Arriving at St Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

Hi Folks! This is an image of visitors arriving at St Mark’s Square, Venice, having been dropped off by Water Taxi at San Marco. There is a constant coming and going from all over the world!

There are a few different ways of entering Venice. From the mainland, and Marco Polo Airport, there is a causeway which runs across the lagoon. At the Venice end of the causeway there is a railway station, bus terminal and some large car parks. From these, you transfer to Water Buses or Water Taxis and enter Venice itself. We chose not to arrive via the causeway and opted to hire a Water Taxi straight from Marco Polo Airport. That way, we powered across the lagoon straight into the city! Fabulous ride! A real thrill!

Water Buses act like road buses and have set routes and stops around Venice and Water Taxis are just like vehicle taxis and will take you where you want to go! Our hotel was at the San Marco end of the Grand Canal, so we arrived the same way as the visitors in the photograph.

John

Place de la Concorde, Paris, France

Hey Folks! This photograph is taken at the Place de la Concorde, looking across to the 3,300 year old Egyptian Obelisk gifted to Paris in the 19th Century, and then further to the Eiffel Tower.

As I have said in a previous post, Paris was experiencing a deadly heatwave while we were there. It wasn’t often sunny, but mainly overcast, and that held the heat in. To demonstrate how hot it was at night, there was no air conditioning in our hotel and all that was available was a ceiling fan. The large top floor balcony doors were wide open, the fan was running full speed all night and we still had to cover ourselves in cold, wet towels to get any sleep at all! When we went for a shower, it was taken cold, which gave sudden relief, but as soon as we got out we started sweating (or perspiring) again! Still loved the visit!

John

The Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Hi Folks! This shot shows the famous and controversial glass pyramid that is the entrance to this world famous museum.

The Louvre was very interesting to visit and I thought the Venus de Milo statue was well lit and stunning. However, I was very disappointed with the Mona Lisa. It was quite small and dowdy looking and I don’t quite get the fascination. It was the only part of the museum, apart from queuing to get in, that we had to queue again and to see the painting in a crowd of people!

Hope you like the photograph!

John

Paris Opera House, Paris, France

Hi Folks! This is a night shot of a section of the Paris Opera House. It is historically known as “Opera de Paris”, was completed in 1875, and is one of the world’s best known opera houses. It is the physical setting of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ by Gaston Leroux.

We had arrived late afternoon in Paris and took a long time to find our hotel! Unfortunately, it was also a holiday, and it took ages to find something to eat. By the time we had finished eating, it was dark and we came across the Opera House by chance! This was a difficult shot to take because the camera had to be hand held! I think it came out ok!

John

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Hi Folks! Here is my version of the world famous, iconic, wrought iron Eiffel Tower. Hope you like it!

It is a stunning architectural feature and Paris would not be the same without it! This was taken on a sunny day in 2003 during the 42.7 degrees C heatwave that killed 868 of the elderly Paris population from 21st to 27th July. This was the second heatwave of the year, the first having seen 567 deaths. The event sparked off concerns over global warming. It is a sad context linked to what was otherwise a wonderful visit!

John

Portmeirion Village, Gwynedd, Wales

Portmeirion is a Welsh village designed in the Italian style by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It is now owned by a charitable trust and is an important tourist attraction. The village was used in the cult 1960s television series ‘The Prisoner’.

This was another ‘bucket list’ visit for me. I watched the television series ‘The Prisoner’ and loved the abstract storyline and unusual location in which No6 (played by star Patrick McGoohan) is held as a former government agent who abruptly resigns from his job. Residents (prisoners) who tried to escape were chased and suffocated by giant white balloon like balls! Weird, but unusual fun! Well worth a visit if you are in Wales!

Thanks for visiting and see you again!

John

Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, Scotland

This marvellous piece of engineering has become a major tourist attraction. It does away with the need for long stretches of locks between canals of different heights by using a rotating wheel to move barges up and down.

There are two barge platforms, one linked to the canal at the top and one at the bottom. Each platform can hold a number of barges at the same time and the wheel then turns 180 degrees, moving all the barges up and down in a single movement! An engineering masterpiece!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you like the photographs and snippets of personal and other information.

John

Freddie Mercury (Queen) Statue, Montreux, Switzerland

Hi Folks! The Freddie Mercury Memorial Statue lies on the Montreux shore of Lake Geneva. It is a very powerful and symbolic statue and represents the close relationship between the Queen Band Members and the people of the place.

My other half and I have been Queen fans since university days in the early 1980s and were privileged to have front of stage positions at a Queen concert at Ingleston Showground near Edinburgh in the 1985. The professionalism and dynamic performance just left us in awe! Wonderful showmen, all of them! It was so sad when Freddie’s life was cut short by Aids and it was a ‘bucket list’ wish to see the statue and visit the Queen Museum in Montreux. That’s one item ticked off!

Thanks for coming along to my blog and hope you will join me again!

John

Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Hi Folks! Another view from Lake Como today as I am editing these particular photographs. I hope you like them?

I really like this image with a sophisticated looking beautiful Italian house on the edge of Lake Como with mountain background and lake view. This image is taken towards the north end of the lake early in the morning just as the sun is coming up behind me and to the East.

If you would like to see the images in my blog at larger size, please have a look here! All of my photographs for sale can be printed up to A2 size in high definition.

Thanks for visiting. Nice to see you here again!

John

City of Como, Lombardy, Italy

Hi Everyone! This photograph of Como harbour was taken at sunset. The sun was still on the hillside, leaving the city in shadow. We had spent the afternoon at Como Christmas Market and had a long journey back around Lake Como to get back to Caddenabia. It was dark about 10 minutes after this image was taken!

Como is a beautiful city surrounded by high hills and full of historic buildings and a cathedral.

Thank you for visiting! See you soon!

John