Barcelona . Catalonia . Spain . 2014

Travelled to the capital of Catalonia - Barcelona with my good friend and acclaimed wedding photographer Kent Wong and my makeup partner Cherry Au. April has always been the season I travel because this is where Kent and Cherry would take on overseas assignments and a great chance for me to tag along their well-planned itineraries and get my street photography fix.

 Cherry takes over my new Fuji X100S that I brought along for the trip.  Fujifilm X-T1 + XF56mm F1.2

Cherry takes over my new Fuji X100S that I brought along for the trip.

Fujifilm X-T1 + XF56mm F1.2

 The view from Montserrat.

The view from Montserrat.

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 Chefs taking a break from work.

Chefs taking a break from work.

 You don’t wanna fall from there…

You don’t wanna fall from there…

 Wide open with the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF56mm F1.2

Wide open with the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF56mm F1.2

 That’s what he was looking at…

That’s what he was looking at…

 Found this little lock probably left by a couple from the Philippines because Mahal Kita means I Love You in Tagalog.

Found this little lock probably left by a couple from the Philippines because Mahal Kita means I Love You in Tagalog.

 Probably a usual hangout for Barcelona’s many pigeons…

Probably a usual hangout for Barcelona’s many pigeons…

 La Tanglatella - Recommendations by Kent and the place for epic-sized pastas. A must-go if you’re a pasta lover.

La Tanglatella - Recommendations by Kent and the place for epic-sized pastas. A must-go if you’re a pasta lover.

 No points guessing which team they support.

No points guessing which team they support.

 Game on :)

Game on :)

 Someone please tell me what this means?

Someone please tell me what this means?

 This is the famous Sagrada Familia - an unfinished roman catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí. Started in 1882, it is still in the process of being completed.

This is the famous Sagrada Familia - an unfinished roman catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí. Started in 1882, it is still in the process of being completed.

 Park Güell - with its distinctive Gaudí signature look.

Park Güell - with its distinctive Gaudí signature look.

 Met these kids on excursion…

Met these kids on excursion…

 The view opposite my apartment.

The view opposite my apartment.

 Folks on the subway. I get one of these shots at every city I visit just to see how people react.

Folks on the subway. I get one of these shots at every city I visit just to see how people react.

 My drink of choice this entire trip. FREE DAMM LIMON. 0% Alcohol and a great tasting beverage!

My drink of choice this entire trip. FREE DAMM LIMON. 0% Alcohol and a great tasting beverage!

 Nice to see some kids not paying attention… LOL .

Nice to see some kids not paying attention… LOL .

 Barcelona was founded as a Roman city and you can trace it’s origin back to many of it’s architecture.

Barcelona was founded as a Roman city and you can trace it’s origin back to many of it’s architecture.

 One of my favourite photographs from the trip.

One of my favourite photographs from the trip.

 Chocolates to last you a lifetime…

Chocolates to last you a lifetime…

 The roman temple of Augustus is tucked away in the gothic quarters of Barcelona. These columns are almost as old as the city itself and dates back to the 1st century BC.

The roman temple of Augustus is tucked away in the gothic quarters of Barcelona. These columns are almost as old as the city itself and dates back to the 1st century BC.

 The Catalonians are music lovers and many take to the streets to showcase their talent for singing our favourite boleros and playing the Spanish guitar.

The Catalonians are music lovers and many take to the streets to showcase their talent for singing our favourite boleros and playing the Spanish guitar.

 About to take a picture of this Old English when it decided to poop right in front of me. Amused owner quickly picked it up keeping the streets poop-free.

About to take a picture of this Old English when it decided to poop right in front of me. Amused owner quickly picked it up keeping the streets poop-free.

 The Gothic Quarters are the oldest part of the city and definitely a place you’d want to take your time to explore.

The Gothic Quarters are the oldest part of the city and definitely a place you’d want to take your time to explore.

 and probably the best way to do it is to sign up for one of Barcelona’s Walking Tours.

and probably the best way to do it is to sign up for one of Barcelona’s Walking Tours.

 Tibidabo Amusement Park . Tibidabo . Barcelona

Tibidabo Amusement Park . Tibidabo . Barcelona

 The Roman Catholic Sagrat Cor Church sits adjacent to the Tibidabo Amusement Park and is a beautiful minor basilica build in 1902.

The Roman Catholic Sagrat Cor Church sits adjacent to the Tibidabo Amusement Park and is a beautiful minor basilica build in 1902.

 Details inside the Sagrat Cor Church.

Details inside the Sagrat Cor Church.

 No trip to Barcelona is complete without watching a game at Camp Nou - home to FC Barcelona and the largest stadium in Europe. It can house over well over 99000 fans! This match was between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo and to my disappointment, Barcelona lost the match this time round.

No trip to Barcelona is complete without watching a game at Camp Nou - home to FC Barcelona and the largest stadium in Europe. It can house over well over 99000 fans! This match was between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo and to my disappointment, Barcelona lost the match this time round.

 One of the City’s many modes of transport…

One of the City’s many modes of transport…

 There’s literally music at every corner you turn…. Music that even the little ones can enjoy.

There’s literally music at every corner you turn…. Music that even the little ones can enjoy.

 Photographed this very touristy-looking tourist finding his way about the city.

Photographed this very touristy-looking tourist finding his way about the city.

 A musician with quite a bit of personality!

A musician with quite a bit of personality!

 Like many of the big European cities now, homeless folks are a common sight and it saddens me to see these folks who are displaced often through conflicts and war.

Like many of the big European cities now, homeless folks are a common sight and it saddens me to see these folks who are displaced often through conflicts and war.

 The alleyways of Barcelona has a definite charm when the night lamps come on…

The alleyways of Barcelona has a definite charm when the night lamps come on…

 THere’s no lack of fine-dining options here in Barcelona but sometimes with so much options, you’d really be put in a spot what you’d wanna order.

THere’s no lack of fine-dining options here in Barcelona but sometimes with so much options, you’d really be put in a spot what you’d wanna order.

 The medieval town of Besalú in Girona, Catalonia.

The medieval town of Besalú in Girona, Catalonia.

 Another amazing sunset to mark the end of this incredible journey…

Another amazing sunset to mark the end of this incredible journey…

Turkey . 2011

Photographing the streets of Turkey…

 Cat outside the Hagia Sophia . Istanbul

Cat outside the Hagia Sophia . Istanbul

 Interior of the Blue Mosque . Istanbul

Interior of the Blue Mosque . Istanbul

 Hagia Sophia . Istanbul

Hagia Sophia . Istanbul

 Birds flying along a beautiful harbour town in Istanbul

Birds flying along a beautiful harbour town in Istanbul

 Somewhere in the ancient city of Troy

Somewhere in the ancient city of Troy

 What a sight this must have been back in it’s glory days…

What a sight this must have been back in it’s glory days…

 A regal looking cat posing along the ancient ruins of Ephesus.

A regal looking cat posing along the ancient ruins of Ephesus.

 Site of the Library of Celsus . Ephesus

Site of the Library of Celsus . Ephesus

 The Library of Celsus . Ephesus

The Library of Celsus . Ephesus

 Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) at Sunset . Denizli Turkey

Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) at Sunset . Denizli Turkey

 An ancient wall glows in the sunset at Pamukkale . Denizli Turkey

An ancient wall glows in the sunset at Pamukkale . Denizli Turkey

 A female Mallard along the river bank

A female Mallard along the river bank

 Made friends with this little kitten as I walked around the streets.

Made friends with this little kitten as I walked around the streets.

 Another of of Turkey’s many beautiful street cats.

Another of of Turkey’s many beautiful street cats.

 This one makes his home at a salvage yard.

This one makes his home at a salvage yard.

 Met a friendly German Shepherd belonging to a local . Cappadocia Turkey

Met a friendly German Shepherd belonging to a local . Cappadocia Turkey

 One of the most beautiful places in the world… Cappadocia

One of the most beautiful places in the world… Cappadocia

London . Paris . Switzerland . 2009

Some of my favourite sights from my trip to Europe.


 Buckingham Palace in London.

Buckingham Palace in London.

 Street lamps along banks of the Seine River in Paris.

Street lamps along banks of the Seine River in Paris.

 View from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

View from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

 Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

 A city of romance and culture surrounded by countless skyscrapers high against the skyline

A city of romance and culture surrounded by countless skyscrapers high against the skyline

 Rock Dove on Street Lamp . Paris

Rock Dove on Street Lamp . Paris

 Carved Marble Statue . Palace of Versailles.

Carved Marble Statue . Palace of Versailles.

 The Coronation of Napoleon is painted by Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon's official painter. This 10 x 6 metre tall painting seen in the Palace of Versailles is actually a replica. The actual painting is exhibited in the Louvre.

The Coronation of Napoleon is painted by Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon's official painter. This 10 x 6 metre tall painting seen in the Palace of Versailles is actually a replica. The actual painting is exhibited in the Louvre.

 Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum

 Jungfraujoch . Switzerland - The highest peak in Europe

Jungfraujoch . Switzerland - The highest peak in Europe

 The Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps

 Tram ride to Jungfraujoch

Tram ride to Jungfraujoch

 The Lion of Lucerne actually has a very amusing history. Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen commissioned this monument by asking Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen to design the sculpture. However, it is said that Pfyffer hid the truth that he didn't have enough money to pay Thorvaldsen. When the artist learned about it, he decided to show his disgust by altering the monument but out of respect for the soldiers it was built for, he left the Lion intact. Instead, he purposely altered the alcove of the lion into the shape of a Pig. Apparently, no one noticed the Pig until it was completed and it stands there today - a reminder of the artist's disdain.

The Lion of Lucerne actually has a very amusing history. Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen commissioned this monument by asking Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen to design the sculpture. However, it is said that Pfyffer hid the truth that he didn't have enough money to pay Thorvaldsen. When the artist learned about it, he decided to show his disgust by altering the monument but out of respect for the soldiers it was built for, he left the Lion intact. Instead, he purposely altered the alcove of the lion into the shape of a Pig. Apparently, no one noticed the Pig until it was completed and it stands there today - a reminder of the artist's disdain.

 Seagull . Interlaken

Seagull . Interlaken


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