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Queenstown 2014

Last week Bianca and I where in Queenstown on annual leave for the week, you may remember a few years ago we drove around the South Island and we always said we should spend a week in Queenstown because of the beautiful landscape, food, people and the environment. For those who have never been I highly recommend it.

We spent most of our time in Queenstown we also took a few days trips to Lake Te Anau, Glenorchy and Arrowtown.

Arrowtown is an old gold mining town about 20 or so minutes from Queenstown. Home to some great watering holes, restaurants and lollie shops. We spent most our time walking up Tobins Track to get a vantage point of the town.

Our journey to Lake Te Anau wasn’t as productive as we would have hoped, we were booked into a tour of the Glow Worm Caves and sadly the caves were flooded with the amount of rain the South Island has had over the past few weeks, so we grabbed some Gluten Free burgers a cider and enjoyed the landscape.

For those with food allergies/intolerances Queenstown is certainly a food friendly place, I was blown away with the amount of Gluten Free and Dairy free options that cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants offered. I would have struggled to find a place that didn’t offer a meal to suit my dietary needs.

Much Love

LB

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Sculpture By The Sea 2013

Finally I have caught up on all my photos, there was a huge back log and just in time too as ill be extremely busy for the next 3 months working as a teacher’s assistant at General Assembly in User Experience Design.

Back in October, Sculpture By The Sea was back again for a few weeks showing of a selection of amazing artists and their fine work. For those who unaware of Sculptures By The Sea it starts from Tamarama beach and finishes up at Bondi beach, Sydney. 

While shooting my favourite pieces from this year I was extremely lucky with the sunset, such warm, rich and vibrant colours! I couldn’t have been happier. After the sun had set, it was time for a little bit of light painting, only one image turned out well, though sometimes that’s all you need.

I’ll let you make that call.

Much Love

LB

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Tokyo to Kyoto

Well it seems its true what they say about the travel bug, once you get a taste for it, you can’t stop. The dust hadn’t even settled and Bianca and I were off to Japan.

We didn’t have a great deal of time so we picked the wonderful and very welcoming cities Tokyo and Kyoto, only knowing a few sentences of Japanese and no understanding of Kanji we packed our bags and put one foot forward.

For our time in Tokyo we stayed at the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu right above the chaotic Shibuya Crossing, the district was full of bright neon signs, food stalls, pubs, restaurants, standing sushi bars they had everything. We wandered the back streets of Shibuya up Cat Street to Harajuku stopping at every single shop we could find. As you can imagine it took forever, not so much the walk but taking it all in.

Roppongi, Kamakura and Asakusa were also on the list, checking out temples and places of worship, in our time in Tokyo it was Spring Festival so we had the privilege of experiencing the Japanese culture first hand.

After 6 days in Tokyo Bib and I were ready for a change of pace and we jumped on the Shinkansen which reaches speeds close to 300 km per hour. On the 3 hour ride to Kyoto I tried to take a GoPro time-lapse however a lesson well learned that 5 second intervals will not cut it at those speeds, so the footage was a bust.

Kyoto was the old capital of Japan and the serenity it is truly breath-taking, we stayed at The Hotel Granvia at Kyoto Station, we stepped of the platform and we could almost touch our bed with views of Kyoto Tower, the main strip and surrounded by mountains on all sides it was breathtaking.

On the list in Kyoto was the Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kinkakuji aka (The Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Arashiyama Monkey Park and the Kyoto Aquarium with shopping and exploring we almost ran out of time, but we managed to fit it all in. You can do most of that on push bike but I would allow at least 3 days to fit it all in.

This is where this journey ends, we said goodbye to Kyoto and Tokyo and the monkeys at Arashiyama and headed back to Sydney. We both can’t wait to get back to Japan you could spend a life time trying to see it all.

Much Love LB

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Europe 2013

Well it only took 6 months for me to get around to posting these images, no real excuse expect for being lazy not to mention having to sift through 1000s of images.

It’s amazing how much you can see into a such short amount of time, 16 days from Sydney to London, Bristol, Brighton, Paris & Berlin.

We flew out of Sydney, Australia into Heathrow Airport spent New Years in London and caught up with some friends living abroad. From there we caught the EuroRail out to Bristol & Brighton. I would recommend it to anyone whenever in London to take the train out to Brighton, we enjoyed home-made cupcakes and tea in the markets and some much-needed vegan and gluten-free organic food from Iydea, I don’t usually eat much vegan food, but WOW! It was to die for!

Bristol was the next stop for us to check out some of its world-renowned street art, a lot was found in Nelson Street at the See No Evil Gallery which is an international street art festival in the summer, but a lot of the work is left on display for everyone to enjoy.

After a day of resting up after New Years we headed to Paris on the EuroRail. What can I say about Paris? The shopping, amazing architecture a life time of history and artwork, you could spent a life time talking it all in. We had to chance to see the Notre Dame Cathedral on its 850th year anniversary.

Our last stop was Berlin, despite the fact we got on the train at the wrong end and had to carry all our luggage through 12 fully cramped carriages to find our seats, it was a great and inexpensive way to travel, no need to check in hours before have being stuck in Airport lobbies.

No friends or family had been to Berlin so we didn’t know what to expect, sometimes that’s the best way to travel and this certainly was the case with Berlin. We were blown away by how lovely the people were, the food, shopping and culture. I think I had the best steak of my life in a little restaurant on the Spree River Berlin. We stayed a cool hotel in Mitte called the Art’otel and they offered a great range of gluten-free foods for breakfast.

Now it was time for the dreaded 38 hour trip back home. From Berlin to Heathrow to Singapore then lastly Sydney after 16 days traveling around Europe it wasn’t surprising that we slept quite a bit of the way home. Im looking forward to visiting that part of the world again, hopefully we will be back there one day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love LB

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Turimetta Beach

It has been far too long since that last time I posted. I admit, I have been slack. But after venturing out to the Northern Beaches and getting a taste for it again. I think Ill be posting more often.

I had the great opportunity to head out with Jarrod Castaing on a one on one leason, we covered numerous topics; exposure, composition and some technical details.

It was great to have him around, helping me with see the world around me in a different light.

Let me know what you think.

Much Love LB

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Glowing Rocks

Another Saturday Sunrise and no colour again. I’m starting to think its a sign. Even without the glowing red sun I still enjoyed the morning. There are always new and exciting spots to visit even if you leave lived there your whole life. It’s funny how you much actually miss in your day-to-day life.

Much Love LBGlowing Sunrise

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