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The road trip that was meant to be a wedding trip

As we make our way to Strasbourg for my French cousin’s wedding, we find ourselves in a small village called Rosenwiller in the region of Alsace.rosenwillen

 
It’s been somewhat of a hectic drive all the way from London to Strasbourg, especially since I’ve injured my leg. Trespassing into vineyards isn’t as easy with crutches. Nonetheless a photographer always searches for those photography opportunities.

 
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In Rosenwiller you can find all sort of things growing, the scenery is absolutely beautiful, I decided to try and get some shots up close with the grapes, apples and peaches. The owner was keeping a close eye on me while I strolled through her garden from her window (above). Stealth mode activated as me and my family picked some of her grapes (which were delicious).
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From car park to pan

6D6A6852Today I went to Grand Bay, up North of the Island. Nothing really special to report on. While we were in the car park of SuperU, Richmond Hill, this man came to sell prawns and small lobsters. We got 6kg’s for 1000Rs, (£20).

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Freshly caught and still kicking he put them in our car where we brought them home.
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Everyone at my Aunt’s house was scared of cooking them because they were still crawling all over the place. In the end my mother was the one to clean and cook them. When you boil them they become red.cookingSo today after the long drive and walk around the island we had a nice home cook meal made by my mother, nan and Aunt.

 

The post card picture hunt

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(Vouliagmeni Beach, Above)

I found a nice picture of Athens with the location “Vouliagmeni”. So I told my taxi driver to take me to Vouliagmeni and this where he brought me. I should have said Vouliagmeni Lake! Which is a much nicer but it’s a very small lake, I’d say a large swimming pool.

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After my visit to the lake I went back to Athens to attempt souvenir shopping, Take II. Athens has a changing scenery where one minute you see an ancient column, then a really nice greek house, then a shabby abandoned one. All these can be found right next to one another.

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History, Heights and Huge Boats.

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The day began with eating breakfast and looking at this gorgeous view of Athens. The plan for today was to check out the Acropolis,see the port and as much of Athens in one day. I only have 2 and 1/2 days here, need to make the most of it !

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I’m not going to go in much detail about Athens because I’ve decide to leave that for my travel blog. I will update the the post with a link when its ready. But you’ll be able to find it on http://www.chaosphotography.co.uk , alternatively click the photography tab in the navigation menu to go straight to my photography site.

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I wasn’t entirely sure what to be expecting when I got to the Acropolis, I decided not to research too much into it because I wanted to be surprised. One of my favourite places in London is the British Museum, it’s a bit amusing how much of Greece is actually in there.

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8 years and now I’m finally here.

 

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After over 8 years since my failed Athens trip (The trip was cancelled because it was the first time it had snowed and they weren’t prepared for it on the runway.) I’ve finally made it to Athens. What started as being very bored in a lecture last week and ‘YOLOing’ a trip outside the UK actually materialised into something. Having done my Extended Project on Greek Myths and a historian at heart, I’m dying to see all the ruins.

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My travel photography blog is always written in past tense, so trying to write this here and now is a bit unfamiliar to me. I’m currently staying at Athens Gate hotel, which was recommended by trip advisor. It’s nothing fancy, but it does have a really nice rooftop view (Photograph above). The hotel is right in front of the temple of Zeus, and looking up at the Acropolis.

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My first impression of the city was… WHY IS THIS AIRPORT SO FAR AWAY. (Probably wasn’t, but I was just tired of sitting down on a flight.) But honestly, the city reminded me of Turkey (Or Istanbul since I’ve only been there in Turkey). I’ve noticed a drastic divide in Europe on the way buildings are designed. Athens has a lot of cemented buildings, almost looks 2nd world if I must say. I’m probably comparing it to the bricked buildings of London. Well it is dark here, so I can’t really say much about the city till tomorrow. Hopefully the day will be filled with a lot of exciting things to see. Good night!