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Sofitel, Taba Heights, Egypt – has amazing architecture!
Wedding Photographers Elaine and Julie are just back from 2 weeks away, after attending an International photographers’ course there, thus missing all the snow and chaos in the UK!
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Coloured Canyon, Sinai.
Wedding photos below this entry…
Picture of Elaine & an Egyptian girl in Cairo taken by her little sister!
Just arrived today in Egypt to cover an Egyptian clients wedding in El Minya. Couldn’t resist taking a few interesting travel pics along the way though. See
for the whole lot.
On arrival at the customs exit of the airport, amidst all the unruly jostling crowds, an Egyptian with an official name tag did the usual offering to find you to a hotel script, but since I had nothing planned anywhere, accepted the travel agents offer and ended up being delivered in person to the hotel of my choice – a budget hostel in Downtown Cairo called New Palace Hotel.
View from the balcony of New Palace Hotel
Well its now day two in Cairo so have a look at the rest of the pics here: http://www.reellifephotos.silkstream.org/online/view.php?main_pagesize=48&flag=view§ion_id=1502
Rooftop garden cafe at New Palace Hotel
Had a lovely meal – for just over £1- (10 Egyptian pounds), with fish, tomato & cucumber salad, aubergines, rice, pitta bread and Tahini: very spicy, but typically Egyptian. I’m sure you would love it here – the street life, full of colour at night and everyone sitting out of doors. The down side is the drivers are crazy- weaving in and out all over the place tooting their horns all day and night, missing pedestrians by millimetres – literally!
Am going to see the nearest Pyramid and Sphinx tomorrow. Have hired a private driver-taxi so will be safe: its £20 but worth it, as I would never find it using public transport: Cairo is HUGE! The cars all spew out soot and black exhaust fumes but its good round where I am staying though.
Egyptian girls dancing on boat on river Nile
Had a little boat trip tonight – on the river Nile – one where all the young people go and dance to Arabic music – like in a wedding.
A man selling tea on the boat, before it set off ripped me off as should have brought my change from £1 (10 Egyptian pounds), said he would come back with the 6 Egyptian pounds – but he didn’t!. Still it was only peanuts, and he would be very happy now! Otherwise all has been very good.
The ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin sent our wedding photographer Julie crashing to her knees, skidding across the spray-sloshed deck like a rag doll, but in the end she made it safely down below: I had to stay on deck though, as didn’t want to waste the recent picnic by regurgitating it for the seagulls!
discovered a home from home B&B – Hillside House in Gorey, County Wexford – and found everyone so friendly along the way.
View from Hillside House B& B which is highly recommended by Reel Life Photos for service and location!
This dog seemed quite at home in his owner’s cab,
Love the colourful shops and houses – so full of personality!
Its the Strawberry Festival this weekend in Enniscorthy so the wedding in the afternoon will be sharing the celebrations with all the strawberry lovers!
We rounded off our first full day in Southern Ireland listening and recording live music of a girl band singing and playing as a quartet at the delightful bar and reastaurant the BANK in Gorey.
Sydney has many facets and moods. Even without ever having set foot in the city, everyone has an image of Sydney Opera House in their heads; so much so that we have a perceived sense of scale in our minds too. I made a flying visit to Sydney a couple of months ago – on my nephew’s birthday, as it happens – (while in Australia to photograph a wedding in Jacob’;s Creek) so was given a whistle-stop tour of the area – at night, when the streets come alive and the multicoloured glow of lights coats it with a surreal magic that most big cities seem to conjure up out of the blackness, changing its shape and forms.
First impressions count and my first French encounters have all been delightful. The helpful lady where I picked up the hire car at Charles De Gaulle Airport, the chirpy young man in the service station where I ate a large plate of Ratatouille, creamed spinach and cauliflower for the price of a small one – and the lovely couple who invited me in to stay at their place when I stopped to ask for info on nearby chambres d’hotes, all made my arrival in France very special.
The whole event is very special as the bride-to-be-tomorrow found me on the Internet, while I was in Australia doing a wedding there, and she herself happens to be an Australian getting married in France to a Scottish husband, so I have travelled from Yorkshire to share their day at this Chateau.
I was supposed to cover around 300 kilometres a day in order to get to the Barossa Valley in South Australia in good time to meet up with the bride and groom the evening before their wedding, but by the 4th day of travel since leaving Melbourne, I was only 300km in total from my starting point, with another 700km still to go! Still it was impossible to miss out on so many beautiful sights on the Great Ocean Road, and the peaceful Aire Valley Guest house above a rain-forest – the Otway National Park – offered an oasis of calm in which to deal with the backlog of wedding enquiry emails. It was also impossible not to go mad with my camera round Anabelle and Martin’s house/guest house, a sprawling wooden single story house with an all round veranda, surrounded by trees of all kinds, grapefruit, lemon, and the ubiquitous Eucalyptus.
I don’t know what this tree is called but maybe someone reading this can tell me… It struck me as soon as I approached the Guest House after dusk during my travels. Anabele and Martin nearly passed me on to another Guest house, as it was their night off and they were to be away early the next morning for a trip out with their 3 beautiful children, but I was lucky! They trusted me to let myself out the next day, and even personally autographed a children’s book for Levana (my granddaughter) that Annabel had written. They are a wonderful couple who moved here from the UK 4 years ago. They even provide handmade soap in the ensuite bathroom – just perfect for a honeymoon couple – paradise on earth!
The Guest entrance.
I’m sitting at a beautiful location (Lorne) with individual wooden cabin houses on the hillside under Eucalyptus trees, listening to the screeching/squawking of pure white cockatoos (sulphur crested cockatoos apparently) – in their dozens. Amazingly enough its a YHA, so if you don’t mind the guy in the bunk above you sounding like an earthquake every time he turns over, then it is paradise indeed! If you are fussy though, there are private rooms available too, of course…
Yesterday I saw my first Kangaroos – albeit on a well catalogued popular haunt – at Anglesea Golf Course…
Well, we’re back from Jacki & Darren’s wedding at the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater, Cumbria. I’m still working on those images in RAW, tweaking and converting them stage by stage, but in the meantime here are a few showing the beautiful surrounding landcapes on the foothills of Helvellyn.
I’d have like to have climbed all the way up , as I did a few months ago with my daughter Saskia when she introduced me to Striding Edge, but these should give you the picture.
If you are a bit sceptical about the colours shown here, I see the world through an artist’s eye so try to convey my vision to you, as I would have painted it had I got the time, but using simple image editing software to bring out the existing tones and hues.