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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...

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…...

Two Nights in Oslo

By on Nov 27, 2012 in Norway | 0 comments

I first travelled to Oslo on an independent expedition which I was making to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights. It was my arrival point to Scandinavia and not just because I had always wanted to visit Norway, however I had always wanted to see a Viking boat. Nordic history had always fascinated me and I finally had the opportunity to explore this culture in more depth. During my time is Oslo, I spent my days wandering the streets, walking through snow covered parks, visiting world class cultural museums and soaking up the reflective atmosphere of Oslo. The first thing you’ll notice about Oslo is the almost wilderness feel of its bay, with dozens of islands greeting the city. Whilst the city’s rich maritime history is never far away, which you only need to wander the bay to see the various vessels of shapes and sizes. The locals that I met were friendly,...

Borough Market in London {Photo Junket}

By on Aug 5, 2012 in United Kingdom | 0 comments

“Oh food, Magical food, Wonderful food, Marvellous food, Fabulous food, Glorious fooooooood!” was the joyous tune on rerun through my mind as I wandered through the tasty Borough Food Market in London. The Borough Market is a favourite amongst celebrity chefs and locals alike, with a massive selection of local produce and tantalizing gourmet delicacies. Found under the London Bridge Rail Bridges, this market is a short walk south of the Thames in the Bermondsey area and only a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. From organic sausages to the worlds best brownies, from that perfect bit of lamb for your Sunday roast to blow your socks off cider, as well as everything in between. London Borough Market is easily the best place to spend a Saturday morning, drinking a long coffee and finding those perfect ingredients for a picnic by the Thames. A few highlights of mine:...

The Islamic Infused Alhambra {Photo Junket}

By on Sep 7, 2011 in Spain | 0 comments

Dominating the skyline over the Spanish town of Granada in the Andalucía province of Spain, the Alhambra is simply breathtaking and nothing can prepare you for what some have described as the Gardens of Babylon. Intricate Islamic artwork fused with incredible architecture and landscaping has helped this World Heritage Listed site to become one of the must see attractions in Europe (yet so many people still don’t know about it!). Dating back to the 11th century, the site is dominated by the mighty Alcazaba (fortress), whilst the Palacio Nazaries (palace) and tranquil water loving Generalife (Palace Gardens) provides a heavenly hideaway from the Spanish heat. The queues are long and the crowds can be insane at times however it’s worth every bit to visit the Alhambra and it’s easy enough to escape to a corner of the garden for a little reflection of life wandering by. So...

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc {Photo Junket}

By on Aug 24, 2011 in Spain | 0 comments

    Don’t panic, no one has spiked your coffee with LSD and no you haven’t entered the world of the pink elephants on parade – for this week’s travel photo junket I wanted to take you to Barcelona and to the colourful Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Like its people and incredible architecture, the city of Barcelona is a vibrant and eclectic mix of colours and mesmerising experiences. Niki and I stumbled across the Magic Fountain, which was built in 1929 as part of world expo, whilst visiting the National Catalunya Art gallery. We couldn’t help but be drawn to the intense liquid colours of the fountain and it felt like you could almost reach out and scoop it up!          ...