More than anything else, Iceland is a land of waterfalls. Over a thousand kilometers of driving on Route 1, I saw countless falls, often into little farms. Although you can’t walk up to the ones on private property, you can still gawk at a distance.
Once you leave Reykjavik, everything seems remote in Iceland. I took this on a hillside a little over 10km from Vik: a large local town of a couple hundred inhabitants. We were staying at Hotel Dyrholaey, which is set up and away from Route 1 (the main highway that circles the island). We had thought that … Read More
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall on the south part of Iceland, just a few hours down Route 1 from Reykjavik. You probably can’t go for more than twenty minutes on Route 1 without seeing a waterfall, but Seljalandsfoss is particularly spectacular with its large pool, and being able to walk behind it — a huge difference from … Read More
The Thames River is so important to London, and I feel that if you don’t spend time on its banks, you miss out on an experience that informs on the history of the city. We started at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre near Southwark and walked the southern bank to Tower Bridge. We passed several bridges, a … Read More
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
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.”