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

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

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!

Susan Seubert photographs Beaujolais, France for National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Beaujolais, France for National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Beaujolais, France for National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Bonjour!  Last April, I had the pleasure of being assigned Beaujolais for National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  It had been many years since I had been to France, so I hired a French tutor in order to brush up on the language.  At one point in my life I was fluent, yet living in the US and traveling to countries that spoke just about any language but French, my skills had gotten a bit rusty.  When we landed in Lyon, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily my French returned and I was quickly on my way to 10 days worth of adventure in this beautiful area of France.  Because we were arriving at the very beginning of the tourist season, we had to stay in two different hotels.  We checked in to Auberge du Paradis, a lovely, well appointed boutique hotel located in the region of St. Amour in the heart of Beaujolais.  The room was very modern and the cuisine nothing short of incredible.  What was so surprising was the flavor of the food that was served.  The owner and chef, Cyril, was delightful as a host but also a master in the kitchen.  The food was infused with incredible flavors informed by Cyril’s time in Morocco.  The other hotel we stayed in was not technically in Beaujolais, but just over the border in Burgundy, La Source des Fees.  Half of this hotel was built in the 13th century, and the other half, the 17th century.  The rooms were spectacular and the cooking was what I would expect, but better.  The meal style at this hotel was classic French, prepared by a lovely young woman who used her grandparents’ recipes.  They hailed from the countryside around Bresse, the area made famous by Julia Child when she declared their chickens to be the finest.  Besides the amazing food, beautiful countryside and historic architecture, we had a few specific things to cover before our job would be complete.

One of the most joyous parts of this story was to photograph a Fete des Conscrits.  We were lucky enough to find one in full swing in the beautiful hill town of Oingt.  This celebration is unique to this region in France and occurs in different villages on different weekends throughout the spring.  The celebration revolves around birth years and descends from the time of World War One when young men were conscripted into the army.  Now, it’s more of a community celebration.  I met several people who had moved away to other countries, yet came back to Oingt to celebrate their fete as well as see old friends, dance in the streets and, of course, drink wine from the neighboring vineyards.

The heart of this assignment was to investigate the area through the lens of two winemakers, Julien Sunier and Mathieu LaPierre.  Both Sunier and LaPierre are making excellent wines in Beaujolais, a region most noted for its, (much maligned), Beaujolais Nouveau.  These two, along with a handful of other vintners, are making wines based on the old practices of French winemaking.  Their methods include working with old vines, not using any synthetic herbicides or pesticides, and following organic and biodynamic vineyard practices.  They also age their wines in old barrels which makes a tremendous difference in the depth and complexity of the final product.  You can see more pictures from the assignment on National Geographic Traveler’s web site here.  Merci et a bientot!