Halkiva, Greece

Today’s photo comes from my March 2019 visit to the Greek town of Halkiva. We took the train from Athens on a beautiful spring day – just the kind of memory to help beat the Monday morning blues……

View of Lake Bled, Slovenia
Riga Art Nouveau Buildings

Riga is famous for its Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil) architecture, a form most popular from the 1890’s until around 1910. There are over 100 buildings of this style in Riga, with the best examples in Alberta Street. The excellent Art Nouveau Museum is also at the end of the same street.

Aerial View of Riga

In 2019 we had a trip booked to two Baltic capitals but had to cancel at the last minute. We decided to rebook for 2020, following exactly the same itinerary that we had planned before flying Air Baltic, staying in central AirBNBs and taking a train between the two cities. All worked like clockwork, the […]

Today’s blue coloured picture to help beat the Monday morning blues comes from this Saturday in the Latvian Baltic Coast town of Majori. Majori itself has lovely golden beaches and some ornate wooden villas which were built to accommodate the great and the good of the Soviet rulers, who favoured the resort as a bolt […]

I am on my second visit to Latvia’s capital. This building is named after the African missionary (St Mauritius) who refused German orders to execute locals who refused to convert from paganism to Christianity. This saw him beheaded himself, hence the building name.

Lyab-i-Hauz, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Today’s photo aimed at beating the Monday morning blues comes from my 2018 trip to Uzbekistan. Lyab-i Hauz is the name of the area surrounding one of the few remaining hauz (ponds) that have survived in the city. Until the Soviet period there were many such ponds, which were the city’s principal source of water, but […]

Gullfoss, Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is located in the canyon of the Hvítá river in the southwest of Iceland. We visited the spectacular site on a freezing cold day in January 2015.