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Update: Vietnam has waved the visa requirements for British, Italian, Spanish, German and French nationals until 30 June 2016. The most daunting part of traveling for me is the planning bit because I never know where to start. How do you pack all that a country has to offer in just two weeks time? Even harder is […]

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  • This is amazing Jo, and just like you I struggle with the planning, so thanks to you, Vietnam is now sorted! I’m going to follow your steps when I get there! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I cannot wait to see how your adventures unfold! xxReplyCancel

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! Your photos really took me back!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      We did! Hope to return someday to see the countryside 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Love this post very useful and the pictures are amazing! I want to go there too…. RxReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I hope you can make it to Vietnam soon Rosana!ReplyCancel

The London food market scene has a new player in town with the recent opening of Druid St Market in Bermondsey. Last Saturday morning, I passed one historic arch after another while making my way towards the market for lunch and a quick tour led by its founder & editor of Toast Magazine, Miranda York.The market was already […]

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  • Good tip Jo! Those look like proper baguettes… I’m in!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Those baguettes would go great with the smoked salmon & mackerel! Def worth a stroll on a Saturday morning 🙂ReplyCancel

“Carve out time for personal projects” was the advice I heard repeatedly from professional photographers when I first started out in food & lifestyle photography. I’ll admit I don’t do it often enough since I’ve been traveling a bit but really enjoyed the personal project my friend Krissy & I worked on for Chinese New Year. Instead […]

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  • Gorgeous photos, I love them! This sounds like a really fun thing to do!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! The best part was getting to eat all the leftovers 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Malaguti

    Love the leaning ice cream photo! Everything looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous post Jo, and great idea. I need to carve out a little time to work on my skills with a personal project. I have no hope of being a ‘proper’ photographer but it will be fun trying to get better.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Kellie! It’s definitely a process and can be frustrating at times but so rewarding when you look back and start noticing results. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos! I really need to work on personal projects (and eat more ice cream)! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Ha! I think those two should come hand in hand!ReplyCancel

  • […] diner photoshoot with Kathy Kordalis […]ReplyCancel

Have you ever traveled to another country and left just a little heartbroken? Vietnam struck such a chord for me, in good ways and bad, during the 16 days we spent making our way down the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.  I had preconceived notions of what to expect: chaotic motorcycle traffic, amazing […]

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  • A little of how it feels to go home to Pakistan, wish you can visit one day – beautiful post, captivating photos, as always – miss you girl xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Me too! I can imagine how the colours and textures can be so similar between the countries. Hope you can visit one day to taste Vietnam yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Your photos are SO beautiful! Such a lovely post, it brought back memories of my trip to Vietnam last year, I fell head over heels, it’s such an amazing country!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sarah! What parts of Vietnam did you visit? I’d like to go back in a few years to visit more of the countryside and the Mekong Delta.ReplyCancel

      • I started off in Hanoi, spent a few days trekking in the Sa Pa region. I visited Halong Bay then travelled down to Hue and Hoi An. I spent a few days in the Mekong Delta before finishing up in Saigon. It was such a great trip, the humidity nearly killed me though!

  • Brycene Tang

    This really makes me want to go to Vietnam myself!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post! Your reflections really resonated with me, and your photos are amazing, as always. I can’t wait to read more!ReplyCancel

Yesterday I found myself with a group of 19 strangers roaming about in Somerset House. Some of London’s best events and exhibitions can usually be found here but on this particular day I opted for … wait for it … staircase porn. I should back track and tell you that I’ve only recently heard of […]

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  • Somerset House is one of my favourite places to pop into but I’ve never heard or seen the Miles Stair before! What lovely photos of it.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Laura! It’s hidden in the West Wing where only the people who work there really get to enjoy it. I think you can sneak in by yourself but I’d recommend doing the tour 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Wow I can’t say I ever thought I’d be into staircase porn but your photos are beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sarah! I hope you get to see for yourself some time soon! There’s apparently a beautiful one in the St Pancras Hotel, might sneak in for a pic soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] But… There are SO many more houses to explore in London and staircases to marvel at! So far I’ve seen or heard of – Apsley House, Kenwood House, Leighton House and Strawberry Hill House. If you just need a lovely staircase, so far I’ve been to Heal’s and read about this stunning staircase at Somerset House. […]ReplyCancel

If there’s a more tourist friendly city than Geneva then I haven’t come across it yet. At the invitation of the Geneva Tourism Board, I along with 11 others, spent a weekend in the home of the United Nations and Red Cross. I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the city (like how everyone speaks […]

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  • Simply wonderful! I visited Geneva over 10 years ago and these photos make me want to re-discover it properly!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Glad you liked the post Charlotte! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Never been in Geneva yet, but it’s on the wishlist. impossible not to love Switzerland!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hoping to be able to visit more of Switzerland soon!ReplyCancel

  • Carolina Brandao

    The parc des Eaux Vives would be just the place I’d visit. I love watching the sunset while having a picnic! Thanks for sharing Jo!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s the perfect spot (except for the relentless mosquitoes)ReplyCancel

I’m a lazy Londoner.  Chalk it down to my introvert tendencies but if asked whether I’d prefer to go out for a walk around the bustling Southbank on a weekend day or stay in and read I would normally go with the latter.  It’s the sensory overload that throws me most of the time when I’m among […]

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  • Sabrina

    Another great post! Thank you for the mention again lovely Jo! <3
    I'm so glad WLTB brought us together and I really hope our friendship will keep blossoming over the years and beyond borders. I will miss you xxxReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sab, I’m glad you like the post! I share your thoughts as well 😉ReplyCancel

  • I agree, it sounds like a perfect summer day! The cafe at Clifton Nurseries looks so pretty and the food looks delicious too. And oh my gosh that Mews looks unreal – it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hope you get to try Clifton Nurseries soon Sarah. I’ve also heard amazing things about Petersham Nurseries!ReplyCancel

  • It feels like a whole different London doesn’t it? I used to live in the “area”, in Maida Vale and loved to walk along little venice but never been in the Clifton Nurseries, and now can’t hardly wait to go!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was my first time in Maida Vale and couldn’t believe it took me so long to “discover” it! How lucky that you used to live there 🙂ReplyCancel