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October 2015

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London through Instagram #RenelInLondon

Written by , Posted in England, Europe & Nordic, Instagram, iPhone 5s, London, Travel

Note: If you have trouble viewing the photos be sure to view this post directly on my website.

 

In 2014 I had the opportunity to work in my company’s London office for a month!  It wasn’t always convenient to shoot with my Canon 7D as I was out and about so I shoot a lot with my iPhone.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @renelmedia and check out more of my London adventures using #RenelInLondon.

 

London Eye

The first thing I did when I landed was visit the London Eye.

#100happydays day 64: And so it begins… #renelhappy #londoneye #reneltravels #RenelInLondon

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Top of the London Eye #reneltravels #RenelInLondon A photo posted by Renel (@renelmedia) on

NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium

This was my second NFL game ever, and I got to see the Detroit Lions rally back in the final seconds to beat the Atlanta Falcons.  I grabbed pretty decent seats from StubHub.

 

Exploring some of the tourist sites…

Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed memorial at Harrods #reneltravels #RenelInLondon A photo posted by Renel (@renelmedia) on

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Wednesday

28

May 2014

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Part 1: I Went to South Africa!!! #RenelInSouthAfrica

Written by , Posted in Africa & Middle East, Canon 7D, iPhone 5s, South Africa, Travel

My Promise

Last year I promised myself that I would make at least one big international trip a year. South Africa had been on my wish list since the 2010 World Cup and again when Nelson Mandela died in December 2013. Days later, travel photographer Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com announced his third annual travel photography tour would take place in South Africa in May. Gary is a G Adventures Wanderer in Residence, and I had been following his blog for a few years. I felt the universe was speaking to me!

Flying into Johannesburg, South Africa - photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com

Flying into Johannesburg, South Africa

I immediately begin to making plans to attend starting with my budget and the gear I would need. (I posted my gear and packing list on my tumblr page). From what I heard from friends and my own research I knew South Africa was a great place to make good on my promise for several reasons.

  • Budget wise, once you get there prices are affordable as the USD to rand was at least 1:9 when I went. I even found the airfare reasonable (under $1300 USD).
  • South Africa is a multiethnic society with 11 recognized languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. Most South Africans are multilingual often with English being the third or fourth language. I figured with English being prominent in the areas I was visiting the language gap would be minimal.
  • Traveling in May meant that the climate would be their winter (May-July). A common misnomer is that Africa is hot all the time. South Africa’s average May temperature has 66°F highs and 48°F lows. That’s similar to the early spring weather in Maryland. And of course the temperatures vary depending on where you are in the country.
  • And most importantly I WANTED TO VISIT THE MOTHERLAND! If I go nowhere else in my lifetime I was going to Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / IMG_7331edit

View of Cape Town from entrance to Table Top Mountain, South Africa

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Friday

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December 2013

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Moongate

Written by , Posted in Instagram, iPhone 5s

I’ve really been neglecting my Instagram the last few months.  One of my photography goals is the post more on my IG feed.  You can follow me @renelmedia.

Yesterday I visited the African Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, and the Sackler Gallery for the first time.  They were all pretty cool, but I couldn’t take photos in most of the exhibits (womp).  I walked out of the museum into the Moongate section of the Haupt Garden, which is adjacent to the three museums and the Smithsonian Castle.

I love the symmetry of this gate!  The Moongate Garden was inspired by the gardens and architecture of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China.

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