Significant Snacks of no fixed abode.

David St cafe, Holbeck, Leeds
David St cafe, Holbeck, Leeds

 Significant snacks of no fixed abode.

Food is so important to me; love it, hate it, you can’t ignore it….as Eddie Chilcott always said at Oxford (was that really 33 years ago?)

So let’s start with some amazing fish and chips; one of my favourite significant snacks.

Fish and Chips at 149 Friday is allways about Fish and Chips Bridlington, 12th May 2011 iPhone 3GS, 3.85mm, f2.8, 1/15 sec, ISO 125
Fish and Chips at 149
Friday is allways about Fish and Chips
Bridlington, 12th May 2011
iPhone 3GS, 3.85mm, f2.8, 1/15 sec, ISO 125

 

London Hotel room, a memory stick, an animal chocolate bar and some asprin; that was my dinner. This picture was taken on an apple iphone 4S, at 1.00am on the morning of the 30th November 2011. That was a significant day, it was the day that I sold Brilliant Media to MediaCom
London Hotel room, a memory stick, an animal chocolate bar and some asprin; that was my dinner.
This picture was taken on an apple iphone 4S, at 1.00am on the morning of the 30th November 2011.
That was a significant day, it was the day that I sold Brilliant Media to MediaCom

Significan Snacks of no fixed abode.

This blog post is indeed allabout significant snacks of no fixed abode; snacks that have played a major part in my life, snacks, meals, blowouts, morcels; they are al important in making up the fabric of my life.

Start the day with an egg Breakfast, Yorkshire, Nov 2013 Leica M 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200
Start the day with an egg
Breakfast, Yorkshire, Nov 2013
Leica M 50mm f1.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

Not fancy restraunts, not entertaining on a grand scale, not expenses or treats; no, I am talking about the important stuff that fuels the working day;

pies,

breakfasts,

lunch at your desk,

snack on the run,

food of no fixed abode,

food that gets you ftom A to B.

This Pork Pie was balanced on the dash of a BMW 330d in May 2011. Significant, shot in Sainsbury's car park, Macclesfield the day i learnt my mum was ill.
This Pork Pie was balanced on the dash of a BMW 330d in May 2011.
Significant, shot in Sainsbury’s car park, Macclesfield the day i learnt my mum was ill.
At times like this, there is only one sort of pie that will hit the spot.
and hit the spot, it did.
and hit the spot, it did.

 

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a tart for all seasons
a tart for all seasons

 

 

Barcelona, Catalonia

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city I have been to many times, as part of a European tour with the family, or just a short break with my wife on a couple of occasions, and even years ago with my work in more of a jolly capacity.
I must be due another trip – as looking at some of these snaps, I have not been for a couple of years at least…

As the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, Barcelona always seems to offer something new, a protest, a march, a demonstration and some good old fashioned shouting normally suffice (a loud-haler is mandatory if you are visiting this place!)

Essential components of any visit would include the following for me at least –
A visit to the amazing Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house.
The market has a very diverse selection of food and drink, a fantastic place to spend the morning watching the world go by
The second mandatory excursion in my humble opinion would be to pop into MACBA – the Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona
(or to us – the Modern Art Gallery, tucked away behind the market)
My third chosen activity would be to chill out, do some serious people watching, and have a swim in a rooftop pool at the 5 star Grand Hotel Central, somewhere we have stayed a couple of times and really enjoyed.
so there you have it, some simple Barcelona ideas – always a great place to be!

Moscow – the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth

5 Days in Moscow with an iphone 5 and a Moscow minx.

A Moscow minx with a furry hat
A Moscow minx with a furry hat

Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth, I am so glad I was in this amazing city recently. These images were all taken on an iphone; so not the most creative, but one of the best trips I have ever had. That is for sure.

Eating and Drinking; my specialist topic!

If you love food and drink from around the world, then Moscow is an interesting if not rather ugly experience to tick off on your menu-finder!

It’s fair to say that this is not France or Italy; granted. It is not even Croatia or Lapland, it is something I have not experienced before, the three key words being expensive, inedible and entertaining….if nothing else!

Popped out for a drink, got a glass of freezing neat vodka and some raw meat. yummy.
Popped out for a drink, got a glass of freezing neat vodka and some raw meat. yummy.

If the local offerings are not to your taste…

The best food
The best food
Beautifully presented food chiller cabinet in a museum!
Beautifully presented food chiller cabinet in a museum!
Nice cage near the Museum of Art
Nice bit iof raw fish in a cafe near the Museum of Art

There are always the tried and tested global favourites of the rich and famous…….not.

Moscow Starbucks
Moscow Starbucks
At least with Moscow McDonalds, you know what you are going to get; even if you can't understand the bill.
At least with Moscow McDonalds, you know what you are going to get; even if you can’t understand the bill.

Some Important buildings

Once you have eaten breakfast, there is no end of fun to be had out on the treets and in the famous squares of Moscow, here is what Wikipedia says –

Moscow (/ˈmɒsk/ or /ˈmɒsk/; Russian: Москва, tr. Moskva; IPA: [mɐˈskva]) is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and inEastern Europe. According to Forbes 2013,[13] Moscow has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world, has been ranked as the ninth most expensive city in the world by Mercer and is one of the world’s largest urban economies, being ranked as an alpha global city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and is also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.

Shopping is not very easy here!

OK, if you are in the market for some seriously dodgy green stockings, a body shaper latex suit or some cut price lighters, then the underpasses and subways of Moscow are where you will find like-minded shoppers.

If you need to stock up on dodgy tights, stockings or all in ones; this is for you!
If you need to stock up on dodgy tights, stockings or all in ones; this is for you!
Poundland makes this look like Harrods
Poundland makes this look like Harrods
Hard to find anything of value to take home...unless you are a billionaire
Hard to find anything of value to take home…unless you are a billionaire

For the rest of us, the shopping experience is not too good. Lots of expensive shops full of uber-rich people? yes sir….walk this way.

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Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity and metropolis on Earth, the most populous city in Europe,[14] andthe 8th largest city proper in the world, as well as the largest amongst high income economies. It is home to theOstankino Tower, the tallest free standing structure in Europe; Mercury City Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Europe and the Moscow International Business Center. It is the largest city in Russia, with a population of 12,111,194 people (2014).[10]

Moscow – the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth

By its territorial expansion on 1 July 2012 southwest into the Moscow Oblast, the capital increased its area 2.5 times; from about 1,000 square kilometers (390 sq mi) up to 2,511 square kilometers (970 sq mi), and gained an additional population of 233,000 people.[15][16]

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Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia making it the world’s most populated inland city. The city is well known for its unique architecture which consists of many different historic buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its brightly colored domes.

Red Square from inside St Basil's
Red Square from inside St Basil’s

St Basils is amazing
St Basils is amazing

 

With over 40 percent of its territory covered by greenery, it is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe and the world, having the largest forest in an urban area within its borders—more than any other major city—even before its expansion in 2012. In the course of its history the city has served as the capital of a progression of states, from the medieval Grand Duchy of Moscow and the subsequent Tsardom of Russia to the Soviet Union.

Museums are good – especially off the beaten track

House of Photographt was my favourite here, but also the Museum of Modern Art and various state owned historical/military museums are interesting and very cheap to visit.

Moscow House of Photography
Moscow House of Photography

Awesome Photography Museum
Awesome Photography Museum

Moscow is considered the center of Russian culture, having served as the home of prestigious Russian artists, scientists and sports figures during the course of its history and because of the presence of many different museums, academic and political institutions and theaters.

Museum of Modern Art - Obviously!
Museum of Modern Art – Obviously!
MOMA Mosca
MOMA Mosca

Museum of military things...
Museum of military things…

 

 

 

 

 

Moscow Museum of Art is a great place to spend the day…..

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Moscow is also the seat of power of the Government of Russia, being the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence of the Russian president.

KGB Headquarters....
KGB Headquarters….
The British Embassy
The British Embassy

 

The Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square are also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city.

Lenin is inside here, it was his birthday so we missed him.
Lenin is inside here, it was his birthday so we missed him.
Kremlin Armoury
Kremlin Armoury
War monument outside Kremlin walls
War monument outside Kremlin walls

Both chambers of the Russian parliament (the State Duma and the Federation Council) also sit in the city.

The architecture is spectacular – as is the contrast between old and new.

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Cathedrals within the Kremlin

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

According to Wikepedia, this Cathedral, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin has an overall height of 103 metres (338 ft), and is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.

The original 19th-Century church took more than 40 years to build, but was blown up in 1931 during the Communist rule of Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets that was never built, so the church was reconstructed in the 1990s on the same site.
The original church was the scene of the 1882 world premiere of the famous 1812 Overtureby Tchaikovsky. The reconstructed church was the scene of the infamous 2012 performance by “Pussy Riot” protesting against Vladimir Putin.

 

A crazy culture

There is everything under the sun in Moscow – as you would expect from a city that is one of the largest and most infamous in the world

Old school Military History, Moscow
Old school Military History, Moscow
Rouble and Vodka still life
Rouble and Vodka still life
Gold beyond your wildest dreams in the Kremlin Armoury
Gold beyond your wildest dreams in the Kremlin Armoury
Say it with flowers in Moscow
Say it with flowers in Moscow

 

The family wedding below was taking place one afternoon at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour these are my favourite picture of the entire trip; it sums up Moscow in so many ways.

The wedding party
The wedding party
The happiest day of their lives
The happiest day of their lives
Towards the cathedral
Towards the cathedral
and off they go...
and off they go…The bride and groom stopped to have a drink, smoke and eat a hot dog purchased from a street vendor before moving into the Cathedral. This is Moscow!

 

 

 

 I hope you enjoyed my little tour, I would love to return with my Leica to take some real photographs at some stage!
Thanks Moscow!