Photography Excursion – Lourdes

Last week I travelled to Lourdes in France with a band of local pilgrims.  I went along as a) it was the sort of thing I would never do and I want to push my boundaries, and b) I was generally just curious to see it. A bit about Lourdes... Lourdes is a small market … Continue reading Photography Excursion – Lourdes

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A Visit to Lambay

Lambay, sometimes also called Lambay Island, is a private island lying off Dublin Bay and owned by the Baring family trust.  It was purchased in 1904 by the Hon Cecil Baring,  who later became Lord Revelstoke, for his new bride Maude whom he was madly in love with.  The island came with a 16th century … Continue reading A Visit to Lambay

Marrakesh Moments 3 -Jardin Majorelle

No trip to Marrakesh is complete without a visit to these famed gardens, initially created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle, and then later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980 to save the gardens from redevelopment.  After Yves Saint Laurent's death in 2008, the gardens were donated by Pierre Bergé to … Continue reading Marrakesh Moments 3 -Jardin Majorelle

Marrakesh Moments 2 – Carpets

When in Morocco... You cannot avoid the fact that there are a lot of carpets and rugs in this country...  They hang all over the souks in the Medina in Marrakesh, and each one seems different in pattern, colour and style.  I spent some time at one carpet shop where the sheer amount of carpets … Continue reading Marrakesh Moments 2 – Carpets

What is it about the light on holiday?i

Whenever I take photos when I am not in the UK (ie: in sunny places), the light always seems better... Clearer, more intense colours and so on. So far, in all my travels India and Africa seem to have the best light for photography, but then again it depends what you are photographing I suppose.... … Continue reading What is it about the light on holiday?i

Moroccan Architecture and Design

I have just returned from Marrakesh, where I visited lots of places and became obsessed with the patterns used in their tiles and decorations.  Situated in Northern Africa, as one of the only three countries to have a coastline along both the Atlantic and Mediterranean, Morocco is extremely diverse, with residents that are Arab, Berber, … Continue reading Moroccan Architecture and Design

Tassels by the hundreds – Passementerie in Marrakesh

I have just returned from a break in Marrakesh, one of my most favourite places, where I spent a few days wandering the souks and Medina and taking a lot of photographs of the Islamic and Moorish architecture. By chance, I found the most wonderful shop buried deep in the Medina where they sell only … Continue reading Tassels by the hundreds – Passementerie in Marrakesh