Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lisboa and loving it

The history of Lisbon is like a roller coaster. It's filled with many twists, turns, ups, downs and of course a couple of loop-the-the-loops, thrown in for good measure. It's narrow and cobbled streets really have seen it all; wars between neighbouring counties, invasions by vikings, natural and religious disasters…seriously, you name it, Lisbon's been through it. 

But despite this, the city shows no signs of weakness and its sketched history only serves to add to its charm. When you wander through the city streets and chat with locals it is easy to see how proud of its history and culture this city really is. They love their city, and after our stay…so do I. 

Here is some shots from the very beautiful Lisboa, hope you love her as much as I do. 


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kombi Crusaders - Part 2

Before travelling to Portugal, I had always imagined that the water temperatures would be pretty inviting as the country has a very similar climate to ours back home in Oz. However, after taking my inaugural splash down on Portugal's West coast, the atlantic ocean quickly proved my theory to be a complete and utter fail.

Note to self: next time you are planning to hit the Portuguese surf, pack a full length steamer. 

Cos' it's COLD. I'm talking ice-cream headache and instant foot cramp kind of bitterness. Of course I was the only idiot in boardshorts (and covered in goosed bumps), while my wetsuit-wearing local friends just smiled and shook their heads at me. Of course I also did my best to pretend that I wasn't convulsing from the coldness. 

Luckily, the water surrounding the southern stretch of Portugal's coastline was much better in the water temp department. It also had has some of the most amazing bits of coastline I've ever seen.

Here are a few more shots from our Kombi crusaded around the coastline of the Algarve, Portugal.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kombi Crusaders - Chapter 1

In Portugal, Nat and I were delighted to be introduced to Fern, a 70 years young Kombi who had agreed to give us the grand tour of the Algarve, the bottom portion of the beautiful Portugal.

We spent one week galavanting around this raw and beautiful terrain, usually twisting our way around the rugged coastline. 

The best part about this trip was that we actually felt free. We were able to do anything we pleased and we were not bound to the excruciating timetables of the public transport system. If we wanted to stop for a serving of Portuguese chicken… we'd stop. If we wanted to stay on top a cliff face over looking the Atlantic Ocean...we'd just pop the roof and call it a night. Ahhhh the sweet taste of freedom!

Because I was filling memory cards faster than you can say "Holy Portuguese tart Batman", I've yet again had to spilt this blog up into two. 

I hope you enjoy these shots.

Stay tuned for the next chapter of the Kombi Crusaders!

**A special thanks to my lovely parents for our week long adventure with Fern the green machine, which was an amazing gift. This trip will never be forgotten**

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My number one travel buddy

I've been travelling around Europe with my beautiful girlfriend Natalie for almost a year now. And what an amazing year it has been. From snowmobiling on mountainous glaciers in Iceland in sub 20 degree temperatures, to our more recent stint in the Sahara Desert, Morocco sleeping under the stars and in the middle of sandstorms. To say that she is an excellent traveller would be a complete understatement. 

I'm lucky in the fact that Nat is always such a beautiful, funny, energetic, travel smart  kind of girl, who always manages to make me laugh even in the most unfunny of situations.

Nat really is my ultimate travel buddy and life companion and theres no one that I'd rather have by my side throughout my European experience.

Here are a few of my most recent and favourite photo's of Nat in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. It was a hard process choosing these shots because I'm pretty sure she is the most photographed girl in the whole of Europe (maybe the world) right now.

If you want to read more about our worldly adventures check out Nat's blog


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Little Bits of Biarritz

We spent one short but sweet week in one of France's most most well known tourist destinations which goes by the name of Biarritz. It has a rich history with its more wealthy customers, but in more recent times, the place has been earning a whole new rep, as one of France's most epic surfing destinations.

There was no shortage of photo opportunities during our stay and we were blessed with plenty of sun, salt and sand. I also got my fair share of waves too which I was pretty stoked about!

These next shots are a mix of both colour and B&W. The three shots I chose to produce in black and white also looked great in colour, but in the end I decided there was something special about these shots with zero saturation. 

I hope you enjoy.