Jan 032015
 
A traditional wooden fishing boat on the Mekong River at sunset in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If you are planning a trip on the Mekong Delta, check out the Jan-Feb 2015 edition of National Geographic Traveller, in which you can see my 12-page destination feature.

My story focuses on my experiences on the Mekong Delta, in Cambodia and Vietnam.

I travelled down the waterway on a Viking River Cruise. The tours I took while on the river cruise were informative and the food and company on board were very good. The information provided by Viking ahead of the trip was first class and they were very helpful when it came to acquiring the visas necessary for travel to the region.

The Mekong has received quite a bit of coverage recently. Sue Perkins travelled 3,000 miles along the river for the BBC documentary The Mekong River.

If you’re heading to the region and will be visiting Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, then you might find it worthwhile to watch Angkor Revealed: The Hidden Megacity, an insightful two-part Smithsonian Channel documentary about how the city looked around six centuries ago. LIDAR technology, which can create detailed maps, was used to plot Angkor’s streets, waterways and houses. It helped me appreciate how the civilisation looked during its heyday.

It’s a beautiful and fascinating part of the world and I found a river cruise was a good way of gaining an appreciation of life on and along the river.

 

Jan 022015
 

It was a pleasure to speak with Amanda Marcotte, the host of the radio station CBC Saskatchewan, for yesterday’s Blue Sky programme.

Amanda interviewed me about one of my highlights of 2014, heading to Saskatchewan, Canada and undertaking a host of outdoor activities.

These included horse riding and roping cattle at the La Reata Ranch near Kyle, fishing on Otter Lake near Missinipe and taking a look at Prince Albert National Park.

I hope anyone trying those activities enjoys them as much as I did.

 

Dec 312014
 

In case you’re looking for photographs of the Boxing Day sales from the North-East of England please drop me a line.

I went out and photographed the shops and bargain hunters in both Sunderland and Newcastle.

I have a range of photos, including one that made me chuckle, showing the Everything £1 shop advertising its mega sale, in which, yes, you guessed it, many items were reduced to ‘just 50p’.

Dec 312014
 
Terrassa night club by the Zindan Gate of the Kalmegdan fortress in Belgrade, Serbia.

My feature Belgrade: Like A Local, providing an overview of the Serbian capital plus tips on places to eat, drink and shop is in the Jan-Feb 2015 edition of National Geographic Traveller.

Belgrade proved a great city for a long weekend and is rich in history. It has a number of good, affordable places to dine and is a great destination if you enjoy nightlife.

I wish I’d had more time to explore the Kalmegdan fortress and would love to return when the National Museum of Serbia re-opens after renovation.

I can imagine that it is a place that will attract many more international visitors in 2015 than in previous years. For more information about the country see the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia‘s website.

Dec 302014
 
Blowing my own trumpet about work on go-eat-do.com? Jazz related artwork in Saskatoon, Canada.

If you go to go-eat-do.com you’ll see that I’ll been writing about my trip to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan recently.

Take a look at Exploring Saskatchewan: Canada’s Land of Living Skies for an overview.

You can also learn about Saskatchewan’s connections with the mob and Al Capone during the Prohibition era in The Tunnels of Moose Jaw: Canada’s Chicago Connection.

You’ll also find a couple of pieces published over the summer:

Here’s an interview with chef Tim Davies of the Willow on Wascana restaurant in Regina, the provincial capital.

And here’s a look at the experience of dining at Ayden Kitchen and Bar in Saskatoon, including an interview with chef Dale MacKay.

More will follow soon.

 

 

 

Oct 232014
 
Gateshead Millennium Bridge coloured pink in order to raise awareness of breast cancer, part of the 'Pink Landmarks' project by Breat Cancer Campaign. Photo by Stuart Forster.

Last night I photographed Gateshead Millennium Bridge on an assignment, a project that will be used as part of the Breast Cancer Campaign‘s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

You can see the photos on the Rex Features website and may catch a glance of some of them in publications over the days ahead.

 

Oct 232014
 
Boat and skyscrapers at the Wijnhaven in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Photo by Stuart Forster.

It was great to get over to Rotterdam, in Holland, from 29 September to 1 October.

While in Rotterdam I visited the new Markthal and chatted to the architect Winy Maas.

A feature on my visit was published on ABTA Magazines’s countrybycountry.com website a week after my return. You can see my feature here, Meandering Through The Markthal.

I wrote a more general feature about Rotterdam for The Huffington Post, A Look at the Architecture of Rotterdam.

On go-eat-do.com I published an interview with Sebastiaan van Bokkel, the maker of Bobby’s Dry Gin, who explained the key difference between jenever and gin. You can read it here, Learning the difference between jenever and gin in Rotterdam

You can find a number of my photos from the trip on the Rex Features website.

Dec 272013
 

The past few weeks have been busy and rewarding.

Over recent weeks I’ve travelled back to Hamburg in Germany, where I visited the city’s Christmas markets, including Santa Pauli and the Roncalli Christmas market. I’ve written for a newspaper on the back of that trip too. A number of food and drink stories will also be published as a result of that trip.

My trip the to the Netherlands in November resulted in a number of stories, including reviews of the art’otel amsterdam,  Citizen M Hotel and Eye Film Institute Netherlands.

I’ve also been to Warkworth in Northumberland and London, where I visited the new Le Secret des Rotisseurs restaurant at Canary Wharf.

On 26 December I photographed at Sunderland’s annual Boxing Day Dip, images that are available via Rex Features and Alamy.

I look to having more work published in the weeks ahead.