Boat with a view

Boat with a view

Taken in Venice in June 2013.

 

Seeing these two gondoliers taking in the view of St Mark's Square somehow struck me as quite sweet. Despite seeing the landmarks every day, they could still appreciate a good view when they saw one.

Boats in waiting

Boats in waiting

Taken in Venice in June 2013.

 

I took this photo in the early morning before the crowds appeared and before the gondaliers readied their boats.

Dock with a view

Dock with a view

Taken in Venice in June 2013.

 

I particularly like this view of the dock with its old fashioned light and a gondola ready for its first passengers of the day.

Misty light

Misty light

Taken in Venice in June 2013.

 

The morning light hadn't quite made it through the misty morning and this latern was still shining. This was taken just at the entrance to the Grand Canal.

Morning light

Morning light

Taken in Venice in October 2007.

 

This photo was taken in the early morning from the Accademia Bridge over the Grand Canal. I love the old fashioned lights with the old palaces in the background bathed in the soft morning light.

Reflections

Reflections

Taken in Venice in June 2013.

 

This photo looks out to the Grand Canal but with the reflection of the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the background. The island was reflected against one of the boat stop shelters on the Grand Canal.

Washing preparation

Washing preparation

Taken in Venice in June 2013.

 

I was walking along one of the many little streets of Venice when I looked up and saw all these clothes pegs in a windowstill. I loved the colour of the pegs against the plants.

Autumn colours and reflections

Autumn colours and reflections

Taken in Warsaw in November 2011.

 

I took this on an Autumn day in Lazienki Park in Warsaw. I love the way the trees branches bend down into the picture but you can still see the reflection of the bridge behind.

Stormy cloisters

Stormy cloisters

Taken in Palermo, Sicily, in October 2007.

 

It was a particularly wet day so we decided to escape central Palermo and head to Monreale Cathedral. I particularly loved the lush cloisters with a view of the mountains in the background.

Old world charm

Old world charm

Taken in Prague in November 2009.

 

I took this photo in the Castle District of Prague. I loved the old fashioned rooves and the wonderfully ornate lampposts.

Arches and sunlight

Arches and sunlight

Taken in Prague in November 2009.

 

This is one of the many alleyways in the Castle district. It was a sunny day and I love the way the sunlight pours through the arches and the alleyway disappears round the corner in the distance.

Strolling in the Castle district

Strolling in the Castle district

Taken in Prague in November 2009.

 

There are so many wonderful alleyways in the Castle district. As I was wandering around, I looked up this particular alleyway to see an elderly woman slowly strolling up it. It's one of my favourite photos of my trip.

View of the city

View of the city

Taken in Prague in November 2009.

 

This is a view of the city from the Castle district looking down towards St Charles Bridge and the Old Town Hall.

Twinkly lights

Twinkly lights

Taken in Prague in November 2009.

 

This is a view of Prague, looking down to St Charles Bridge and beyond. I always think cities look so different at night. Prague is especially pretty with its many spires and domes lit up.

Want to go for a ride?

Want to go for a ride?

Taken in Cordoba, Spain in December 2007.

 

There were so many carriages lined up outside the Cordoba cathedral on this day. While the weather was nice, it was still December and I was surpised to see so many carriages out - but I guess they need to make money even in the winter!

Locked together

Locked together

Taken in Florence, Italy in February 2017.

 

Joined locks now seem to be everywhere - a symbolism of being joined together in love. Or at least a declaration for all to see. This particular group is on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. 

The Firenze Bridge

The Firenze Bridge

Taken in Florence, Italy in February 2017.

 

There is something about 'The' Firenze Bridge - Ponte Vecchio. It oozes history, straddling the chocolatey Arno. It was looking particularly fine this bright February morning. But it's much nicer to look at from afar than stand on it, heaving with tourists!

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The blue domes of Oia

The blue domes of Oia

Taken on Santorini in July 2017.

 

This is one of those iconic photos of Santorini - the blue domed church. It was a beautifully warm summer's morning, and the crowds had not quite descended on Oia. I managed to snap this photo just after someone had been posing on the roof! Luckily, just the domes and backdrop of the caldera in this photo.

Peak-a-boo sun

Peak-a-boo sun

Taken on Santorini in July 2017.

 

Walking around Oia in the morning, I saw this church facade, just as the sun was peaking through the arches. I love the towering bells, with the hint of the blue dome in the background. 

The blue door

The blue door

Taken on Santorini in July 2017.

 

Surprisingly, there are a lot of blue doors in Oia! But this one in particular caught my eye, with the steps leading down to the front and a hint of the sea beyond. It looked wonderfully clean and simple - and heavenly. 

Summer colours

Summer colours

Taken on Santorini in July 2017.

 

The vibrant bougainvillea caught my eye first, but I love the combinations of the pink, yellow and blue. This is actually a fairly common sight in Santorini - contrary to the whites and blues that you see in postcards. It sings 'summer' to me. 

A framed view

A framed view

Taken on Santorini in July 2017.

 

This is a view of Oia surrounded by wonderful wildflowers, on the walk from Imerovigli to Oia. The pink of the flowers really makes the blue of the sea stand out and Oia's glimmering buildings look like icing on the peninsula. 

Church vista

Church vista

Taken on Santorini in July 2017.

 

This lovely little church is on the way to Skaros Rock in Imerovigli, where I was staying. It was early in the morning and the sun was just starting to hit Oia in the background. A wonderful peaceful spot before the crowds descended. I saw several wedding photo shoots here in the evening!

Mountains, shadows and light

Mountains, shadows and light

Taken on the southern side of Madeira in September 2016.

The main island of Madeira feels tropical, being closer to Africa than Portugal. But it is part of Portugal! Madeira is volcanic so has fantastic mountainous scenery that rises up from the sea.

I took this photo after we had driven into the interior of the island and then circled back down to the southern coast, through this amazing pass. The clouds kept rolling in but the sun would peak through every so often. An amazing place!

Paradise view

Paradise view

Taken on the northern side of Madeira in September 2016.

The main island of Madeira feels tropical, being closer to Africa than Portugal. But it is part of Portugal! Madeira is volcanic so has fantastic mountainous scenery that rises up from the sea.

This is a photo of the northern side of the island, where there are small villages in the valleys close to long stretches of beach. We had climbed up some hairpin lanes to get this great view of the valley below.

Colourful traditions

Colourful traditions

Taken in Santana, Madeira in September 2016.

Santana is a small town on the north coast of Madeira. It is well known for its traditional stone houses, with their vibrant colours and thatched roofs.