Thanksgiving – Reasons to be Thankful Pt1

If you live on the Moon the rest of us will excuse you for not knowing it is Thanksgiving in the United States this week. Frifotos the social media phenomenon on twitter where people post images which fit with a specific theme is this week unsurprisingly entitled “thankful.” Taking a look through my own photograph collection for suitable images it …

Exploring Lost & Found; Where the streets have strange names

The reasons people travel are almost as numerous as for getting up in the morning. Exploring exotic locations, following the sun, chasing the Northern lights, immersion in different cultures, visiting family or friends, city shopping or climbing expeditions the list is almost endless. “getting totally lost even for a little” One of my favourite reasons however is to explore, to …

Guy Fawkes & Bonfire Night – Fireworks in Salford

I was standing in the middle of a muddy field in Heaton Park in Manchester on a slightly chilly November evening for nearly an hour. Waiting for the promise of a spectacular display to light up a dismal Salford night that was showing no sign of starting can seem a little insane. Looking around it seemed as if there are …

Population Growth – One in Seven Billion Photo Essay

“A single voice shouted is seldom heard, but many voices whispering in unison can be deafening” Today we officially share the World with seven billion people, as this is the population figure which has been predicted for us to reach this very day. Do not ask me the name of the seventh billionth inhabitant, I am sure it is known …

Greek doors of art – Photo Essay

Travelling around Greece there are a great many amazing things to experience, friendly people, awesome archeological sites, beautiful works of art, stunning scenery and wonderful towns and villages. Sometimes the simple things can leave the longest impression like Greek doorways and gardens. I decided to post this as due to internet connection difficulties most were not able to be posted …

The French Pyrénées, Animal Sanctuary – Photo Essay

I have not always been a great fan of zoos, too many of them had a bad track record for looking after the animals in their care. This situation has fortunately changed in recent times, many have become an animal sanctuary with an effective captive breeding programme and some may even become the last refuge of certain endangered species. The Parc …

Poitou-Charentes – Impressions & Reflections

The excitement and anticipation prior to visiting a new, never before experienced destination is one of the great joys of travelling. This ‘joy of travel’ is always the same for me whether enjoying an independent or sponsored trip. Whilst all destinations offer something special and different, some destinations genuinely exceed any expectations, for me the region of Poitou-Charentes falls into …

The Aveyron Images & First Impressions – Photo Essay

Visiting an entirely new area is always exciting, especially if knowledge of the area is limited anticipating a possible adventure. The Aveyron region, in the Midi-Pyrénées of the South of France is such area for me. Although aware of the major cities such as Toulouse, and Montauban most the region was relatively unknown to me. The itinerary provided certainly sounded …

All Things Colour and Spice in the Souks – Photo Essay

“Having a life described as being colourful usually means it is also interesting” One of the great pleasures of travelling is visiting markets and souks, not necessarily to pick up a bargain or experience the culture but just to soak up the sights, sounds and smells that ambush at every turn. Almost all foreign souks have one thing in common; …