Posts Tagged ‘travel photography’
Posted in Architecture, modern, perspectives, Photography, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, travel photography, tagged Architecture, Asia, business, CBD, lanterns, look up, perspectives, Photography, Singapore, Singapore photo of the day, Tanjong Pagar, travel photography on January 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Cheap Eats, Hawker Food Diaries, Photography, Singapore, travel photography, tagged Hawker Center, Hawker Center Diaries, Photography, Singapore, travel photography on November 12, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Bugis, Camden, Food Stalls, Fruit Stalls, Market, Photography, Singapore, travel photography, tagged Bugis, Bugis Street Market, Camden, cheap clothes, Food stalls, Fruit Stalls, iPhone Covers, Mandarin, Market, Photography, Singapore, slow moving people, travel photography on September 4, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Have you had a walk around Bugis Street Market?
It may not be a great place to head if you know what you want and are in a hurry, but if you are looking for some aimless interesting walking and shopping, maybe some bargaining or snacking, it’s a good place to be.
You can buy everything from purses to iPhone covers to $1 fruit juices. Do you realize how much fruit has to go into a juicer to make a glass of juice? I recently acquired a juicer and I promise you that a knob of ginger, an apple and three carrots only makes about a third of a glass.
It reminded me of a very small and Asian version of London’s Camden Market with a mix of cheap items, food stalls and slow moving people. There even seemed to be some astrology reading sessions going on just outside the tent. The writing on the tent was in Mandarin, so maybe I will never know.
Unless I have a volunteer to come along and interpret for me.
Posted in Clarke Quay, Photography, Singapore, travel photography, tagged boy, Clark Quay, colorful shutters, colourful shutters, Communications and the Arts, dog, Ministry of Information, Photography, river, riverside, Singapore, travel photography on July 18, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Architecture, Art, Beach, cake, cathedral, City Breaks, Dance, Food, gothic, grafitti, Landmark, modern, Photography, Roman, Spain, spanish, Spanish, street performance, Travel, travel photography, Weather, tagged Architecture, Art, bachelorette party, Beach, cathedral, city breaks, costume, Food, hen party, La Pepica, Landscapes, paella, parade, Photography, Plaza de la Virgin, reflexology on beach, Roman architecture, Spain, Torre del Micalet., Travel, travel photography, vacation, Valencia on April 23, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Sun. Paella at La Pepica. Roman architecture in the city centre. Spontaneous street parades. Independent designer street vendors. Reflexology from my beach chair. 14 girl hen / bachelorette party. Sangria. Cava.
A great weekend in a beautiful city with a wicked group of ladies. I really do love Spain. Although Seville is so far my favorite Spanish city, it does lack a beach, a quality Valencia delivers highly on. Unfortunately my fancy pants camera is in the shop. Again. Well, technically it’s not in the shop anymore. It’s being held ransom in UK customs. Here are a few shots I took with my extremely vintage iPhone. Let me know what you think.
After some partying and beach time with the ladies, I took a later flight so that I could explore the old city myself. I am so glad I did as I ran across many spectacular moments in the short span of a Sunday afternoon.
And now I’m finding it difficult to get back to the mundane tasks that life is requiring. I guess that’s what Monday is all about. What do you think the people of Valencia are doing right now? With a current 24% unemployment in Spain, perhaps I should stop day dreaming and get back to work…. for now.
Posted in Architecture, cathedral, Champagne, France, gothic, Photography, Travel, travel photography, wine tours, Winter, tagged Architecture, Art, avoiding Christmas, cathedral, champagne, champagne region, Champagne Trail, France, gothic, Photography, Pommery, Reims, stained glass window, Taittinger, Travel, travel photography, wine, wine tours on January 23, 2012 | 1 Comment »
When your living abroad, traveling back to your home country for Christmas can seem like a whole lot of work. It’s not just the trans-Atlantic flight or the juggling of family and family politics when you get there, it’s also that you are trying to do it at the most hectic time of year when expectations are really high. Sometimes it seems like a better return on your investment (price of tickets, time off work, etc) to see your family when things are less busy and there’s less pressure to squeeze so much in. Although, I’m sure my mother disagrees.
That’s why this year Husband and I opted out. Instead of heading to the States, we headed to Normandy to stay with Suse in her picturesque converted barn in the countryside. Since we were already going through the trouble of crossing the channel to France, I figured we might as well throw in some time in the Champagne region.
Visions of hopping from winery to winery tasting champagne replaced sugarplum fairies in my head. Unfortunately, since it was winter, bicycling the Champagne Route and ending up in Epernay turned out to be a damp, cold and unpleasant option. So instead of hopping on a bicycle, we parked ourselves in Reims to check out a few of the wineries there.
While in Reims, we toured the Taittinger and Pommery caves, two Champagne houses with two completely different approaches to their tours. Both included tastings at the end, but Taittinger took a grown up, classy and clear approach to explaining their process while Pommery made an odd attempt at turning their cellars into an art gallery. The Pommery tour came off a bit Disney-fied and frankly, weird. But there was still Champagne at the end so I can’t say it was bad.
The entire experience was very interesting historically. The caves of Reims, many of which have been there since they were carved out of the chalk subsoil by Roman slaves, have housed everything from monks, to refugees of World War II. You can even glimpse ancient carvings that have been made into the walls.
Other highlights in Reims include the Brasserie du Boulingrin, a traditional brasserie opened in 1925, and the Cathédrale Notre Dame, a beautiful gothic piece of architecture whose history goes back to either 400 AD or 1211 AD, depending on how you look at it, and includes Joan of Arc and the decapitation of Saint Nicaise. I have no photographic evidence of the hedonism we experienced at the Brasserie du Boulingrin, however, I can tell you that the highlight of the meal was the chocolate souffle dessert paired with a lovely serving of Calvados. Just thinking about it makes me melt into my chair. As far as the Cathedral goes, I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
A return to the Champagne region is certainly on my list. However, next time there will be sunshine. And bicycles.
Posted in Art, Day Trip, Free, Landscapes, Northern England, Parks, Photography, sculpture, Travel, travel photography, Views, tagged Art, day trip, Leeds, Northern England, parks, Photo Tour, Photography, sculpture, Travel, travel photography, York, York Sculpture Garden on August 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
I was given a tip to stop by the York Sculpture Park while traveling from Leeds back to London. Husband and I had some time to spare and thought, why not?
I wasn’t expecting anything major, maybe something along the lines of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. I was surprised to find that this place was so expansive and impressive. We ended up spending the whole day exploring the grounds and exhibits.
York Sculpture Park is just one mile from Junction 38 of the M1 and is open daily except 24 & 25 December. Admission is free, parking is £5.