candids by Jo » a lifestyle blog that centers on food, travel and leading a creative life.

  Venice is a photographer’s dream in January. You will find a lull in tourist foot traffic and Venetian women emerging snug in their long fur coats looking regal even when toting around their food trolley full of groceries in Rialto Market. Venetian light is like the texture of a cucumber that has been plucked from an ice bath: crisp and cool but with […]

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  • This is a really interesting perspective on creativity and gives lots to think about. Love to see were you are going with this. Regardless, Its wonderful to see your images of Venice, and I look forward to discussing all of this over a good strong coffee with you soon! Ceri xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s something that I’ve been mulling over for a while but couldn’t really describe it until now. And yes, we are so overdue for a coffee date! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • That quote by duChemin rings so true, and I’ve been thinking a lot of similar thoughts recently. Sometimes when a photo appears on my IG feed, it could literally have come from 10 different people I follow. No originality. This year I’m focusing on quality over quantity and, as you rightly say, a different perspective. Really looking forward to seeing what you create in 2017 Jo!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Likewise Charlotte. It’s always refreshing to see your work so keep it up!ReplyCancel

Every December I tell myself the same old lies; I would spend the month working only on personal projects, ones that would refill my well of inspiration. I would practice new skills gleaned from the last twelve months and challenge stale notions of making a photograph. I would dedicate time to read books stacked next to […]

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On the first weekend of October Jess and I traded one island for another. We arrived in Mykonos bleary eyed from a 4AM wake up call in order to catch the first flight out of London but eager to start the first destination of our epicurean journey experience in Greece. Though I’ve never visited the Cyclades I knew to expect […]

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In Messinia, the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, I found the spirit of Tuscany in Greece. Specifically at Costa Navarino. It’s not just the curvaceous rolling hills or cypress trees lining the roads. Nor is it only the vineyards that cover patches of green land with olive groves that seemed to fill the rest. It was also […]

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On the 65th day of August we sat in a candlelit cellar that served as a winery cave 400 years earlier and tasted a flight of wines from grapes cultivated out of volcanic soil. Any calendar might have indicated it was early October but on that arid Greek island the summer heat lingered far longer. […]

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It was 5:45AM when the doorbell buzzed. Breakfast arrived in the predawn darkness along with the soft clanging of plates under silver domes. The strapatsada, Greek scrambled eggs with tomatoes and feta, still warm and bougatsa pies flaky. Alison and I both reached for coffee first and after taking a few photos settled in our front row seats for a quiet […]

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  • Beautiful writing and photography.ReplyCancel

  • Love this post Jo, and I agree I’m fascinated by the background to the food too.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a special experience seeing how the food is made and what it means to them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Oh my days, that Octopus! In fact it’s all bloody stunning 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That octopus was so spot on, I’m tempted to ask for the recipe! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I stumbled over this post and I’m so pleased. Kritsa is home to me for several months per year and I know Elounda and Plaka well.

    I’ve not seen inside the Blue Palace, a world away from my back street, village house in Kritsa, so it was good to see it through your eyes.

    If you ever return, and would like to see more of the area, I’d be pleased to show you around. Of course, I’d tell you the true story of Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa, the female who fought ruling Turks disguised as a young man. XReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      So glad you like the piece Yvonne and thank you for the offer! I do hope I’ll have the opportunity to visit Kritsa again.ReplyCancel

  • Really enjoyed reading this Jo and wonderful pics. Do please ask for that octopus recipe! With my local fish box scheme Faircatch, I am on a mission to get my neighbourhood in SW London eating a more sustainable variety of species landed from our own in-shore waters, so would love to feature that recipe in my newsletter 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Guy! I will keep you posted on how I fare 🙂ReplyCancel

There I was standing on the ancient grounds of the Acropolis, a mortal mingling in the land of gods. It was October and I was in Greece on assignment with The Luxury Collection to photograph their hotels’ culinary offerings, and in part to experience the country’s cuisine and cooking traditions. Twelve days. Five destinations. Seven […]

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