Category Travel

Remembering Rome

One year ago today I arrived in Rome to begin a journey around Italy. While I was excited to be exploring Italy I was a little apprehensive about visiting Rome. I’d been warned about expensive food, pick-pockets and excessively crowded tourist attractions. How wrong I was to be concerned. Rome was beautiful and trouble-free and I loved every […]

Shanghai spring

I’ve just returned from a week in Shanghai. I’d not been to China prior to this trip and had been told that Shanghai was a good place to start for a first time visitor to this very large and intriguing country. Getting around Shanghai is quite easy. Taxis are cheap – around $40AUD from the […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Intricate

During my recent visit to Macau I stumbled across Lou Kau Mansion, an old Chinese house which was open to the public. The mansion was built around 1889 and belonged to a wealthy merchant. These beautiful Intricate tiles were on the floor and looked like they’d been there since the house was constructed. Old floor tiles always […]


Throw together some old Portugal, contemporary China, old and new Vegas, a white Brooklyn bridge and you’ve got Macau. This eclectic region of China, an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong, attracts hundreds if not thousands of tourists each day, many attracted to the family friendly packages offered by the casinos. I’d read about Macau […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Motion

I’ve just returned from a week in Shanghai, a city that is in constant Motion, even in places where you’d least expect to see much happening. From early in the morning until late into the night the beautiful parks fill with people looking for an escape from the traffic and noise of the city. They chat […]

Greetings from Shanghai

If I want to know something I pick up my iPhone and look it up. If I have a question I don’t know the answer to I ‘Google’ it. If I’m feeling a little disconnected and want to check out what my friends or family are up to I head to Facebook or Instagram for […]

24 hours in Hong Kong

It’s no secret that Hong Kong is famous for high-end shopping, but as a first time visitor I was blown away by just how many designer shops there actually are. I’d expected all of the well-known brands to be here, but most of them have three stores, and big ones at that. Thankfully I’m not […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ephemeral

When thinking about the definition of “Ephemeral” for this week’s challenge, i.e. fleeting, transient, lasting only for a short time, it occurred to me that it is a great word to describe the opportunities we have when taking street photographs. Often, the chance for the perfect shot can be fleeting and momentary, and sometimes it’s just good luck that you release the shutter at exactly the right […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh

Fresh is the theme for this week’s photo challenge. I took this shot while visiting New Delhi for a conference in 2013. A group of us took a rickshaw tour of Old Delhi and then wandered about the spice market. I came across this woman making beautiful garlands of fresh flowers.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange

This week we’re asked to share a group of photos where Orange is either the dominant colour, or provides a bold highlight.  We’re also asked to look for different shades – bright neons, deep rusts, delicate peaches. I used this challenge as an opportunity to look through my archives from travels through Turkey, Spain and Italy last […]