Hol18: Munich – Daytime Drinking

Munich is all about the beer – there are countless places to drink – indoor and outdoor, particularly outdoor and even on a Sunday, when shops are all closed the drink continues to flow.
Viktualienmarkt round the corner from Marienplatz is a great palce to start.

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Viktu-alien-markt.  Very ‘day-earth-stood-still’..
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Drunk and orderly queue
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daytime drinking
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waiting for drinkers
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Munich’s smallest
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Beer Garden and… pole

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bring the baby for a pint

Away from the main beer garden,you can always find somewhere for a beer when you see that exquisite signage or well turned out staff.

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Ivy
traditional eating
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Waiters
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Paulaner sold here
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more food n drink

or if you don’t fancy a beer, there’s aways the traditional Bavarian Coffee Haus..

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die Starbucks

All shot on the Ricoh KR5 and Agfa APX100  – €4 a roll from Drogerie Markt

Hol18: Salzburg – My Favourite Things

As well as Mozart, the other big tourist theme in Salzburg is The Sound of Music.  You can get all sorts of bus tours and walking tours, but I went by bike – Fraulein Maria’s Cycle Tour.

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Of course the disadvantage of cycle tours is that it’s hard to take photos without stopping every 2 minutes, still there were a few highlights that were worthy of a photo.

First off, the guide isn’t a ‘Maria’.  We had a guy with a beard.  Good guide – and played the flute.

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non-nun guide

One of the main stopping points is the Nonnberg Conventnonnberg2

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Nonnberg inner courtyard
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Nonnberg gardens
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A von Trapp exterior
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The Gazebo (16 going on 17 …etc..)
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Residence Fountain, Maria splashed here
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The Mirabelle Gardens

 

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 Felsenreitschule – stone stage

 

and of course, a selfie…
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Ricoh KR5 and the Fomapan 100

Huawei P9

Hol18: A funny thing happened on the way…

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Forum Romanum (Roman Forum)

Any trip to Rome should really include some Roman sites – as in ancient Rome.  There are numerous sites across the city, but as it was my first trip to Rome the easiest thing to do was the Forum and Colosseum.  Oh, and a quick travel tip – go early (obvious) and buy your combined ticket to both at the Forum entrance – everyone seems to queue at the Colosseum for a ticket, with your pre-bought ticket you can just walk smugly by.
For photography I had the sturdy Ricoh Kr-5 with a roll of Oriental Seagull 100.  After one shot, it was obvious that the Ricoh’s batteries were done – I’d no metering so it was Sunny 16.  And as it was very, very sunny, basically F16 at 1/125 or 1/250 for toning it down a bit.

The forum was at the heart of ancient rome – market places, temples, government buildings, courts – if it was happening in Rome, it happened here.  The remains date from around the 7th century BC to around the 3rd century AD.  The sense of history and place is amazing and more than I’m capable of describing, but for a tourist with a camera it’s a delight to take a slow walk around the ruins and try and capture some essence of the place.  Even on a 40 year old camera with a dodgy meter.

 

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view from the hill
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a column..
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Temple of Vesta (home of the Vestal virgins, Procul Harum fans..)

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the obligatory peace sign pose

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fountain

The Forum is well worth a visit, and actually makes for a much nicer photo walk than the Colosseum – which isn’t too shabby either.

Revolution! – Arbour Hill

A century on from the decade when Ireland began the final struggle to gain independance from Britsh rule, a visitor to Dublin will see memorials, museums, experiences and physical reminders of events that have shaped the Ireland of today.  Whatever your take on this chapter of British and Irish history, it’s a rewarding experience to breathe in the history and come to your own conclusions.  The  events from 1916 through to independance are marked throughout the city – the civil war not so much, but we are still a few years from this centenary.

A good starting point is the Arbour Hill cemetery.  A former British military cemetery, it’s also the burial place of 14 of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, you can get the history on sites like Heritage Ireland.

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Sacred Heart Church, Arbour Hill

While the likes of Kilmainham Gaol, the cemetery at Glasnevin and the GPO Museum are always busy with fully booked guided tours, Arbour Hill is usually deserted.  There’s no entrance fee, no guides (except an occasional free talk at the weekend) and no shop.  Once you pass the church you’re into a fairly staid and unremarkable military cemetery.  Arbour Hill

Then towards the back, there’s the reason Arbour Hill gets visitors.  The executed leaders of the Rising were unceremoniously buried at a British military cemetery seemingly to avoid the martyrdom and pilgrimages that might stoke further unrest.  History of course had other plans for Ireland, and naturally subsequent Irish governments have developed the grave as a remembrance site.

 

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Grave of the 1916 executed leaders
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The text of the Proclamation of Independence in English and Irish

Surrounding the grave site are stones inscribed with the names of those buried – in English and Irish script.  Thomas Clarke, the old man of the Rising, had a floral tribute marking his stone.

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The names in Irish

 

One of the more fascinating characters of the Rising was James Connolly, a Scot of Irish descent, a former Britsh soldier, trade unionist and leader of the Irish Citizen Army.

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Connolly marked by the Starry Plough
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View from the 1916 memorial


Arbour Hill
The 1916 memorial

Arbour Hill is located a bit away from Dublin’s main tourist sites, on a quiet street at the rear of the Collins Barracks Museum.  It is however worth a visit if you’re doing some revolution tourism –  a site of great signifigance in Irish history and you’ve plenty of further options for the tourguides, multimedia displays and souvenir shops.

Photos were taken on a robust (heavy) Hanimex 35SL (a rebadged Chinon CS) a Pallas 35mm lens (never heard of them) using Lomography Earl Grey 100 film.

 

Tokyo: Shinjuku and Ginza

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Compared to Northern Ireland, Tokyo is an assault on the senses – the crowds, the skyline, the neon – and I love it. Another major difference is the abundance of camera stores and the availability of second hand kit and film. I stocked up on Fuji Acros 35mm – at about 60% of the UK price. (as news arrives of its imminent disappearance..)

Shinjuku and Ginza are districts that don’t seem to stop and are probably most like the image many people have of Tokyo before visiting.  There’s the architecture…

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Curvy Tokyo
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braided Tokyo

The taxis are classy looking 80’s styled Toyotas. They are however bloody expensive, so it was exterior shots only.

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Tokyo Taxis, Ginza

There are many eating options – local as well as global burgers

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stand up for the sushi, Shinjuku

And claw grabbing is a local pastime..

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restocking the minions

Of course, at some point Godzilla was going to make an appearance

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Cinema and Godzilla, Shinjuku

Kit was Fuji Acros 100 and the ever reliable Nikon F60.

Tokyo: Taiko

Taiko is traditional Japanese ensemble drumming – a full-on percussion experience with visuals to match.  These were shot in Ueno Park, Tokyo on a Sunday afternoon but there are all sorts of shows, classes and competitions to go and watch and take part in Taiko.

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A wee hand held drum
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Traditionally a male dominated art – not any longer.
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A  chū-daiko. 

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Calm before the storm

These shots were taken on Kentmere 400 film – cheap and cheerful but very grainy on scanning (they do sit nice and flat though..).

It does however do a much nicer darkroom print.

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very ungrainy darkroom print – Ilford Multigrade RC Matt

And of course, when in Tokyo – give it a go yourself.

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Me and Taiko teacher Oskar.  He’s the one on the right…

Kit: Nikon F60 with Kentmere 400.
Me and Oskar shot on a Huawei phone

Tokyo: Street Portraits

Candid street portraits are one thing – asking to take a picture is another.  And there’s no harm in asking, especially if the subject is willing or doing something to attract attention.

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The Noodle King.  Shinjuku, Tokyo

Or if you’ve just had the third consecutive lunch in his restaurant.  The Shinjuku district of Tokyo is coming down with cafes and restaurants – many at inflated tourist prices.  There are however plenty of cheap noodle bars – often without any English menus or signage.  This particular place had a vending machine to select from a picture which then printed out a ticket.  You give the ticket to the guy in the photo and he’s cooks up some noodles.  No need to speak – just some positive body language, a smile and a thumbs-up.  After the third day, I asked to take the photo.  He obliged.

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Free Gag.  Gag is innocent

Then there are those who are on public display.  The guy above hangs around Shibuya station with his signs.  Other than that I’ve no idea what he’s about, but he likes his photo taken.

The girl below was intent on selling me a t shirt.  I resisted.  I’m a bit old for Mickey Mouse which she seemed to eventually agree.

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she sells T shirts by Shibuya

All above shot on the Nikon F60 and Fuji Acros 100.  Having an old film camera also seems to help with street portraits