International Women’s Day – Celebrating Ladies Day

Today is International Women’s Day so it seems appropriate to celebrate some of the wonderful females of our planet with a photo post of portraits. Those that read this site regularly will already be aware of my love of portraiture so any excuse to share. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder apparently but few can deny that everyone …

Mount Athos, Greece – Holy weekend, abstinence and hospitality

I do not claim to be a spiritual person and probably the most profound thing discovered by my friend Ed and I during our visit to Agion Oros, the ‘Holy Mountain’ was that it is easier to give up women for a weekend than pockets! There is however something very special about the Greek monastic peninsula which protrudes proudly into …

Travel People Watching – Airport Characters

Being processed through Gatwick airport one day, I indulged in a little people watching and was reminded of the many different characters that struggle through the departure lounges at airports daily. Airports may not seem the most interesting places to visit despite the number of reality television programmes that try to convince us otherwise. Apart from young children for whom …

Human Trafficking – The Modern Slavery

Slavery may seem to be a long forgotten term, with no real relevance in this century. Unfortunately this is far from the truth, human trafficking is the phrase now used to describe modern slavery and it is more common than many of us may believe. Some will have seen films like ‘Taken’ in which Liam Neeson plays an aging Jason …

Portraits of Culture – Peoples of Destination

Travelling is about enjoying experiences, either visiting a well known or little visited destination, savouring the journey, relaxing, finding adventure, visiting family, attending a festival or event these are just a few of the multitude of reasons for travelling. An often quoted reason by travellers is to experience a different culture, to immerse themselves in an alien community. “The wider …

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 …

Catalonia – The Character of a Nation

In a trip overflowing with highlights including canyoning and a hot air balloon ride on a recent visit to Catalonia and yet the main highlight for me remains the people. The populace of a region are what gives it character, Catalonians are proud of their heritage. Their passion was immediately apparent for preserving their culture and their eagerness to demonstrate …