Nine years ago, I was sipping a cup of deliciously decadent, silky-smooth, hot chocolate for a minimal price at the Rathaus Cafe in Offenbach, Germany. I remember glancing at the temperature gauge, noting it was zero degrees celsius outside, before watching a squirrel, as he scurried around the branches of the weeping tree nearby. It… Continue reading Autumn Falling Leaves
They thought they were safe. Although New Zealand sits atop the "Ring of Fire," where the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates join, there were no known fault lines where 25,000 people lived for 160 or more years, building beautiful churches, universities and homes. One day, in 2010, that changed forever. Christchurch, located on the south… Continue reading Re-Visiting Christchurch before the Earthquake
The Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, was an impressive piece of religious architecture and a tourist draw-card for the small city. Sadly it's now gone, due to two large earthquakes that occurred back in 2010 and 2011. I was lucky enough to visit just two weeks before the first earthquake. History of Christchurch For Christchurch… Continue reading Christchurch Cathedral – Now Lost
Overlooking Stockholm, Skansen Open Air Museum is a walk back in history that every visitor should make when visiting Sweden. Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was opened on 11 October 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of… Continue reading Swedish Skansen Museum
Fellow blogger Pooja from Stories from Europe grew up in Nepal, so we've joined forces to write about a city located close to Kathmandu, called Bhaktapur. The individual accounts are about the same city, Bhaktapur, but written from a perspective of 34 years apart. What things had changed? What comparisons can we draw? Let's find… Continue reading First Trip to Nepal
I took a walk through a small village in Poland, high up in the Tathra range near the Slovakian border. Come join me in Zakopane.
Nidaros Cathedral One attraction that everyone comes to see in Trondheim, Norway, is Nidaros Cathedral and yet it is the nearby Værnes church in Storjdal that, for me, holds more fascination, at least in a historical sense. Not only does the Værnes Church have a purpose-built 'Weapons House,' that dates back to Viking times, but … Continue reading Værnes Church, Norway c 1085
Røros World Heritage Site - The Church Røros Church in Norway – its reputation preceded it and my only chance to visit was offered to me when I was in Trondheim, Norway. Of course, I leapt at the chance. Walking through a living World Heritage Site, is not something one gets to do every day.… Continue reading Living History at Røros
My Monday walk features Part II of my visit to Helsinki in Finland. There are loads of things one can do there without spending too much money. Exploring on foot is just one.
In response to The Daily Post's weekly photo challenge: "Ornate." A visual feast for the eyes? Some may say it is overworked, a sensory overload, yet in historic or religious terms, one can see that the designers wanted to transform material objects, into something ornate in such a way as to exemplify glory, or divinity,… Continue reading A Visual Feast for the Eyes- Ornate – WPC
In response to Ailsa's Travel theme - Frame I try to look for a natural frame - or, Something man made that will assist to frame the photograph Or something artificial... and finally, another frame: ( pardon the corny pun/Dad joke!) and a frame I hope to never have...... Something to Ponder About
In response to The Daily Post's weekly photo challenge: "Door." Something to Ponder About
Mobile photography has really taken off into the stratosphere. Amateur photographers now rely on the phone camera to take all their photos, and "fix" the more obvious photographic mistakes, making a more professional -looking end product. The phone is portable and lightweight and always readily accessible. Sadly, my DSLR sits forlorn on the shelves - a victim of lack of portability and versatility, relegated such as it is, to occasional outings to scenic destinations. A bit like an old relative one visits every few months, more out of duty than desire. I do wonder where/how this will evolve in a decade or so.