Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

More beautiful fashion in Brisbane

The Valentino Retrospective is coming to Brisbane in a couple of weeks. Must-see!

Details here.

Theatre in Fashion

Beautiful shots taken backstage at the John Galliano show at Men's Fashion Month in Paris. Stunning, theatrical, gorgeous, make sure you check out the whole series at Jak & Jil.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

When in Rome...

Friends of ours recently traveled to Italy for the first time and asked us for some tips for Rome, as we'd just been there last September. They had a great time and loved our suggestions, so I thought I'd share them here also..

I would definitely recommend doing an organised tour for this, as this means that you can skip the very long lineup going into the Colosseum. I would recommend hats, sunscreen and definitely sleeves - a lot of it the Colosseum is open air, and I got burnt when we went. This is the tour we did, it was absolutely amazing, the tour guide was fantastic! Very in-depth tour, and after the Colosseum the tour continues onto Palatine Hill and into the Forum Romanum.
I would definitely do the morning tour, so you can do lunch straight after, and then do some other stuff on your own in the afternoon.

We did another tour for this, again, you can skip the lines and get great English commentary (as for the tour above). Another very knowledgeable guide, and i think you do need someone to guide through the Vatican museum and explain the background to all that stuff, i think it would be overwhelming to walk through by yourselves. Also goes into the Sistine Chapel and loads of explanation about the background to the frescoes. Link to the tour.
Remember to wear shirts with sleeves and pants/skirts below the knees.

All the other sights we just did by ourselves. Your hotel should be able to provide you with a map detailing where all the sights are. We stayed about a 15 minute walk from the Colosseum, so we walked everywhere, except the Vatican, as that's on the other side of the Tiber. But a lot of the other stuff was within walking distance.

Spanish Step, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon can all be done in a day.

Take your time for the Peters Dome. there can be very long lines. Again, sleeves covering shoulders,and pants/skirts over the knee, they will turn you back if they find your outfits too revealing. This is an amazing structure, make sure you have heaps of time here; there are loads of artworks, amazing architecture. You can also go into the catacombs below the dome, where all the popes are buried (and the faithful come and pray there, too.) An additional thing you absolutely HAVE to do at the dome is climb it. It's an additional cost, but so worth it. (not that expensive, actually) You can go in the actual dome-bit at the top. First you can look into the Church from up there, and then climb up further and go outside the dome. Most amazing view of Rome! Definitely do this, it's so worth the climb. It's a bit tight up there, but unless you guys have major claustrophobia, you should be fine.

If you're looking for somewhere to eat, there are great pizzerias in Trastevere, which is an old Suburb in Rome. Apparently all the locals go there. There are stacks of restaurants there, you should be fine anywhere there.
If you're serious foodies, there is a restaurant that serves cuisine that most people probably haven't eaten before - Roman Jewish food. Our Colosseum tour guide put us onto this place, and it was amazing. The lineup was massive when we were there, but it was on a Sunday lunch, so that was probably why. Might be good to book. It's called Ba'Ghetto, in a lovely old Roman neighbourhood. Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 57, 00186 Roma. Visit the Ba'Ghetto website.


Got ink?

I think this is really neat. A bit messy, but a great idea. For the whole sequence, go to Paul Is Here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

You gotta fight for your right to (election) party

 This comes under "fair use", right? ...

Yes, we have become such old, boring people that we will be watching election coverage together. Good times for politics nerds!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Interesting signage

Spotted this at Que Huong on Saturday night.

A very sociable weekend

Taken on my camera phone without a flash

On Friday night we had dinner at Brents at Toowong with my parents. We had the 5-course "Taste of France" Degustation Menu which was absolutely beautiful. A cured salmon Amuse Bouche; a beautiful duck parfait; beautiful Bouillabaisse; and a very yummy combo of beef cheeks and eye fillet; followed by a cheese platter of a smooth French Blue. Matching wine with each course. The dinner was phenomenal - great food, great staff. My only (tiny) criticism is reserved for the cheese platter - I personally would have preferred 2 types of cheeses instead of the one. I'd rather one 'every-man' cheese, like a smooth Brie, and one more adventurous cheese like a sharp blue or a goat's milk cheese. 9.5/10

Saturday Night dinner at a Vietnamese/Chinese Restaurant in Darra. Fairly run of the mill food, but a nice catch-up with Ton's family.

Today we went to the International Brewers Day at the Archive Beer Boutique in West End. It was a day of great brews and many laughs. This venue is definitely worth a look, they only have Australian-made craft beer, and today we sampled a few crackers. My personal favourites, including their tasting notes as per the above:
Blue Sky Brewery (Cairns, QLD): Smoking Hefeweizen. 5.4% Gold medal winner AIBA 2010 offering a hint of smoked malt and typical German Wheat beer flavours.
Prickly Moses (Barongarook, VIC): Otway Red Ale. A medium to full-bodied Irish Style Ale beer with a light reddish hue. A malt accented beer that finishes with a dyrness from the addition of small quantities of roasted barley.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hard at work

My boss often brings his dog to work so he doesn't have to hang out at home by himself all day. It's a perfect Queensland Winter Day today - blue sky, sunny, about 15 degrees Celcius. Jack found a favourite spot in the doorway out to the balcony.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Hmmm... biscotti

Many thanks to Chantelle at Little Things for the lovely care package of home-made (!) biscotti and shortbread. Only the biscotti are pictured above, the shortbread is already in our tummies :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

On location

Was away for our two seasonal shoots Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday we shot in a quarry near Burleigh Heads - unfortunately I forgot to take photos that day, but here are some happy snaps (on my camera phone) from our Wednesday shoot at a luxurious holiday home in the Byron Bay hinterland. I'll post happy snaps with talent once the images are released, but here is the location: