I’ve been trying to think of the most iconic landmarks around the world – what would they be? Big Ben? The Statue of Liberty? The Eiffel Tower? Sydney Harbour Bridge? The statue of Christ the Redeemer? The Pyramids of Giza? The Golden Gate Bridge? Uluru? The Colloseum? All contenders I am sure. Another world famous […]Read more "An Indian Adventure – Part 4 – The Taj Mahal"
One thing you can say about Indian street life is that it is never boring. On our recent tour of India we were a bit apprehensive about the long coach journeys – some journeys turned out to be six or even eight hours long. In many countries, including England, the thought of spending hour after […]Read more "An Indian Adventure – Part 3 – Street Life"
Tuk-tuk drivers are a breed apart – they work seriously long hours, for little money, through the heat of the day, choking on the fumes of a million exhausts, listening to the deafening cacophony of horns, always with a smile on their face. Oh, and they are lunatics. Our tour guide, Avdhesh, hailed a tuk-tuk […]Read more "An Indian Adventure – Part 2 – People"
The holiday of a lifetime! We have been wanting to go to India for years and years and finally did it a few weeks ago. The food, the culture, the scenery and the people have long fascinated us but it can be an intimidating place to go with a young family. We needn’t have worried, […]Read more "An Indian Adventure – Part 1"
Although Leeds in West Yorkshire has many architectural gems if asked to name one iconic building in or near the city centre I suspect that most people would come up with one of three choices – the Corn Exchange, the Town Hall, or the Parkinson Building. There may be quite a few votes for Kirkgate […]Read more "Leeds Parkinson Building"
Verona. The setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. A short distance from the stunning shores of Lake Garda. How much more romantic could a city possibly be? Speaking of Juliet you can, along with thousands of others, visit her house, view “that” balcony, pose for a picture next to a […]Read more "And They Say Romance Is Dead?"
The Waterfront area of Liverpool is one of those rare places where no matter which way you turn you can’t put your camera down. I don’t know of another area where there is such a concentration of astounding architecture. The regeneration of Liverpool in recent decades has created an area of contrasting architecture – old […]Read more "Liverpool Waterfront"
Fairly regularly someone asks the question “where is the most beautiful place in the world you have been?”. I consider myself to be fairly well traveled and have been to many beautiful places but I am lucky enough to be able to honestly say that I haven’t found anywhere better than the area where I […]Read more "Winter Wonderland"
In the summer of 1989 when I was eighteen years old I decided to pick up my Dad’s nylon stringed classical guitar and see what I could do with it. As a kid I have a few vague memories of my Dad playing the guitar but it had mostly been sitting in our house untouched. […]Read more "Fender Stratocaster"
Aircraft have fascinated me from an early age. I remember once a year, every summer, all the kids in our street used to be able to watch a free air display as the jets circled around the nearby RAF Church Fenton near York. When we moved away my Dad and I were annual visitors to […]Read more "Reach for the Skies"