in Paris. All the buildings are pretty much the same height and look.  no real Landmarks other than the famous ones you are now looking at while reading this. But you can't really see these landmarks most of the time. It isn't like "oh over there is the Eiffel Tower so i need to walk that way". No you could be pretty close but the six story buildings around you make it impossible. The square block system is nonexistent. Without a map you can't expect to walk one direction and keep going that direction. To get around easily, you pretty much just need to learn where things are. Also don't expect too much help from locals. some are nice but from experience you usually are treated pretty rudely. I'm telling you, "put up with it". This is just how it is. Best thing to do is learn some basic French. It helps with the attitudes and you can more easily get what you want.
Now i'm going to say, if you want to visit Paris, DO IT! Knowing these things  will help you get around and be able to enjoy your stay. Knowing exactly what you want to do and where that is beforehand is very helpful. All areas of Paris aren't so nice or safe.  I had my back pack picked in an area i thought somewhat safe. From that point on i locked my bags.  It made it a pain getting in but this way i wasn't inconvenienced. If i may suggest some great things to do. Eat, eat, EAT! The food is to die for. Don't be stingy with your money. more really is more i think. Get a good bottle of Champaign. May i tip Moet & Chandon? It is excellent.  Eat Sweets from bakeries. Macaroons, Caramel Creme Brulee, Pan Chacolat, and chu cream are some of my favorites. Another tip is museums are free on the first Sunday of the month. If the Catacombs are open, go! They aren't always and it is amazing.

Small Paris Overview

//Wednesday, August 7, 2013
//Posted by Logan Runyon
Saint Paul's in London rather resembles our capital building in the USA. This Cathedral is massive and amazingly beautiful. A few nights ago, the night baby George was born, I went out to shoot these photos and this is what I got. Enjoy.

Saint Pauls and the River Thames

//Sunday, July 28, 2013
//Posted by Logan Runyon
Hello Everybody.These pictures are a bit overdue. I took them way back in the first 2 weeks of my visit but I didn't get around to editing them well until recently. Like most of the photos I put up here they aren't finished. I'm not 100% happy with my edits yet but i though i'd let you see what i have so far.  Please enjoy and share to anyone you thing would like them as well.

Big Ben

//Thursday, July 25, 2013
//Posted by Logan Runyon

Talking about the eggs reminds me. Who reading this has ever tried to find eggs in the super market in the UK? You know what i'm talking about. For those who have never been or never looked for eggs, i couldn't find them. I had to have someone show me.  I looked in the dairy section, poultry section, and even the frozen isle. Someone took me to where they were and i would have never looked. There were sitting on a shelf, non-refrigorated, next to the evaporated milk and baking things. kind of grossed me out. How long can a store egg last? Well they tasted fine and were fine, so no problem.
Also along the lines of food. There is a market near London Bridge that is pretty cool. You could buy anything under the sun fresh. fresh bread, vegies, cheese, olives, fish, beef, pork, ANYTHING. Well I was at this French cheese vendor. Two ladies were buying his cheese and wanted a receipt. He hand wrote the receipt and added his seal to it and everything. His penmanship was super. I was very impressed and the fist thing i though was "wow! i need to learn to do that!". Thank you French lady magnet for giving me a reason to work on my penmanship. haha.
There is so much to see and do and experience here. I'd love an opportunity to live here. Even the street profferers are great here. Can't really tell about it though. You'd just have to see and hear for your self.

Cemeteries, Portobellos, and Parties

//Tuesday, July 23, 2013
//Posted by Logan Runyon
I have to choose 12 photos to show The Metropolitan here in London. Quite difficult choosing only 12 but here are the ones I decided to go with. Please don't use photos without my permission. A desktop background is fine but anything else please contact me.

12 Photo Selection.

//Wednesday, July 17, 2013
//Posted by Logan Runyon
Here we go comrades! First look at some of what my camera has been putting out. I'm hopping before I leave London I will be able to shoot a sunrise or the twilight just before. Since the sun is up before the trains start running I would need to Hire a cab. I need to make sure I have everything planned out well so the cost of the cab isn't waisted. But for now I thought I would show you what I've taken so far of the Tower Bridge. I'm not finished yet but These are fun so I will share them.  Enjoy and share with people you know will enjoy as well.

Tower Bridge Photos

//Monday, July 15, 2013
//Posted by Logan Runyon
So far I'm really enjoying London and taking a liking to this city. It is just how i though London would be. My image before hand was active people, busy streets, busier pubs, history everywhere, large parks, shopping to satisfy anyone's desires or budget, and grey. It is amazing how "English" English folk really are. They fit the bill. Their hair, their clothes, their build is exactly as i would have guessed. I'm sure I stand out as an american in my american tshirts and with my American haircut.
I am discovering a good pair of walking shoes to be accentual here in London. Good would mean arch support, heel padding, and most of all water resistant. I did bring comfortable pair of shoes with me (IE crocks) but in the past few days I have been fashion aware and haven't been wearing them, but instead the more trendy Convers Style flats. They have done murder to my feet.  So I i'm in search of good new shoes. Not today though.  I don't think i can bare walking too far. Also to be accentual here in the summer time are sweaters and or a jacket to protect you against the 50F heat of summer.
I've so far just been enjoying myself here and haven't bolted down yet to do any hard core photo shooting.  So what have I been up to?  In the day time i'm wondering around and getting a feel for where things are. I have to do it on foot for me to know where things actually are in relation to each other. On a Tube (the underground) map stops are all equal distance from each other, but in actuality some stops are crazy close. To save money I'll walk if i know it isn't too far.  But also wondering around the pst few days has just helped me get an idea of direction.  London isn't set up like American cities.  Street blocks are not square and roads are not straight. In the evening i've been Trying London's multicultural dining. I've been to Japanese, Spanish, English, and even American restaurants so far. Lol my first day in London I found a Five Guys and couldn't resist eating the familiar. Usually after dinner I head to a pub with some people i know to meet up with more people i know or to meet new people. Last night specifically I met up with 2 Japanese businessmen in the Laser Communications business for dinner and drinks. English pubs in London aren't your average American bar. These are really popular places with all walks of life congregating there. I was too full from last nights dinner, but London is famous for Fish and Chips. Chips mind you are just normal old American French Fries.
It came up in conversation among the Japanese guys that the English like their beer room temp. Luckily i haven't yet been served a warm beer but it does sound gross. Beer tends to be cooler off the tap. But i have noticed it isn't ice cold like we enjoy it in the USA.
In the morning I'm off to a French bakery for a latte and quiche. It is a wonderful way to start off the day, and there are many other places and options so i can't imagine getting to tired of eating at these places.
Half the time for Lunch i'm so caught up in exploring and looking around in shops i forget all about lunch. I've almost been here a week and i'm sure i've lost weight already.  Just from the active lifestyle. I have no way of weighing myself though.
Overall my trip is going amazing but it isn't without some problems. My allergies are as bad as ever here. Nice thing is Clarityn is Cheep cheep cheep here. A weeks worth for only £1.99. Also my feet are killing me from not wearing good enough shoes. I plan to change that ASAP though. Then today i discovered The London Underground took £11 from me. I have a card called an Oyster card which you add money too to be able to ride the tube. Last night i noticed the card said i only had £3.40 left and that didn't seem right because i just added £20. I checked my travel history digitally and sure enough, when i Topped Off it only gave me £9 instead of £20.  Took it to the office and the man there was no help saying he didn't see what i was seeing and there wasn't anything they can do. Well i'm use to it i guess. no different from American service.

Today I will focus on getting things put together for visiting schools here in London.  I need to choose 12 of my best photos to show them.  choosing a variety of 12 photos isn't easy. In between writing this blog post i've been adding and removing photos i like. I'll be posting the 12 photos on this blog when i finally get them picked out.

Oh some more English words that i've picked out are; "Bangers" which are english sausages tasting a bit like meet loaf, "Crisps" the things we call chips, as i mentioned before "chips" good old French fries, and "busker" a street performer.

Fancy a Room Temp Beer?

//Thursday, July 11, 2013
//Posted by Logan Runyon