Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND

25 - 30 January / 14 - 16 February 2016

 

We have been enough lucky to have not just one honeymoon, but two! Our first honeymoon was in Puglia (Italy) and if you a curious to get some impressions from there so just visit the Puglia photo gallery. After long looking for which country to choose for our second honeymoon we decided to explore THAILAND, a destination that was getting really popular during the last years.

If you like to discover more about the second part of our honeymoon follow our photo-story! We started our trip from Bergen (Norway) on monday 25th of January 2016 and decided to travel with Etihad airways via Abu Dhabi to Bangkok. The trip was going very well and we got the best price rate available during that period.

We stayed from the 26th to the 30th of January in Bangkok. 5 nights and 4 full days. Plus one more full day/night at the end of our trip. I have heard many people telling us that 4+ days in Bangkok are too many and that the city is very stressful. I have to admit that I really enjoyed the 4 days there and I think that they were too few to discover all the different areas and possibilities the city has. So i totally recommend to stay there some days, because the more you experience the more you want to get to know about Bangkok's lifestyle.

3 key IMPRESSIONS about Bangkok:

  1. It's moving: Everything is in a flow, changing in a fast way. You really hear the city's heartbeat while walking around. It's amazing. Bangkok is a growing city expanding and getting more and more modern. At the same time you get all the best from the traditions, temples and religious rituals that are still going on in every corner.
  2. It's huge: The city is very extended and it takes time to move from one place to the next one, especially because of the traffic jam. So take your time and be patient. Use your legs (if you can) and the public transport. Move as the locals do and you will save a lot of time.
  3. It's a place of big eater: People are cooking and eating everywhere and at any time of day and night. You smell food everywhere and this can be quite nauseate if you are not used to. If you are hungry you don't need to look around for long to find your next meal!

We found the accomodations online from Bergen and we have been totally happy with our choices:

I can totally raccomand both of this boutique hotel. Really nice places with all you need to enjoy your staying in Bangkok.

 

BANGKOK - DAY 1 - 27.01.2016

Our first day in the city was full packed with the "classical" sightseeing. First we enjoyed a very "not classical" thai breakfast (= cappuccino & cornetto) in the hall of The house of Phraya. The hall has big glass windows and we could see for the first time Bangkok's street life while enjoying our cappuccino. Outside the flow of life was very busy with people working in local street market. People selling and buying all kind of food. My favourit stand was the one with the flowers lady. She was standing outside The House of Phraya everyday working with flower composition and selling them with a big smile on her face. She gave me a deep sense of relaxation and peace even if the street was busy and crowded she was calmly working at her flowers and smiling for all day.

From The House of Phraya the best way to move around is with the river boat. The Sathorn Pier (which is the closes to the hotel) can be reached easily as it is located directly in front of Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station. From there we went off to the Tha Tien Pier.

Our first day in short:

  • River boat: from Sathorn pier to Tha Tien pier;
  • The Grand Place: is a complex of several important buidings and it has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782;
  • Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha): which is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand;
  • Tuk-Tuk: our first trip with the local tuk-tuk from Wat Phra Kaew to Vimanmek Mansion;
  • Vimanmek Mansion: is a former royal palace in Bangkok. It is also known as Vimanmek Palace. It is in the Dusit Palace complex, near Dusit Zoo in Dusit District;
  • Chomp! The comfort cafe: dinner time at this great place in Samsen 1 Alley.

BANGKOK - DAY 2 - 28.01.2016

We woke-up very tired from our first day in Bangkok. It takes some time to get acclimatized to a new place. We moved again from The House of Phraya with the river boat which is travelling very often from the Sathorn Pier (in front of the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station). We went off to Ratchawong Pier. From there it's a very short walk to Chinatown, one of the busiest places in town.

Our second day in short:

  • River boat: from Sathorn Pier to Ratchawong Pier;
  • Chinatown: exploring all the main streets and sights;
  • Sampeng Lane (Soi Wanit 1): a part of Chinatown full packed with stands selling all kinds of stuff, especially lots of different textiles.
  • Wat Traimit - Temple of the Golden Buddha: At one end of Chinatown, we visited the unremarkable temple of Wat Traimit, sits the world's largest solid gold Buddha image. Made of about 83% pure gold and weighing in at five and a half tons, the 15-foot tall seated image is worth millions of dollars at today's gold prices.
  • SPA Burasari (Shanghai Mansion Boutique Hotel): we had a very special treat at Burasari Spa with a package of 2 hours and 1/2 with different treatments (10" feet wash, 40" body scrub, 70" oil massage, 15" face massage, 15" feet massage). That was like heaven!

 


BANGKOK/AYUTTHAYA - DAY 3 - 29.01.2016

Our 3rd was actually not in Bangkok, but in Ayutthaya which is located ca 64 km north of Bangkok. Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour. The ruins of the old city are preserved in the Ayutthaya historical park, which is recognised internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We had an amzing bike tour with "Ayutthaya boat and travel". The tour we have taken is Back Roads to Bang Pa-In: "28 kms cycling to explore local villages - Summer Palace Tour and Long-Tail Boat. We have been travelling by bicycle from Ayutthaya on quiet village roads alongside the historic Chao Phraya River, witnessing the cultural diversity of this region as we stop in local community villages along the way to learn about the lives and day-to-day activities of the Thai people."

Our third day in short:


BANGKOK - DAY 4 - 30.01.2016

Wake-up at 6 am for our last day in Bangkok before moving to the north of Thailand. It's hard life to be an explorer! Sunday: day of markets in Bangkok! We didn't want to miss this experience and personally I love to walk in markets. The all city of Bangkok is actually a big market.

We visited early morning the Chatuchak Weekend Market that "is one of the world's largest weekend markets covers area of 70 rai (27 Acres) altogether divided into 27 Sections, contains more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand." We have been exploring this huge market until 2 pm. It's amazing the quantity of stuff you can find at this market!!! The part I didn't really like was the one with alive animals keeped in cages!!!

From there we moved to the Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat), which is the biggest wholesale and retail of fresh flowers market in Bangkok. The flower market is placed 10 km south from the Chatuchak Market and this time we decided to take a taxi, even if it took plenty of time because of the traffic jam.

In the second part of the afternoon we decided to go back to our B&B The House of Phraya Jasaen and take a bit of really needed rest. The best is that the B&B offers as well thai massages this made the afternoon even more relaxing.

In the evening we explored a little teast of Bangkok's night life trying to reach by taxi the club called Brown Sugar The Jazz Boutique. The streets of Bangkok never gets quite and we have been stuck in a huge traffic jam so we decided to get out of the taxi in Democracy Monument where was actually going on the Festival of Lights. Such a nice surprice!

The way back to our B&B (just 6 km from Brown Sugar) was quite hard since we could not find a taxi driver able to speak in english. They just refused to even try to understand where to bring us, even if we had a clear map and name of the street written in thai language. At the end, with the help of the app maps.me (very usefull app!!!), we guided a taxi driver to our B&B.

Our forth day in Bangkok:


BANGKOK - DAY 5 (last day in thailand) - 15.02.2016

This was our last day in Thailand after visiting other places like Chang Mai, Khao Sok and Ko Phra Thong. We spend our last night (14th of February) in Bangkok in the K MAISON BOUTIQUE HOTEL. We got a very nice Valentine's gift from the hotel: we been upgraded to the MARABLE SUITE for the same price of the Classic Silk room! The Marable suite is 71 sq.m. and it was such a pleasure to spend our last night in Bangkok with a bit of extra comfort and luxury. We can totally raccomand this buotique hotel, every single detail is taken care of from an amazing staff.

The last day was spend with some shopping in one of this big shopping mall: MBK Center (National Stadium BTS). After we visited the Jim Thompson House, "it is a complex of various old Thai structures that the American businessman Jim Thompson collected from all parts of Thailand in the 1950s and 1960s." (by Wikipedia). After the quite interesting and long visit in the Jim Thompson house we did a refreshing stop to a nearby cafe Cafe At Ease. The cafe is serving delicious cakes and many different tea kind.

The closing part of our last day in Thailand was spend visiting the headquarters of DIAKRIT, a company offering different service, like photo-retouch, 2/3D floor plan and similar, for the real estate industry in scandinavia. I work as interior photograher in Bergen and I deliver my photos to DIAKRIT for the part of photo-retouch. It was very interesting to get to see and speak with the people supporting every day our job over there. The DIAKRIT office was super organized and have a great location in Bangkok.

Our last day in Bangkok and end of our Thailand honeymoon in short:

7-Fjellstur i Bergen

7-FJELLSTUR / 7-MOUNTAINS TOUR IN BERGEN

 

29th may 2016

7mountains

35 km

2500 mt total elevation

13 hours walk

 

For the second time we have been taking part in 7 mountains tour in Bergen, Norway (the city where we currently live). The previous time was in 2008!

The 7 mountains tour is 35 km long with a total elevation of 2500 mt!!! The tour is extremely demanding and more than 8000 people take part in, making the hike even more difficult since the little pats in the mountains are very "busy".

I didn't had any previous training to the long hike and for me it was totally unimportant to make a "good time". The only objective I had was to make it to the end still on my legs!

We have been very lucky with the weather and temperature. There were perfect conditions to hike and it was a great sunny day, even if the result was devastating in terms of being tired in the legs, pain in the feet and general mental tiredness of long walking. The day before was raining and the way down from the top of the mountains was extremely slippery. This is where I took longer time...

We started our tour at 6:42 am and ended at 08:20 pm: a total of 13 hours 37 minutes hike for 36.93 km!!!

START AT 06:42 AM

Buongiorno! Guten Morgen!

Happy faces at the starting line in Gravdal.

We are gonna make it!!!!

 

1. LYDERHORN 396 m o.h. (07:46 AM)

Yep! First mountain completed! Still having the full power energy in our legs!

2. DAMSGÅRDSFJELLET 350 m o.h. (09:54 AM)

The way down from Lyderhorn was quite demanding and slippery. And yet we are at the top of the second mountain! Starting to see the challenge....

 

3. LØVSTAKKEN 477 m o.h. (11:52 AM)

The view is getting better and better. We keep on walking and walking, up and down and again up! Here we are at the top of our third mountain: Løvstakken! Still a long way to be completed!

4. ULRIKEN 640 m o.h. (02:48 PM)

The hardest mountain has been ascended! Yeah!!! Starting to have pain in our legs and in our feet. The view is just amazing here....

 

5. FLØYEN 400 m o.h. (05:17 PM)

The way down from Ulriken was the hardest part of all tour. At this point, on the fifth mountain, we are totally tired. Having very little energy left. Still a long way left to the finish line.

6. RUNDEMANEN 560 m o.h. (06:21 PM)

Pain, tiredness and much more. But still willing to finish all tour. We are getting closer and closer to the finish line.

 

7. SANDVIKSFJELLET 417 m o.h. (07:19 PM)

Take a look to our faces in the photo :D Just us! Tired, very tired! We have made all tour...yeahhh!!!! Happy!!! Now we need to find the last energy to reach the finish line and get our diploma.

 

ARRIVAL IN MARKEN AT 08:20 PM

Finally!!! At 08:30 pm we arrived at the finish line in Marken (Bergen city center). We are proud of our performance. We had a super intense day and we'll not forget it so soon! Thanks Bergen for giving us this amazing nature!

IF YOU LIKE TO DISCOVER MORE HIKE TOURS IN BERGEN TAKE CONTACT WITH

 

 

Ylvis-Vegard is selling his dream house in Fana

As photographer what I really like is to take time to complete my job. Taking time is the secret to good results. Unfortunately the work we daily need to do for real estate agents is a "fast" photoshooting where we need to be done with all the photos in about 2 hours. Luckily we have as well bookings where we can take our time to first meet the client and study the location and only after start with the photoshooting.

This special house in Fanahammeren 35 was one of this booking. The client is a pretty famous TV-entertainer in Norway and that made the all job even more interesting. The house is very special, not the classical location I take photos every day.

Fanahammeren 35 was nominated in 2010 the "most beautiful home" in Norway. It was builded in 1760 and the owners (Vegard Ylvisåker og Helene Helgesens) renewed it completely it in 2010. While working in the house you could see and feel that there was a lot of history living inside the house. The light was so soft and bright. I like the fact that I was working in a special place with special people.

DAY 1:

MEETING VEGARD YLVISÅKER & GETTING THE FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE HOUSE

DAY 2:

MEETING HELENA & VEGARD

Helena and Vegard been extremely helpful during the all process of the photo shooting!

GETTING DONE WITH ALL THE PHOTOS INSIDE THE HOUSE

DAY 3:

TAKING ALL THE PHOTOS OUTSIDE AND IN FANA AREA

AFTER ALL THE WORK WAS DONE: TIME TO ENJOY A BREAK WITH YLVIS MOTHER HELGA!

If you would like to get to know more about this house there are some articles (in norwegian):


Copyright © Francesca Alviani All rights reserved. Please note that the fact that "This photo is public" doesn't mean it is public domain or a free stock image. Therefore, its use without written consent by the author is illegal and punished by law. If you want use some of my photos write me and ask the permission.

17. mai 2016 - Bergen

17. mai 2016

Bergen, Norge

Gratulerer med dagen Norge!!!

Today I was taking part to the 17th of May celebration in Norway for the 7th time (National Day of Norway). Many years since that first time in 2008 have passed, but I still enjoy to look at norwegians with their bunad. They are absolutely stunning wearing them. The weather in Bergen today was quite gray and rainy, but we had some sunshine as well. Here are some impression from what I saw earlier today. Enjoy!

International Workers' Day

1st of May: International Workers' Day

Happy International Workers' Day to everybody, especially to all of them who lost their job during the last months! In Norway, cause the oil crisis, many workers lost their job. I wish to all of them who are looking for new opportinities to find them very soon!

Bergen Adventures

HIKING GUIDED TRIPS IN BERGEN, NORWAY

I am proudly presenting Bergen Adventures, a new company in the evergrowing tourism market in Bergen, Norway. The project is to promote outdoor experiences in the city of Bergen. The company was founded by husband, Simon Futterlieb. He loves to hike and that's why he started this project in order to share with visitors in Bergen the beautiful landscape.

The aim is to give a nice time to tourists which are interested in nature but find it difficult to explore the norwegian mountains on their own.

Every tour will be a unique experience of nature with a knowledgeable guide on your side to make sure that you will have an unforgettable time.

Discover this project here: .

Jonsvollskvartalet // Bergen

I got a very interesting photo shooting at Jonsvollskvartalet, the new finance house in Bergen. The building, completed in october 2015, is the new headquarters of Sparebanken Vest. It was nominated as one of the best buildings 2015.

Looking at it firstly from the outside I didn't really liked it. Being inside is completely different! The interior is fully enlightened with an amazing natural light coming from the glass walls and roof. Everything is so soft and rounded that makes you feel safe even if the space is huge and completely open. It's a good feeling to be inside there. I enjoyed so much the photo shooting that I couldn't stop to work there...so many different lines and stylish details!

Copyright © Francesca Alviani All rights reserved. Please note that the fact that "This photo is public" doesn't mean it is public domain or a free stock image. Therefore, its use without written consent by the author is illegal and punished by law. If you want use some of my photos write me and ask the permission.

Visiting Paris

25th - 29th, March 2016 - VISITING PARIS

During the last Easter holiday we have been visiting for the first time Paris. I have to admit that I felt never attracted from this city and the real reason we decided to travel to Paris was the one to meet some dear friends. I thinkt that the best way to travel is the explore a place with the people living there. Do what they do in their daily life and be in places out of the main tourist stream. This trip was a good mix between family (my sister and my mother joined me and my husband there), friends, local spots and main touristic attractions. I really enojoyed the days there and this good combinations of things we have done. Walking through the local market was an absolute treatment for the senses!

“Paris is always a good idea.” - Audrey Hepburn

Inspirational People #1: Antonio Stasi

I have decided to start a new blog series called INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE to present each time a person or a project that is inspiring me.

Today I want to present as INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE #1 Antonio Stasi an italian photographer, based in Bergen (Norway). Since 1998 Antonio is owning a shop called Antonio Stasi Classic Camera in Lille Øvregaten 4 (Bergen). Antonio is working with everything regarding analog photography: darkroom techniques, Leica, Contax, Rolleiflex, classic Polaroids and much more...

Antonio's shop is an hub in Bergen for anyone interested in analog photography. If you are looking for a special place where to find someone really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about photography in Antonio's shop you will not be disappointed.

Today is Antonio's birthday and I dedicate this first blog post serie to him!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANTONIO!

TANTI AUGURI DI BUON COMPLEANNO!

GRATULERER MED DAGEN!


“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” - Ansel Adams

6 shops presenting the Bergen Calendar 2017

BERGEN CALENDAR 2017 FOR SALE

In February I got delivered the Bergen Calendar for 2017 and I'm so happy to spread the word. Many shops in the city center have already placed the calendar for sale. Let's take a look to some beautiful shop managers presenting the calendar in theirs shops.

 

6 shop managers PRESENTING the Bergen Calendar 2017

 

Diny // Bryggen Husflid // Bryggen 19

 

Fei // Berle Bryggen // Bryggen 5

 

Elin // Ark Beyer // Strandgaten 4

 

Annelie // Audhild Viken // Holmedalsgården 1

 

Kwannet // Windfjord // Slottsgaten 3

 

SYLVIA // NORLI GALLERIET&papir // TORGALLMENNINGEN 8


Thank You To all of You

for supporting my Bergen Calendar project!!!

More shops will be added to the list...stay tuned!

2016 New Year, New Adventures

2016 STARTING AS A NEW ADVENTURE

In Castel di Sangro (Abruzzo) my hometown in Italy

In Castel di Sangro (Abruzzo) my hometown in Italy

2016 started as an exciting year! Many new things happened and I have been experiencing many beautiful days already!

Just realized that is march and I have been not updating my blog since a while. I think that is a problem of many which have a website and write the word "blog" in it whitout actually being consequent on updating it. Sorry guys!

This year is started as...well, busy! Yeah, how often do you hear this word? BUSY! Just would like to take it away from my vocabulary since it's used in such a negative way. I feel like being busy is the new sickness of our time. Nobody has time for anything. It looks like this being busy is getting us stucked from doing what we really love. My wish for this new year is to stop to use the word "busy" and enjoy every moment we have with the time is given!


10 TOP HIGHLIGHTS

DURING THE FIRST 3 MONTHS IN 2016

N.1

Ending the past year in my hometown in Italy (Castel di Sangro) with many sunny days, good food, family members, amazing friends and good food!

N.2

Having an amazing walk in Abruzzo mountains with snowshoe! Oh yeah that was really cool. I was sharing the day with my husband and two good friends.

N.3

During my first day at work in 2016 in Bergen I found myself (by mistake) in front of this house...having a clear message...

BUY A TICKET, CATCH A WAVE, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, DREAM BIG, FALL IN LOVE

N. 4

Sunny day during winter days in Bergen are for sure one of the highlights!

N. 5

A good friend of mine from my home town Castel di Sangro in Italy come to visit us in Bergen! We took him to one remote place outside Bergen city center to enjoy the real norwegian landscape (and cold winter wind).

N. 6

My husband and I have been travelling in Thailand for about 3 weeks. That was such a big and awesome adventure!!! I'm still working out and processing all the photos I have taken during out journey. Stay tuned ... soon I'll upload a post more detailed about Thailand trip!

N.7

I have been practicing yoga in a desert gold sand beach in Thailand. Such a privilege! More photos and infos will come about this secret retreat...

N. 8

The Bergen calendar for 2017 has been delivered in Bergen the 17th of February 2016!!! It's now already for sale in many shops in Bergen. So happy!!!

N.9

My husband open his own company named BERGEN ADVENTURES to have guided hiking trips in Bergen! Good luck my Love!

N. 10

I got a new logo for my photography business. The process was very long and I just realized how difficult it is to create a logo that express really what you want. Thank You MediaNovak for your work!



Mitt år som boligfotograf i Bergen

Tusen takk for en fantastisk 2015 på jobb!

 
 

Hvem er Francesca?

Francesca Alviani er en utadvent og dyktig italiensk fotograf bosatt i Bergen siden 2010. Etter å ha studert kommunikasjons- og medievitenskap ved Universitetet i Bergen ble hun forelsket i det nordiske lyset og landskapet. Francesca har jobbet som boligfotograf hos IMotiv AS siden november 2013, der mulighet for å jobbe med interiør, design, lys har utviklet seg til en stor lidenskap. Hun jobber for å finne komposisjonen som best fremhever historien du ønsker å formidle: en historie om hjemme ditt. I det siste har hun fått en stor interesse for fotografering av mennesker og ser muligheten til historiefortelling gjennom dette.

Når hun ikke er bak kameraet, finner du hun på en yogamatte hvor hun jobber med å viderutvikle seg som yogainstruktør, eller er med venner og spise god mat.

Det har vært et travelt og spennende år 2015. Jeg har hatt stor glede av å fotografere mange boligere i år og ser frem til å fotografere mange flere til neste år.


Jeg vil med dette ønske dere alle en riktig god jul med dere famile og nærmeste! Deler med dere noen bilder jeg tok på Bryggen og dens flotte julestemning i år:

Jul på Bryggen.


God jul! Buon Natale!

Godt nytt år! Buon Anno Nuovo!

 

 

 

Alle bilder er redigert av DIAKRIT

 

Jul på Bryggen

Jul på Bryggen // Snøprinsessefestival

Christmas in Bryggen // Snow Princess Festival

This year we didn't had any snowy days during the winter and the atmosphere was not really matching the Christmas decorations and time. We got quite a lot of rainy days and warm temperatures, despite that in Bryggen and Schøtstuene they managed to create such a nice market with a lot of arts and crafts that was just magical! I collected a bunch of photos from two different markets where I have been during the last days. I really love to spend time surranded from this wooden houses...it's absolutely special!

In the market I met Gunvor an illustrator running her own shop & studio at Bryggen. She is the author of amazing children's books. Check out her projects and works here: gunvor.no

GOD JUL!

BUON NATALE!

How To Respect A Photographer

Today it just happened to come on my way this post on Design Taxi about this amazing list of points written from california-based photographer Kat Sink.

I toltally agree about all this points. I would love if clients will start to appreciate more the hard work we do as photographers!


Read more: http://designtaxi.com/news/382631/How-To-Respect-A-Photographer-Who-Also-Happens-To-Be-Your-Friend/#ixzz3u1k5znHr