Category: World

Minimal Amsterdam

Continuing my little foray into minimal photography whilst on city breaks and following Minimal Edinburgh and Minimal Glasgow I now present Minimal Amsterdam. OK – I admit all these pictures are not all that minimal – but still they aren’t the normal picture postcard views of a city. In my first blog about Amsterdam I quoted that the French philosopher René Descartes wrote in 1631 of the Dutch Republic: “Where else in the world can one enjoy all the comforts of life and all the interesting things that a person might wish to find? What other country is there...

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NOLA Nights

New Orleans is a city that pulses with energy, exuding life and supreme coolness with every southern-soaked beat. Me and my friend Hayley based ourselves at the India House Hostel for our stay – a decision fuelled by wanting to make the trip as cheap as possible, rather than because of the luxury it offered, but it actually turned out to be a great choice. With a large communal area, swimming pool and brilliantly greasy, good-value breakfast, it was a really sociable place, where pre-drinking around the large picnic-bench style tables meant you met other travellers easily. Unbeknownst to...

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Exploring Budapest’s Ruin Pubs

Some people come to Budapest for the architecture. Others come for the al fresco thermal baths. Some (probably most, if we’re being honest!) come for the nightlife. Budapest has all the ingredients for a great night out. The beer and wine are cheap, the city is easy to get around, and the Jewish Quarter is home to some really unique, so-called ‘ruin pubs’. These pubs started popping up at the turn of the 21st century, when the neighbourhood’s abandoned houses and factory buildings were filled with second-hand furniture and makeshift bars. These days, they’re at the heart of Budapest’s not-so-underground...

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Majestic Giants – Icebergs Around Newfoundland

Whether they come originated in Greenland or the Arctic, these 10,000- to 25,000-year old massive chunks of ice have been calved off into the North Atlantic as the edges of the glaciers move into the ocean.  Once afloat, they begin their journey south making their way to the Labrador Current.  Sadly, once this journey begins they will rarely last one year. Here are some facts about icebergs:  They float at speeds from 0.7 km/h to 3.6 km/h because they are fresh water.  The salt water of the oceans make icebergs buoyant.  The part we see is actually only 10-20...

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Malta – Azure Ultra Luxury Yacht Experience

Malta is a wonderful island for sun, food, history and relaxation. I have been many a time as you know and recently I was kindly invited to spend time in luxurious relaxation, aboard the yachts of Azure Ultra. These yachts you would think belonged to mega mega millionaires but these yachts you can own your own time for or charter yourself for a memorable experience. Enjoy Malta in a whole special way! Malta is wonderful to explore… but what about seeing it from a whole new perspective? Every whim is taken care of. You have your own Captain and...

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Tenerife Landscapes & Seascapes: Whilst dreaming of Humboldt and Darwin

Lots of people will probably think of Tenerife as the home of cheap (ish) holidays in the sun for Northern Europeans – especially the ‘lager louts’ of Britain.  And to some extent this has been the case – Los Christianos and Las Americas still have a little bit of this image.   Tenerife and the other Canary islands, however, have a lot more to offer.  My previous blog on Dolphins outlines some of the marine wildlife watching opportunities of the islands.  The geology is also fantastic, the centre of Tenerife being the volcano of El Teide  – also the...

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