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Dubrovnik

In the middle of May I decided to be about as nearly spontaneous as you can get and get a last minute flight to Dubrovnik without arriving at the airport and going there and then. I booked tickets on a Monday morning and left Wednesday night to fly out to somewhere I have wanted to visit for many years for one week to get a glimpse of this pearl on the Adriatic. 

The entire coastline glows beautiful colours each evening as scenic sights of yachts and galleons dot the horizon, while visitors can catch the sun setting with a glass of wine in hand on a little secluded rocky patch.

Most of my time was spent in the Lapad region of the city. It hosts a beautiful beach and coastal walk with various man-made jetties that you can relax on, and some include handy steps out of the water back to the rocks. The water was a beautiful azure colour and a reasonable 20 C for the end of May.

Dubrovnik hosts some beautiful architecture, with much of it embracing the renaissance period. The extensive use of sandstone really compliments the slightly arid land it sits amongst, while emphasising the soft glow of a sunset more so than other stonework.

Being a coastal city, Dubrovnik has it's fair share of marine vessels, the vast majority of which are as beautiful as the surroundings they sail within. From small fishing boats to large pleasure yachts and the odd galleon, there were plenty of beautiful marine craft to enjoy around the marina and local beaches.

Many evenings were spent within the walls of the old city. The atmosphere here is full of subtle vibrance around dinner time with plenty of live music, much of it instrumental, complimenting diners as they sample the wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. The architecture here is absolutely stunning and the city's relaxed pace is reflected in its visitors as they meander down side streets and discover unique ice cream stalls or street music.

One week was far too short to really take in all of what Dubrovnik has to offer. The weather was perfect for the time of year and the level of tourists was very manageable considering the city's popularity. Friends of mine were attending a mutual friend's wedding during my visit and it would be incredibly hard to beat the incredible scenery and relaxed atmosphere for anyone considering a destination wedding. 

Next time I hope to visit some of the other beautiful areas of Croatia including the stunning Split and the incredible arena in Pula. I hope that these images inspire you to visit and maybe even do so spontaneously!

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Home Tour

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Home Tour

Carla Benedetti

Last week I made the journey to Dublin to photograph the home of interior designer, Carla Benedetti, for publication at MintMag.ie. The house had been up for nomination for the RTÉ television programme; Home of the Year and was situated in the leafy suburb of Sandymount.

Vintage Bathtub

Carla's home went through a massive redesign and is peppered with a combination of modern and vintage elements that flow throughout her home. The bathroom is the perfect combination containing this beautiful bathtub which sits on the clean white tiles that bounces lots of natural light within the room.

The stunning kitchen area features full floor to ceiling windows that flood light into this new extension space. The kitchen is entirely open plan and leads directly into the living room space that encompasses a vintage leather chesterfield foot rest and rustic cabinets to compliment the modern colour tones.

The dark inky tones of the redesign contrast with the light filled spaces and give a contrasty pop to the spaces within her home. The ensuite bathroom pops with colour with the bright white and turquoise tiling, while the inky blue hues in the hallway are complimented by the warm wooden tones of the stairwell to the 1st floor.

We had our very own miniature tour guide of the day Benjamin, who was vying for my attention and as I wrapped up shooting, he got his own little portrait taken in the living room.

Puppy

If you would like to check out more of Carla's interior design work, you can head over to her site here.

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