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A roll of the dice in Monte Carlo, Monaco {Photo Junket}

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Monaco | 0 comments

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world after The Vatican City, and is a tax free paradise where the rich and famous live and the rest of us only dream about. Situated in the French Riviera this tiny country entices tourists with its white sandy beaches, the warm Mediterranean Sea,  the famous Monte Carlo Grand Prix and luxurious shopping. I only spent a day here (thankfully for my budget), however everywhere you looked the streets oozed with money and style. One of my favourite attractions was the Monaco Cathedral where American film star Grace Kelly famously married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Whilst hard going for the budget travellers out there, Monaco is well worth a roll of the dice…...

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic {Photo Junket}

By on Jan 18, 2012 in Sri Lanka | 0 comments

Boom!         Boom!         Boom!         This was no enticing drum sound to woo me deep into the bowel of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic; no, this was a command to follow the many pilgrims into the darkness of the night into the most important Buddhist site in all of Sri Lanka. The site that, as legend would have you believe, contains a tooth from Buddha himself. Smuggled to Sri Lanka by an Indian Princess, the sacred tooth has been at the center of many conquests as for it is popularly believed that whoever holds the Tooth holds the power and the right to rule over the diverse island of Sri Lanka. After stripping your feet from your earth worn shoes and passing over the deep moat, you enter an ornate and spiritual world filled with intricately decorated arched corridors, hypnotic sounds of drums and prayers, the intense aromas of burning incense and the throngs of the pilgrims dressed in white holding offerings to Buddha. On entering the final chamber, waiting patiently for the door that houses the relic itself to be opened by one of the many monks that form part of an elite sentinel for the temple, you will glimpse a priceless golden vessel. No words can adequately describe its immense beauty, elegance and sense of spiritual power that it holds over so many Buddhists around the world, for the vessel houses the Sacred Tooth of Buddha himself.  Draped in exquisite jewels and gems, surrounded by a room of golden light and lush red velvet drapes, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the sight of people praying, placing offerings and crying, as for some, this is a once in a lifetime experience. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a must see in the city of Kandy in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka and will leave an impression on you for many years to come.               This post is part of the India and Sri Lanka: The Search for the Forgotten Tree blog series. Previous Post Bathing with Elephants in Sigiriya Next Post The Place Where Butterflies Come to...

The Lion Fortress of Sigiriya {Photo Junket}

By on Dec 13, 2011 in Sri Lanka | 0 comments

  If you squint you will see a giant lion entangled in the encroaching jungle, overlooking the Hill Country to the south and protecting the central table of Sri Lanka. If you open your eyes fully, you will see the ruins of an ancient fortress or Sigiriya Rock as the locals call it, resting upon the top of a megalithic rock in a sparse plateau that would once have been a glorious residence for those who dared climbed upon the lion’s back. Photographing Sigiriya Rock is a wonderful challenge as there are so many aspects to shoot. From the rock paintings concealed within the overhanging caves, to the decaying ruins, to the 360 degree views from the top and of course, the mesmerizing rock itself. Lion Fortress is well worth the three hours travel from Colombo and is best experienced in the early morning as the sun rises over Sri Lanka.                     This post is part of the India and Sri Lanka: The Search for the Forgotten Tree blog series. Previous Post Pawing Lion Fortress Next Post Bathing the Elephants in Sri...

Move, Eat, Learn – The Most Inspiring Short Travel Films

By on Oct 14, 2011 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

Move, Eat, Learn In my opinion, three of the most inspiring short travel films to be produced. Don’t forget to show the amazingly talented  Rick Mereki some love on Vimeo for the awesome work!     Which movie is your favorite? Drop us a comment below to tell us...

The Port of Fremantle {Photo Junket}

By on Sep 18, 2011 in Western Australia | 0 comments

  The former convict port of Fremantle, or ‘Freo’ as the locals like to call it, is Perth’s cooler more chilled out cousin. For this weeks Photo Junket I wanted to take you to a favourite haunt of mine and located only 20kms south of Perth, Fremantle can feel like a world away from the city of Perth. A relaxed, creative, eclectic and eco-conscious atmosphere will greet you as you cross the Swan River. Famous for its ‘Cappuccino Strip’ of cafes and gourmet restaurants, there is plenty to see with various markets, galleries, heritage listed buildings, bars and pubs to keep you entertained. My personal favorite is sipping a coffee at the Fremantle Arts Centre before heading over to indulge in fresh fish and chips at the Fishing Boat Harbor. Fremantle makes for an excellent day trip or for a week long holiday when visiting Western Australia.            ...