If anyone else is a fan of the band Periphery, here is the tune “The Scourge” from one of the 2 discs they will be releasing on the 27th of January (my birthday, thanks guys) Enjoy
We had the end of our whirlwind week away in sight, so we were up early in Nuremburg (Germany) where we stayed for a night and we hit the road. We arrived at night and were too tired to explore it so I have no pictures of it and we had a big drive ahead of us to get back to Lyon, maybe next time I’ll check it out. I was driving and saw a sign for a place that Sylwia had mentioned and it’s 4 hours north of Lyon called “Colmar” and I had seen the pictures and it looked awesome so we decided to go there for lunch and a very quick walk around the city centre. I will have to go back there for a better look (and better photos) because it was another beautiful city with a nice feel to it. It was a bit annoying that as soon as we crossed the french border the rain came but we were very lucky for our trip so I shouldn’t complain. Colmar is a quaint little place and the photos don’t do it justice, I was too much of a zombie to use my proper camera so these are just iPhone pictures. I put them through Adobe Lightroom to try and make them a bit better and more interesting. It was my first time using this program and it seems pretty cool. Anyway, we ate pizza and walked briefly through the city centre and it was awesome, a definite must see if you’re in the area. And that concludes another quick trip through some amazing places in Europe, we were trying to figure out how many countries we had all been to and this trip took my tally up to around 24 (I’m sure there’s a few more) which is pretty cool but there’s still so much more to explore. Great fun and great people. Good times :)
Not knowing what to expect and having no pre conceived idea of a country is an interesting and fun way to travel but my friend is a local which always helps ;) We arrived in Zielona Gora at night, quite tired from the big drive so we didn’t do much. The next day we ate some nice traditional food cooked by grandma (Pierogi) and then explored the town centre. It’s a nice place and has a very familiar european vibe to it. In the town centre they have these little statues that look a little bit like little trolls and apparently you can pay for one to be made and put somewhere in the city if you feel the need to do so and they’re scattered around doing various things (reading, photography etc) and there is one big one in the centre in an interesting position. We tried some chocolate in a shop that is owned by an old school friend of Sylwia and he’s doing really well with it which is great and it all tasted pretty damn good. Went also took a little trip into a forest which was close by and had to go on a little 6 car barge to cross one of the biggest rivers in Poland and then wandered around which was nice. There are these “dancing trees” which can’t be explained, they twist and turn as if they were dancing and it’s thought that maybe back in the old days they were bent around from when they were baby trees to help when making boats and other things (I didn’t get any pictures of these). We drove through a few little villages which have such a cool vibe and they’re similar to most other villages that are scattered all over the countries I’ve been to, very cool. We also went to a cemetery where people put candles all over the graves for what is called “All Saints” and it’s strange but it creates an interesting feel that I can’t say that I’ve had in a cemetery before, so I practiced a little night photography again there and then in the town centre. All in all it was a cool place to visit and tomorrow we head to Germany for another quick stop before going home to Lyon. Good stuff Poland :) I’ve been to, very cool. We also went to a cemetery where people put candles all over the graves for what is called “All Saints” and it’s strange but it creates an interesting feel that I can’t say that I’ve had in a cemetery before, so I practiced a little night photography again there and then in the town centre. All in all it was a cool place to visit and tomorrow we head to Germany for another quick stop before going home to Lyon. Thanks to Sylwias family for being awesome hosts. Good stuff Poland :)
I didn’t know what to expect at all with Poland, it had never been on my travel radar but I’m always happy to try new places and have new experiences. We went to Sylwias home town of Zielona Gora which is really nice and we’ll explore it a little more today and I’ll get more pictures. We did go on a mission to Krakow in the south which was really cool. Marta (Sylwias sister) drove like the wind and we arrived ready to eat and explore. We stayed near the city centre and once we dropped of the bags we headed in to explore and eat. We stopped at a traditional restaurant to eat Pierogi (like dumplings) and we met up with my friend Jordi from Lyon who was randomly in Krakow at the same time. So, with tummys full we hit the centre and walked around the beautiful buildings and tried not to eat all the chocolate and other good things available. We decided that it was a good idea to do the centre in style and so we took a horse and carriage ride around for 30 minutes and got a sample of what was around. I love the european architecture and this place had many great buildings to see and the general feel of the place was really cool. I think I was expecting Poland to be a little less modern but it was as modern as any other european city I have been to. We ate some more traditional food for dinner and wandered around some more absorbing it all. I didn’t have my good camera with me this night which was a shame because we didn’t get back to some of the same places the following night, so my dodgy iPhone photos will have to do. The following day we didn’t have too much time but decided to go to the popular tourist attraction which is “The Salt Mines”. I hadn’t heard of this and had no idea what it was all about (besides the obvious) but it was all quite interesting and we wandered through for 3 hours or so and learnt a whole lot about salt :) It was quite cool and I was amazed at the size of it. I believe it goes 300 meters under ground but I think we only got to 130m. It’s quite impressive what people could achieve so long ago and the salt industry ended up paying for about one third of the cities buildings. So, salt was a pretty big deal. We headed back to the centre and of course we ate some more. We had eaten some great chocolate, but once is never enough, so we did that again and it was awesome. Alas, time was not on our side and after trying out a local vegetarian restaurant we had to head back to Zielona Gora. I think Marta broke the sound barrier as we arrived 2 hours earlier than we expected, bu that was fine with me because we’ve spent a lot of time in a car. Krakow was great and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about heading to Poland, or even if you’re not, it’s another great city to check out.
These first shots are from Krakow
After missing out on seeing a friend in Berlin (he was there for 1.5 years) I finally made it to this big city. We left Bruges and drove through Holland but I’m not sure that it really counts as going to another country as we didn’t stop anywhere and after about 8 hours of driving we arrived in Berlin. We dropped off our bags and hit the streets. It’s a big place and we needed to eat so we stopped at an Italian restaurant and ended up staying there for dinner and drinking…first night over. Day 2 in Berlin consisted of lots of walking. This is a big city and as we were only there for a very short time, we decided to do the super tourist thing and jumped on a bus that did a loop of the city and took us to most of the main touristic sites. It was a bit difficult to take decent photos as I was in a bus, but I did my best. I managed to eat currywurst and pretzels as well as trying a local kebab (someone told me to) which is pretty much like most other kebabs I have had before and I ate donuts and drank some beers, it’s a hard life. It is a bit difficult after being somewhere like Bruges that is small and magical to then go to Berlin which is huge and well, less magical. It still has amazing architecture and a huge assortment of food and clothes shop and other things, but it didn’t grab me as much as other places I have been, but it was still cool to see it though and it’s another place to cross off my list. I’m sure it’d be very different having a local to show you around (as usual) but for now, I’m happy to go somewhere different in Germany next time. I think the older I get the more I prefer smaller places where it’s easier to walk around without needing to use public transport. Next stop is in Poland and I look forward to that as I know nothing about it and I’m up for something completely different.
Bruges, oh Bruges….My life is now measured before and after this holiday destination. This place has something magical about it and I can’t recommend it enough. There’s an amazing energy and feel in Bruges. Fantasy land. It’s nice and easy to walk around and take it all in. There’s a chocolate or waffle shop/van nearby so you that’s pretty cool. I had 2 waffles and tried some local chocolate…..drooooool. There’s was an interesting chocolate shop with chocolate tools that looked like normal rusty tools, weird but looked cool and in the same shop they had chocolate genitals among other things so that was quite an interesting discovery. We walked around and took it all in, it’s just so easy to just be happy to wander through the streets sampling the food and beer. The people were friendly and the general atmosphere was great. We took a 30 minute boat ride through the canals and enjoyed the funny accent of the guide who told us all the interesting information about the buildings and the city. The houses are quaint and apparently super expensive, but I’m not surprised as it does come across as a wealthy place. So we ate, drank, ate, walked, drank walked and ate and then we headed back to chill for a bit before coming back at night for me to try out some night photos. The place looks amazing at night and I tried to capture it on my camera but it was difficult as it was my first proper time exploring my camera but some turned out well. I would highly recommend a visit to Bruges and experience it for yourself because no amount of my photos and words can express the pure awesomeness of this place. Enjoy
Travel time again and this one is full of new places to see. Traveling with friends Sylwia and Bridgette we had been invited by Sylwia to her home town in Poland and decided to make a road trip out of it so we could see a bunch of different places on the way. We left Lyon at 7:30am and first stop was Metz where we just had a quick look around and had an amazing Thai lunch which is actually one of the best i’ve had in ages and it was quite cheap too. Good one Metz. Our next stop wasn’t too far away, Luxembourg, which was only 70 kms away.
We arrived and we were greeted by nice old architecture and multi coloured autumn trees scattered around. It’s a nice place and had a cool vibe. We stayed and wandered around the city and explored a nice park area that was full of huge colourful trees and it was so nice and relaxing. It’s a bit chilly now but the fresh air was great and added to the experience. It seems like a nice place and may be worth coming back to stay for a little longer than 2 hours :)
Next, we hit the road for our first main destination, Bruges. Now, this is still really strange for me, an Australian, even though I have traveled a lot it still amazes me that you can get in a car and drive though many different countries in one day (or driving to another country in general) and I’m not sure I’ll ever get use to it, but it’s really cool considering you can drive for days in Australia and you’ll still be in Australia. Bummer!
So, this is always a cool and exciting thing for me to do.
So, we hit the road and battled our way through speeding european drivers (crazy) and headed to Bruges which is a place I’ve been curious about for years. Finally it’s happening. I think it was also an inspired destination after watching the movie “In Bruges” but I’ve also heard it mentioned as a cool place to check out by many people I’ve spoken too.
So, we arrive at the place we’re staying and drop off our bags and headed off to the city centre and in the words of todays youth with limited communication and vocabulary skills “OMG” what an awesome place. It’s like a fairytale with it’s amazing buildings and canals and the people seem really friendly. We walked though the centre and let the experience sink in. There was many people around enjoying the fresh night air and we pulled up some chairs at a bar and ordered some beers and chips with a local specialty “croquettes” which is like most others i’ve had before. How can you go wrong with crumbed and fried cheese?? You can’t, and they had a shrimp version too. The beers went down nicely and we soaked up the atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and mentioned some other places to check out but as we’d been in the car a lot we decided to call it a night and headed home. On our way back to the car I couldn’t help taking photos every 5 meters, trying to capture the romantic and relaxed kind of vibe that bruges has.
Unfortunately my night photos didn’t work out so tonight I will take my proper camera with tripod to try and capture some of the awesome. I recently bought a go pro camera and was trying to explore how it functions and it’s limitations and it turns out that it’s like most simple cameras (iPhones etc) and without good lighting, the photos don’t work out too well. Anyway, tonight will be different. It’s just before lunch now and we’re about to head out to try a nice restaurant and then do some daytime exploration before having our last night here. We may have to eat chocolate and waffles…and all sorts of other stuff, It’ll be tough but I’m sure i’ll manage :)
So here’s the photos so far… First up is Metz
Next is Luxembourg
and Bruges (first night)
I was practicing my night photography so there’s a few repeat photos, I just couldn’t decide which one to use
Here’s the first snippet of video of me playing my own compositions that’ll I’m recording for my debut solo CD. It’s getting exciting but there’s a long road ahead. I hope you enjoy this little snippet and I’ll do some more regular videos of this and other projects.