Category Archives: Travels

Photographs taken during travels outside the UK and being collated into a photo book. Pictures included here are emerging from the selection process, but may not be included finally.

1,000th Post

This is my one thousandth post; the first was a picture of Southwark Bridge on 18th October 2010.  Each post has at least one photograph, some several, so well over a thousand pictures in total (including some not by me).  … Continue reading

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Letterbox

Avignon, defensive letter box. Above: the Fort Saint Andre at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon built by Philippe le Bel in the first half of the 14th Century.  Below: ‘No ads* in my letterbox thank you  *Yes to the local newspaper’. Photo: Letterbox, Avignon, … Continue reading

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Sundial & Shadows

The earliest sundials known from archaeological records are shadow clocks used in ancient Egypt and Babylon around 1500 BC. In about 700 BC, the Old Testament describes a sundial, the ‘dial of Ahaz’, in Isaiah 38:8 and 2 Kings 20:11. … Continue reading

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Avignon Trompe l’oeil in 2011

‘Legendary characters stealthily occupy the city of the Popes. During your stroll in the historic city, raise your eyes: following a street, behind a window you’ll catch sight of the Prince of Homburg, Scapin, Macbeth, Marianne, Lorenzaccio, Harpagon, Antigone, Hamlet, … Continue reading

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Qal’at al Madiq

In September 2010 I was privileged to travel around Syria for two weeks.  What was an itinerary of beauty and delight – Damascus, Lattakia, Aleppo, Deir Ez-Zour, Palmyra – has become a litany of violence and cruelty.  How little we … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 3 – Photographic Resources

Tim Ewbank took us into the labyrinth of photographic resources today.  Available to inform and guide us are: paper (e.g. books, magazines); AV (e.g. films, TV); digital (e.g. websites, flickr, Instagram); museums and galleries (e.g. Science Museum, Photographers’ Gallery); and … Continue reading

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Balloons

I don’t know how environmentally friendly balloon flights are – a lot of fuel is burnt, recovery vehicles trundle around and the burns are noisy, if short.  But it does seem to be the ultimate in slow tourism, a leisurely … Continue reading

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Massawa

Life in Massawa in the late 1940s seemed like some compensation for the separations and privations of the War.  Being the wife of a senior police officer in the British administration brought both status and servants.  Other hands eased the … Continue reading

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Djahazi

I mentioned photographers using traditional cameras in Venice in my piece about the Guggenheim on 20th September.  This photographer is going even further back: it looks as if he’s using a Box Brownie No.2 dating from the 1930s, or maybe … Continue reading

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Dolgellau Market

Dolgellau Market, 12th June 2009.  ‘It’s a slow start, with a few single and double deck trailers bringing in sheep – lambs, rams, hoggets.  Just before noon the auctioneer and his female assistant stroll across the yard ringing a hand … Continue reading

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Aldeburgh

‘We settle onto Room 206 at around 3.15 pm.  A second floor room with a view: a narrow strip of road; a wide shingle beach; herring gulls floating by at eye-level; and the tranquil sea stretching to a hazy horizon.  … Continue reading

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Pied Piper

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is the eponymous character in a legend dating back to the Middle Ages from the German town of Hamelin.  The story describes a piper dressed in multi-coloured clothing, who is a rat-catcher hired by the … Continue reading

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Tourism – Discontent

‘Costing the Earth: Tourist Tide’, BBC Radio 4, 6th September tried to give a balanced view of the dilemmas posed by tourism’s costs and benefits.  This photo predates the current summer of discontent by almost ten years and shows that … Continue reading

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Guggenheim, Venice

The Guggenheim in Venice is one of my favourite small museums (or is at a gallery?).  It embodies Peggy Guggenheim’s dedication to the advancement of 20th century art – I think Giacometti’s Woman Walking (1936) is worth the cost of … Continue reading

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Delft Memorial

Christian countries and cultures discouraged cremation historically; the body was considered sanctified by the sacraments, therefore requiring respectful disposal. The dead were buried, following the practice common in ancient Rome.  However, the idea that cremation might interfere with God’s ability … Continue reading

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