STREET AND TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER

Marcin Konkel

Paradise lost

ULCINJ | A small dock for boats close to the Old Town.

11:20 bus to Ulcinj cost us 7 EUR per person for a 2h / 65 km drive. The road included few traffic jams (less than in the other direction though). By arriving to the city, according to Lonely Planet guide to Balkans, you can taste Albania without necessarily going there. Sixty to eighty five percent of people there are Albanian. Ulcinj has once been within Albanian borders. The city's vibe is quite different, to say the least, from what we've seen so far.

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Pure simplicity

Nowadays's world enables most of us to travel where they want, see what they dream to see. The only constraint might be money, health or one's own imagination. Still, there are things in life that don't cost a dime. There is a saying that: "The best things in life are free". When you stop and look around, contemplate the moment, you'll notice the colours and beauty that surround you. Frank has captured such moments in Cost Rica. Look and see for yourself.

A #short about two terminals

There are 366 heavy rail passenger stations in and around London. Some of them you might find quite interesting due to their history, architecture or function. The below two combine few of those traits. Learn more about Cannon Street and London Bridge stations.

LONDON | Cannon Street station.Cannon Street is a terminal station approached across the River Thames by the Cannon Street Railway Bridge. Its approach by rail is by a triangular connection to both London Bridge and Charing Cross. The River building has a roof garden which was designed, constructed and still maintained by CC Cousins Ltd a facilities solutions provider based in Rochester, Kent. Covering about 1 acre (0.40 ha). The project cost about £500,000.
LONDON | London Bridge Station viewed from The Shard.The mainline station, which is the oldest railway station in London fare zone 1 and one of the oldest in the world having opened in 1836, contains nine terminal platforms and six through-platforms for services from the south and south-east of London. Through services continue to Charing Cross or Cannon Street. In terms of passenger arrivals and departures it is the fourth-busiest station in London as well as the United Kingdom as a whole, handling over 54 million customers a year. (These statistics do not include the many commuters who transfer between lines at the station.).

The Ibiza of Montenegro

Sveti Nikola island, opposite to the town of Budva.The island is 2 kilometres (1 mile) long, and it has an area of 36 hectares (89 acres). The highest point on the island is a cliff that rises 121 metres (397 feet) above the sea.

Every country has it's Ibiza. A city or town that is renown for it's epic parties, music that lasts all day and night where people come with an attitude that there's no tomorrow. In Montenegro - it's Budva. Wikipedia describes it like this: "Although Budva is notable for its long history and its well preserved Old Town, it is not primarily known as a destination for sightseeing or cultural tourism. Unlike Kotor or Dubrovnik, Budva has an image of a crowded beach resort, with lively and vibrant atmosphere and a very active nightlife." This is not far from being true.

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Kamchatka2016.in

Kamchatka.in - illustration (c) by Natalia Jaźwierska.

Woo hoo! We have our official domain of #kamchatka2016 project - Kamchatka2016.in Project that has already started and we'll be flying to the far away land in Far East Russia in late summer / early autumn next year. You will soon be able to easily access all current information on the preparations, media and, finally, our journey with just one address. Stay tuned as we unveil more information.

For the time being enjoy Kokorev Konstantin's video on surfing in the most remote peninsula I know. 

A dream come true

A scene from a dream or a movie about a beautiful little town, somewhere far away, surrounded by mountains and settled in a picturesque bay. You, sitting with a glass of wine or a beer next to the cove admiring the view and tiny islands here and there. The time is running a bit slower, so you think. People are strolling, having a talk about life, breathing the fresh air. There is no haste or worries, all fades away to give space for the moments to come. The moments for you to stop and listen to your thoughts, dreams, desires. To what you want to do with your life and where your going or just to think about nothing actually and just admire.

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View from above

KOTOR | Saint John chapel with the Bay of Kotor in the back.

Beautiful evenings at Kotor and diving afternoons at the beach have made us want to explore more. We had in mind renting a car earlier to visit neighbouring cities as well as those on the coast line that we had on our route. Unfortunately, the cost of leaving the car was 40+ EUR depending on the city in Montenegro. We were on the budget so this wouldn't do. We rented a Suzuki Swift for 24 hours paying 40 EUR with a 270 EUR deposit at Oasis Rent-a-car. Guys at Oasis are helpful and the rental takes just few minutes if you have all the documents. There were many things we wanted to see and the view on the Bay of Kotor that we've heard do much about was one of them..

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Shoreditch

LONDON | A mural near Brick Lane.

Shoreditch, and Brick Lane in particular, are what could be called London's centre of street art. Although, you can find murals and other artwork in all parts of the City, this is the epicentre. Banksy or King Robbo are not the only renown artist that is popular in UK's capital. Lucas Pelizaro, has made a short video for his Visual Essay regarding Space and Time with street art from Shoreditch. You can: "Discover the best street art London has to offer in the heart of Shoreditch, gateway to London’s East End."

As for Banksy, I've tried to track down his works last year - with some success. You can read more about it here. Steve Cotton from artofthestate.co.uk has made a map of Banksy's work around London which is regularly updated. If you like his works (I very much do) and are visiting London use it to find some of his works that are still there. Additionally, you can see my gallery of London's street art that is being updated regularly.

Jewel of Montenegro

We heard some stories, we've seen some photographs and got few recommendations not to miss this place. It's been a moment we've been waiting for for a while. The prior destinations we visited on our route (Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik) were all great in their own way. All had something to offer. In Kotor, thought, we were to stay longer - three days. The drive itself was full of picturesque views and yet, it was only the beginning...

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The Travel Stories - new collaboration

Recently, I started collaborating with The Travel Stories - a travel blog for the best English-language travel stories on the internet. I am really happy to be part of this collective. Kudos go to Chris Dabiri for making this happen. Since now you will be able to read about my travels and places I've visited on The Travel Stories blog. Those need not to be same as you can read here. There will some specials as well. I also encourage you to read stories by other authors such as Michał Huniewicz, Lukas Sommer, Albert González Farran and Chris himself. You can expect beautiful photographs, enchanting stories and lots of inspiration for travelling. See for yourself. You can expect to read my first story (on Mongolia) this Wednesday, Sep 16th.