Amsterdam – Final day

During the last day we visited an influential interior design shop called Droog. It has pioneered the careers of designers such as Marcel Wanders who I mentioned in the Stedlijk post.

After this, some students and myself went for a walk around Amsterdam with our cameras to get a feel for the culture. We visited the flower market, Europe’s largest condom shop, an amazing hand made chocolate shop, a paper craft shop ( I nearly didn’t leave) as well as many independent galleries. This was the best day for me as I felt we covered the most ground, overall I really enjoyed the trip.

Bridge building b+w Building Canal Cat Lamp post Tuips 1 Tulips Watering can

Amsterdam Day 2

On the second day in Amsterdam we visited the Stedelijk Museum as covered by my previous post. After this we went and had lunch in Vondel Park. It is a beautiful open space with ornamental lakes, wild parrots and plenty of dog walkers.

Red light

Pigeon

Gravel

Flag

Neil

Red

Twig

Twig2

Amsterdam – Stedelijk Museum

On our second full day in Amsterdam, we took the students to the Stedelijk Museum. ‘The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.’ I really enjoyed it here, there was a lot of photo opportunities as well as an amazing exhibition by Marcel Wanders. Plus I had the best lunch in their cafe ever! 🙂

Blue1

Blue2

Corrogated

Fabric

Fabric2

Light circles 2

Light circles 3

Light circles

Lightbulbs

Metal

Metal2

Sign

Staircase

Stripe

Wall

Amsterdam Day 1

I recently went on a trip to Amsterdam with the Graphic Design BA course at Havering College, as I am a trainee teacher. We stayed at the Hans Brinker and were there for 4 nights and 3 days. I had a fantastic time and really learned a lot, whilst taking my own photos as well 😛

Canal

Charlie

Church

Crane

De Stijl

De Stijl2

pump

Staircase

Students

We went into Utrecht for the afternoon to see the De Stijl building, built by Rietveld Schroder.

Train station 2

Train station1

Buildings

Cambridge

Saturday 21st, Reiss and I did a day trip into Cambridge. I have wanted to go for a while after having seen the cathedral from a distance. We took peoples advice and used the park and ride service which was brilliant. £2.90 each for the day and we didn’t wait at all.

I did some prior research and we had decided to visit some museums, have a wander around the market, see the cathedral and walk along the river and the backs of the colleges. We visited the Sedgwick Museum, which was full of fossils. It was really well laid out and I enjoyed it a lot. We also visited the Fitzwilliam Museum, which is an impressive building but sadly was covered with scaffolding. However, I did get this image of one of the pillars holding up the dome inside.

FitzWilliam museum 1

The main photography was done at King’s College Cathedral. It was a beautifully inspiring place. The grandeur of architecture amazes me.

kings college cathedral

Dragon

ceiling

cathedral

kings college cathedral 2

The outside was just as spectacular.

outside

cathedral b=w

Cathedral outside

Overall it was a good day, I also bought a book at the market (which I love) and we walked along the river watching the punters. It’s always fun to visit new places and get a chance at photographing different scenery.

Eric Goes To Rome

Eric didn’t have a very easy time in Rome. He wasn’t accepted as readily as he has been in other places. He wasn’t allowed to visit the Vatican, they said he would be seen as offensive! However, he did see some of Rome and some pictures were obtained.

Becka and I

One of the gang, joining in our walk around Rome on the first day.

Pizza

Trying the local food, he was a very hungry tontuu!

Shawls

He hid under our shawls when we went into The Vatican and again in the Sistine Chapel.

Colosseum

 

The colosseum was Eric’s favourite, what a monument to explore.

Colosseum 2

 

Finally, on our last day, Eric made a friend. They are going to be penpals now, her name is Erica and she is from Sweden.

Erica

Rome – Day 4

Our last day in Rome consisted of fitting in everything that we had left. Our flight wasn’t till the evening, so we had a good long while to explore the last of the city.

We started by walking to the Trevi Fountain. We had already visited at night but without cameras. It was breathtaking as I really hadn’t thought it to be as beautiful as it was. We had made a wish on the night we visited so this was purely for photography’s sake.

Trevvi top

Trevvi main

Trevvi pegasus

Trevvi water

Once we were finished, we walked to the Altare Della Patria. This is the monument to Victor Emmanuel II. Inside it houses a military museum. You are not allowed to sit on the steps!  Hehe. There are guards on duty all day and plinths with flames that are constantly kept lit. It is a very impressive and powerful building.

Horse statue

Lion

Angel

Chariot

From here we walked to the Piazza Navona. There was plenty to look at here. Street artists selling their wares, strange street performers and plenty of places to eat. It was a beautiful piazza with 2 fountains and an obelisk.

Navona

Fountain

obelisk

After this we sat in a cafe for quite a while as there was a massive thunder storm! Went on for about 2 hours. After this we wandered to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, which was right next to our hotel. The nuns inside were wearing cross with 2 strikes which I found really interesting. To gain access we needed to be covered.

Maria and I copy

However, despite looking idiotic, it was a stunning church.

Maria hall

Maria stained glass

All seeing eye

We were walking past a building when looking for somewhere to have our last dinner, when I spotted this courtyard. We weren’t supposed to be there, but hey ho.

random

I am very pleased with my trip and the photos that I have got. I have always wanted to go to Rome and it certainly didn’t disappoint. 🙂

Rome – Day 3

The third day was dedicated to the Colosseum. We had seen the structure lit up at night on our way into Rome and had walked towards and past it a few times since. It has been turned into a round a bout which was a little disappointing, however, it is a round structure…. The Roman’s themselves had a road around it and one leading into it.

It is an enormous structure, one that must have taken a great feat to build. Not all of it is left, and what is there is impressive enough. We didn’t have to queue as we were there earlier and went straight in.

I was impressed to learn that the outer ring at the top has been dedicated to artifacts found within the structure itself. I also learnt that the famous “christian baiting” was a myth. However, lunchtime was when all of the criminals sentenced to death would be “thrown into the lions den” a bit like feeding time at the zoo.

Inside 1

Side view

Side view 2

Inside 2

If we had pre-booked we would have been allowed to view the vault section in the middle. We didn’t know this until the day. However, it looked impressive from above.

Inside

The views from the inside out were quite interesting at points.

Archway

Shields

 

After we had seen all of the colosseum, we walked up into the ruins of The Forum, this was the political hub of Rome. As well as Palatine Hill where Romulus decided to found Rome. There were ruins of living quarters, shelters, roads etc. As well as the gladiator training ground, it looked to be spectacular for its day.

Forum

 

 

Rome – Day 2

Day 2 was set aside for The Vatican, I was looking forward to this the most. After fighting our way through a mob of people trying to sell us tours we joined a 40 minute queue around the perimeter of St Peters Square to enter The Basilica.

St Peters 3

St Peters 2

St Peters 1

Even our queuing route was grand!

Corridor

Lamp

For me, the inside certainly didn’t disappoint. The ceilings were spectacular, so ornate. Everything was decorated with finery you just couldn’t imagine. I couldn’t comprehend worshipping within the walls as everything was too distracting.

There is gold everywhere you look and statues everywhere. It still doesn’t feel over crowded as it covers a vast space.

Unicorn

Dragon statue

cherubs

lion

monument

Maria

Praying

Stained glass

This next one isn’t quite in focus, I wasn’t allowed a tripod and the light wasn’t great. However, I wanted to show you all how creepy this guy is!

Scary man

After viewing all of the inside and the vaults (which you are not allowed to photograph), we decided to walk the 549 steps to the top of the cupola. It is one of those things you must do in life.

Half way

cupola 2

Cupola

Mosaic 2

mosaic

After climbing the second half, in a maxi dress, with a shawl around me, a camera bag and the camera, at a slant! I caught my breath, and tried to stop sweating, to be greeted with rather a spectacular view.

The View

View

Rome – Day 1

I haven’t posted in a very long time. However, I recently went on a trip to Rome and seized my chance at getting into my photography again. I was there for 4 days and will post 4 times to split it up, as there are a lot.

I went with my friend Becka and there was not an inch of Rome that we didn’t explore. On arrival we were given a map, similar to the one below and we decided to split our days accordingly.

Tuesday:

  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Del Popola
  • Roma Parco
  • Bioparco Di Roma

Wednesday:

  • The Vatican
  • St Peters Square and Basilica
  • The Vatican Museums
  • The Sistine Chapel

Thursday:

  • Colosseum
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Gladiator Training Ground

Friday:

  • Trevvi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Maria Margorie

rome-map

We were based just outside of Maria Maggorie, so was only a short walk from most things. However it was 34 degrees and we did get very hot and bothered. First we visited The Spanish Steps, they are called this as the Spanish Embassy is located here. It consists of a church, bell tower, steps and a fountain.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps 2

When we were sitting at the fountain, a butterfly landed on Becka’s phone and my camera. It wasn’t bothered by us at all.

butterfly

Round the corner from the steps was another monument, not on the map but still very interesting. There are a lot of obelisks in Rome, Cleopatra must have had a lot of influence.

Praying man

scribe

From here we walked along towards the Piazza Del Popola. Along the way we were passing shops that we could only dream of going into. Tucked away in a recess I found this man and thought him fascinating.

fountain

We made it to the Piazza, this houses the famous statue of Romulus and Remus. Romulus being the founder of Rome.

Romulus

Romulus 2

Romulus 3

In the middle of the Piazza there is another obelisk and it is surrounded by 4 Lions, all of which are fountains.

Lion

Behind the Piazza are some steps into the park, this is the highest point in Rome apart from The Cupola of The Vatican. Even the steps are mounted with sphinxes.

Sphinx

The view from the top was quite spectacular, my first look at The Vatican.

The vatican

We then went and explored the largest park in Rome, there was Segways for hire as well as go carts, places to eat, a boating lake, a fountain to dip your feet in, a Roman theater as well as the Roman version of The Globe we chose to visit the Zoo. I am not usually one for Zoo’s but Becka loves them. This zoo was open air and the fences and enclosures were quite low and were not intrusive in anyway which put me at ease.

We were greeted by these little fellows, much to Becka’s delight.

Guinea pigs

Guinea pig

We made a discovery whilst in this zoo, the squawk of Kevin from Up is that of a peacock. This particular peacock loved his photo being taken and couldn’t get closer to me if he tried.

Peacock

I saw many animals, here are a few of my favourite photos.

Monkey 2

Monkey 1

Bears

Camel 1 Camel 2 Elephant

There was also a reptile house, I really enjoyed this part, minus the cockroaches.

Aligator

snake

An absolutely packed and amazing first day.