Editorial Travel Photographer Susan Seubert on visiting 7 countries in 1 Month

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September was a whirlwind of airplanes, trains, boats, buses, cars and globetrotting. I left PDX on the first and landed in Ireland, on the 2nd. After a quick city glimpse and a Guinness in Dublin, I boarded the National Geographic Orion. It whisked us off to a week of exploring the coastal villages and isles of Wales and England in true National Geographic style.

Dublin, Ireland, Europe
The most photographed of all the Georgian doors in Dublin
The Library at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Europe
The Library at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Library at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Europe
The Library at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Europe
Llandundo, Wales, Europe
Our first stop in Wales at the lovely seaside town of Llandudno
Llandundo, Wales, Europe
Llandudno, Wales, Europe
Conway Castle, Llandundo, Wales, Europe
We spent the afternoon exploring Conway Castle
Pembrokeshire Coast, Fishguard, Wales, Europe
Hiking along the Pembrokeshire Coast, Fishguard, Wales
St. David's Cathedral, Fishguard, Wales, Europe
St. David’s Cathedral in Fishguard, Wales
Bodnant Gardens, Llandundo, Wales, Europe
Bodnant Gardens, Llandundo, Wales
Bodnant Gardens, Llandundo, Wales, Europe
Bodnant Gardens, Llandundo, Wales
Fowey, England, Europe
The town of Fowey, England
Dartmouth, England, Europe
Dartmouth Castle, England

 

Delta’s new non-stop service from London’s Heathrow airport got me home to Portland in time to do my laundry, repack, say hi to my family, and complete a photo shoot for Travel Oregon before my next flight to British Columbia for a National Geographic Travel feature story on Vancouver. There I spent 6 days exploring the food scene, hiking in the rain forest, and rediscovering one of North America’s most vibrant, and one of my favorite, cities.

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Photographing kayakers in False Creek, Vancouver, B.C. Yes – I had to wear lifesaving gear in the form of a onesy.
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Photographing on top of the aerial tram at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia
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BTS at 49th Parallel Coffee in Vancouver, B.C.

On September 18 I landed in Bordeaux, France, to rendezvous with my husband. We had rented a beautiful apartment directly on the quai where we could take endless walks after dinner to admire la Place de la Bourse and the Miroir d’eau at dusk. Bordeaux still seems refreshingly undiscovered. From there we also took a train day trip to St. Emilion, one of the finest wine producing regions in the world.

Bordeaux, France, Europe
People enjoying a sunny afternoon and an art installation at Place de la Bourse, Bourdeaux, France.
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The Chartrons neighborhood, Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The view of the Garonne River from our fabulous apartment in Bordeaux, France.
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The Miroir d’eau at Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France, Europe
Porte Cailhau, Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France, Europe
Men sitting outside the landmark 14-16th century Gothic Church, Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The flea market at Place Meynard with Basilica St. Michael in the backgound, Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France, Europe
Fresh fish at the Marché des Capucins, Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux, France, Europe
Chocolate Shoes! These are 100% chocolate and are made by Cadiot-Badie, a chocolate shop that has been making confections since 1826 in Bordeaux.
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The wine shop, L’Intendant, Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux, France, Europe
Le Miroir d’eau at Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux during the blue hour.
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The train station in St. Émilion, France
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The grapes are ripe at Chateau Ausone in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France.
Bordeaux, France, Europe
Grapes at Chateau Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux, France, Europe
The view of the town from the bell tower of the monolithic church in St. Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux, France, Europe
Saint-Émilion has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The vineyards date back to the Romans, as early as the 2nd century.

After several days of eating our way through the markets and cafes in Bordeaux, we took an EasyJet to Venice. There we caught up with some curators and other folks associated with my show at the European Cultural Center at the 2017 Venice Biennale. We had rented an authentically Venetian apartment directly on the Grand Canal. The building had once housed a Doge and has a very beautiful, private courtyard, making for a quiet stay on a very busy waterway.

Venice, Italy, Europe
The private courtyard entrance to our apartment on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy, Europe
The view at bluehour from the Ponte dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy, Europe
Classic Venice!
Venice, Italy, Europe
Basilica San Marco as the crowds assemble for the day, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy, Europe
The view from the Bell Tower at San Marco, Venice
Venice, Italy, Europe
Caffé Florian in San Marco, established in 1720, is still a beautiful place to dine.
Venice, Italy, Europe
Even the nuns are taking selfies at San Marco.
Venice, Italy, Europe
The Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy, Europe
My favorite part of the trip was exploring Venice without a guide. The clothes hanging out to dry remind me so much of the photos of the Tibetan prayer flags at Everest Base Camp.
Venice, Italy, Europe
The magic hour on a small canal, Venice, Italy.
Venice, Italy, Europe
Deep fried artichokes at Gam Gam Kosher Restaurant just outside the Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy, Europe
Cicchetti at Cantina Do Mori, located near the Venice Fish Market. Cantina Do Mori was founded in 1462 and remains a fantastic place for a glass of wine and cicchetti.
Venice, Italy, Europe
The wines on display at Cantina Do Mori, a Venetian institution.

My head is still spinning from jet lag, but already I’m looking forward to heading to Washington D.C. on Sunday, then on to Maui where I’ll be based for 4 weeks.
Merci, Mille Grazie, Mahalo nui loa, and thank you for visiting my blog!

4 Replies to “Editorial Travel Photographer Susan Seubert on visiting 7 countries in 1 Month”

  1. OOOH, Susan! How the memories pop when I see these shots–just of the places I have visited too. And I must follow up with a St Emillion wine–except it may be $ too steep. It will be fun to shop anyway.

    We are lucky your parents want to share the journeys.

    Dot

  2. Susan, To my eyes, these are some of your best photos. They allow me to see these sights though your eyes–and I want to visit each of these sites. Love, Aunt Margie

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