• End of this journey

    Coming to Heathrow airport this morning the driver had the song, “Everybody’s Talkin At Me” on the radio.  Was kind of a fitting song as I listened to the lyrics heading home to Australia.   My friends and I talked about this journey as being a trip of a lifetime, and it has been plus so much more.  It’s been an adventure in lots of different ways, and has ignited feelings inside of me that I have not had since I was 12 years old.  I sipped coffee in cafes in Paris, rode a scooter around Tuscany (thanks Luca), enjoyed voyages across Lake Como in beautifully made Italian wooden boats…

  • Day 3 London

    Day 3 London – Another great day here despite predictions for rain.  Last night was a great night, capturing some images in the rain around near Big Ben.   For my last day here in London I decided to relax a bit and have some fun.  Started off by visiting Madame Tussauds.  Quite enjoyed seeing all the stars, celebs and historical figures.  Then I went to Harrods for some shopping.  I can see why it is one of the most luxurious (and expensive) department stores in the world.  Going up escalators and being serenaded by a female opera singer from a balcony!  The service is brilliant there I must admit.…

  • Day 2 London

    Day 2 London – Another great day here in the L of H & G!   Started the day off by heading to the Tower of London and then worked my way back along the Thames (on the opposite bank from yesterday) snapping off different shots.  Switched to the Tube for another mode of transport as it got me to places quicker than the hop on hop off bus.   Found this wonderful old pub to photograph around the corner from my accom, then went to Hyde Park again to shoot the Princess Diana Memoral Fountain.  Was very well thought out and a fitting tribute to Diana.  I picked up…

  • Day 1 London

    Day 1 London –  You know I hummed and harred about coming to London, and I have to say I am so happy I came here now.  Right up until this morning I came to London with no itinerary, nothing planned to see or do.  I just went with the flow.  I have had the most magnificent day here and London has really surprised me.  It has been picture perfect, blue sky, about 21 degrees and you can tell there is an air of excitement here with the Queen’s Jubilee just gone and the 2012 Olympics right around the corner.   I began the day by walking across from my…

  • Day 5 Scotland

    Day 5 Scotland – What’s this?  Still in Scotland after yesterday was supposed to be my last day here?  Well, it was supposed to be.   I awoke at 5am to rays of sunshine coming through my window at Invergarry.  For the last 3 days I have been hoping for sun, but only got overcast and showery days.  So the decision was made.  I rang the airline and my London transfers people and got onto a later flight arriving at 9pm.  That gave me a day of sunshine to go and shoot the highlands, and I am so glad I did.  Had the best day shooting and for the second time…

  • Day 4 Scotland

    Day 4 Scotland – Today very sadly is my last day in Scotland (sigh).   I began the day at the Nevis Range where I went up in the gondola to the top.  No views, as I was in thick cloud, but got some great shots of the landscape that will look quite good and eerie in black and white.   Then I went to Glencoe.  Once again more stunning mountains, but in particular stumbled across this great waterfall which I spent time getting shots around.   After lunch I decided to explore the highlands between Invergarry and Dornie.  I found this one particular mountain and decided to climb to the top.  It…

  • Day 3 Scotland

    Day 3 Scotland – Today began at 3am and finished at midnight both at the same location, Eilean Donan Castle.  Sunrise and sunset shots.  Even at midnight it is still light here at this time of year.  It has been overcast all day, so I did not get any more highland mountain shots, hopefully tomorrow.   After finishing shooting this morning at the Isle of Skye I came back to my accom had breakfast then slept for a few hours.  Then I was up and back into it.  Visited, Fort Augustus, Urquhart Castle up in the middle of Loch Ness and then Fort William.  All the way stopping for great photo…

  • Day 2 Scotland

    Day 2 Scotland – I began this beautiful Spring day in Scotland by going to the Edinburgh Castle.  Was a fantastic way to start the day.  Loved the place, had stunning views over the city and learnt a tonne of history about Scotland in the process.   Then I hit the road in the Audi at lunch time and began my journey to the Highlands where I will be based for the next 3 days at Invergarry.  On my drive out here I saw endless fields of flowers, lochs, waterfalls, streams, castles, stone bridges, deer, snow, beauty EVERYWHERE!  I will be brief here now as I am speechless when it comes…

  • Day 1 Scotland

    Day 1 Scotland – Today’s magic word, “exhaustion”.  I had to travel from Rome to London to Edinburgh.  Firstly, my plane was delayed for 2 hours (sitting on tarmac) coming out of Rome due to bad weather at Heathrow.  Winds apparently hitting up to 60 mph were lashing London making air traffic impossible to land.  When I finally did reach London the approach into Heathrow was probably the roughest I’ve ever had in an aircraft.  Even the Captain joked upon landing, “I hope you enjoyed the approach into Heathrow as much as we did.”  Then my plane to Edinburgh was delayed.   When I arrived at Edinburgh I was about 4…

  • Day 4 Rome

    Day 4 Rome – Today is my last day in Rome, as well Italy.  Sad to leave as I have encountered so much beauty here and made great new friends.   I started the day off by visiting another country and the smallest in the world in fact, Vatican City.  Such incredible history in just one large area.  I went into the Vatican Museum and witnessed some of the most amazing artworks, including of course the masterpiece Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.  Then it was onto St Peter’s Basilica the large church which is built upon the apostle Peter’s tomb.   After the Vatican I went onto the Castel Sant Angelo. …