Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 213 - London


Late afternoon shadows lengthen across the lawns of Marble Hill House in London - along the river between Richmond and Twickenham. For more shadow shots visit Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumnal Afternoon....Breil-Sur-Roya


Last weekend I was still sitting on the beach and swimming in the sea, but this weekend the weather is starting to change, so I decided to head for the hills and look for some Autumnal beauty....


Such beauty was not hard to find up in the Roya valley in a little town called Breil - a centre for hiking, rafting and canyoning in the mountains. As you can see the setting is very pretty and this is matched by some stunning baroque architecture....


...as well as some pretty coloured houses juxtaposed with some gorgeous weathering and textured walls and doorways...


but the best colours to be found yesterday were the Autumn hues of the foliage - especially that fiery red...


Who can resist photographing Nature's finest in all its Autumn glory??


Breil-Sur-Roya is easily reachable from Nice by taking le Train de Merveilles from Nice-Ville railway station. The journey is one hour plus there are lots of other lovely stops on the line. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 212 - Javea, Spain


Is there anything more serene than sitting on a sundrenched beach under a sunshade  looking out to sea?............For more shadow shots click here for Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Browsing around Bussana Vecchia....

First founded in 1050AD by one of the Counts of Ventimiglia, prospering as part of the Republic of Genoa from the 13th century onwards, the development of Bussana Vecchia was halted abruptly by an earthquake on 23rd February 1887. The village was destroyed and abandoned....


The new village of Bussana was resituated at sea level two years later and the old village lay deserted and forgotten up on the top of the hill....until Clizia a potter and painter from Turin came here in 1959. He founded the International Community of Artists together with the poet Giovanni Fronte and a painter Vanni Giuffre. Moving mountains of rubble and restoration of the least damaged buildings began, and soon artists from France, UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Austria joined the growing community of international artists - even though there was no water, electricity, and sewage.....


Although threatened evictions and stand-offs against the Italian government followed in the sixties, studios, workshops, and galleries were established amongst the ruins and are still present today - although the community is in constant flux with artists coming and going......


The most poignant ruin is that of the magnificent church built 1404 - 1652 and dedicated to St Egidio - over the years it changed from a modest structure to a Romanic church and finally to a magnificent Baroque church with columns, frescoes, stucco, and six chapels and altars built into the walls. Gerolamo Comanedi, a young artist from Lugano, worked there his whole life creating these amazing friezes, paintings and stuccoes succeeded by his nephew.....Now it is a magnificent ruin inhabited only by a magnificent rooster and a few chickens. 


As you can see it is a very photogenic place to visit and I did manage to get there by public transport - two trains to Ventimiglia and San Remo, followed by a bus to new Bussana and then a steep uphill climb of about 40 minutes - Well worth the effort - Enjoy!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Walking the Thames Path - Tower Bridge to Thames Barrier

The Thames Path is the only walking trail that follows a river from its source to the sea and this summer, I walked the final twelve mile section from Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier where the path officially finishes....


It is a fascinating section which traces London's riverside history and industry through Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Deptford, and Greenwich passing by famous London landmarks such as the Dome, Cutty Sark and Emirates cablecar, as well as churches, statues, and classic vistas across the Thames to London Docklands.


Some sights discovered along the way are much more unusual and unexpected such as the beautifully tranquil and serene Ecology Park situated on the Greenwich Peninsula....


and the delightful Surrey Docks farm which is right on the riverside with crops, gardens and allotments as well as pigs, chickens, horses, ducks and goats.....


We were hoping for a full farm breakfast here but unfortunately the cafe is closed on Mondays, but Deptford  stepped in and provided a wonderful pitstop to fuel up on a full English big, big breakfast to keep us going the rest of the way...


After this stop, we had no trouble reaching the Thames Barrier!! and another mile walk brings you to Charlton Mainline Railway Station with fast links back to London. So now I have done one third of the Thames Path (180 miles in total) - the source to Oxford and this final section - now we only need to do the middle 120 miles!!


Check the official Thames Path website for more details. Enjoy!! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 211 - Pisa


Where can you find this rather striking geometric pattern of shadows??


Well it belongs to a bench in an art corner of Pisa.....


opposite a rather delightful jazzy gigantic Keith Haring mural entitled "Life" - perhaps not the kind of art typically associated with Renaissance Italy....


More posts will depict the more typical architectural shots of Pisa, Italy, but in the meantime enjoy the other shots submitted to Shadow Shot Sunday...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer in Saorge....


Finding a great spot for a cup of tea with a view is always part of my daytrip summer sojourns up in the mountains around Nice - and this cafe in the delightful medieval village of Saorge with its antique tea-set was just perfect....


Here is the charming village of Saorge nestled in the green hills of the Roya valley, and wandering around the quiet, narrow streets, be prepared to be astonished by the resplendent architecture and setting at every twist and turn...




Saorge is a short train ride from Nice on le train des merveilles - the journey takes about 50 minutes. Enjoy!!