Category Archives: Photography

A Love Letter to the Great Lakes

Lush Handmade Cosmetics, the company I work for, has been supporting the Pangea Seed Foundation for several years and last week they allowed a few of us workers to volunteer on their street art project that was taking place in Toronto. Many will write far more extensively and eloquently than I about the whole project so I’ll leave that to them, and say that if you want to know more about the project, please click this link - https://www.pangeaseed.foundation/sea-walls/a-love-letter-to-the-great-lakes/ I’ll just note down a couple of observations. I had my preconceptions…

Julia Margaret Cameron in Sri Lanka

Julia Margaret Cameron was one of England’s great photographers. That’s what I say, anyhow. If you mention the name to many others who don’t spend their weekends playing with cameras, however, you’re likely to get thrown a blank and a “Julia who?”, which is kind of what happened at the start of my last Sri Lankan trip… When I saw on our Sri Lankan itinerary that we were to be staying at the Glencairn bungalows in Dikoya, where Cameron had spent her final months (there’s an upper and lower bungalow,…

The South Downs Way Book

Yesterday I started to work up the notes that I made whilst walking the South Downs Way last year. Actually, the walk took in far more than that but the Way was the start of it. I quite like the notes, made whilst in my tent each evening, and probably will just leave them as they are, more or less. It won’t be a widely published book, probably one of those online ‘Blurb’ or ‘Lulu’ books, that exist online but only in the real world if people buy them. It’s…

Frary’s Restaurant and a Day Trip to Venice

Frary’s Restaurant was the highlight of our trip to Venice. That might seem a strange statement to make as this is Venice we’re talking about after all, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, but bear with me, I’ll explain. On the day of our visit, Venice hadn’t lived up to the hype. We’d had only 16 hours to spare in the city so we’d arranged to go out on a boat trip, recommended on Trip Advisor (Il Bragozzo Local Boats Tours) and built our day around the…

Urban Herbivore Restaurant (College Street Location) Toronto

Urban Herbivore have three Vegan food outlets in downtown Toronto. We’d been interested in paying them a visit for a while as we were really impressed by their straight talking website (“We do not use food factories or commercial bakeries to prepare our food. We honour a whole-food philosophy so that you receive a quality product without any preservatives, additives, or ingredients you can’t pronounce…”) and by their menu, so last week we paid a visit to the branch at 967 College Street. It’s a large place but you have to…

Eco Living, a new City Guide and a new Film

I’ve come across a few things online recently that I thought worth sharing. Firstly, this article that talks of 50 ideas for everyday things you can start making yourself. Each might not be cheaper than the cheapest shop bought alternatives, but it’ll be better for you, if you take care with the ingredients http://globalrejuvenation.blogspot.ca/2015/01/50-things-you-should-stop-buying-start.html Then we have this. http://robgreenfield.tv/travel-america-for-free/ You might not want to travel at all but the chap has some fine ideas and knows how to express them well. Recently I got sent a new male skincare scrub to…

Dancing Shiva Superfoods Restaurant, Vienna

Dancing Shiva Superfoods was less than two minutes walk from our hotel, the Kugel, so when we heard it was supposed to be the best vegan restaurant in Vienna we thought we had to pay it a visit. We were so glad we did; it’s probably the best restaurant we visited in our entire nine month trip through Europe, North Africa and Asia. The main door was backed with heavy velvet drapes that kept the warmth and cosy atmosphere in. We were welcomed in by the scent of aromatic Indian spices, herbal incense and…

No Exhibitions Please; Poor Alfons!

I visited a photo exhibition today in Vienna. It was a collection of about 120 nudes, taken by an Austrian painter (Alfons Walde) between 1910 and 1940. They were studies, apparently, that he used later for his paintings. Several things struck me as I looked at the work. 1/ They weren’t meant to be seen by the public. There was too much unfinished about them, in the posing, the background, the clothes, or lack of (a stocking half off, still showing around an ankle though, no problem in a photo…

Mystic Pizza on Veikou Street, Athens

We were looking for some decent pasta and pizza to give us energy for the forthcoming Athens marathon, and also because we felt in need of something different to the usual Greek fare and wanted to stick to our preferred vegetarian diet. We heard about Mystic Pizza from Trip Advisor and since one of their three branches in Athens was very near to our hotel (The Art Gallery Hotel) we paid it a visit. This branch is on a pretty pedestrianized road just off Veikou Street, which is an arty…

Mystic Pizza (Exarcheia), Athens

There are a few great value places to eat in Athens, for instance, Kostas in Agias Eirinis Square and the ladies selling the falafel just around the corner on Kolokotroni, both of which charge just two Euro for lovely kebab-style take-aways. But if you want a sit down, full meal with excellent eco-credentials then for us nothing beats Mystic Pizza. You’ll get brilliant pasta here, and of course pizzas, and there’s a strong lean towards the dishes being organic, health conscious and tasty and for around six or seven Euro…