Postcards from the colours of food – photo essay

Food is a popular subject for many photographers, though plated up cooked meals however artistic are not my personal favourite. I prefer the vibrant colours of fresh fruit, vegetables and other market produce. Trying to portray them in a slightly different of artistic manner can be great fun. One of my favourite techniques is playing with the depth of field, …

Postcard from dark skies over French La Rochelle

A dramatic sky over the French region of Poitou-Charentes is almost reminiscent of something from the film “Independence Day”. It was possible to almost imagine the clouds parting and a huge spaceship emerging to threaten World domination. In the event nothing quite so exciting or spectacular happened during this visit to the lovely city of La Rochelle, but it is …

Postcard from an Atlantic sunset, La Rochelle

It’s hard to resist posting a sunset image for long and a sailing trip on a catamaran off La Rochelle in the Charente-Maritime region of France is even more tempting. Sunset over the French Atlantic with a group of friends and some cava before sharing a great seafood platter makes it extra special. Photographs are digitally captured memories, they can bring …

Postcard from Fallen Heroes, Île de Ré

Whilst exloring the island of Île de Ré in the French Charente-Maritime region I unexpectedly came across this war memorial in a park. It is dedicated to the fallen of the island in some of the conflicts France has been involved in. Cenotaphs or war monuments always feel slightly sad, so many young lives lost and yet usually to preserve …

Postcard from Ile de Ré, beach bouys and beacons

Île de Ré is a picturesque little island popular with Parisians looking for a quiet break from the romantic city. This has to be a great recommendation and a few hours here and it is easy to understand the reason why. Maybe it was the time of year that I visited but September provided generally pleasant weather, few other visitors and …

Romancing the Adventure – European Island Escapes & Getaways

Time does fly by quickly; there is always something to celebrate just around the ‘calendar corner’. It will be Valentine’s Day in just a few weeks, a good excuse for some island escapes and rekindle romantic sparks. The wary may need to remember however that it is a leap year, so that extra sparkle in the girlfriends eye recently maybe …

2011 A Year of Adventure & 2012 the year of Promise

Looking back is simply not my style, preferring to look ahead at potential adventure; the challenges and opportunities to come. This past year however has been phenomenal for me with some amazing successes that it would have been hard to imagine just twelve months ago. This site and my presence on social media have far exceeded my expectations and that …

La Rochelle, France; Flirting with Luxury Travel

Being the kind of traveller that is happy to sleep in a tent or hammock somewhere in a wilderness, yet know I have slept in worse places, so five star La Rochelle boutique hotels maybe considered a little out of my league. It is surprising how easy it is to adapt to huge, comfortable beds, private showers that actually work …

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 …

Poitou-Charentes & Haute-Pyrénées Journal

These tables on the streets of La Rochelle in Poitou-Charentes, France seemed liked the perfect place to stop and have a glass of wine, made for me in fact. I was surprised to see nobody sat at any of them. We’d already eaten so maybe next time. There had been a large festival in the town during the day and …