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February 04, 2013

Food Food Food

Sonnyphotos20Kip met Gentse waterzooi, yummy home cooked meal at Lillians straight form the aiport Sonnyphotos21next day after shopping for present for the kids, I have lunch at Den Beer, and all of a sudden a heavy snow storm that lasted for all of 10 min, could not see out the window for the snow Sonnyphotos22but then 5 min later it all cleared up to beautiful blue sky day Sonnyphotos23the Square at Mechelen, just after the snow and all the stalls have packed up and left Sonnyphotos24yummy carrot & Pumpkin soup at RA store Antwerp

January 27, 2013

Romme Alpin Day Trip - Såler

SWE_9869sonnyphotosSo after pisting down Romme Alpin I stop of at one of the towns on the side of the road, and this is Såler about 20min form Romme SWE_9871sonnyphotoscouldn't be more different than Avalon :-) SWE_9873sonnyphotosI thas a lovely charm to it I find SWE_9874sonnyphotosAnd what is it with that brown colour, you see it everywhere, any swedes, feel free to fill me in here, why all the same colour ? SWE_9876sonnyphotosthe garages SWE_9877sonnyphotosat the end of the road SWE_9878sonnyphotosCute, I can just imagine it in summer, green gras and probably 2 apple trees with bright red apples SWE_9880sonnyphotosWonder if that's the husbans shack at the back of the house, has a chimney, so there is fire, so a lot of time spent in there :-) SWE_9882sonnyphotos

:-) SWE_9885sonnyphotos

SWE_9889sonnyphotoshow nice is this place SWE_9890sonnyphotosloving the details SWE_9891sonnyphotoswould love to have a coffee in here and check out the place, bet you it would be full of wonderful details, character SWE_9894sonnyphotos

Photosonnyhere's a scary pic of me earlier ( so was not going to put this at the top of the post :-)
This is when I had been ski-ing for about 2 hours, I was so cold, I had to rent some ski boots ( not the best ones ) and I could not feel my toes at this stage, and my beard, hahaha, my beard, when I went inside a restaurant to warm my feet up, my beard had big cluster of ice balls stuck in there, so funny, reminds me of this shot from a few years ago in Austria AustriaSonnyphotoand the comment Bryan Boy wrote, lol SWE_9904sonnyphotosdriving back to Stockholm now.
Wanted to shot you all the snow, and how it is still in all the trees, as it is so cold, it's just frozen to the trees, the leaves, the branches the trunks SWE_9908sonnyphotos

SWE_9912sonnyphotoswishing I had a bath to jump into when I get back to hotel, it's going to have to be a long shower instead.

( or coming home to one of those cute wooden homes, with a home cooked Jacqui meal and one of those claw foot baths set up in front of open fire, nice, next time :-)


Quick Dinner ( late lunch ) with Olof

SWE_9860sonnyphotosI'm such a bad friend today, my Swedish friend, Olof, from Scandinavian Press Room, yesterday organised for me to go with him and his partner on a boat cruise to go and see some of the archipelago, boat leaves at 12, no problem I told him, all I have to do is pick up hire car before as they close at 1pm, so will get it at 11 and be ready at hotel at 11:30. Fast forward to next day 11:10 when I'm busy getting an edit of photos ready for MFF when I see the time, major freak out, so call Olof, race out the door to walk to central and ge the car, needles to say, even though Olof managed to get the captani to hold the boat for 5 min, I was 2 mintutes too late, damn, and turns out there was a really good lunch on board as well.
Anyway we meet up after for a drink, late lunch, dinner for me, as I ended up running around trying to find a battery for my transmitter and a cable. And I still need to take some shots of the exhibition, here's the shot of Zuzanna wearing Dolce, at the elevators , love the colours SWE_9861sonnyphotosopening photo in the restaurant SWE_9862sonnyphotosit's a bit crazy busy in here, totally booked out and I'm not getting the right angle with the reflections of the red lights, ok, so will do it in the morning instead when the main lights are not set on moody :-) SWE_9863sonnyphotosBerns hotel, does not look like much from here, but so centraly located and so so nice inside SWE_9864sonnyphotosbetter view SWE_9865sonnyphotosand right across the parl/road, Olof shows me this palace,story is , some lady built it years ago ( I'd say more 150 ) and started collecting things, clothes, furniture etc... so it;s like an antique museum now, left the way she left it all these years ago, but we are not going to check it out now ( and strange I never saw this before and it is just across the road ) SWE_9866sonnyphotosOlof takes me to Cafe Riche, and he knows everyone here, so even though it is busy we get a table and I have traditional Swedish meatballs ( yes Jacqui, way better than those ones we had in Sydney last time :-) SWE_9867sonnyphotosThen after dinner back to my hotel, it's only just after 6 pm, but I'm off to bed, getting up super early tomorrow.


January 26, 2013

Photo Exhibition at Berns Salonger Hotel

IMG_1647sonnyphotosWhen I arrive at Berns hotel, there's already a big box waiting for me, can;t tell but box is 1 meter by a meter and a half IMG_1648sonnyphotosnice big poster prints mounted on 10mm polyboard inside the box. Now trying to work out which photo to put where, 10 of these photos will be hung inside the main restaurant which is a beautiful old room with massive chandeliers IMG_1649sonnyphotosyou can see the room in the mirror a little, but yeah, crappy phome cam photos, was too busy to gt camera from room, as we were on a time limit to set up the photos before lunch service starts, all good :-) IMG_1651sonnyphotosFirst photo is up, thanks to the fast help of Omar the hotel maintenance guy IMG_1652sonnyphotosright on queu jus as we finish putting up the 10 photos, another 10 prints arrive for inside the lobby and reception area of Berns Hotel IMG_1653sonnyphotoswoauw, this print turned out so well, thanks to Andreas from Stockholm's pro center printing IMG_1654sonnyphotosBig print, little man in mirror :-) IMG_1657sonnyphotosZuzanna wearing Dolce near the elevators IMG_1655sonnyphotosOne isde of the restaurant, will come back later and take some real photos

January 24, 2013

Walk in Frozen wonderland

_IM_0215sonnyI decided to brave the cold and go for a walk PAR_9775sonnyyou see, last night when I drove back from Wim & Hilda's it was super cold, probably about minus 4 and a lot of mist, so I know with that cold, the mist at some stage would freeze, so you end up with anything that was shrouded in the mist now covered in ice PAR_9777sonny
pretty in B&W as well PAR_9778sonnyso a simle dead branch turns into this overnight PAR_9784sonny

_IM_0216sonnylooks like it got cold enough as well last night to freeze the river a bit _IM_0221sonny

_IM_0227sonnylook how much ice is on this dead weed _IM_0233sonny







_IM_0251sonnymy little house in the forest PAR_9799sonnyoh my, I've driven past here so many times, and just shows you do see more when you take a walk, a sticker here, outside of a little Belgain village, for Australia's ABC radio, and then for the South Coast even, Kenny, did you put that there ?? PAR_9802sonnyI could walk for hours and take photos, but it is bitter cold, and I don't have the right footwear, skate shoes are not made to withstand the cold PAR_9813sonny





January 23, 2013

Last (snow covered ) day in Paris and driving late at night to Belgium

After the Thom Browne show I got a ride back to the center of Paris with the Federatios shuttle bus. So some tourists shots before I head back to Belgium PAR_9687sonnyphotos

PAR_9688sonnyphotoseveryone talks about Paris in the spring time and how beautiful it is, but Paris blanketted in a thick layer of snow is magical to me PAR_9691sonnyphotos

PAR_9696sonnyphotosone of the petrol stations I stopped at along the way ( I stopped at several to top up on coffee ) a third of the way, and just had to take some shots to show how much snow was lying around. I mean, usually in busy places it gets all mushed up , but this time there was so much of it that it , well stayed white PAR_9698sonnyphotosI probably done about 100-120 km by now, and look at the bonnet of my car, still thick with snow PAR_9702sonnyphotos
nearly empty highway, close to midnight, and far lane totally white PAR_9706sonnyphotosdifferent white balance. And look at the snow still on my bonnet in foreground, crazy, meanwhile in Sydney it was 46 degrees , ha PAR_9709sonnyphotos

well, that was an epic drive, never driven on so much snow for such a long period of time, usually, this time of night I do this trip in just under 3 hours, took me well over 4 hours, and rightly so, was pretty slippery in some spots PAR_9714sonnyphotosnext day had a pretty long sleep in and spend most of the day indoor, but in the evening ventured into Mechelen to have dinner at Den Beer. This is the view outside the restaurant, on one side the local council chambers PAR_9718sonnyphotosand the other side the Cathedral/church St Rombouts tower, and all still covered in snow PAR_9724sonnyphotosnext day, a quick look at the street where I stay, the street has turned into ice skating lane, whatever you do, don't use your brakes when driving
And riding a bike, forget it PAR_9727sonnyphotos

PAR_9728sonnyphotosneeds to drop another 5 degrees before that freezes ( too much pollution in the water ) PAR_9733sonnyphotosLater that afternoon I drive to Wim & Hilda's for dinner. Love this assortment of bird houses on the wall with christmas lights PAR_9743sonnyphotoslove it PAR_9747sonnyphotos
never say never, but I doubt I will ever see this in Sydney PAR_9750sonnyphotosin these winter conditions , you just have to put food out for the birds PAR_9770sonnyphotostesting out the smoker I got for them from Australia, result, great, I'm buying one for myself now PAR_9773sonnyphotosnext morning, frost on my window. Migt have to go for a walk this morning out in the cold with camera.

January 19, 2013

A Snow Covered Paris Friday Night, making my way home after last show

_IM_9984SnowInParisSonnyphotosAfter the Berluti presentation iin the natural museum, this is what greeted me at the doorway _IM_9990SnowInParisSonnyphotosthe whole park white and no one around, a nice eerie silence for Paris _IM_9994SnowInParisSonnyphotosI think this is one of the only shows where everyone would have taken a photo after they left the venue ( a first ? ) _IM_9999SnowInParisSonnyphotos

_IM_0001SnowInParisSonnyphotoslove the silence _IM_0004SnowInParisSonnyphotos


_IM_0017SnowInParisSonnyphotosfor 9:30 on a friday nigth, Paris really slowed right down _IM_0019SnowInParisSonnyphotosRichard looking for a taxi to get to Gare Du Nord _IM_0021SnowInParisSonnyphotos

_IM_0023SnowInParisSonnyphotosstill snowing _IM_0035SnowInParisSonnyphotosStreets of Montmartre, never seen them like this _IM_0043SnowInParisSonnyphotosuseless transportation in these conditions, they get no grip and back wheel just goes sideways ( quite funny to see though ) _IM_0046SnowInParisSonnyphotoslooks more like a shot in the Alps, the scooters give it away that it's not _IM_0052SnowInParisSonnyphotos



_IM_0067SnowInParisSonnyphotosnearly there, one more block to go . Just loving how quite it is, this placeis usually buzzing at this time on a Friday night ( well, any night really ) And look how pretty it is _IM_0073SnowInParisSonnyphotos

_IM_0075SnowInParisSonnyphotosIn the morning, still all there and forecast for more to come :-)

Givenchy AW13/14 Men Fashion Show Paris Backstage











January 11, 2013

First week 2013 in Avalon

IMG_1562sonnyphotosat my favourite pizza joint IMG_1563sonnyphotoswith my favourite smiling girl IMG_1570sonnyphotosnothing beats a fire on the beach on sunset IMG_1574sonnyphotosroasting marshmellows IMG_1578sonnyphotosEvan and his mate Jack IMG_1593sonnyphotosJacqui caught her first ever spider

January 09, 2013

Lifelong friends of mine ( I hope )

HMEL1621SonnyphotosLove this shot JAcqui snapped of me with my friends. They say Cockatoes can live up to 80 years, are intelligent, active, noisy and love attention HMEL1622SonnyphotosSo I have been giving them a lot of attention, and am rewarded by being able to get up close to them while I feed them ( Love how our pet cat, Elsa, has gotten used to the birds as well, and is just casually preening herself in the background ) HMEL1625Sonnyphotos

Rainbow lorrikeets join in on the free feed HMEL1633Sonnyphotoson some days there will be three times a smany birds, and they follow me around the garden, love it HMEL1634Sonnyphotos
bananas looking good this year HMEL1637Sonnyphotos
ditto all the frangipani trees in the garden HMEL1640Sonnyphotoslove the shape of the leaves, especially the new ones HMEL1641Sonnyphotos