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Weekend Wonder | Dromeas, Athens

Weekend Wonder | Dromeas | Athens

Dromeas, The Runner [1]

Dromeas, The Runner [1]

Whilst I was in Athens, I took the Metro from Metaxourghio to Evangelismos (Line 2) in search of what was described to me as a sculpture of a runner ‘made of glass’ created by Costas Varotsos, next to the Hilton Hotel.

As I neared the huge crescent shaped building I was confronted by this enormous 12 metre tall (almost 30 foot) sculpture made entirely from panes of glass and steel. It was frighteningly beautiful as the sharp edges of the glass glistened in the mid-day sun.

I used a panning effect with my camera in photo 1, to give the added illusion of Dromeas running…

Dromeas, The Runner [2]

Dromeas, The Runner [2]

The Colours of Crete

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The Venetian Lighthouse, Chania

It’s not often I see a bargain on flights but on this occasion Ryanair were giving seats away from Manchester to Crete, The Greek island for £24.99!
Apparently it was the last direct flight from Manchester to the island and the date was 3 November 2015….when I boarded the plane I couldn’t believe how empty it was.
I landed in Chania on the west coast and had the most wonderful time of my life exploring the cities of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion as a solo traveller.
It was very easy booking accommodation through Booking.com and Expedia.com, I would choose the cheapest option and always with breakfast included.

…..so let the journey begin!

Street Photography | Granada Series

The Equalizer, Gran Via, Granada, Spain

The Equalizer, Gran Capitan, Granada, Spain

On a walkabout around the city of Granada last summer, I caught sight of a woman rummaging through the bins and I instinctively reached for my iPhone for a sneaky quick shot whilst she was in the act.

Then it was a case of ‘quick, before she sees me….’

‘Oh no! Too late…she’s seen me’.

‘It’s now or never’ I tell myself.

‘Shoot! Shoot!’

Heck, what’s she got in the pram?

A baseball bat? A gun?

If looks could kill…!

I shoot, then disappear.

Only later when I perused through the day’s photos I noticed the image and title on the street billboard behind the woman and thought I’d witnessed a scene from the actual movie…haha!

 

 

 

Places | Sydney Series

Sydney Series | Australia

I remember feeling excited about a visit to Taronga zoo. Why? Because to get there I went on a high speed boat and then a cable car ride. It’s a huge place to walk around and I was greeted by the beautiful sight of giraffes eating overlooking the spectacular Sydney skyline!

 

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Intricate pattern on the beautiful giraffes

Photo Friday: Going Candid

The Art of Candid Street Portraiture | Crisol Street Photography

Have you ever tried Street photography?

It’s more difficult than you think!

This collection of black and white photos was taken at the Mercado De Motores, a weekend market in the Railway Museum in Delicias, Madrid.

During the day, a challenge had been set by the photography group Crisol Street Photography, I had joined during my stay in Madrid. The founder, Levi Shand, had asked all the members in attendance to think about ’emotion’ whilst taking a shot, so basically shoot street photography whereby the person shows their emotion.

Boy, I was not looking forward to this.

Why?

I just did not like invading people’s spaces when taking photos, it makes me feel really uncomfortable, but then, it’s not a bad thing to get out of your own comfort zone every now and then.

The only way I could approach this challenge was to take photos of people looking away, or people in mirrors or of children playing.

However, there’s one image, and if looks could kill…as they say…this was that occasion.

The young lady in the said shot did not look amused. After the candid photo of her, I approached her and told her that I thought she looked really stylish, (the lady in white) hence the reason for my shot to which she then wore the most beautiful big smile and posed for me…but then that’s not candid….?
What a Twist!
Anyway, here are the results…

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Motion

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Writing 101: Dear Sydney

Today’s assignment: write the post in the form of a letter.

I decided to write the letter as TravelMemos to the city of Sydney via Instagram as I liked the response from my first posting on the City Of Sydney’s Instagram page:

 

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Photo Gallery: Sunrise, Sunset…

Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain 2014

Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain 2014

Beautiful Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain

Beautiful Sunrise, Benalmadena Costa, Spain

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Sunset, Malaga Port, Spain

Sunset, Sydney, Australia

Sunset, Sydney, Australia

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Sunset, The Royal Palace grounds, Madrid, Spain

Sunset, Malaga, Spain

Sunset, Malaga, Spain

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The end of the day, Bil Bil Castle, Benalmadena, Spain

Sunset, Alicante, Spain

Sunset, Alicante, Spain

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Sunset, Alicante, Spain

Abstract Sunset, Arroyo de la Miel, Spain

Abstract Sunset, Arroyo de la Miel, Spain

Acknowledging nature.

A gallery of images from my Instagram Page of sunrises with a few surprises…Early Bird

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Photo Friday: Malaga Series

Meandering in Malaga

According to The Guardian, Malaga is one of the hotspots to visit in 2015, stating it is packed with the triple whammy of new attractions for the cultural city-break traveller to enjoy.

During most of 2014, my daughter travelled each month to stay with me in Spain, finishing work Friday evenings, flying from Manchester to Spain and returning back to the UK early Monday in time for work. We both enjoyed this special Mum and Daughter weekend time together, something we lacked in the UK.

I was staying in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena at the time. We took a tram to Malaga town centre for our usual walkabout. The sun was not shining and the clear blue sky was amiss, but this didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for our myriad adventures in the city.

We couldn’t believe our eyes, the city was enveloped in fog, and it was July, the height of summer!

But you know what…? As the photos reveal, it was just as beautiful….to me anyway.

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Afloat

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Photo Friday: Madrid Series

The Art of Airport Architecture

This week’s photos comes from the beautiful Madrid Barajas Airport, Terminal 4, Spain. It is modern, huge and Breathtaking!

My son was leaving for London after staying in Madrid with me for a few days. We took a taxi to Madrid airport and unfortunately was dropped off at the wrong terminal. Luckily we heard that there was a ‘free’ shuttle bus departing every 10 minutes to take passengers to Terminal 4.

I was not aware of what to expect, however I fully appreciated the beautiful architecture and it’s bright, cheerful and warm colours. The architect Richard Rogers was inspired by the silhouette of a bird in flight. You can see this reflected in the bamboo-clad ceiling waves of graceful curves and the heavy supporting columns take off in oblique directions, like tree trunks and branches rising to meet the forest canopy.

Be sure to take a quick tour to Barajas if you’re ever in Madrid, it’s well worth a visit!

Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

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Colourful Madrid Airport

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Fascinating airport design

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Airport ceilings

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The airport itself is an architectural wonder

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The place which takes you to another world

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Modern cool structures

Reflection shot

Reflection shot

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Undulating ceiling

Unbelievable ceiling and supports

Unbelievable ceiling and supports

Interplanet

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