Is it wrong to quote Shelley when writing about a visit to France? I’ll admit when I saw the Obelisk of Luxor at the Place de la Concorde, the poem “Ozymandias” was the first thought that occurred to me. It refers to Ramesses II, and was written at the time that the British Museum had … Read More
Woodlands Park is a country-house hotel in the Surrey countryside. It is most famous for being a retreat of Edward VII while we has the Prince of Wales, and his mistress, Lillie Langtry.
The Limmat runs through Zurich’s Aldstadt — the Old City where many of the famous landmarks are. I took this standing on the Rathausbrücke (apparently rat means ‘council’ — dislike for politicians is everywhere), facing down towards the Zürichsee (I love the German names for things in Switzerland). On either side , you can see the great cathedrals … Read More
On the way to the Giant’s Causeway, our bus stopped in at Carnlough so we could have a drink and stretch our legs. It’s a small village in Northern Ireland, to which one might ascribe the words ‘quaint’ and ‘picturesque’. We weren’t there very long, but I did catch this photo of a man and … Read More
A small alcove off the Long Room in the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin.
The Sainte-Chapelle was a stunning sight, and I would have missed it if my wife hadn’t insist that go to see the Palais de Justice.
The Lion of Lucerne commemorates the Swiss Guards killed in the French Revolution. Mark Twain described it as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”
Stonehenge’s location on the Salisbury Plain adds to its eerie sense of mystery.
Bawdy and gaudy, the Moulin Rouge is still a spectacular cabaret.
I will admit that this photo is pretty much the entire reason I diverted to Ireland on our first trip to Europe. Our flight landed in Dublin at 9:30pm, and we were up before dawn to get on a bus to the north coast of Northern Ireland. It was an exhausting experience, but totally worth … Read More