Perspectives on Myanmar pt1

After many years of isolation, the country that poets have described as being a land of “blood, gold and dreams” is emerging … fast. History, religion and culture run thick through the country and now there is a budding enthusiasm in the people for trade, enterprise and openness. There remain tensions in society although it […]

Myanmar – land of blood, dreams and gold

As a break from skiing, I’m heading for a photography project and thinking of warmer climes to improve the mood;  so I feel very fortunate to be getting to explore the fascinating country of Myanmar / Burma for the next few weeks. Taking a few notes from Richard Cockett’s excellent book on “The Changing face […]

Easter break in Axmouth and walks on the Jurassic Coast

Beer Head cliffs

A wonderful few days relaxing by the coast  (with great weather) and staying on the harbour side at Axmouth for a few days post-Easter break. Thanks to Sue for her charming cottage and Alastair Sawday for the recommendation. Great walks to the wonderfully named Beer Head, fossil hunting at Chideock and Seatown. Walking from the […]

A taste of the migration of the bewildered-beasts

Following the extraordinary scenery of the Ngorogoro Crater and proximity to the wildlife in Tarangire, we headed out to the Northern corridor of the Serengeti to (hope) to see one of the great natural wonders of the world … the annual migration of wildebeest. The plains of the Serengeti are a special place in their […]

Close to nature at Chem Chem on the shores of Lake Manyara

I’m getting around to sifting the first few pictures coming from a few weeks exploring Northern Tanzania; from Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater through the Serengeti and migration of the wildebeest to stay on the jungle island reserve of Rubondu Island. ( Manyara and Ngorogoro gallery ) Arriving to stay at Chem Chem safari lodge on […]

The hills are alive …

For some fresh mountain air, walks amongst the Alpine Spring meadow flowers, a great fondue and the occasional lapse into The Sound of Music , the Bernese Oberland is a very special place. Home to some of the highest mountains in Europe, the scenery is stunning and waling the glacier at the Jungfraujoch after a […]

Joining the swallows down South

A few days relaxing around Table Mountain and exploring the delights of Cape Town and it’s surrounds. Glorious sunshine on Table Mountain, although there were occasional cloudy snaps rolling across the table-top and showing how treacherous a place it can get when the weather turns. Retreating to the delights of the Cellars Hohenort hotel with […]

Barcelona break-away

A return to Barcelona after quite a few years (22) from a visit during the Olympics it was great to see the changes and how much (more) of a cosmopolitan city this is – and to see a roof on the Sagrada Familia ! Culture, food, drinks, sights and people all did not disappoint and […]

Summer in the English countryside

A great weekend away with Hannah wandering in the heart of The Cotswolds enjoying the quintessentially English Countryside. From a pub lunch in Broadway to a walk through the grandeur of Blenheim Palace via some great scenery and country air. Well worth a visit to Dormy House for a great relax and fabulous food on […]

Where next for wild photos ….?

Amusing seeing the wilderness paparazzi out on the Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley, all waiting for the sunset ‘perfect moment’ for a shot. Amazing scenery indeed – even better after the sun goes down to see some spectacular views of the Milky Way. Time to plan the next adventures and awaiting projects and ideas […]

Hollywood fun in the sun

Joshua tree Death Valley

A few days in the California sun to tour Southern California with a trip to Los Angeles and on for wine tasting around Los Olivos, including the obligatory ‘coon-hat wine tasting at Fess Parker Vineyard. Then to watch the sunset in Death Valley, flight over the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. A few places to […]

Kilimanjaro on a whim

Mid August and needing a break from the Big Smoke, a chance conversation with a friend looking for guinea pigs to test a route up Kilimanjaro for a growing travel company … well, why not ! Small team, less popular and more scenic route … all seemed a great idea. In spite of a number […]

Knights who say Ni(ce) … sorry MP

Chateau Saint Martin is a Relais and Chateau hotel in the midst of a 12th Century Knights Templar castle on the edge of a hill with glorious views over the Cote d’Azur. As well as a fine spa and beautiful infinity swimming pool it has a very handy 2 Michelin Star restaurant. There’s a fine […]

Summertime on the Cote d’Azur

After the historic and cultural highlights of the Cathar castles and fairytale beauty of Carcassonne, the sunny beaches, turquoise waters, charming mountain villages as well as mega-yachts and great fun people watching makes the Cote d’Azur a great place to visit. This snap taken from the dunes by the infamous Club 55 on the Ramatuelle […]

Cathar’tic break in the Pays d’Aude

Beautiful few days based in Carcassonne and touring a few of the ancient Cathar castles in the Pyrenees foothills and what was then the border with Spain. I thoroughly recommend the Hotel de la Cite inside the ancient city walls of Carcassonne. Rebuilt at the start of the last century and surrounded by buildings that […]

Timon and Pumba

A great visit to the Hartbeesport Dam Elephant sanctuary and an “up close and personal” meeting with Kumba the elephant and friends – followed by a visit to the mischievous monkeys and lemurs

Inquisitive cats in South Africa

Time for more exploring out from Johannesburg … the cats are waiting

Brazilian memories

Reminiscing on time in Rio de Janeiro as the snow falls in London

Cape Town shenanigans

A great city worth a few days break on the back of a visit to one of the largest global mining jamborees – dinners in vineyards and meetings by the beach or on Table Mountain …all fun.

Sahara shadows

Riding across the Erg Chebbi near Merzouga in the Sahara on the Morocco-Algerian border

Moroccan winter sun

Taking time for a long weekend in Morocco for sun and dunes…even some snow in the High Atlas. This snap from the much used film set Kasbah town of Ait Ben Haddou.

A very Gherry Christmas …memories of Los Angeles

Wonderfully outrageous Frank Gherry designed Opera House in Los Angeles, in the Walt Disney Community Park

Alternative Christmas Market

Ideas from the stalls of the markets in Chichicastenango in the Highlands of Guatemala

Good morning London

Shiny Shard – a far better light show than the rather dismal laser show the other night.

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