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A few more excellent places to round out 2017: Aqua, Wolfsburg – absolutely worth the trip from Berlin, excellent service, food and ambience (3*) Facil, Berlin – delicious food, patchy service (2*) Grill Royal, Berlin – classic grill (1*) 5 Cinco, Berlin – beautiful food and ambience, a must (1*) Cookies Cream, Berlin – innovative […]

Visiting Berlin and taking the opportunity to eat at some nice places. Aqua in Wolfsburg, Horvath and Cookies Cream in Berlin, and a fun Vietnamese place called Madame Ngo. These shots were done with a Nikon D500 and the 16-80 f2.8-4 DX lens.

Photos from six restaurants visited in St Moritz February 2017. Roberto’s | Veltliner Keller | Hotel Kronenhof – Kronenstübli | Badrutt’s Palace Patrizier Stuben | Ecco St Moritz (2*) | Restaurant dal Mulin

A selection of photos from Horvath (2*) Photos | Einsunternull Photos | Tim Raue (2*) Photos

Here’s a short summary of the eating experience from my trip. Some are Michelin rated, but all good! St Moritz: Roberto’s – Mid-range Italian food. Good wine list and range of Italian dishes. Veltliner Keller – homely Italian. It’s OK. Hotel Kronenhof – Kronenstübli – Cute place. Lovely decor. Creative food. Maybe worth a visit. Badrutt’s Palace […]

Here are some of the places I ate at when I was in town for the month of June: Ask for Luigi, Miku, Jules Bistro, Chambar, Wildebeest, Vij’s, Meat and Bread, Bauhaus, Tojo’s, Zest, Flying Pig, Le Crocodile, Zest, Hawksworth, Hamaei, Tacofino, Floata, and Sun Sui Wah. Ask for Luigi is Vancouver Magazine’s 2015 restaurant of the year, it’s in Railtown, a pretty sketchy part of […]

After the French Open, I’m in Vancouver in June to cover the matches that are being played her at the BC Place Stadium. The teams playing in the Group stage are Japan, Cameroon, Ecuador, Switzerland, USA and Nigeria. Here are some highlights. More photos here.  

My travel plans had me in the Northern Hemisphere in late May and I covered the French Open. The clay surface, the late afternoon light, and the suburban location are the three unique characteristics of this event. The photography points on the major courts are also special. Court level, high up, in the stands, and also low […]

For a gourmand, being in Paris for 2 weeks is like drinking from the fountain. Where to go, so many choices. I found the blog Paris By Mouth and using that as a guide, ended up at Au Passage, Frenchie, Septime, Pierre Gagnaire, L’EPICURISTE, Restaurant ES, and LeDoyen; some old favourites like Relais de L’Entrecote; and […]

Canon Professional Services CPS had a pre-release Canon 5Ds at the French Open. I borrowed it late one day when it looked likely Tsonga was going to win an epic match on centre court. I wanted a loose shot with the crowd celebrating with Tsonga and CPS had a 100mm 2.8L lens that could do justice to […]

A couple of images from Arizona shot in 2011 of the Secret Canyon. When these were taken, Adobe Lightroom was using the “2010” RAW converter. With the current version of Lightroom, the converter has been updated to “2012”. And Photomatix has had another 2 years of enhancements. The first image is a 3-shot bracket that’s […]

You can’t always shoot with a tilt-shift lens but you can now create the effect pretty convincingly with Photoshop CS6. Here are a few photos from last year with the effect applied:

Not all Michelin 3 stars are the same and not all are to our taste. Of the ones we ate in here is a summary: The Fat Duck, Bray, UK. The most theatrical and exciting to visit. Original, nothing like it and impeccable wine list and service. One of the few places to put on […]

Stay tunedSo here is a review of the condo we rented in Aspen. This condo is convenient location, across the road from the City Market and three blocks away from the Silver Queen gondola. The Clairvaux No 7 is on the first floor (second floor if you’re from the US) and has a great view […]

After Jake and Guy raved about their meal at Matsuhisa we had to check it out. They were right. Excellent new-style Japanese food from a restaurant in the Nobu family of restaurants. One of our salads was the Spinach, dried miso and shrimp: The Seafood Dynamite dish – my favourite: Sea Bass with Truffle: Superb […]

There was a junior ski race this morning so here’s a bit of colour and action:

Here are some photos of the Aspen streets. As always, click on the photo for caption/descriptions:

A quintessentially American dinner of take away ribs and chicken wings from Hickory House Ribs followed by ice cream of an unusual, but delicious, flavour.

With 8 inches of fresh snow everyone wanted to make fresh tracks. The Silver Queen gondola opens at 9am and the queue started around 8am. By 8.50am there was about 200 people in the queue, winding its way around the corner:

There hasn’t been a snow fall for weeks and the locals were saying that it’s been the driest winter they can remember. So it was a relief when 8 inches dropped from the heavens on Saturday:

After 2 days of skiing it’s becoming clear that the snow cover is pretty ordinary and there are lots of rocks and debris. All of our skis have serious damage to the bottoms and edges. An edge tune up with and a bit of wax will help a lot. Here’s a picture of the FK […]

After skiing on Aspen Mountain on day 1 we ventured to Snowmass on day 2. The free shuttle bus leaves from Rubey Park and is a 30 minute or so ride away.

I was in Aspen in December 1981, being a ski bum, working at Holland House. After saying I’ll be back next year, finally got back here thirty years later with my family. The town has totally changed, Holland House is no longer there, and nothing is recognisable. The first day out on the snow was […]