Israel - Day 2

Whilst at work on my second day, I mentioned that something I was on the look out for in the markets was saffron. It’s incredibly expensive back in the UK, and I know it can be quite a bit cheaper in the Middle East. So a couple of the guys at work insisted they take me to one of the best markets not too far away - Mahane Yehuda.

If you are in the area, I really recommend to at least walk through this area. It’s not really for tourists, to me it seemed to be a market that all of the locals frequently use, so it’s very ‘authentic’. Unlike the market in the Old City, this one is mainly for produce, so anything from meats to fresh fruit and vegetables. It didn't take long to find a stall selling saffron (as well as every other spice imaginable!). 

I couldn't resist a quick walk around before heading back to work.

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After work, I planned to visit a particular location, but it was closed for the day. So at short notice I decided to head back into the Old City. I lost count how many photos I took in this exact alley, just like the say before, I arrived just as the sun was in the right position and low enough to be perfect.

This photo stood out to me, partly as this was one of the only photos where the alley wasn’t crammed with people! The amazing light on the steps, leading to the men at the top made this is definite keeper for me.

 
The markets can really be an assault on the eyes sometimes! With every available space packed with goods to buy.
 

When walking the streets, you often pass these groups of elderly men playing a variety of games, from cards to backgammon. They almost seem to be in their own little world, completely oblivious to the countless people and tourists walking past. I guess you get used to it after a while!

I walked though this archway on my previous day here and managed to take a photo of an elderly gentleman casually sitting on the side. This time, just as I was framing the photo again, a little girl walked past.

Of course I had no idea where she was coming from, or where she was going - but to me she made the photo worth it.

As I was leaving the Old City, the sun was again just about to set, creating an amazing colour on the wall themselves.

This was my view of the city as I enjoyed another delicious dinner, on top of the Mamilla Hotel.

A great ending to another great day in Jerusalem.

FarGo Creative Village

The FarGo creative village is a small market area in Coventry, catering for those searching for something a little bit different. You won't find any designer shops here, just small boutique independent designers and retailers. 

You'd struggle to spend an entire day here, but it's well worth checking out if you're near.

......and an obligatory stop to try out the local beers!

Starting him off young maybe? ;)

All photos taken with the Fuji X-T1 and 23mm f/1.4

Empty

I'm not quite sure how I ended up at the top of an empty multi storey car park during my evening wander around Leicester, but I thought it was worth a photo while I was there.

I've have a few exciting trips coming up soon, including a trip to my No.1 place on my 'must visit' list - Vietnam. I'll be in Hanoi at the end of April and I cannot wait! I'll only back back in the country for a day before flying out to Rome for the week too. I'm not sure what photo opportunities I'll get there, but we'll see......

A quick wander around Leicester

I'm almost at the end of my brief trip to Leicester, and it was only this evening that I had a chance to walk about. The weather was on my side (for once!), so these are from a quick walk about. 

If you're a gin lover, then you have to check out 45 West Distillers (http://www.45westdistillers.com). I only stumbled on this by walking past, and was drawn to the countless gin bottles in the window. The staff are great and can offer advice on the best G&T for you. After two drinks, and a bottle of their gin, I moved on!

Still love this staircase. It's a treat to find one at all, let alone walk up one to your room everyday.