a week surrounded by beautiful old buildings where the merchants and charlatans use to live.
the city of bruges.
now infiltrated with tourists.
where the poor of the past now live in high rise flats.
i watched a carriage with a bored horse emerge from the streets.
streets so clean.
just playing tourist for the day
while looking for scenes to place a dutch spoken word artist for portraits for his website.
There’s something liberating about being on the road. Maybe it’s the thrill of discovering a new dystopia. And so we travel south, where we discover the strange branching formations of the Joshua Tree, with it’s twists and turns. Each tree is like an expression of individuality within the soul. A soul always in the process of coming to be, trying to achieve a new orientation. We are fascinated.
Wardrobe and styling by the magnificent @sydofthesouth of MadElegance.
John Steinbeck said it best in 1953:
“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. Its houses climb a hill so steep it would be a cliff except that stairs are cut in it. I believe that whereas most house foundations are vertical, in Positano they are horizontal. The small curving bay of unbelievably blue and green water lips gently on a beach of small pebbles. There is only one narrow street and it does not come down to the water. Everything else is stairs, some of them as steep as ladders. You do not walk to visit a friend, you either climb or slide.”
In 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the Burrard Inlet of Vancouver, today the shores of the city, and wrote of the area’s “innumerable pleasing landscapes.” After spending a few days in Vancouver, we can see why it is renowned for its incomparable natural beauty and cultural diversity. It is also recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities with a rich history and one of the smallest carbon footprints of any major city in North America.
We also set out on ferry to Vancouver Island, hoping to climb to the top of Mount Albert Edward, the sixth highest peak on Vancouver Island, located in Strathcona Provincial Park. Unfortunately, we only made it to the base of the mountain, camping at Circlet Lake. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trail during out hike in, which we weren’t expecting since it was June.
The length of Vancouver island is filled with at least eighteen mountain ranges, composed of sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Most of the mountains are characterized by steep reliefs and sharp peaks in the high alpine and generally lower relief and smoother summits at lower elevation. We really enjoyed snapping images where you can see the different layers of mountain ranges. What’s also amazing to think was that the entire island was a rainforest, which explained why it was so lush on the island. It was amazing to see such magnificent snow-capped mountains in the far distance from the city of Vancouver.