Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Hello fans,

My daily photo challenge is an epic fail thus far, I may have to change it to the weekly photo challenge.

The following pictures were taken from my iPhone last Friday on our way to the Commodore Hotel in McMahon’s Point for lunch, it’s just a short 5 minute walk from North Sydney station for those who would like some specifics. We actually walked past ┬áthe view below at first when I saw the bridge through the bushes which you can see in the shot below, then I stumbled back to get the other one.

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Let’s see how the rest of my daily/weekly photo challenge goes….

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Sup fans, today was a very busy day for our team at work but I’m glad it’s over.

Today there was a combination of exciting items as explained in the subject, though not combined.

First of all I will explain “Lunch”, my colleagues and I went to Nando’s Portuguese restaurant for lunch. I had a Mediterraian salad as seen below with additional “hot” grilled chicken. I enjoyed the chicken, feta, cherry tomatoes and the greens, but one of my pet hates is when olives are mixed in a dish, and not pitted. Sure it’s easy to spit out the seed, but I don’t enjoy placing a mouthful of chicken and salad in my mouth only to have to concentrate on how to remove the seed that is sitting in the middle of it all. Anyway, that’s my whinge, I’m over it now.

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Next topic, “Mould”. D has a mug on his desk which originally was left with a bit of unfinished coffee, it was somehow forgotten in the sands of time and now has started to grow. We agreed that this should be allowed to live like the rest of our species, though it will be covered with cling wrap to hide the interesting scent. Personally I hope that a new species will develop from this and we will become famous. See below, I may be able to provide you with an update in a few weeks.

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And finally, “Bridge”. After work I decided to go for a walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I usually run across, but you don’t really take in and appreciate the lovely views, and it’s sometimes nice to do it this way. Below are just some of the shots taken from my iPhone.

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See you all soon….

Not doing too well with my “daily” photo challenge thus far, I’ve manage to post 3 days out of ┬áthe last 5 which isn’t too bad, but then I shouldn’t really be calling it a “daily” photo challenge.

I again failed to capture an image on my iPhone today so decided to pick out a picture from my family trip to Lindeman Island early last year which lies on the east coast of Queensland, a state of Australia, approximately 10km from the mainland judging by my Google maps eye measurement system.

I chose something that I wasn’t too proud of (but made me laugh at the time), it’s a shot of my son having a go down a slide which he was very excited about, it was about knee height and therefore not a long slide. As he positioned himself on top, I decided to get a photo of his experience.

As he smiled and waved at the camera, I said “go, go, go”! In the time it took my camera to focus with the half press, the following image is what was produced. Instead of pushing himself down, he dived down and went over the edge. He got up off the floor unimpressed that my wife and I where in tears laughing at the image that appeared on the camera as you will see below.

I gave my boy and hug and he was all smiles again and ready for another go, this time more gracefully.

Sup fans, I have already failed my daily photo challenge 2 days into it, I tried my best to get a picture yesterday and decided no one should have to see the broccoli and mushrooms that accompanied my sausages I had for dinner.

Today I took my kids to Sydney Park in St.Peters (Sydney), the kids “loved” the playground and I’d recommend it to any parent that wants to get the kids out of the house. I enjoyed taking photo’s of the historic site that used to be part of the old brick works building that was built back in the 1870’s.

Following are a few shots taken from my iPhone, I have a lot more on my SLR but it will take me some time to edit, so I will post those later.

Firstly, a bit of art I saw on a truck that was selling chicken wings. The chefs were apparently famous, not famous to me though, my wife is my famous chef.

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The following pictures are of the historic site I mentioned earlier.

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Jupiter shining through the clouds below. OK, just kidding, its the sun.

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The following shots were taken at the base of the chimney’s.

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At the top of the hill we got a good view of Sydney city.

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We left as the sun was setting, a good way to finish off the day.

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Hope you enjoyed our trip in Sydney Park….

Hi fans, I still haven’t taken the SLR for a road trip, so I picked out some of the pictures I have yet to share from my travels in the European Spring of 2007.

I spent the first week of our two month honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast, accommodated by Positano. I only wish I could go back with my SLR with the skills I have learnt in the more recent months. I guess I’ll just have to go back then.

After getting off the plane in Rome from Australia, getting on the internal shuttle to the main airport, catching a train from the airport to Rome and then catching a train from Rome to Salerno (which I eventually realized I should of went to Sorrento instead), then getting a bus to Amalfi, we decided to stop and rest for a tasty beverage. We still needed to get a bus from Amalfi to Positano. This is how you travel!

Arriving in Positano with all our bags, we then had to jump on a smaller bus that dropped us closer to our hotel as there was no way I was going to carry all our bags up the hill after all that traveling. I don’t think my wife appreciated that I was making this all out to be the Amazing Race at the time.

As soon as we got to the hotel, we got some well earned rest then went to dinner. After almost falling asleep at the table, the restaurant owner introduced me to Limoncello which is an Italian Lemon liqueur produced in Southern Italy, usually taken after dinner, he laughed after I sculled it thinking it was a shot, whereas it was meant to be sipped on slowly, I’ll know for next time.

Over the next few days we explored Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. The following are more shots taken in Amalfi.

They really loved lemons in this region, these ones would hurt if thrown into the facial region of any man, look at the size of these bad boys.

The Cathedral of St.Andrew below.

When traveling back to Positano one day, the whole town eventually got involved in trying to sort out the mess below, so many buses, so little room for two, it was hilarious. Not sure what the book was telling the bus driver to do.

This shot below was taken from Ravello, way up top.

And below, out and about in Positano, the first image was the view from our hotel room by night.

Walking around in the day, it was so amazing to see how all these homes were stacked on the hill.

I was so excited, I was levitating.

I could of stayed here for hours if they had a chair here, and maybe a drink, again you can see lemons.

Down on the beach

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

The church, and our hotel somewhere in there.

Finally, I saw this lady almost every day on my pizza boxes, take away was so cheap, around two euros (with a pizza inside the box), I still consider these to be the best Pizza’s I have ever eaten in “my life”.

I’ll see you again someday lady on my pizza box, and maybe I can watch you next time………I mean, watch you make the Pizza that is.

Ciao!

Hello fans, I have a few pictures to share from my family day trip to Kiama which is located one and a half to two hours south of Sydney. I have never seen the Blowhole before, this is the towns main attraction where an explosion of water shoots out of a hole when a wave hits the cave chambers below it. Its very exciting to watch when it happens and you can hear people oooohhhing and aaaaarrrring in amazement. Some I thought got a bit too excited.

Anyhow, I wasn’t too happy with the results from the pictures I had taken on the day, but I’ll share them anyhow. Before heading straight to the Blowhole, we wandered about the quieter end of Kiama which was also really nice just to sit and watch the water crash into the rocks below.

The next few were of the lighthouse established in 1887 that was on top of the hill, this first picture reminded me of how kids draw the sun, though with a smiley face in the middle.

The following two shots are of the blow hole, the first zoomed into the hole, and then some water action. I missed a large one whilst talking to my wife, its her fault.

Finally I took this shot of a fisherman on the rocks casting his line into the rough waters below. If you can’t see him, he is wearing a red jacket on the middle left side of the picture (I guess he wouldn’t be in the water), and you may just be able to make out his line going far into the water.

If you live nearby Kiama and would like a good day out, I’d recommend a trip out this way, walking around the bay is the way to go, and there are plenty of shops and cafe’s around too if that’s your thing.

 

Hello again fans, Sydney weather is starting to clear up, still cold enough to freeze your lips together, but at least it’s stopped raining for now. L and I went out on a photo shoot during the week around Luna Park after work, a short 15 minute walk from our office, though we still jumped on the train to get more photography time, or maybe we were just lazy. The following are just some of the shots I produced.

This one was L’s idea, spotted while we were walking down towards Luna Park. This is Sydney’s iconic Opera house viewed between the Harbour Bridge pillars.

The iconic Luna Park entrance, such a happy face.

The following are just two different types of shots I took of the Ferris wheel.

Behind Luna park I took a shot across to the residential region of McMahon’s Point. OK, I duplicated some of the stars in case you are a confused astronomer.

As we left Luna Park (because it was surprisingly closed for a conference), I took this shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

And this shot was taken across to Sydney from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

I hoped you have enjoyed this little journey around Milsons point, and a special thanks to L who gave me a few pointers on night shooting. Thanks for stopping by.