.: Commuting Stories :.

Hi there!

Wow I seriously have no idea when was the last time I’ve added a post here, but between being really busy at work and any time left for my daughter, all my “hobbies” were on stand-still. No time to write and no time for photos. I really missed both.

I guess it helps that I’m on holidays and this week she’s at the nursery 😀 (this is a once a year event)

Anyway, I started to take photos again but all from my phone, but I still wanted to share them because they remind me that “the best camera is the one you have with you” and it’s all about paying attention to your surroundings and properly watch what goes around you and take time to appreciate what’s so close to us. All the photos are different, however they are all from the pretty much the same daily commuting journey.

Flight to Lux (ok, this is not from my daily commute)

And on the same evening

On my way to the nursery:

Train to waterloo

Walk to the station

On my way to the office

My old commute before I changed house in October

All taken from my phone as I don’t carry my camera to work. Do you ever take photos on your daily commute?

Have a lovely Xmas break 🙂

.: New York Day 2 :.

After the amazing day visiting central Park and midtown, we were ready to stretch our legs and visit Brooklyn. This also meant our first underground ride. Gosh, it felt such a travel back in time! I didn’t took any photos inside, which I have to admit it was a bit shameful, but I didn’t feel secure enough to do so.

It feels like I was travelling in a museum artefact! Well it works. Really loved the concept of the express trains, which skip a few stations and end up being the fastest way down-town.

The easiest way to travel actually, it’s way faster and cheaper than a taxi ride. You can buy the metro card and top it up in any station. A single ticket costs you $3, but with the card it’s $2.75.

Love the architecture! These buildings are simply gorgeous in my point of view

Now here’s something silly, I didn’t check the settings on my camera and apparently I was photographing with ISO 1600, this is why the exposure looked so funny.

Tip: Always check your camera settings and ensure you’re reset them before you turn off the camera. Always!

So many of my Brookly Bridge photos are rubbish and were deleted. Plus the light in the sky was too high, which meant a lot of glare. But still managed to save a few I like

Here’s another place I had on my wishlist but where my photos didn’t turn out the way I was expecting and picturing in my head.

Expectation

Reality:

Tip: The best view from Brooklyn Park is at sunset / night, so ensure you save the bridge for the late afternoon

After a stop at Starbucks (yap, we’ve spend loads on Starbucks, as we went at least twice a day) in Dumbo we’ve decided to go back into the city via Manhattan bridge

The views from Manhattan bridge are really awesome as they include Brooklyn Bridge in the scene

You can also enjoy the views into Chinatown, which I recommend!

After Chinatown, which I found a lot more interesting than it’s London version, it was time for Little Italy. This is where I’ve spotted quite a famous painting by Tristan Eaton (from Brooklyn). You can visit his website here.

After our long walk in the morning, we were more than ready for an american lunch (big portions!). He decided to visit Katz, a famous dinner in the east side. And oh wow, quite an experience!

Katz's Delicatessen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

As you get in you notice this buzz of people around. It’s quite big! You will get a ticket upon arrival which you’ll be using at every counter as you order your food. We went for the famous pastrami sandwich. Next time we’ll order 1 for the 2 of us. One was huge! I could barely do half of it

The pastrami was really delicious! I ended up not having any dinner, just a tea, cheese and crackers at the lounge as I was still full!

One of the famous spots that needs a visit is the Grand Central Station

Again it was really hard to get a decent picture and actually I’ve ended up damaging my card trying to get one. Fortunately we’ve later managed to save the photos from the card (just lost a few ones)

But the building is indeed quite beautiful and totally worth a visit. We’ve decided to carry our walk back into the hotel, even though I could barely feel my legs after this point.

It was our first walk through the famous 5th avenue.

Once I’ve reached the hotel (17km later) I could barely move my legs. This is what happens when you do pretty much nothing during the year, your legs can’t cope with all the walking.

After a big of rest and some nibbles at the lounge we went to visit another rooftop, which was recommended by the staff in the hotel (we’ve asked for a nice rooftop nearby).

The Roof @ Viceroy Hotel

I didn’t really took pictures of the rooftop so using the website ones

The Roof Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Which rooftop is your favourite?

.: Scenes from the city :.

Maybe because I’ve been quite tired from my stressful weeks, I can see a pattern in my latest photos – quite moody I would say! Always looking forward for the weekend to go for a walk and take some photos, but then the backlog is huge! I haven’t finished yet the photos from Easter! Yap! It will take me a while I guess.

As you know, one of the photography styles I love the most if street photography (for the last year or so). I love capturing scenes and moods and try to imagine the stories in my mind. One of the best places for photos is Noting Hill!

I ended up heading for Patisserie Lisboa for some Natas!

What’s your favourite spot for photos? Wish you all a great weekend ahead!

.: Exploring London :.

After the visit to Sky Garden, we’ve decided to go for a walk in the city centre. It’s not always that I have the chance to really walk in this part of town on holidays and just explore around.

First stop was the Spitafield Market – which has been quite popular for a why and it’s easy to understand why! Central location, easy walking from the city heart and lots of trendy restaurants and shops. I have to admit I don’t always come here as I live in south west, but I like walking around and exploring.

Next time I need to stop by Taberna do Mercado – a cosy Portuguese place by Nuno Mendes. I’ve ready really good reviews.

I do recommend the Alternative London Tour, which I did a few years ago, to explore the “alternative and artsy side of london”. Probably I should do it again, because in the meantime east London has changed quite a lot!

Then we kept on walking towards the river, and with a next market in Mind, I was keen on exploring the Borough Market which is a personal favourite. I have to say it was a bless to have a visit on a Friday, as over the weekends it’s really crowded!

This is a food heaven! Any food lovers must give it a go

We kept on walking along the river until we’ve reached Waterloo, where we did a stop just to enjoy the sunshine and have a few beers

The light was amazing around 18h!

So you can see it was quite a walk!

What is your favourite area in London to go for a walk? Any favourite market you would like to share?

Wish you all a lovely weekend!

.: Exploring around Lisbon :.

After our brilliant food experience @ Arola, Penha Longa Sintra (You can see the review here) we went for a walk around Penha Longa itself.

Yellow House

Yellow door

Feels like summer

Gorgeous place isn’t it? After that it was time for some refreshments and enjoy the sun

I could easily get used to this life! It was really warm at the beginning of the week, we had around 24 degrees!!!! No wonder I’m suffering with a cold right now. I’m no longer used to the sun.

Next day we’ve returned to my sister’s zen spot in Belem, Lisbon

Miguel

Photographers

Time for some romance

Traces of her

A boy with a violin

Contemplation

Fishermen

We finished up with the same spot for the sunset

Not as great as the day before, but still inspiring 🙂 Have a lovely week