Back in Portugal, these are a few photos of Lisbon from several different trips to the city, many of them outtakes from other assignments and some just from wandering the streets… Lisbon has a very particular light that is hard to describe but wonderful to photograph. SaveSave SaveSave
Travel, food and interior photographer based in Lisbon, Portugal.
From Faial we hopped on a ferry across to Pico, named for the volcanic mountain peak that dominates the skyline and is visible from almost everywhere on the island, as well as from the neighbouring Faial and São Jorge. Pico is famous for her mountain (obviously) and also for her wine. We were ill equipped to climb mountains so made up for it by drinking a lot of wine instead. Pico is known for her wines and it is mind-blowing that the first people here even managed to get vines to grow in this harsh, windy climate and volcanic terrain….
A few months ago I spent the day in Lisbon shooting the LX Factory for Transavia´s onboard publication, Enjoy! Magazine. You can see the online edition HERE or onboard Transavia over the next few months.
Last summer we took a trip to the Azores islands, more specifically the central group that consists of Faial, Pico and São Jorge. These volcanic islands are absolutely spectacular and still relatively undiscovered… and hopefully they stay that way. Faial is a stopping point on most transatlantic sailboat voyages so in spite of it being a tiny island lost in the middle of the ocean, the vibe here is super international, with the sailing crowd from all over the world in town, fixing boats, topping up supplies and just generally taking advantage of a few days on land. SaveSave
Towards the end of last year I travelled out to Évora to shoot the Albergaria do Calvario, a boutique hotel inside the walls of the old town, in the historic heart of the city. These are some of my favourite images and you can see more on their website HERE. SaveSave SaveSave
Last year we visited one of my closest friends in Brighton and spent a few days exploring the town and surrounding countryside. I must admit that living in the UK has never been something that appeals to me so I haven´t spent much time on this rainy island… I have a penchant for countries with inefficient politicians and great weather… but Brighton´s quirky open-mindedness and colourful houses really captured a place in my heart. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
From the Ionian Islands we ferried back to the mainland and drove north to Igoumenitsa, a port city with several ferry lines running across to the south of Italy. The crossing was overnight and took about 10 hours which was perfect as we slept through most of it anyway. The noise of the engines and the waves crashing on the hull were reminiscent of our cruise ship days and even the smell in the crew area was the same, a particular mix of grease, sweat and stale cigarette smoke that is hard to define but very particular to ships. Once…
From Kefalonia we hopped onto another ferry to Ithaki, a tiny unassuming island that turned out to be the highlight of Greece, maybe even the highlight of the entire trip? Hard to say… but it´s up there in our top 5 favourite places. We arrived in mid September, so the tourist season was well and truly over, but the weather was still great and we had the place more or less to ourselves. I´m sure that in August the vibe would have been quite different, but during the time we were there, the island was sleepy and laid-back. Locals just…
From Lefkada we boarded an early morning ferry to Kefalonia, arriving in Fiskardo on the northern tip of the island. Kefalonia is posh. Beautiful, but not wild and ramshackle like Lefkada had been. There is a lot of tourism here and a lot of rich people, which means that towns are clean and beautifully restored… lovely for photos but lacking just a little bit in soul. We were also unceremoniously chased off of Myrtos beach halfway through cooking our supper as apparently campers are not allowed to overnight there. Since it is not illegal to park and sleep on public…
Lefkada was an unknown island to us, we´d never heard of it but it made it onto our trip itinerary because of the fact that it has a bridge connecting it to the mainland, which meant one less ferry trip in the van, which was good for our dwindling budget. But I am glad we visited because not only does this island have some seriously mind-blowingly beautiful beaches, but also produces some of the best honey I have ever tasted. The entire island is blanketed in wild thyme and sage, it is a bee paradise and the honey is sublime….