Tuesday, 20 November 2018



I love this photo I took of Florence largely because it's not instantly recognisable.
Hercules battling the Nemean lion down by the Arno, a bit too busy to enjoy the view.
Behind, the deceptively simple façade of the Chiese di Ognisannti. This church is filled with Medieval and Renaissance treasures (including the robe wore by St. Francis when he received the stigmata).

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Not-So Hidden Corners in Italy


Not-So Hidden Corners in Italy




Of course I start with Florence, the city I fell in love with when I was ten. Wandering towards the Arno, I was so busy looking at all the sights it was easy to miss this spectacular fountain on the corner of a house.


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Five Suggestions for Hong Kong


Hong Kong may seem a small island, but there is much to do - far too much for one visit alone. When you need a break from exploring all the shopping and food options, here are five suggestions to add to your to do list.



Travelling to The Peak


5 Suggestions for hong Kong

Simply reaching The Peak on Hong Kong Island is half the fun. Until 1888, the only way there was a three hour ride in a rickshaw; the opening of the Peak Tram saw the travel time reduced to 8 minutes. There is nothing quite sitting in the tram being pulled back into the seat as the tram climbs the impossible inline, which had a gradient from 4 to 27 degrees. A word of advice - arrive early, as the queues can stretch forever. Catching a bus is another option (and a good way to return) which gives quite a sightseeing tour of the exclusive houses and apartments of the Upper and Mid-Levels.


Friday, 14 September 2018

Friday, 7 September 2018

My Morning Friend






There’s nothing quite like the sound of a currawong warbling of a morning. It such a melodious sound, a welcoming start to the day.
In spring many birds visit my balcony with their babies, knowing I will leave some food for their breakfast. The currawongs always give me a thank you song in reply.



Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Summer in London




Flowers in Kensington Gardens


Having only been to London when the days are short and the sun rarely seen, I was enthralled at the difference in the city under the summer sunshine.


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Labelling Corfu





Corfu is a place of contrasts. A brilliant blue sea under blazing sunshine. A centre packed with tourists.
And forgotten mosaics, so delicate.


Wednesday, 29 August 2018

A Few Things I Saw in Budapest

A Few Things I Saw in Budapest


I had too short a time in this magical city. Two cities, really; stately Buda on the hill, and the vibrant Pest which arose on the slat plains by the river.

A Few Things I Saw in Budapest

A morning spent in the luxurious Széchenyi Baths. An opportunity not to be missed, passing my time this Belle Epoch beauty, at times frequented by royalty..





And then there is the shopping. Budapest is famous for its shopping, especially in Pest where anything and everything can be found. A pig in a carriage? No worries.



Finally, the Houses of Parliament. More stunning than any photograph can make them. An amazing piece of architecture, and simply magical when seen at night under a full moon.


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Thursday, 23 August 2018

A Grotto in Halong Bay



Halong Bay is a place of soaring limestone cliffs - which come with their own caves. Although once home to a dragon, the Thien Cung Grotto was hidden by the jungle until discovered by fishermen seeking shelter from a sudden tempest.

Wandering through, I came across this little nook. Gollum's cave, perhaps?

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Some Reasons I Love Coffee



Some Reasons I Love Coffee


I love my coffee. A tad of an obsession, maybe. Especially as I roast my own, which makes me more than a little fussy about what I drink.
But then, when travelling it gives me an excuse to try different types around the world, such as at a street side stall in Vietnam.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Bocce di Leone




I found this Bocce di Leone while wandering around Venice as the sun was rising. (I always love exploring a place in the early morning, watching the streets wake up around me. In Venice I also watch the gondolas with their gondoliers set off to work.)

These Lion's Mouths were used during the Republic to make complaints and denunciations against individuals - a concerned citizen put a letter in the mouth, and the State investigated. Significant evidence was required before the State would act, and a signed, rather than anonymous, letter was preferred.

Walk around Venice, and you can still find these - the Doge's Palace, for example, or the Church of St Martin. Wander Venice, and you'll never quite know what you will find.



Friday, 3 August 2018

Monday, 30 July 2018

A Mural in Marseille

A Mural in Marseille



I came across this wonderful mural in Le Panier district of Marseille. One painting on the back of a wall, yet it shows all that Marseille has to offer - the old town, the cathedral with the golden Madonna who beckons sailors to return home safely, a magical harbour, and a bounty from the sea.

Most importantly, the figure of the fisherman dominates. Marseille began life as fishing port under the Greeks, and it has been on the back of these fishermen and sailors that the city grew and thrived.

And from the fishermen - and their wives - came bouillabaisse.

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Friday, 27 July 2018

The Bikes of Vietnam



Just what I would see on a bike each day in Vietnam was amazing. After all, just how much garlic does one man need? How he got it all on there is beyond me.


Six on a bike was my record. I like the way the kids on the back all have their faces turned away from the traffic and exhaust fumes.


I really hate to think how cold this guy's were by the end of his trip. I would have loved a before and after shot, to see how much the ice had melted.


A bride and groom. Of course. What better way to get to (or leave) your wedding?



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Friday, 20 July 2018

These Boots Were Made for Walking - in Prague



Prague is a city for walking. At every turn, something to discover, a hidden, a wonderful view, a cafe beckoning me within. An art gallery or museum filled with wonders, a vineyard in the middle of the city.

I'm not sure how these worn and mismatching boots ended up hanging from a ceiling, but that is Prague. The unexpected. Art and contemplation in an everyday object.

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Dragons and Giants in Spain




Dragons and Giants in Spain


I stumbled across a festival in the village of Terrassa in Spain. It proved a serious business. Some people must take forever to get their makeup ready. Or perhaps they've been standing in the summer sun a little too long.

Dragons and Giants in Spain


Finally they all gathered, and the dancing began. I lost count of how many bride and grooms paraded before us, swishing skirts and slapping knees.

Dragons and Giants in Spain

If you arrive a little late, it helps if you tower over everyone else so you can see over the crowds. It also makes for a spectacular entrance.

Dragons and Giants in Spain


Finally the king and queen make an appearance. It always takes giants a little longer to get ready, before they can go dancing and join in the festivities. A stately dance, so neither crown will slip.

Dragons and Giants in Spain


Then, once the royalty have given their blessings to all, the sparks start flying.



 Dragons and Giants in Spain



The cause of the sparks is the dragon. What is a festival without a dragon? An hour out of Barcelona, and a dragon appears.



Dragons and Giants in Spain


But the dragon is perfectly safe, for he's guarded by pirates.

As I said, festivals in Spain are a serious business.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Streets of Vietnam



The Streets of Vietnam


Ah, the streets of Vietnam. Never a dull moment. The vibrancy of Saigon - now known as Ho Chi Minh - where the sounds of motorbikes fill the air from dawn till well after dusk.


The Streets of Vietnam


I saw this lady taking a moment amongst the chaos. A morning coffee, a moment of stillness as bikes whizzed past in all directions. What I at times found overwhelming she had seen so many times.



The Streets of Vietnam


In the delightful streets of Hoi An, where push bikes almost outnumber the motor bikes, I captured a bride and groom cycling past, photographer in tow. Of course. And the bride managed it all in high heels.




The Streets of Vietnam



I love these road markers. They are all over Vietnam, adding a nostalgic touch as they spell out distances.




The Streets of Vietnam



What other way to transport goods? I saw motor bikes carrying many things, from blocks of ice to baskets filled with chickens.



The Streets of Vietnam



Six on a bike was not an unusual sight. Or else elegantly dressed women in heels sitting side-saddle behind their boyfriends.




The Streets of Vietnam


A common site through Vietnam. Often stirring words and music came from the loudspeakers, but unfortunately I found no one to translate for me. At other times it sounded like Vietnamese muzak.



The Streets of Vietnam



Bikes need to be parked somewhere. How the riders remember where their bikes lie amongst the sea which fill the streets borders on a minor miracle.




The Streets of Vietnam



Yet there are always quiet spots, such as the side streets in Hoi An.



The Streets of Vietnam


And then there is the coffee. Find a road-side stall, sit on plastic chairs at a rickety table, sip on a coffee laced with condensed milk, and watch the world go by. Ah, the streets of Vietnam.






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