Urban Photography

Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile, Chile, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Demonstrations in Santiago – the current state At the centre of Santiago is Moneda Palace. The office of the president of the republic, it is monolithic in its grandeur with simple façade and neo-classical scale. The palace was shelled by General Pinochet’s forces at the time of the coup d’etat against Salvador Allende, who had […]

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Why is Buenos Aires so much like Paris? Walking through the antique cobbled streets of San Telmo, the boulevards of Palermo and the cemetery of Recoleta, the immediate impression of Buenos Aires is “this is Paris!”. A fellow traveller at our guesthouse had the best response to the belle epoque chateaux and art nouveau shopping […]

Montevideo

Montevideo, Travel Photography, Uruguay, Vin Images

Montevideo was a gracious interlude during our time in Buenos Aires. The capital of Uruguay and home to half the country’s population, at just over one million inhabitants Montevideo is small but perfectly formed. The old port area – Ciudad Vieja – was our first destination after a two and a half fast ferry across […]

Tehran

Tehran, Iran, Travel Photography, Vin Images

A city of contrasts To step into Tehran is to travel into another world. A city where women seem to either be dressed in black chadors, or glamorous head scarves pushed back on the top of towering hair pieces and bandaged-wrapped noses. This is a city where the mullahs are ostentatiously the elite class, as […]

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

It is said that many centuries ago, a group of French Protestants, the Huguenots, escaped persecution in France and made their way to Brazil to start a new settlement on the Atlantic coast. They named it ‘France Antarctique’ and it was located on the little-known Guanabara Bay. Twelve years’ later – in 1567 – the […]

Brasília

Brasília, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

Brasilia existed in the imagination of Brazilians long before it was planned or built, or even before anywhere knew where it would be. The story goes back to Brazil’s constitution of 1889 which included reference to a national capital called “Brasilia” in the interior of the country. Eighty years later, Juscelino Kubitschek was a candidate […]

Salvador de Bahia

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, Travel Photography, Vin Images

It is a possible to say that Brazil was an historical mistake. After Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas in 1492, the Spanish felt threatened by the territorial aspirations of their imperial neighbour, Portugal, with its existing colonies in west Africa, Goa and Macau. Spain therefore sought an internationally agreed territorial division that kept Portugal […]