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Split Waterfront, Croatia

Friday Photo

I visited Split in October 2012 on a rail trip around the Balkans. We started the journey in the excellent Croatian capital Zagreb and then took an overnight train to the Dalmatian Coast to the wonderful city of Split, where we were met with Autumnal blue skies and a temperature of 25 degrees.    

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Friday Photos – Mont-Saint-Michel, France

We visited the island settlement of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy in June 2015. Reached by a causeway, it is situated at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. A fine place to visit, but beware of the crowds. It was baking hot on the day we travelled there and there were many bus loads of tourists. […]

The Bernina Express, Switzerland

Monday Morning Blues – Bernina Express, Switzerland

Today’s Monday morning blues picture comes from a fabulous train tour of Italy & Switzerland that I stitched together in 2016. The Bernina Express travelled from Tirano on the Swiss/Italian border up to Chur. A fabulous memory and the perfect antidote for a miserable Monday morning.

Couple in Love, Montmartre, Paris

Valentine Friday Photo – A Parisienne Scene

Paris is known as the city of romance and I wouldn’t argue with that. I just loved the togetherness of this couple that I took in Montmartre several years ago.

Baltic Greats – Riga to Tallinn Part 3

Tallinn, Estonia Having arrived from Riga by train, we soon found our impressive Airbnb that was right on Town Hall Square in the Old Town. As well as a splendid view of the town hall & square from our window, we were also directly above a brightly decorated Christmas Tree. We had arrived on Russian […]

Old Havana, Cuba

Monday Morning Blues – Old Havana, Cuba

This week’s ‘blue’ photo comes from my January 2017 visit to Cuba. It was a wonderful trip taking in many cities, but Havana was undoubtedly my favourite. Old Havana is a poor district full of colourful characters going about their daily business and was a fabulous maze of streets that were perfect for just meandering […]

Trains at Valga Station, Estonia

Baltic Greats – Riga to Tallinn, Part 2

Making Tracks Having seen much of Riga’s special charm, we decided on a little side trip to the Baltic Coast. The Jaumeri area has long been popular with the city’s inhabitants due to its proximity to the capital, the white sands of its blue flag beaches and the pine fresh air that invigorates visitors. Riga […]

Mud Volcano, Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Baku Excursion #2 – Mud Volcanoes, Petroglyphs, Fire Worshippers & The Flaming Mountain

The best selling tour out of Baku is to visit Gobustan and the Absheron Peninsula, which takes you out into both the desert and oil-well & gas pipeline country. The tour was to leave me underwhelmed and more than a little irritated due to poor organisation, pain in the rear guests and a case of […]

Halkiva, Greece

Monday Morning Blues – 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……

Riga Art Nouveau Buildings

Friday Photos – Art Nouveau Architecture, Riga

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.