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Alejandra & Bassem | TriBeCa engagement session | New York City

Alejandra and Bassem live in the super-vibrant neighborhood of TriBeCa, New York City. I don’t get to roll on up to New York too often, so it’s always exciting for me to do photos there, particularly in a neighborhood I’d never really seen before. My in-laws are out on Long Island (getting completely snowed in today), so I’m always just on the verge of having grand adventures in the city. It’s still super-exciting to just take the train in for the day. Especially when I get to meet up with rad clients like these two.

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We spent the session wandering around their neighborhood and waterfront. This was this past weekend, y’all – the one good day in the last something like two months and the last one we might see for a while. Major planning win.

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KathyFebruary 6, 2014 - 11:28 am

The black and white with them in the tunnel kissing – LOVE it.

Greece: Zagori through Kalavrita

Time for Greece post #2! Life is well back to normal at this point and references to all things Greek have slowed down in my day-to-day conversation topics (my friends are more than happy to note, I’m sure). Nevertheless, the blogging must go on. I left off in Meteora, with those spectacular rock formations and the monasteries perched above them. We start this series in the Zagori, a series of tiny mountain towns (46 of them) that retain an enormous amount of charm.

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The Zagori is a very special place. Many of the villages weren’t connected by road at all until the last 50 years – the most remote ones not until the 70s. Used to be the only way one could get between the villages was by “goat trails” built into the mountain, and cross the rivers by bridges like this one, built in the 1700s. It’s hard to tell from this angle, but that bridge was *enormous*. Also, a brisk Arctic wind was blowing through the riverbed. It’s easy to forget you’re in the mountains when the sun is shining, but the Zagori reminded us when we got to the valley and the shade.

AnnaJanuary 28, 2014 - 10:53 am

I got one word “wow”!!!!!!! :)

Blake Harrinton-BennettJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:48 pm

I visited all the places you show photos of and I enjoyed seeing them again in your pics. Did you know that that Little harbor is where the Battle of Lepanto took place and that Cervantes, autor of Don Quijote, lost an arm during the fight. Maybe not the whole arm but a good part of it.
Regards
Blake

Greece: Iraklio through Meteora

As many of you know, I was in Greece for a month in December and January. Being able to travel is one of the greatest joys of being my own boss and setting my own schedule. It’s taken me a while to get here, but I’m so grateful to have these opportunities.

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I’m breaking this post up into at least three parts – partially because I don’t want to write it all at once and partially because it would make an enormous post.

We start in Iraklio (or Heraklion, or any other number of crazy combinations of letter choice.) I’m the travel planner between the two of us, and I figured it’d be easier to just get all the flying done ahead of time, so though we passed through Athens after 16 something  hours of travel, we had yet one more one-hour flight to conquer to get to Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Almost immediately, we were taken with Greece’s seemingly unending supply of delights – small, unexpected things, constantly surprising us. For instance, within about half an hour of arriving in Iraklio, we saw a wedding arrive at a historic church.

ayeshaJanuary 21, 2014 - 1:40 pm

thanks for the travel bug bite, buddy…

Julia SteinJanuary 21, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Love the pictures, and the bit about your dog friend. What an amazing trip!

LauraJanuary 22, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Wow, that looks like a great trip! What camera did you take with you? I see it in the photo of you in the mirrors at the museum, but I can’t tell what it is.

AnnaJanuary 28, 2014 - 10:56 am

Amazing! Are you shooting with the x100s? Did you take any other cameras? I am so curious to know :)