Nic Freeman

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Kenroku-en Garden Kanazawa: A photowalk

The tranquil and measured perfection of Kenroku-en left me stunned. As I stood in awe of each balanced branch and mossy root, I felt as if time had frozen and all hints of chaos had slipped from my mind.

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April 7, 2016 · 7 Comments

Kimono Fever in Kyoto

The vibrant scene of kimonos at Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera Temple were as striking as the 17th Century pagoda, making it an exciting scene for travel photography.

March 14, 2016 · 9 Comments

Daily delights on Instagram

Hello lovely reader, Do you follow me on Instagram? Please do. I’ve got lots of daily delights and mini adventures to share with you there. Find me at http://instagram.com/nicfreemanlife  xo Nic

October 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Photo Drive Around Wanaka, New Zealand

The air is still like winter. Alpine blues soften ice-bitten brown and gravel-grey mountains. Long lakes like mirrors line the valleys. Woodfire smoke rises to meet low cloud. Sitting in … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 17 Comments

Melbourne Weekender: Foody Happiness in Australia’s Cultural Capital

The creative pulse of Melbourne stirs giddy dreams of urban adventures. With every visit, I find myself enchanted by vibrant street art and tipsy with the rush of cultural possibilities. … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 31 Comments

A Photo Walk in Melbourne, Australia

Crisp leaves scrape along the windy path. Coffee grind scents the morning air. A dog dressed in tartan trots next to a lady in black. I’m as comfortable here, walking … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 30 Comments

A Week In Berlin: Exploring Germany’s Creative Capital

The mere mention of Berlin is often enough to conjure thoughts of street art, underground music and offbeat urban adventures. Such associations fit quite nicely with my concept of the … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 21 Comments

A Photo Walk in Berlin

Gritty and colourful, sweet and rough, the streets of Berlin offer many curiosities for the aimless wanderer to consider. Whether it’s the street art that Germany’s creative capital is so … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 14 Comments

A Photo Walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Aquamarine lakes are fringed with mossy veins and sunshine-dappled woodlands  in Croatia’s natural treasure, Plitvice  Lakes National Park. Covering almost 300 km2 , and comprising 16 lakes, Plitvice is  the … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 27 Comments

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure

From the highest mountain pass in Slovenia, the world is a soothing spectrum of hinterland greens, precipice blues and alpine whites. Here, in the northern corner of Slovenia, beside the … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 23 Comments

A Photo Walk in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Walking the calm streets of Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, is a bit like taking a stroll through a modern-day fairytale. The stoic stone castle perched above the river-laced city sets … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · 10 Comments

Delightful Dining in Bologna & Parma, Italy

If there is one thing you must do when in Italy, it is eat…and oh, what a chore it is! The Italians are experts at offering regional specialties, quality ingredients … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 13 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Italy.

My month in Italy was an adventure centred around eating – regularly, indulgently, eating. As a result, this edition of Travel. Food. Photo. is kinda epic. I just had to … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · 12 Comments

Bells, Doors and Bicycles: A Photo Walk in the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy

Every town and city has its own delightful character, something that makes it particular, charming, unlike other cities. The provincial centre of Lucca in Tuscany could be described as quaint, … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 14 Comments

Happy Wanderings in Perugia: A Photo Walk in Umbria, Italy

A quiet kind of romance lingers in the medieval streets of Perugia. Vineyards, sunflowers and picturesque peaks abound the small city, leading newcomers on a happy journey into the capital … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 13 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Lisbon.

Usually the posts in this ‘Travel.Food.Photo’ series share the foods themed by country, but as my Portuguese travels (so far) have been limited to the capital city, Lisbon, this post … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 13 Comments

Colourful Streets of Lisbon: A Photo Walk

Sweet pastels and brightly patterned tiles line the vertical surfaces of Lisbon’s streets. Like clothing, the colours are worn to communicate personality, enliven the streets, tell a story about culture. … Continue reading

August 11, 2012 · 17 Comments

Escaping into the Sahara Desert of Morocco

Leaving Marrakech is quick. As if the city were contained within an invisible wall, buildings suddenly give way to clay huts and large fanning palms. Mountains spring like over-sized ant … Continue reading

August 10, 2012 · 14 Comments

Redefining ‘Exotic’ in Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

In my wildest dreams and most intrepid travels I have never encountered such an intense, exotic scene as the nightly market of Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Morocco. Commonly known as … Continue reading

August 6, 2012 · 12 Comments

Adventures in the Fez Medina, Morocco

Infused with generations of artisan skill, the Fez Medina is a pulsing labyrinth of colour and culture. With more than 9,500 narrow corridors curiously arranged into dedicated souqs, this UNESCO … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 13 Comments

Art, Music & Culture in Granada, Spain

A few weeks ago I had the delight of visiting the Southern Spanish city of Granada. Known for its bohemian culture, impressive Muslim legacy and flamenco-gypsy arts, this dynamic city … Continue reading

July 15, 2012 · 9 Comments

188 Days of Travel

Looking out across the calm Lisbon shore, I am moved by the memories that brim to mind. It is mid-year already and time to reflect on all I have seen … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · 21 Comments

A photo walk in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Looking out across the manicured exotic gardens and regal stone archways of the Alhambra, it is easy to forget your time and place in the world. The vines are woven … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 17 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.2)

Yesterday was the last day of my six week Spanish adventure, during which I saw a lot of the country, learnt a little of the language and ate lots of … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 10 Comments

6 Wonderful ways to experience Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Traditional and contemporary delights contribute equal doses of charm in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Widely known as being a UNESCO World Heritage City, the home of … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · 7 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.1)

In April, the fresh flavours of Istanbul, Turkey inspired me to photograph and share my culinary adventures in the first instalment of Travel. Food. Photo. It seems that you liked … Continue reading

June 3, 2012 · 14 Comments

Reflections: A 2012 Travel Photo Essay

I’ve always found that travelling offers so many opportunities to reflect, to re-evaluate the direction of my life. Unlike the routine churn of home life, travelling allows time and space, … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 8 Comments

Barcelona express: food, sights and culture in two days

Here is a little post written during my visit to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago… now that I’m walking el Camino across Spain, Barcelona streets seem so far away. … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

For the love of Turkish coffee

Thick, sweet, caffeinated goodness, oh how I love you… especially when served in tiny colourful cups amidst the whir of Turkish culture. For the love of you, I have been … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · 9 Comments

Two days on Camino de Santiago: impressions

Day 1 From the moment we left our room in Pamplona, we were winging it. Dave and I both had light packs with minimum supplies for a month of walking, … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · 14 Comments

Must-have Istanbul meals for 10 Turkish Lira or less

The glory of Istanbul’s Ottoman architecture and colourful carpets is arguably matched by its exotic, flavoursome foods.  After three months of travelling around Northern Europe on budget-conscious cold sandwiches and … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 16 Comments

From Istanbul to Barcelona, from there to here

A rising murmur in the afternoon street rouses me from siesta. Eyes open to a sun-streaked balcony of daisies and thyme. Ears focus on the plucking of strings and the … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 9 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Istanbul.

I’ve become that strange girl who photographs her food. I’m not sure if it’s a natural urge that I’ve previously suppressed through social awareness, or a new habit that’s sprung … Continue reading

May 6, 2012 · 12 Comments

The magical world of Topkapi Palace – Istanbul, Turkey

One of my favourite Istanbul experiences is visiting Topkapi Palace in Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city. As you walk through the impressive white Gate of Salutation, you are transported to a … Continue reading

April 26, 2012 · 15 Comments

Wide angle: a photo walk through Istanbul, Turkey

I am feeling inspired by the rich cityscape of Istanbul: the kaleidoscope of colours, the exotic scents that hang on humid air, the lovely clash and clamour on the streets. … Continue reading

April 24, 2012 · 20 Comments

Impressions of Istanbul, Turkey

The thing about Istanbul is, it’s not an easy place to sum up. I’ve sat here scribbling impressions for a hour and my list is long and varied. From the … Continue reading

April 21, 2012 · 16 Comments

Walking Wales: the Pembrokeshire Coast & Brecon Beacons national parks

From the late night ferry between Ireland and Wales, to the deep-fried bread served at breakfast, and the hour spent patiently enduring a theological rant by a crazy woman in … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 16 Comments
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