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Three years ago on a trip to Portugal I met a lady who used to work in a news agency as the chief international editor. A year after I met her again while in England and Scotland. We had a loose conversation about making photos on sightseeing trips. She told me (quite bluntly, probably used to criticize the young and unexperienced) that it is not important to make overall views, unless I want to have a kind of a reportage. That what counts these are the impressions. Although I still keep a habit to document the whole trip, I try to have in mind her words, and to be blunt I enjoy it.

Below some photo impressions from the French Beauvais (located North of Paris). The historical city is big and to some extent reconstructed after the World War II bombings. But some parts are preserved as they used to be hundreds of years ago.

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A view onto the huge Gothic cathedral seen from a street with well preserved old buildings. Buildings constructed of half-timbered walls are typical for this part of Europe. It is one of my favourite pictures from the last year trip to France.

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A wall of one of the houses in the street on the photo above. The half-timbered walls are filled in a very decorative way. The style is rather unusual.

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And yet another one, less decorative but typical for this part of France.

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Jeanne Hachette (the lady with an ax) – a local female hero. A statue that can be seen in the main square of the city.

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Still of old half-timbered houses in the quarter around the cathedral. On both photos it is the same house but seen from the opposite perspectives.

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The cathedral from the front side.

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Inside the Gothic cathedral – the extraordinary stained glass work. The window is Gothic style, quite different from the one on the picture below that represents the Roman style of architecture.

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The Beauvais cathedral although a very impressive one was never really finished. What is interesting – it is neighbouring the elder Roman church that was never incorporated into the cathedral. The photo shows a window typical for the Roman style of architecture. 

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XVI century carpentry supporting a roof of a building, formerly a grand hall, today converted into a museum.

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