AMALFI – Italy’s Gem

Amalfi, tiny and expensive is one of the easier coastal towns to walk around as it rises gently up the hillside from the waterfront rather than clinging vertically to it, like Positano for instance.  Centreville, Amalfi It is hard to believe that this very small town had a glorious history as a maritime republic on … Continue reading AMALFI – Italy’s Gem

Syracuse – The Other Bits

After my earlier Post on the Greek and Roman theatres in Syracuse, I thought I’d like to show you a few of the more colourful parts of the city.   I hope you'll enjoy the photographs that follow of the transparent seas around the island, Piazza Archimede and its magnificent fountain, the food market, a few … Continue reading Syracuse – The Other Bits

Newport, Isle of Wight, a Second Look

On the green in the middle of the town stands a memorial to the last little chimney sweep to die here, and just a few miles away a lovely old pub is the site of the last hanging to take place.  I’m in Newport, the main town on the Isle of Wight, sometimes referred to … Continue reading Newport, Isle of Wight, a Second Look

DOORWAYS: London, Tokyo, France

Writing is at standstill at the moment as I have an eye problem that prevents me from working on the computer (or it takes so long that I can't do it anyway), so as doorways seems a popular feature of blogs, I thought I'd dig out a few of my favourites.  The featured image is … Continue reading DOORWAYS: London, Tokyo, France

A Walk on the Ramparts of Ypres

I didn’t imagine it would be so difficult to write about my walk on the Ypres Salient in Belgium, as I followed the course of the World War l battle of 1917 but it’s impossible to write about the horrors of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (also known as Passchendaele) without including great chunks of … Continue reading A Walk on the Ramparts of Ypres

Strasbourg – Cross Roads of Europe

goods from the Baltic, Britain, the Mediterranean and the Far East poured across the borders to be traded for wines, grain and fabrics and just like today, when the languages of the 46 member states can be heard in the squares and streets of the city, traders speaking a dozen different languages, met and conducted business.  People from different countries working together and mingling in Strasbourg’s squares means that the city continues to be the crossroads of Europe.

Rome: View of the Forum at Night

Rome and the Tiber

Castell Sant'Angelo across the Tiber - Photo Mari Nicholson The Tiber has been the soul of Rome since the city’s inception, and it could be said that Rome owes its very existence to this strategically important river on whose banks the first settlements were built.  The two sides of the river are joined by more … Continue reading Rome and the Tiber

Photography 101: Connect

Connections between rooms in castles are well documented, less well known is the connection between the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome and the Vatican City. The Castel of Sant'Angelo, the massive fortress-like building on the right-hand side of the Tiber, was originally built by the Emperor Hadrian (117-13 AD), as a monumental tomb for himself and … Continue reading Photography 101: Connect

London’s Hidden Gems (1)

A long, high wall covered with Royal Doulton ceramic plaques, decorated in burnt orange and blue, names, ages, occupations and means of death engraved on the tiles – this is the Wall of Heroic Remembrance. Tragedy after tragedy told in a few simple phrases, greets the eye, unsung heroes indeed, workers and children caught up in a drowning, a fire, or a runaway horse saga, who had saved someone’s life by giving their own.