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The Holy City of the Vatican {Photo Junket}

By on Jan 20, 2013 in Photo Junkets, Vatican City | 0 comments

A country within a country, The Vatican or Stato della Città del Vaticano as it is spoken in Italian, is the smallest country in the world and is home to Pope Benedict XVI of the Catholic Church. I recently visited this small state whilst touring from Palermo to Milan in Italy. Being such a small area, the Vatican City is easily achievable as a day trip when in Rome, however you will need many more to fully appreciate the architecture and massive collection of artwork that is housed here. For me however, one of the best aspects of visiting the Holy City was seeing the mixture of people and cultures; From tourists keen to get that perfect photo, to pilgrims who had clearly travelled a long way to pay their respects. Whether it’s people watching from St Peter’s Square, getting lost in Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel, or marvelling at St Peter’s Basilica, everyone will agree that the Vatican City is a masterpiece....

Iconic South Melbourne Market

By on Jan 11, 2013 in Victoria | 0 comments

Today we headed down to the iconic South Melbourne Market for a spot of shopping and to catch up for our weekly coffee meeting. South Melbourne Market has always been a favourite of mine and is great place for wandering and window shopping, as well as picking up quality fresh local produce from the many green grocers. South Melbourne Market is famous for one thing…. Dim Sim’s and by far, the best you’ll find anywhere in Melbourne. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with plenty of cafes to choose from. Today we chose Café Padre – “Hand Crafted Coffee”. Now, with a name like this we were not to be disappointed. The smooth coffee and sweet pastries were to die for! And to follow it up, we grabbed a freshly juiced OJ from the stall on Coventry Street – squeezed right in front of our eyes. Yum! One of my favourite areas in the market is the So:Me space which features local up and coming designers. Here they can exhibit and sell their work in pop-up style stalls. From clothing to shoes and jewellery, this area floods with creativity. Getting lost down the many aisles of this market is a great way to lose a morning in Melbourne. After picking up some fresh flowers we also explored the health food store for some supplies (they sell great gluten free cornflakes) and bought up some bargains at Yak – a furniture/homewares store.   South Melbourne Market is located in the suburb of South Melbourne, about 10 minutes from the city centre. They are open Wednesdays to Sundays. For more information, check out the South Melbourne...

Image: Hugging an Elephant in Sri Lanka

By on Jan 8, 2013 in Photo of the Day | 0 comments

I went for a morning walk through the small village of Sigirya in central Sri Lanka and stumbled upon a young mahout who was washing his elephant in the local river. Using all his might, he was scrubbing the ingrained dust off it’s tough skin with the blunt end of a coconut husk. I watched on in awe of being so close to this amazing creature and without realising, I had found myself in the water with the elephant. With approval, I was able touch her and feel her breath enter and leave her body with ease. The mahout was happy to chat about how old the elephant was and her name whilst I and the elephant shared this moment that I’ll never forget. To see the complete set of photos, check out our Photo...

Image: Ornamental Alhambra

By on Jan 3, 2013 in Photo of the Day | 1 comment

This image was taken at the Alhambra Gardens in Grenada, Spain. This ornamental knob was fixed to a beautiful red stone building and like much of the Alhambra, was intricately designed and beautifully crafted.  To see more photos of the gardens, check out our other post – The Islamic Infused Alhambra {Photo...

Image: A Summer’s Day at Brighton Beach, Melbourne

By on Jan 2, 2013 in Photo of the Day | 0 comments

Located twenty minutes from Melbourne, Brighton Beach is the perfect place to escape to during the scorching hot Australian summer. The shallow blue waters make it great for families, whilst the long expanse of golden beach it often filled with sun seekers soaking up the rays and listening to the latest beats.