Back in September I visited Japan with my husband – a long overdue honeymoon, which coincided with a commission from Pride Life magazine for a travel article and travel photography. (I’ve written here before about my work for Pride Life, covering trips to Rioja and Nepal.) Safe to say, fitting three weeks into 2,000 words is a challenge – but also a great opportunity to reflect on a truly amazing country.
One of my favourite places in Japan was Kyoto, a city whose ancient temples should be on any traveller’s wish list. Not that you’d ever be able to visit all 1,500-odd of them: indeed, you might not wish to, since many of them are regrettably overcrowded. I’m not a fan of selfie sticks at the best of times, but in some places the clamour for tourists to tick off another Facebook selfie checklist really does become too much. My trip to Kyoto had to involve time away from the crowds – to make travel photography uninterrupted by the stick-wielders. (Seriously: they should be sold with a guide to basic manners!)Read More