What happens when you take undeveloped film in checked luggage?

You get foggy film.

The effect is much worse when undeveloped film is packed in checked luggage rather than carry on, as the X-ray intensity is much higher. The more times the film goes through the X-ray the more faded/washed out the images will be. If you do need to travel with undeveloped film then be sure to take it in your carry on luggage and ask the airport staff to exclude it from the X-ray. It’s best if you have it in a separate clear plastic bag and ask as you hand over your belongings for scanning.

I completely forgot to do this with my latest films and while one roll was ruined, another had a distinct vintage feel to it that I actually really liked. Here are some of the shots of Cornwall from that roll.

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Bassano del Grappa: the perfect daytrip from Venice

A quick one hour train ride from Venice is one of the loveliest towns I’ve visited in Italy- Bassano del Grappa. The town has a beautiful green river running through it’s heart and is surrounded by rugged mountains (including Monte Grappa) and countryside. While the incredibly strong grappa is the most traditional drink of the area, my favourite was mezzoemezzo from the Nardini distillery by the Ponte Vecchio. The back room of the distillery overlooking the river is the perfect place to sit and read- maybe something of Hemmingway- his wartime experiences in Bassano form part of A Farewell to Arms.

Here are some photos from my visit.

Procida: Photo Diary

With winding old streets, historic cliff top churches and stunning Mediterranean views, the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples is one of my favourite places in Italy!

The island of Procida is small compared to neighbouring Ischia, and maybe that’s why I loved it so much. Packed with history and beautiful places to explore, I climbed the winding streets above the port town to explore old churches and stunning cliff top vistas. An Aperol Spritz overlooking the azure sea was the perfect way to cool down from the hike. I’d definitely recommend staying several days on the island and then day-tripping to Ischia and Capri. For practicalities on getting there, see this post.

Here’s what this stunning part of the world looked like to me.

 

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When I wasn’t sick of aperol

Capri: Photo Diary

The Isle of Capri provides an idyllic combination of history, culture and elegance emerging from impossibly blue water and stunning surrounds.

This island has long captivated my imagination, with an idyllic combination of history, culture and elegance emerging from impossibly blue water. Capri also has a reputation for being a little pretentious- it’s touted as the playground for the rich and famous, and comes with a price-tag worthy of this clientele. As such, rather than stay a few night, we opted to spend a day exploring the best parts of Capri.

As it was peak season I booked a boat tour in advance through AirBnB for 40€ pp for 3 hours- you can find it here. This tour was amazing and provided the perfect combination of swimming and snorkeling through several of the famous grottoes (sea caves) and relaxing on board the boat with cold drinks. Compared to some of the other packed tourist boats I saw jetting around, ours was super relaxing with only 7 of us on board. If you want to know some practicalities on how to travel to Capri and around the Amalfi Coast then have a look at this post where I share all the details on getting around.

Here are some photos from my day on Capri.

 

 

Fussen: a photo diary of a quintessential German town

If there’s one thing I’d change about visiting Germany it would be to spend a few nights in gorgeous Fussen. Here’s some photos from the 2,000 yr old town!

If there’s one thing I’d change about my recent trip to Germany it would be to spend a few nights in this perfectly adorable town. Fussen is over 2000 years old and I absolutely loved the old town vibes and how picturesque it was

Some of the noteworthy sites include the Hohes Schloss (High Castle) which houses part of the Bavarian State Collection of Paintings, with most of the artwork from the late Gothic and Renaissance period. St Mang’s Basilica is home to Germany’s oldest fresco which dates back to 980AD. On St Mang’s Feast Day (September 6th) a holy mass is held in the Basilica, followed by a torch-lit procession through the old town. During the week of the feast, special ‘Magnus Wine’ is sold, with only 500 bottles produced.

I also loved the traditional huge ‘snowball’ sweets pictured below. These are fried biscuits shaped into a ball and rolled in chocolate, sugar or nuts and often stuffed with ganache!

Bruges Photo Diary

The capital of West Flanders, Bruges is the smaller, more charming neighbour of Ghent. There’s plenty to see in a small area, so Bruges is best explored by meandering on foot. Of the many museums and galleries to visit, our pick was one showcasing Da Vinci’s inventions. There’s a seemingly never-ending supply of churches and cathedrals to gaze at, and when you’re tired of wandering, there are several bars overlooking the water on the canal banks- perfect for watching the world go by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antwerp Photo Diary

Hearing nothing but good things about Antwerp, I was excited to spend the afternoon there on my way from the Netherlands to Ghent. The beauty of the city was immediately obvious as I jumped off the train and headed up the escalators into the elegant gold and stone central train station.

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Coming from Australia, where our oldest buildings go back only a few hundred years, the history and grandeur of European architecture never fails to inspire me.

 

From the station I wandered towards the old town, passing endless alfresco dining spots amid street performer’s violin tunes. The style of buildings in Antwerp was noticeably different to that of the Netherlands- the stone was whiter, the buildings more grand and ornate. It reminded me a lot of French cities with a fair bit of Spanish thrown in.

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The main tourist area is the centre of the old town, where the world heritage listed Cathedral of Our Lady dominates the skyline. Building of the Gothic style catholic cathedral commenced in 1352, yet was never quite finished- resulting in asymmetrical towers.  It’s one of the most splendid cathedral I’ve visited, thanks to a combination of it’s enormity (its 120m long and 75m wide), the height of it’s towers (123m) and the intricate detailing on the facade- making the cathedral incredibly picturesque.

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On one side of the cathedral is a huge square, boarded by a multitude of cafes and home to a beautiful ornate green fountain. The conjoined buildings encircling the square are reminiscent of a grander time and create the perfect atmosphere to wander and soak up the relaxed beauty of the city. You could easily spend much longer than an afternoon enjoying Antwerp!