Northern Exposure – Saturday Night in Chiang Rai

Everywhere in Thailand has a night bazar, a night market of some description or a big weekend market.  In Chiang Rai they take it a bit further.  A large thoroughfare is closed off for the market, there is an multitude of stalls to buy just about anything, a selection of food to end the most austere of diets – and a large square for line dancing.  Thai line dancing.  There seemed to groups – organised hardcore dance classes in uniform, with clear lead dancers, as well as less formal social groups and the occasional Irish tourist.

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There’s food
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some drink
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a bit more food to go with your drink
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A post-food snack
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many choices of snack
market kacks
some shopping for knickers..
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and a snack if you’re hungry after the shopping

The main attraction for me other than the food is the dancing and music. The dancing goes on for hours, a live band – sort of Thai Schlager – do the music and the dancing is continuous – til late.

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This lot were a delight to watch and most agreeable for a photo.

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Lock up your husbands

As was Busker of the Night. Playing the cute card along with the music
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And of course – evidence of the photographer getting in the swing..

 

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Classic White Man Dancing..

Northern Exposure: Chiang Rai 1

I don’t know if it’s a good idea or not to start going over travel photos from the previous year or two in the middle of a lockdown but I’m more determined to get back to Asia in summer 2021 as the planned 2020 trip to China may have been overtaken by events….

So Thailand. My favourite place in Thailand is probably Chiang Rai.  It’s smaller and a bit more relaxed than Chiang Mai, has a few extraordinary temples – maybe not for the purist, but certainly ones for the tourist with a camera, a delightful premier league football ground and the most entertaining and exotic Saturday night market.

Here’s a few random shots for a intial feel of Chiang Rai.

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Girl on a Moped.
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More Mopeds – including two shy ones
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The Old Clock Tower

You’ll find no shortage of cafes and restaurants in Chiang Rai.  A particular mention to this one – the Bhucheedeun coffee shop ร้านกาแฟภูชี้เดือน, a few minutes walk from Wat Phra Kaew.  We called on a Monday – it seemed to be open only for take-out but they let us stay for super iced coffees and they popped out to another cafe to bing us cake.  You don’t get that in High Street Costa..

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And a random bloke in a vest happily fishing.

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fishing.

All shot on the Canon 6D.

 

Hol18: and that was it

Last few shots of Munich.  It was my favourite spot on the European tour – the beer, the weather, the very German signage, the beer, the architecture, the metro (clean and punctual) and the fact that every green space contains a beer garden.  I’ll go back.

 

a wee kiosk
Shopping for the Touristen
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quality tat
peters tower
Peter’s church ticket booth
window box shadows
windows
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Mezzo Mix – the genius of adding coke and fanta
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Frauenkirche
albertgasse
quiet beer drinking area
wee fountain man
fountain heads
alone in the alter hof
a quiet part of Munich
hotel am markt
such wonderful signage
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the Palace
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Door of Munich
valentin museum
Valentin Museum

 

And finally – lederhosen, sex and falafel all under one roof. So German

so german

Ricoh KR5 and Agfa APX

Hol18: Munichers..

Munich was worth the wait after a three week tour around Europe.  It’s one of the more photogenic cities I’ve visited with plenty going on.  Here’s a few more shots

Munich Boyband
stylish boy band
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der Petanque
munich arches
archways of Munich
two old blokes
two oul blokes and a fountain
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one oul bloke and a fountain
frauenrauchen
Trachten rauchen

Ricoh KR5 and Agfa APX100 from DM

Hol18: Signs of Salzburg

Austria and southern Germany have really eye catching signage on hotels, cafes, shops – whatever some old building needs to identify itself with.

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A fancy chemist.  Engel’s
Salzburg Cafe Innenhof
Inner city cafe – Salzburg style

 

 

salzburg Gosser sign
Gösser drank here
salzburg towers
A nice bit of sign, spire and cloud

 

cafe konditorei
sweetie shop / cafe
salzburg street hats
more signage
corner cafe salzburg
Eulenspiegel bar

Ricoh KR5 with fomapan 100.

 

Hol18: Villachers

A few more shots taken while lurking around the quiet yet delightful Austrian town of Villach.

There’s the usual source of nutrition by the river

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The Bratwurst King

A cliched shot of object-obscuring-head

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flower in place of head

Some decorative cafe/hotel decal – something you see a lot of over here

Post cafe Villach
An Post
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a few locals..
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… a few tourists
Villach church
going by the church to the Biergarten

Ricoh KR-5 and Fomapan 100 providing the imagery.

Hol18: Slovenia – Ljubljana 2

Away from the crowds and walking tours there are many quieter streets and walks in the centre of Ljubljana to indulge in a bit of street photography and to try and capture the look and feel of the city, even around the Triple Bridge when it isn’t so crowded..

 

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The river – Ljubljanica

 

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The old Franciscan church 

 

 

 

Ljublijana church
Ljubljana cathedral spires

 

Ljublijana kiosk
European cities excel in their wee kiosks

 

 

 

Ljublijana Library
The stand out stone work of the city library

 

ljubljana bridge
One of the Triple Bridge (s)

 

 

 

Ljublijana market
government offices..  and the main market
Ljublijana morris column
Morris Column and scooter – staples of all smart European cities

 

Ljublijana  statue
Valentin Vodnik –  poet, journalist and priest
Ljublijana street scene
a quiet street in the cathedral area

 

 

Ljublijana street scene
an overcast street in the cathedral area
Ljublijana street scene
residential arches

 

 

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more Slovenians on another bridge
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Union Beer – Slovenia’s finest

All shot using the Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100

 

HOL18: No Place Like Rome 2

Romans  – the current ones, not the ancients – are more often than not a stylish lot as are many of the tourists, at least not the sweaty football shirt-wearing middle-aged Irish ones.    And like Paris, it’s easy to snap a more flattering street shot when you’re in such beautiful and iconic surroundings.

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Just like the banks of the Seine

 

Rome busker
Roman Busker – I suspect more aged than his youthful demanour
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Roman cafe – bloke inside
Rome, Girl in a cafe
roman cafe – girl outside
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Capturing the magnificence of the Trevi Fountain
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Drinking water freely available

Photos shot on Ricoh KR5 with Oriental Seagull 100

HOL18: No Place Like Rome 1

When you get to a certain age, holidays should be a time for rest and relaxation. So this summer I decided to backpack from Rome to Munich over 3 weeks with an old film camera.  The robust Ricoh KR5 with a few K-mount lenses was the kit of choice with a Vivitar V3000 body as backup although this became quickly irrelevant when the back of the Vivtar fell off in transit.  

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I did have a digital option – a Fuji X20 compact and a Huawei phone – but the aim was to capture the holiday on monochrome film and with no specific photographic objective in mind other than always having the camera with me.  So first stop was a few days in Rome.  While with some cities it’s often a struggle to convey a visual identity, Rome has no such problems exuding a certain cool.  And on every street, you’ll find scooters – Vespas.

 

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Classical building and a Vespa
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Vespa.  One of many.
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I love a wee European kiosk.  And a Vespa
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Woman on a scooter admiring other scooters.

It’s worth mentioning that the traffic in Rome is bloody awful and this pale middle-aged northern European would look ridiculous wobbling around the Roman vias with a well reduced life expectancy.  Unlike the natives, however who have a natural born ability to safely navigate the eternal city while remaining the smartest looking people in Europe.

Photos shot on the Ricoh KR5 on Oriental Seagull 100.