Love In Antwerp

Usually when I travel, especially if it’s somewhere I’m visiting for the first time, I give my self enough time to do a photo walk. If you’ve never heard of a photo walk or photo walking, it’s basically wandering around talking photos as you explore.

The Photowalk

This was my second visit to Antwerp for another Roller Skating based event, and as usual, it clashed with a Red Rolled and Seen photography workshop. So seeing as I was double booked. I contacted Bella, the creator of Red Rolled and Seen, and asked if I could join in remotely. Whilst standing in a park in Antwerp as the sun rose, I whipped out my phone and WhatsApped Bella. My question was “how would you feel if I took the ‘Love’ theme of the workshop and instead of Peckham being the location, use Antwerp?”. With enthusiasm and a bucketful of support, Bella said yes! Instantly I switched focus and began seeking out ways to visualise love, but this photography swiftly turned into a short project on challenging the idea of love.

Heres’s some of the shot’s I put forward for the workshop.

 

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It’s 229 miles from Peckham, London to Antwerp, Belgium, but “Love” exists all day, everyday, all across the globe. . . These shot’s taken as part of the @redrolledandseen #Love #PhotowalkChallenge, candidly explore situation where the love is? . . What “Love” is, is open to interpretation and even between those connected by love, they have different ideas of what “it” is. The expectations it creates, and the fear of not having it lead to a load of stories. . . Love isn’t really visible, but peoples idea of love is. So if you can’t see your perception of Love… is it still love? . . Is it even for us to question??? . ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡. . . 📸 @craigjiggy #CraigJiggySnaps . . . #TeamJiggy #CandidPhotography #PhotoChallenges #photography #documentinglife #Antwerp #Belgium #streetphotography #AntwerbyLondoners #Photowalking #Photowalks #SmartPhonePhotography

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But is your idea of “love” and how do you capture it?

Visit Antwerp

Antwerp has a really good transport network, but apart from using 1 tram, it’s easy to walk around it’s flat, sometimes cobbled streets. Why not visit for yourself and witness the tonnes of outdoor arts, the culture and the stories carved into the buildings. Search Booking.com for somewhere to stay.


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Photowalking Prague with BeRightBack Travel

I’ve always thought about going to one of the many gothic cities across Europe, but I just never got around to it. Maybe my initial perception of the “eastern-block” as a place which might be unsafe for me as a “black man” made it more of a reason not to go. I guess this idea was strongly based on images from football matches and hooliganism in the 80’s – 90s, but thanks to the awesome guys at BeRightBack I can say from my experience that’s not the case. So here’s my guide to Prague as I went #Photowalking through the Czech Republic Capital thanks to BRB.

What Is BeRightBack Travel?

BeRightBack (BRB) is a UK subscription-based travel service which takes the hustle of working out where to go next. If you like surprises, or simply just go to the same old places all the time then BRB could be what you need. Read more about why I recommend BRB, and how you could join me on my next surprise destination.

A Little About Prague

As previously mentioned, Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. Like my home town of London, it is split in two by the Vltava River. In the early 19th centry, it was dubbed “the City of a Hundred Spires” by Austrian historian Josef Hormayr. Looking across the city from Castle View I can see why.

 

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Prague is known for it’s Old Town Square, it’s historical colourful baroque buildings, the Charles Bridge, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock.

Photowalking Prague

Prague is packed full of beautiful architecture and everywhere you turned there was something well worth snapping.
As I love London at night I wanted to see what #LowLightPrague would have to offer, so off I went into the night for some photography whilst joining a local ghost walk.

Prague at Low Light

Photowalking… on water

Drawing comparisons with the London’s River Thames, the Vltava River runs through the Czech capital and is spanned by 17 Bridges. So the quickest way to see them was to book myself onto a river cruise. From the BRB site, you have easy access to the GetYourGuide site which is where I booked my spot. Food, Drink and English Narration were provided, making it easy to identify what I was seeing.

 

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Staying in Prague

As part of my BRB #SupriseDestination package, your accommodation is also sorted out for you. For this adventure, I stayed at the Royal Prague City Appartments, which was pretty much in the centre of the city. As with most of the city, the apartments are located in a historical building between the Vltava River and the Petřínské Sady park. My room was very stylishly decorated with modern touches which complimented the old Edwardian look. When I checked in I was given discount vouchers for two local restaurants, which was definitely a bonus. The wifi signal was perfect, which I needed as I was working on the move. The room itself had an ensuite bathroom, kitchen, small dining area with TV, safe and an awesome, super-comfy double bed. Definitely somewhere I’d stay again.

Food and Drink

As someone with lots of food allergies, I always have to be careful with what I eat, no matter how much I love the sight of a well-presented dish. All of the places where I stopped to eat had English menus available, so it was easy to spot any allergens to avoid.

There was no limit to the array of restaurants offering international food, from Chinese and Thai to Italian and Indian. So I took the short stroll from my apartment to Medduzy’s and ordered the popular Czech Fried Chicken Schnitzel, together with a glass of hot apple juice.

When it comes to discovering somewhere to eat, the Old Town is the perfect place to start. For me, this is where I found the traditional Bohemian dessert, Tredlník. A sort of spiral sugar and a cinnamon doughnut, topped with a choice of double flavoured of ice cream, also known as “Chimney Cake”.

The main thing is there is something for everyone and you definitely won’t leave Prague without your taste buds being tingled and a few snaps of your food for the old Instagram.

Discover Prague

To me, Prague is full of beauty. From the amazing carvings and sculptures which decorate almost every building in the Old Town to the views you get from hills and towers which adorn the city, I think there is something for everyone. The Prague Card  offers 2, 3 or 4 day discounts for shows and tours, or free entry to attractions and historical monuments. Here are a few things to do which I would like to try on my next visit.

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Photowalking Aahrus, Denmark

My Aarhus photowalk was an impromptu one which happened purely due to having a few spare hours to chill out whilst en route from Life Drawing in Viborg to the Roller Disco in Netherlands. Upon leaving the the main station, I instantly fell for the architecture, the colours and the good airborne vibe of this Danish city.

Aarhus is on the East Coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, and is home to with historical timbered houses, an open-air museum, the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, arts, and viking culture.

The Photo Walk

 

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Staying in Aahrus



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On this visit, Aahrus was only a few hours stop-over before heading overnight to the Netherlands, so I didn’t require any accommodation.

However when I checked for places to stay via Booking.com – Aarhus, it was possible to find a hostel for around £52 for 2 nights, which seemed really good at the time.

Discover Aarhus

For the short time I was there, I got lost in the beautiful harbour-side sunsets, water fountains, rooftop garden, and architecture to the point that I actually missed my over night bus to the Netherlands 🤦‍♂️. Here are some links to places I found and to help you discover Aahrus for yourself.

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