Thursday, May 27, 2010

Birthday Month - Day 27 (London - Day 1)

Spent the morning chatting with the tutors at the Screen Academy...  Hopped on a train and spent the next two hours traveling countryside from Cardiff to Paddington Station.

By the time I arrived in London it was already late in the day.  Just enough time to swing by Louis' flat, drop my things and head out to see the sites.

I'm in London!!!   Yay!!!

I know - I know...  Italian tonight, fish and chips tomorrow...

I'm not a beer drinker - but here's what I know so far - they are serious about their beer in the UK...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Birthday Month - Day 26 (Wales - Day 4)

Taking the 2-hour train ride to London tomorrow...  Going to miss Cardiff - but sooooo looking forward to seeing London!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Birthday Month - Day 25 (Wales - Day 3)

The architecture in Cardiff is beautiful! I'm awed by the juxtaposition of the old and the new...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Birthday Month - Day 24 (Wales - Day 2: Part One)

I decided to start day two off with a site-seeing tour...  You know the kind...(the cheesy kind)...the big double decker bus - the one with the open-air top.  It's such a great way to see the City...any city.  I was definitely set on seeing a castle while in Wales.  So when the opportunity came about to jump off and explore Castell Caerdydd - I took it...

I walked up each and every one one of those stairs...

Birthday Month - Day 24 (Wales - Day 2: Part Two)

After an exhausting day of site-seeing - it's always nice to get a home cooked meal...  I loved sitting in Hannah's and Roland's backyard chatting about our day, enjoying their garden, the rolling country side, a beautiful sunset...sipping on Prosecco (brought back memories of being in Venice sipping Bellini's).   Roland is an excellent cook and he treated us to his freshly baked bread - sprinkled with all sorts of fresh (delicious) herbs from their garden.

Dinner was absolutely delicious! A whole fish stuffed with lemon & fresh herbs, potatoes and asparagus. Followed by a wonderful dessert of fruit & cheese...yum!

Thanks Hannah and Roland for your warm and generous hospitality.

These next three shots were taken indoors with my 50mm 1.4 - there wasn't much light so they're super grainy - but you can still get a sense of what I'm talking can even see the steam coming off the potatoes.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Birthday Month - Day 23 (Wales - Day 1)

My Birthday Month is turning out to be quite spectacular!   I left LAX on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:50pm and arrived in Wales on Sunday at 2:15pm (local time).

I must say - it sincerely did not feel like a 10-1/2 hour flight...I guess flying over night helped.   But it does feel a bit weird having missed out on most of Sunday.  Landed in Heathrow and took the 2 hour drive to Cardiff.  Checked-in to the amazing (five star) St. David's Hotel & Spa.   Loving it here in Cardiff...stays light out until well after 9:30pm.

My room overlooks Cardiff Bay...have a look:

The interior of the hotel is just as beautiful...take a look at the lobby...

Alright - enough of that...let's get out and have a look around...

Ooooohhh...let's start with a drink!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Birthday Month - Day 6 (Photography Exhibit)

Hmmmm...  Not sure how I ended up with florals.  I'm telling you - I had some serious plans of driving out into the dessert, finding some forgotten town and documenting something monumental and "deep".

Well needless to say that didn't happen and frankly I don't know what I was thinking!  I've been on the move since January 4th - nonstop - so any thoughts I might have had to photographically express the ruins of a town long forgotten - well...  It'll have to wait until November - when I actually get a break.

I must say though - six days into the Birthday Month and things are progressing quite nicely (monumental documentation or not.)  So I bring you florals.  My second photographic exhibit at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio Gallery.

The exhibit will be up for two months - swing by to check it out!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Birthday Month - Day 1

Spent the first day of my Birthday Month in Puerto Rico.   Took a private tour of the Bacardi factory...  Learned some really interesting stuff...  Made dinner at my friend's house - Rafy and Zoilo...ate until we were stuffed.  They have the absolute best apartment...absolutely freakin' gorgeous..!   Guess I'm moving...???