Photo essay: The Temple of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Temple of Literature in Hanoi is dedicated to Confucius , and was the site of Vietnam’s first university, dating back to 1076. Back then, only those of noble birth were admitted, but the mid-1400s brought about a new age, where gifted students from around the country were allowed.

Stunning, breath taking, awe-inspiring… none of these quite do it justice, nor do my photos. But hopefully they’re enough to pique your interest and encourage a visit if you ever find yourself in Hanoi 🙂

 

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iPhoto essay: The Californian Redwoods, Warburton

Waldeinsamkeit: the feeling of being alone in the woods…

I found out only a few days before heading to Warburton about the incredible Californian Redwood Forest on Cement Creek Rd, only 10 minutes from the town centre. As the National Trust website will tell you, the forest is home to almost 1500 of these beautiful trees, which were planted back in the 1930s, some of which have grown over 50m high.

This is one of, if not the most stunning natural setting I’ve ever been lucky enough to find myself in. It is truly magical in every spence of the word; ethereal natural light streams through the branches of the trees, and the phrase “silence is deafening” takes on the most perfect new meaning.

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Photo Essay: Nonna’s chocolate roll cake.

One of the big motivations behind putting together my cookbook was to actually record and preserve some of my family’s recipes. We’re Italian, which means two things – the food is delicious, and recipes are rarely written down. They’re just remembered, somehow.

One of the recipes I really wanted to learn to bake myself and ensure was recorded was my great grandmother’s chocolate roll cake. It’s my dad’s favourite, and he has some really fond memories around this cake. I was really excited when my auntie (dad’s sister) offered to show me the ropes and take me through the whole procedure.

It took us the best part of the day, but we finally got the whole recipe down on paper, and I got some really beautiful photos in the process. If you’d like the recipe, you’ll have to buy the book, I can’t reveal it all here! But I do want to share some of the shots we got on the day that captured this amazing experience  : )

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