Tourist magnate would be one of my first descriptions of London’s Sunday UpMarket at the old Truman Brewery. It is clearly an un-kept secret in London. One can see how the masses would be drawn to such an exciting market with close to 150 booths displaying wares such as hand-made jewelry, vintage clothing, trendy women’s wear and accessories, leather goods and unique styles for men. Then there is the famous culturally diverse food section with you name it … Sri Lankan, Thai, Ethiopian, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Brazilian and Caribbean foods at a price you can afford! The market is a big draw for the East London hipsters and was a totally enjoyable attraction for us more conservative types …
My favorite part of the day was wandering away from the crowds onto Hanbury Street and taking pictures of all the amazing street art. This one with two faces from opposing political parties by Ben Slow was one of my favorites. One from the English Defense League and the other from an Islamic extremist group.
Check out the link http://blog.vandalog.com/2012/03/ben-slow-back-on-hanbury-street/ for some background on this street art.
I was excited about this challenge because we are traveling overseas and I knew I would be taking a lot of photos. We are in Istanbul now and here is what I came up with … They sell the chestnuts as fast as they are arranging them on the heated surface. I would write more but I think it is about 12:30 am and we are getting up early tomorrow.
By the way, the chestnuts were delicious!
Geneva, Switzerland Fall 2011. After a long day of walking, the non-photographers were quite ready to relax with a cup of coffee. But not me. No, I was itching to run around and take more photographs. While they were settling in I slipped outside and, as my husband and friends sipped their coffee and enjoyed people watching through the window, quickly snapped another shot!
Afterwards, I did join in on the coffee break and happened to taste a delicious chocolate that was served alongside the coffee. Sweets and chocolates aren’t my thing, but I have to say that this truffle was fabulous. As it turns out, there was a gourmet food store downstairs where we enjoyed seeing beautiful displays as well as sampling exotic foods. And I was able to pick up a few of those chocolates! (If you are a chocoholic: Globus chocolates – Tarfuti dolci del Piemonte — Truffles douces du Piedmont)
While visiting friends in Chicago, I received a surprise phone call from my husband asking me if I wanted to pack my bags when I got home and head to Belgium ….
The benefits of being a tag-along on yet another business trip. We were able to visit Milan with shopping opportunities everywhere we looked, Bologna where I reconnected with an old friend, Bellagio and Lake Como. I love business trips when I’m not the one working!
Here are some of my favorite pictures …. check out the photo gallery for more …
Waiting for the train to take us to Milan
Wandering the streets of Bellagio
Can't pass up an opportunity to take a short rest!
I never want to leave Bologna!
Walking around Bellagio
Views from CastelVecchio, Verona
Lets stop here!
The highlight of our trip to Egypt was the hike up Mt. Sinai. We began our journey up Mt. Sinai at 12:00 am first riding a camel then hiking up rocks which were described by our tour guide as steps. Seriously …. steps? We neared the top around 4:30 am where we rested in a Bedouin version of a coffee shop for an hour or so … then climbed more steps to the top. Facing one way we saw the sun rise … turn around and we saw beautiful mountains illuminated by the moon.
Atop Mt. Sinai at sunrise
Friends sharing a beautiful moment ...
Sunrise happened so quickly … the views were breathtaking
Relaxing at the Christian Coptic Church in Egypt
I hope you enjoy the slideshow of some of my favorites ….