More Paris Photos

28 Sept 2008

I found a few more images of Paris to tempt you with. 

I stayed in a sweet hotel in the Marais, the Hotel Vieux Marais on Rue du Platre quite close to the Pompidou Centre and the Rue des Archives. I walked every where or took the metro.

All the photos were taken around the Marais district or Les Halles, which is only 1 metro stop away.

Gosh I love black and white film,

Bye for now,



Food Markets of Europe

27 Sept 2008

I used most of my black and white film taking photos at food markets in London, Barcelona and Porto. I just love food markets. Even though Borough Market was a bit touristy, it still gives me an idea of how people shop and what they buy.

Barcelona was all seafood, chicken, fruit, cheese and ham, ham and more ham.

Borough Markets was more organic fruit and meat and artisan products like wood fired breads and organic cordials. Porto market was old and earthy with lots of little old ladies plying their wares - seafood, chillies, fruit and vegetables, live poultry, flowers and of course, the portuguese staple of salted cod and pigeons hanging from every rafter,



Paris in black and white

Paris is a beautiful city and I think it looks best in black and white.

I thought I'd take more photos of Paris in black and white but it rained the first day or two and was so dreary I didn't want to waste my film.

The sun came out on the third day so I raced around trying to retrace my steps, so I could get some photos of Paris in sunshine.

I went a bit market mad so the next blog will feature Borough Markets in London, some more images from the St Antoni Markets in Barcelona and the Mercado do Bolhau in Porto.

I'll leave you with some of my favourite Paris scenes.

In black and white, naturally.

See you all again soon.


Black and White Film

I took 3 rolls of black and white film with me on my holiday all carefully packaged in a lead lined case. The lead lined case always attracts attention at security checkpoints, so I just accept that my bag will get searched. Eventually I figured out if I put the lead bag directly into the scanner on a tray, I didn't get stopped. That was a eureka moment.

I collected the black and white film and scans on Friday night and I've been busy sorting through the images. There's no instant feedback with film, so you have to have confidence in what you're doing and with your camera.

In fact 6 weeks have passed since I took the first images in London.
I shoot differently when using film. Film is expensive ($49 to buy, develop and scan 1 roll of black and white film) so I think and prepare before I shoot. I photograph interesting faces, street scenes and architectural details.

In general I'm really happy with the results and wish I'd taken more rolls of film with me and taken more photos than I did but there'll always be a next time.

I'd like to give a big thank-you to
Ian Lever
who processed the film for me. He did a great job with the negatives.

I'll split the images into a few posts because I don't want you to get bored!

A few photos from Lisbon, London, Cordoba and Barcelona follow. Next post will feature Paris,

Bye for now,



19 Sept 2008

Lisbon was quite a different Portuguese experience from Porto - much larger, more polished and grand and filled with Danish visitors swathed in red and white. We'd arrived just in time for a football game between Denmark and Portugal.

Our hotel was in the heart of the theatre district and close to the main shopping areas. Vivien and I bought day passes and travelled around Lisbon on their cute yellow trams and elevators, buses and the metro. 

We visited the Cathedral, the Castle san Jorge, the Baixa Chiado district, had grilled sardines for lunch, went to Belem, visited the Jeronimos Monastery and bought custard tarts for afternoon tea. I tried custard tarts from 4 locations and the tarts from the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém were outstanding.

We had a final GAP dinner at a faded but grand palace then the the following day I moved into the Lisbon Sofitel on the Avenida Liberdade. 

I loved Portugal and can't wait to go back again some day,



15 Sept 2008

I flew home this morning from Hong Kong, 9 hours later than planned and without my luggage but safe and sound. Today in between sleeping, I managed to put together a few images from Porto. I really don't know when I'm going to get the time to go through all the images and prepare them properly. I think it will be quite some time before an album ever sees the light of day.

The Portuguese people were so friendly, generally spoke English and were helpful. I had done some reading on Porto but nothing had prepared me for the large numbers of other European visitors - large numbers of Dutch, German, French and British travellers. 

Highlights of Porto were the beautiful tiled buildings, the narrow winding streets and the colourful shabbiness of the place.

It's where I tried my first bacalau fritters down by the river
, enjoyed true Portuguese chicken with great fries (no piri piri sauce served here though) and crossed the Dom Luis I bridge to do some port tasting at Sandeman's.

I did a tour there with fellow GAP travellers Adam and Vanessa (thanks to Vanessa who took the photo of me) and enjoyed walking through the lovely old winery.

We took the funicular up the hill and yes, the funicular song was going through my head the whole journey.

I walked my poor calves silly wandering around the town especially on our second day there.

I started at the famous Majestic Cafe, walked to the markets, located the heart of the shopping district, walked down to the Ribeira district to get my laundry done and back again and walked there again later in the evening for dinner and some night photos of the Duoro river.

Whilst the other girls on the trip managed to buy lots of nice things for themselves, apart from some fruit from the markets, I came home empty handed.

After 2 days in Porto we caught a train to Lisbon. I haven't had a chance to look at these photos yet but will try to blog them during the weekend. I think this week will be about returning to work and the gym and recovering from jetlag.

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