MONTPELIER, France

If there’s a city in France that can offer more in the way of enjoyment, relaxation, places to visit outside the area, and great sight-seeing inside it, than Montpelier, then I have yet to find it.

Often called the sunshine capital of France because of its average of 300 sunny days per year, Montpelier lies just 11 km from the Mediterranean coast.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: RARE

This is an old photograph from my collection, one I took way back in 1972 when the elephant was still known as “the tractor of Thailand”.  Sadly, the lovely big animals no longer haul teak and this sort of thing is a rare occurrence now as they no longer live a happy life with their…

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The Artichoke, Rome’s 8th King

The Italian artichoke usually has dark purple leaves and is eaten as an appetiser, in pastas, and as a vegetable with meats and fish. It can be boiled, fried, roasted, steamed, sautéed, or marinated and I will gladly eat it any which way! In Rome I usually had it “cariciofa alla giudia” which I was told is an ancient Jewish method from the 16th century and entails the vegetable being deep-fried twice. That flavoursome oil dripping down one’s chin. Decadent, I know, but delicious.

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MIYAJIMA – Beautiful Island in Japan

Miyajima is considered to be one of the three most scenic spots in Japan and I’m not going to argue with that. I was bowled over by it, Besides, it is a World Cultural Heritage site and continues to attract more visitors year by year. The island is regarded as a holy shrine of Shinto by the Japanese.

Part of the city of Hatsukaichi, Miyajima is located off the coast in the Seto Inland Sea and is easily reached by tram, train, and boat from Hiroshima for those wishing to experience a complete contrast to that city. The journey takes approximately 1 hour

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HUA HIN, THAILAND

Dateline 11th August 2016 My favourite town in Thailand is in the news today for all the wrong reasons.  A terrorist attack in this quiet, respectable, tourist town, two hours from Bangkok, has left one local street-seller dead and about ten wounded, some seriously.  Of all the places I expected to be attacked in Thailand,…

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Photography Challenge – MORNING

A few of my favourite images from over the years seem to fit the Morning Challenge so here they are.  It’s amazing how some places never change, and how they still attract customers to these old-fashioned deck-chairs. Mornings in Thailand   Morning

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HIROSHIMA – August 1945 and TODAY

It was Sunday,August 6, 1945, and a hot midsummer sun shone from the blue sky over Hiroshima, Japan. It had been a night of constant alerts with sirens warning of planes overhead but in the morning the all-clear sounded. The streets were full of people, workers returning from night shifts, day workers on their way to take their place, military workers, factory watchmen, women shopping, secondary school children making fire breaks, all, we can suppose, weary after a sleepless night.

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