Tag Archives: Place

365 Places: Wedding at Bangalore Palace

Day 180: Wedding at Bangalore Palace, Bangalore, India

Today my post features some images and a video of an Indian wedding we saw at the Bangalore Palace.

It was so colourful and noisy – had it share!

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365 Places: Ode to a Cappuccino, Charlie’s 1978

Day 177: Charlie’s Italian Restaurant, Darwin 1978

This post is about my love of coffee, in particular a cappuccino, from where it all began – celebrating my 12th birthday at an Italian restaurant in Darwin – Charlie’s.

Now I may have shared with you my penchant for a good coffee, particularly a cappuccino, but I am by no means a purist. I understand that an authentic cappuccino does not have chocolate on the top, and if this is the case, it is not the cappuccino I love.

What I love, is a strong coffee, topped with foaming frothy milk and drowning with chocolate powder. Around the outside of the rim is a crust of coffee, making the foam a taste sensation of bitter and sweet. It is the coffee of my childhood, of Italian cafes in Darwin and Brisbane in the 1970s and the 1980s. Moreover, it was not the coffee we had at home, which was flavourless in comparison (though my Dad still swears by International Roast).

Bit Strip - about reusable cups
Bit Strip – about reusable cups

My moment of truth happened when I was 12 at Charlie’s: my parents asked me after dinner if I would like a coffee and that is what I ordered – a cappuccino. It was nothing short of a sublime sensory experience – its aroma and flavour sang and I loved mixing the frothy milk into the rich dark coffee. From that first meeting, I know I had found something very special and delicious.

Charlie’s also had a reputation for his Cordon Bleu and Spaghetti, but my mum excels with these dishes – but a cappuccino was a new experience and one that I have loved now for over 30 years. Ironically I drink black coffee at home but I still love a cappuccino when I buy coffee – it just seems special.

Who else loves this kind of cappuccino? Would love your coffee stories 🙂

Profile: Edward Mooney

We have been researching other photographers, artists and writers that focus on travel and ideas of ‘place’ in their work. Recently, we came across the work of Edward Mooney, an Irish photographer and blogger, who blogs at http://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/. We fell in love with his beautiful atmospheric imagery of old ruins and castles in Ireland.

Edward Mooney
Edward Mooney

Edward has been a keen photographer for the last 5 years and is now concentrating on combining his passion for photography with his interest in history, old ruins, folklore and mythology. Edward spends a lot of his free time travelling around the Irish countryside in search of his next adventure, which he fondly refers to as “Ruin-hunting”. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it!

Edward says about his work that:

I have always had a deep interest in the fascinating history and lore associated with Ireland, sometimes sprinkled with a pinch of the arcane for good measure. With much of my current work I get a chance to merge these interests into my images. When I explore many of these ancient sites, I feel like I am entering another realm. The Realm of the Past so to speak.

Another aspect of Edward’s site we love, is his wonderful collection of interactive ruins maps, which has some synergies with our other ongoing creative project Geokult. The maps are composed in Google Earth and most of the map pins feature a photograph of the site by Edward. This is an ongoing project which is being continually expanded to include Edwards discoveries of new ruins and significant sites. We are certainly inspired to go and see some of these magical places for ourselves one day.

Here is his map of Dublin:

You can find Edward’s work online at: