After spending the afternoon driving along the narrow tracks of roads on the Isle of Skye around Tarskavaig and Tokavaig we passed through this valley and I thought something I’ve never thought in any of the other places that I’ve traveled.  I thought that I could live in this little valley and the rest of the world could fall away and I wouldn’t know and I … Continue reading Utopia

Church/St. Paul’s, Cahir

St. Paul’s Church is suitably located on Church Street in Cahir in County Tipperary, Ireland.  It is a John Nash design, built in 1817 and one of only two known churches that Nash designed. Please click on any image for a larger view.       It is also the only one with most of its original interior, including the decoratively-carved pine pews, with individual doors … Continue reading Church/St. Paul’s, Cahir

Toomkirik on Toompea Hill in Tallinn

The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, also known as Toomkirik – Dome Church, located on Toompea Hill in Tallinn, Estonia, is the oldest church in Tallinn. Aaahhhh Boy in Blue on Bike Carousel de la Cité Carcassonne Dilapidated Door in Dinan Elephant on Elegant Egg First Frost in Flower garden Guard Gait in Gamla Stan Hero on High Horse Irish wolfhounds In St Ives Jaded … Continue reading Toomkirik on Toompea Hill in Tallinn

St Petersburg Subway System

Admiralteyskaya subway station in St Petersburg, Russia St Petersburg’s subway system is the deepest in the world and Admiralteyskaya is the deepest station – this escalator is the beginning of the descent to 282 feet. Aaahhhh Boy in Blue on Bike Carousel de la Cité Carcassonne Dilapidated Door in Dinan Elephant on Elegant Egg First Frost in Flower garden Guard Gait in Gamla Stan Hero … Continue reading St Petersburg Subway System

A Taste of Tallinn

This pretty girl and her co-worker were greeters at the Olde Hansa on Vana Turg in Tallinn, Estonia – a Medieval-themed restaurant in the interesting old town.  She encouraged us to take a peak inside – “you don’t have to eat, just look inside, it’s beautiful”.  We did peak inside and then she was happy to let me take her photo.

girls in costume TallinnI couldn’t resist a shot of her shoes – Continue reading “A Taste of Tallinn”

The Shadow Knows

Nothing delights my photographic eye more than strong light producing beautiful contrasting shadows.  We spent a week in the delightful village of Dinan in Brittany before the sun came out, encouraging me to climb the steep streets one more time to capture these shots.

shadows in Dinan Brittany

Shadows in the streets of Dinan Brittany France

shadows in streets of Dinan Brittany France


The afternoon light drew me down to the Cathedral in St-David’s in Wales for this lucky shot … Continue reading “The Shadow Knows”

The Glass Island

Glass making oven in Murano Italy

In 1291 all the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires at a time when Venice was built mostly with wood.  The island of Murano, now famous for its glass, lies about 1.5 km north of Venice.  The glass makers of Murano held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries.

The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures.  The oven is heated to about Continue reading “The Glass Island”

WIN #13 Reflections on Friendship

For more about Write It Now – WIN – click here.  For previous WIN posts, click here. This week the prompts are: 1. Tell  about your best friend.  Why was this person so special? What brought you close? 2. What is the most important aspect of friendship? 3.  Did you ever travel with a friend. Where? 4. Were you ever betrayed by a friend? How? … Continue reading WIN #13 Reflections on Friendship