I've been thinking this for a while and YES, YES, YES! I've decided finally to venture on the Destination Photographer. I've organized a beautiful route of the beaten path in Austria to make some beautiful memories! Do you want to know how I've organized it? Are interested? Keep reading!
What's the plan?
After agreeing a start time, I'll pick you up from the bus stop that arrives in Laxenburg and we'll walk to the park. It is about a 15 min walk through the park to the Green Pavillion where we'll stay approximately 20 minutes taking portrait photos. After the Pavillion, we'll walk to the lake where there is a beautiful castle and we'll take more portraits on location. The walk from the Pavillion to the lake is around 20 min and we'll remain at the lake for around half an hour. We'll walk back to the exit of the park. If the ice cream parlour is open, we can stop for a lovely ice cream or coffee (please not food is not included in the photography services). Your photos will be processed on the same day and delivery will be within 3-4 days in a private online gallery where you can download them. Processing of the photos is minimal to ensure the best light and shadows but no photoshop will be used. During the photoshoot, I will guide you to get your best angles and the best background. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too. They must be on a leash at all times and you must carry a poop bag. These bags are available at the entrance of the park. Photoshoots are available all year round as long as there is no rain or extreme weather conditions. Please note this is NOT a Tour. This is an experience to have a photoshoot in a beautiful, natural and historical location and it is available all year round!
What else you should know?
Within our route in the park, there are two places to buy snacks and water. You will provide your own transport from Vienna. I can asist with directions. Make up available at additional price p/p. Please enquire. This is an experience to get a photoshoot in a gorgeous place and not a Tour.
Entrance fee to the park is included
30+ edited hi-res photos
1 year backup
4 work days delivery in a private and password protected gallery
Raw or unedited images are NOT included and will not be delivered
What to bring?
Comfortable walking shoes
Nice outfit for the photos
a big smile and a great attitude
How to book?
You can book my services thru the following link:
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All's well that ends well! And that was it... The Lifeball....
For those who do not know what the Lifeball was, it was a charity run over 26 years by Gery Keszler that raised around 30 million euros for anti-AIDS causes in Austria and abroad.
The progress achieved in fighting AIDS over the last 26 years means it has become very hard to raise the funds to hold the event and sadly last night was the very last one.
On my second year working for the Lifeball I have mixed emotions: I'm grateful for being given this opportunity, I got to meet and work with incredibly amazing people but I'm also sad because I know there won't be another one. Since I arrived in Austria 13 years ago, I have dreamt of going to one of the famous Viennese balls and actually, would you believe it, I have never been to one as a guest, and my first one was this one. I was thrilled to work for them and each time looked forward to what the new theme was going to be. Last year was The Sound of Music and this year was United in Diversity: "Walking on the yellow brick road towards an ends to AIDS"
I'm super proud to have been part of such a noble cause and I hope that there will be another ball, because events like this in the world do not exist anywhere else and there needs to be more, to raise awareness, educate, prevent, treat and destigmatize AIDS and HIV.
Now I'm tired, my feet ache: Yesterday I had a long day; 12 hours non-stop working preceded by an intense week, rehearsals, airports and party, but it was fun and I'm sad there won't be another one. I just feel like I've broken up with someone I love. But I also know there are people who are sharing the same feeling I have as I write this.
I'm going to bed and will dream of the next Lifeball
To the organizers: Thank you Gery, Doris, Barbara, Stephan, Vanessa and Magdalena and to my most wonderful colleagues whom we shared a few laughs, we complained and laughed and laughed, Yuting, Maru, Stephan, Peter, Alvaro, Markus, Isabella and particularly to Jürgen for trusting me and giving me the task of photographing the Life+ Gala.
#Lifeball #AIDS #HIV #Awareness #vienna #Austria #prevention #unitedindiversity
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Did you ever go to a Lifeball
Do you want the Lifeball to continue?
Do you think the Lifeball will continue as some rumours suggest?
Let me know, I would love to hear what your thoughts are in the comments!
The good the bad and the ugly of our journey of a lifetime….
What did we think of Morocco? I can start telling you, before you read any further, that we actually had a good time.
We found Morocco full of wonderful people: locals invited us several times for mint tea and we also met along the way fellow enthusiastic travellers making the trip really interesting.
We started in the medieval city of Fez and Unesco World Heritage site. Our first impression was amazing: we visited herbalists: people who specialise in making perfumes, oils and tinctures to make you feel better and beautiful. We also visited the old ancient mosque and the oldest university in the world and we found the architecture incredible. We even checked out the famous tanneries and much to our surprise they didn’t smell as bad as we were warned despite their use of huge amounts of pigeon poo.
One of the anecdotes of that day was to walk thru the meat section of the markets (souks). We were shocked to see camels and goats heads but nothing prepared us for the actions of one seller: he took a chicken from its cage, and with one swift movement, he decapitated the animal. Needless to say, if you want fresh chicken now you know where to go! But it did make us wonder, where does our food really come from?
The next day, we departed to Chefchaouen and just after we checked out of our Riad in Fez (a Riad is type of home converted into a hotel), I decided to kneel down to take a picture of one of the many kittens on the streets. I’m still trying to figure out wether locals hate tourists taking pictures of the cats, but a woman took a dislike on me, she hit me on the back of my head and when I turned around, she slap me on the face as well as shouting in Arabic! As I had no clue what she was on about and my nervousness, I didn’t become immediately angry but I bursted into laughter which made the woman even madder at me. I had to run to reunite myself with the group before this woman hit me again!
On the way we stopped in the town of Meknes where we witnessed a fight that broke out in the Medina between some guys who were chasing each other with crowbars! We left the scene and went for a calmer coffee instead! But when we were sitting down, a cute 5 year old boy approached us and started hugging my husband, it was weird, but we realised that many kids there do this so you feel sorry for them and give them money.
Once in Chefchaouen, we checked into our beautiful Riad. We explored the town and it’s even more beautiful than described in the guide books. It’s all true, the entire town is painted in blue. At night we went to eat dinner and my husband asked for the regional specialty. The waiter chuckled, brought the dish and waited for my husband to finish it. He asked him if he enjoyed the plate, he said yes: it was delicious. What is it? The waiter said, its ox penis! We made fun of my husband the entire trip. According to the reviews of the restaurant, that dish is the most popular one to order. I’m glad the rest of us didn’t even try it.
The next day we returned to Fez, our driver said to us, he would drive safely because it is a long journey that should take between 3-4 hours. We were relieved he seemed a careful driver, the reality was different! He talked on the phone, never wore a seat belt and took us to our destination in 2 and a half hours!. Once we got to Fez, we had no clue how to get to our Riad. For those that don’t know, the old town of Fez consists of 9000 streets and 40000 (yes you read well, 40thousand) dead ends. It is a huge labyrinth that hasn’t changed much in centuries. Before we knew it, we had a bunch of people, including a motorcycle chasing us, apparently they all knew where the hotel was, but the trend is, that some of these people are waiting for lost tourists to navigate them thru the labyrinth and then demand more money to take you out of it. We were lucky our taxi driver approached an old man who was honest and took us to the riad. The experience was frightening.
Next day, our new driver and tour guide for the next 4 days, Mahjub, came to pick us up from the Riad and drove about 8 hours to our desert camp with Morocco Country Side Tours on the border with Algeria. He made several stops along the way and we found his stories fascinating. We saw the famous Atlas Mountains and how the scenery changed so drastically within a few hours. Morocco has a lot to offer for nature freaks, it is certainly without a doubt a beautiful country. Once in the desert we visited a family of nomads, it was humbling seeing their way of life as they live in the desert and need walk miles to get water every day. Their cute little girl Asha, had the most contagious laugh and genuine smile. She had nothing other than a bicycle that probably a tourist had given her as a gift, but I wonder how was she going to ride that toy in the middle of the sand dunes? Nevertheless she was happy and she didn’t need much to be happy.
In the desert we also got to eat the famous Berber pizza. I’m still raving about it, it was the most gorgeous blends of spices I’ve ever tried.
At the camp we also danced to the tunes of Berber music and drummers, it was fun celebrating like the locals and the locals did seem happy to do this every night. They enjoyed themselves as much as the tourists did.
After two full days in the desert which included an exhilarating journey by camels, we went to the Moroccan Hollywood and saw some of the locations where the movie the Gladiator was filmed— they are actually real towns where people live.
Our final part was Marrakech. There we found a city of contrasts: some of the poor are very poor and some are opulent rich. We went to the YSL museum and the Marjorelle gardens which are beautifully maintained but makes you wonder about all the poverty that surrounds them.
In Marrakech central square, we were shouted at loudly by some guys because they photobombed our picture. We posed for one picture for my husband before we realized, three other guys came, photobombed us and then demanded money. I thought they were going to hit my husband at one point. Tourists, like us, should learn how to say in the local language: NO. We were also harassed into buying things. The salespeople can be very aggressive and you end up either buying out of fear, or you just leave the shop without actually buying what you liked in the first place. In that square, we also saw monkeys in chains performing for the tourists, it was really awful to see that these practices are allowed. We also saw snakes charmers and one guy tried to put a green snake on top of me and we screamed in unison in fear as he came out of nowhere. Of course after that, we left the place in one go. We had seen enough.
What we enjoyed was the kindness of people, amazing food we ate pretty much everywhere we went, the wonderful nature and the vast amount of history in this African country. As a souvenir, we bought spices, and these spices are so fragrant in my kitchen they are a good reminder every day of our trip to Morocco.
We had some hilarious experiences as well as some scary ones, but definitely this was a trip to write about, because it makes other road trips we’ve ever done seem mundane and boring! And I’m glad we were curious enough to go into places off the beaten track. Sometimes you have to go for it, but always remember to be safe and if in doubt about your safety, get out of there.
I’m the one behind the lens!