What a crazy couple of months it has been for me! I officially finished my first term here at Oxford, and have been enjoying the Christmas holidays so far (except for when I’m attempting to write an essay!) I have been having an amazing time at Oxford, and am so appreciative for this incredible opportunity to study in such an awe-inpsiring place with so many interesting people. Continue reading “Oxmas: Merry Christmas from Oxford”
If you had told me this time last year, or the year before that (in fact, any year!) I would not believe you when saying that I have just finished my first week here as a student at Oxford University. Continue reading “My first week at Oxford University”
As I sit here eagerly attempting to write down what an incredible year I have had, I cannot believe that a year has passed since I said goodbye to family and friends and headed off towards the city of light. A year today, my Parisian adventure began. It’s safe to say that it has ended much too quickly. Continue reading “What a year – Au revoir à Paris et bonjour à Oxford!”
Yes, you read right – I have just opened my new online photographic print shop on Etsy! For the last two weeks I have been busy organising my shop, and am finally ready to unveil it to you all. I had thought for some time about opening an Etsy shop, and it was only recently that I decided to take the plunge and give it a go, and I’m really excited for everyone to finally be able to view it.
Over on my Etsy shop, called Roisin Grace Photography: A Photography Print Shop, you will find a collection of some of my favourite photos that I have taken throughout my year living in Paris. You will be able to explore the different photos, whether it be beautifully coloured ones to vintage looking black and white photo prints. Photographic prints make great additions to a home, brightening up the space and becoming a focal point as means of generating conversation as well! Another wonderful thing about photo prints is that they are incredibly affordable! Oh, and did I mention that they look great? 😉
You will be able to select from a variety of sizes to get various photos printed onto high quality photography paper – all ready to be framed and hung proudly in your house, or perhaps as a gift to someone.
Within the next few weeks, I am working on a variety of new items to add to the store – including hand-mounted photo print greeting cards. So keep checking out for regular updates, and if you have an Etsy account yourself, if you favourite my shop it will keep you updated automatically!
Let me know what you think!
As Wimbledon 2015 officially commences today, I thought it would be about time to finally post all the photos my dad and I took during our visit to Roland Garros this May. Those who personally know me, will know how much myself and my family adore tennis, and we could not miss the opportunity to check out the city’s very own championships.
I have been to Wimbledon pretty much every year for the past 8-10 years, either going as a spectator or working there. Sadly, this is the first year that I will not be able to make it, and so I’m currently feeling somewhat nostalgic!
Anyway, we had a wonderful time exploring Roland Garros. My parents and brother came over, and we headed off to see the tennis on the 28th May. We had a wonderful time, and luckily the weather stayed calm – there were forecasts of rain, but it never turned up so phew! What we did notice about Roland Garros is that the grounds are pretty small (compared to Wimbledon that is).
As we went exploring the grounds of Roland Garros, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to spy on the one and only Novak Djokovic training – I had to use my charm and mis-pronunced French to be able to go and see him. I love Novak, especially since last year when I was a court attendant at Wimbledon and he hugged me – never washed since… So here are a few images of the runner up practicing, with Boris Becker seen in the background!
For the day we had tickets for Court 1, where we saw three great matches. The first was an epic 3 hours and 50 minutes battle between Italian Schivone and the Russian Kuznetsova. This was such an immense match, and although they played for hours, they have both met each other before at the Australian Open where they endured the second longest match in history for 4 hours and 44 minutes! It finally ended with Schivone winning. It had got to the stage that the crowd would have been happy for anyone to win!
Following this, our next match on Court 1 was between Azarenka and Hradecka, with Azarenka winning quite comfortably. Quite a difference in Women’s play when compared to the gladiators we had watched just before.
Match three was an interesting one, with the infamous American Isner (remember him from the longest match at Wimbledon!?), against a home-crowd favourite – the Frenchman Chardy. This was a great match to watch, especially since the majority of the crowd wanted the native Chardy to win. It was during this match that the crowd really began to liven up – chants and Mexican waves were in full force; bringing the match to a close for a win for Chardy.
So there you have it, a quick photo diary of my first visit to Roland Garros. I had a fantastic time, especially being able to share this with my family – where next, the US Open per chance!?
Don’t forget to get out the rest of the photos that myself and my dad took during the day here on my Flickr account.
So I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Marco European Itinerary competition! I cannot believe that I actually won, and it means so much for me for those who took the time to vote. Thank you once again for everyone’s support and for just checking out my blog. I am extremely grateful that I can share my journey with you all, and I hope you all enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy writing it.
You can check out my winning entry here.
Lots of love, Roisin x