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2018: A Year in Photos

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2018 has been a whirlwind year for me. Between finally deciding to commit to the project that is Carpediemeire and all of the trials and travels that come with it, it’s been a journey that’s sure.

I’ve made mistakes along the way and I’ll be the first to admit that I really didn’t have a clue what I was getting myself into. I had no idea how to grow a blog, how to attain readers, or how best to go about building relationships with other bloggers. That took some months and trial and error. But now as the year ends I’m getting my head around it. Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram provide me good sources of clicks through to my webpage. I can’t say I’ve mastered any but I’ve gotten a firm footing in all three. My blogs also finally have the structure they sorely lacked in those early days of 2018. However the discussion of my blogging journey is one for another day.

Writing aside my blogs have always had another focus. That focus is on photography. Photography has been a love of mine for many years now, and goes hand in hand with my love of travel. I’ve never been one to blow my own trumpet, but a consistent appraisal from my blogging peers has been that my photos stand out. It’s something I’ve worked on throughout the year, and I feel I’ve seen a marked progress in my technique.

For my final entry to Carpediemeire for 2018, I want to share my year’s journey through the photos that helped bring my blogs to life. I’m delighted that my memories will now be preserved in both word and pictures, long after my own start to fade. I’ve provided a contextual precursor to the different locations and their photos.

My year began with a misadventurous trip to Mayo in Ireland’s West. Our hotel’s location provided some breathtaking views over the River Moy.

Sun setting on the River Moy

London

My travels then took me on a solo trip to London. The galleries of St Paul’s Cathedral are such an ideal place to view the gargantuan city.

St Paul's Cathedral, London
St Paul’s Cathedral London
Golden Gallery, St Paul's Cathedral
Golden Gallery

Holland

April saw my birthday and an opportuinity to do one of my bucket list items. We travelled to Amsterdam and strolling the canals was a delight.

Amsterdam Canals
Amsterdam canal
Amsterdam Canals
Amsterdam Canals and houses

The best windmills are probably found outside the city and Haarlem and Zaanse Schans were some of my favourite places to visit.

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Haarlem
Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans
The colourful houses and windmills of Zaanse Schans

But we were there for my bucket list item. Spring sees tulips in full bloom, and after the delightful gardens of Keukenhof, we took to the back roads of the country, in search of some of the worlds most colourful fields. We weren’t to be disappointed, as a sea of colour unfolded before us.

Tulip fields of Holland
Tulip fields of Holland
Tulip fields of Holland
Tulip fields of Holland

Tuscany

As we entered late spring, good fortune found me on a work trip to Tuscany. Three days of food, wine, vineyards, and medieval towns was tough on the soul. The narrow streets, towers and churches of Lucca were delightful.

Lucca
Lucca
Lucca
Lucca
Lucca
Lucca proved to be a wonderful town

Pisa for the tourist trap was not without its pleasures, its trio of duomo, baptistery and tower, were extremely photogenic.

Angelo Caduto
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Pisa's Duomo
Pisa’s square is a treasure trove of fascinating sights

United Kingdom

May also brought with a return to the UK. The cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells and the gorgeous town of Castle Coombe were our targets. Wells was simply wonderful, Britain’s smallest city punching above its weight.

Bishops Eye Gate
Bishop’s Eye Gate
Bishops Palace, Wells
Bishop’s Palace
Vicars Close
Vicars Close
Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
Chapter House Staircase
Longleat House

Our rushed visit to Bristol mostly only give us time to seek out Banksy and the Clifton Bridge.

Clifton Bridge
Clifton Bridge
Clifton Bridge, Bristol

Castle Coombe was one of my highlights of the year, a Cotswolds village that seemed to be stuck in the year 1718. The whole town was built in a honey coloured stone and ranks as one of the more beautiful villages I’ve ever passed through.

Manor House Castle Coombe
Castle Coombe
Castle Coombe
Castle Coombe
Castle Coombe
Castle Coombe
A selection of beautiful buildings from Castle Coombe

The last leg of our tour took us to the Roman city of Bath. At its centre the Roman Baths with their verdant green water are both the main draw culturally and historically. The River Avon which dissects the town finds its most aesthetic location in Pulteney Weir and Bridge.

Roman Baths, Bath
Roman Baths, Bath
Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge

Ireland

Staycations brought their own reward, with a summer trip to the coastal town of Carlingford in Ireland.

Carlingford Lough
Carlingford Lough
Carlingford Lough
Carlingford Lough
Abondoned Village, Cooley Mountains
Abandoned village over Carlingford Lough

Even closer to home we made a visit to Dublin’s Trinity College.

Long Room Trinity College
The magnificent Long Room Library at Trinity
Trinity College

Hungary

Our summer destination would be Hungary, and we spent a day in the blistering heat of Budapest. The Buda castle provides great views of the city below, and inspiration for any aspiring photographer.

Budavar Evangalist Church
Budavar Evangalist Church
Budapest Parliament
Budapest Parliament
Views down over Chain Bridge
Views down over Chain Bridge
Matthias Church
Matthias Church
Fishermans Bastion
Fishermans Bastion

We travelled through much of Eastern Hungary, visiting Debrecen, Tokaj, Eger, Nyiregyhaza, as well as the Great Plain of Hungary. The castles of Boldogko and Sirok were amongst the most breathtaking places in the country. This is a random scattering of photos from our day trips.

Storks
Nesting storks are a common sight in this part of the country
Hortobagy National Park
Csikos riding into the horizon in the Hungarian Plain
Csikos of Hortobagy
The Csikos of Hungary are as close as Europe gets to cowboys
Reformed Church, Debrecen

Reformed Church, Debrecen or the Lego church as I called it

Tokaj
A pince is a wine house of the historical wine town of Tokaj
Boldogkovar, Hungary
The castle of Boldogko opened out to this awesome walkway with the town far below
Sunset over Eger

The sunset view from the castle of Eger

Eger Basilica
Eger’s churches were mostly baroque in style and their decorations were lavish
Minorite Church Eger
Minorite Church of Eger
Serbian Church, Eger
The Iconastasis of Eger’s Serbian Church was a stunning blend of art and gold leaf
Egerszalok Salt Pool Terraces
Outside of Eger, the salt terraces of Egerszalok is one of the country’s most astounding natural phenomenon
Sirok Castle
Sirok Castle
Sirok Castle
View of Sirok castle exterior

Cork

September happened, and we spent our anniversary in Cork in Ireland. The trip took us to the stunning Swiss Cottage in Tipperary, the gorgeous grounds of Fota Wildlife Park, and the coastal towns of Cobh and Kinsale, possibly two of Ireland’s finest.

Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage, Tipperary
Fota Wildlife Park, Cork
A colourful parrot from Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park, Cork
Victoria Crowned Pigeon from Fota Wildlife Park
Barrack Hill, Cobh
Barrack Hill in Cobh is probably the most beautiful in the country
Kinsale, Ireland
The colourful streets of Kinsale
Charles Fort, Kinsale
View over Charles Fort, Kinsale to the sea beyond

Our final trip of the year, saw us in Marrakesh. The city was an architectural delight, from our Riad, the palaces to the many ornamental doors. An excursion saw us riding camels on the palm grove of the city’s outskirts, and I fulfilled my ambition to be photographed with the snake charmers of Jemaa el-Fna.

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Palmeraie, Marrakesh
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Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh
Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh
Sunset over Marrakesh
Sunset over Marrakesh from Nomad Restaurant
Imagery from the souks of Marrakesh
Imagery from the souks of Marrakesh
Street art of Marrakesh
Il Etait une foi…how appropriate
Le Jardin Secret
Le Jardin Secret
Souks of Marrakesh
Snakes at Jemaa el-Fna
Snakes at Jemaa el-Fna
Snakes at Jemaa el-Fna
Badai Palace, Marrakesh
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Badai Palace, Marrakesh
The Badai Palce is a dream for anyone interested in Moroccan architecture
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This has been my photographic journey in 2018. It has been an enjoyable year of travel and I am full of anticipation for the one to come.

I would be delighted if you would like, comment or share.

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