Travel

I'm lucky enough to travel a lot but I also aim to understand a place in some depth. So I like to find out about the local history, sociology, wildlife and local arts. I prepare for a trip by looking up photos of the famous sights, they're usually a good guide both about the local visual interest and also a warning of what has already been done or over-done.
I try to use the tools of modern photojournalism and photography to communicate how I feel about a place. You’ll see that I have used Portrait, Street, Interior, Historical, Abstract, Landscape, Historical, Wildlife, Phone-camera and Selfie genres at different times for specific effects.

Beaumes de Venise, Côtes du Rhône Villages
Beaumes-de-Venise

Sablet, Côtes du Rhône Villages
Sablet

Touring some of the villages and vineyards that make the Côtes du Rhône Villages wines that we see on the wine lists and supermarket shelves. The actual villages and locations are as varied as the wines. It’s easier to relate the taste and labels to the wines having seen the geography, maybe also understanding a little more about which are the more favoured locations. The Côtes du Rhône Villages are a varied lot, small producers and vast vineyards seemingly stretching to the banks of the Rhône or the rocky limestone crags of the Dentelles de Montmirail.

More photos: Côtes du Rhône Villages

Puncture

Puncture

That’s the end of what feels like a quite spectacular period of travel adventure over the past few weeks. Travel is a privilege so it’s great to be able to share photos of the wonderful variety of scenes of my adventures and thank you for your interest.
But travel isn’t always easy: it’s not easy to show the cancelled flights, the TGV reservation seats which didn’t exist, yet another prematurely-failed motorbike battery, the lost/delayed suitcase, the puncture and other hire car woes as well as this winter’s stormy weather, fuelled by the 2023-24 El Niño event and two sudden stratospheric warmings.
Time to rest up for a few days, time to be ready for more.

Moe photos: Travel’s not easy

San Remo old town

San Remo old town

Exploring the gatehouses and passageways of the San Remo old town; the medieval circular network was built as three concentric fortifications against pirates and invaders.
At the top there is a church, a villa and the shade and waterfall of the Giardini Regina Elena.

More photos: San Remo old town - Liguria

Longfield, Kent

Longfield, Kent

Brief visit over the North Downs to Longfield in Kent. It’s the first stop after Bromley South on the fast train to Dover. Brian showed me a short hike up to Ruffet’s Wood for the views towards the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf in the London Docklands. There’s a feeling of wide openness under a huge and distant horizon but it’s impossible to ignore the pylons in every direction.
Longfield is an intriguing place because it stayed small for so long; it’s recorded by its Norse/Danish name as Langafel in the Doomsday Book and before but there are only the church and rectory shown on the OS map of 1869. The railway passed through but didn’t stop here until a station was paid for in 1872 by a landowner in nearby Fawkham. By 1897 the OS map shows a smithy, a children’s nursery near the station, chalk and clay pits, brickworks, farms, orchards and pub: an infrastructure has been established, including a National School in the next village for “Lost Boys” (orphans), presumably also to supply labour.
Longfield has a small church, the tradition locally is that much of the early church was built c.1343 with major additions in 1886, including the tower.

More photos: Longfield, Kent

Palais Longchamps, Marseille

Palais Longchamps, Marseille

Crystal clear day thanks to the Mistral, the autumn light showing Marseille’s Palais Longchamps to great effect. A plentiful flow of water through the cascades, though the lower fountains weren’t running. The stone comes from upstream at Calissanne (near the A7 péage of Lançon) with the figure of Durance surrounded by Cérès et Pomone at the centre of an allegorical ensemble. Historically, Palais Longchamps, the château d’eau, was the end point for the Canal de Provence which first brought plentiful drinking water to Marseille from the Alps in 1849, following a terrible cholera epidemic and droughts in the 1830s.

More photos: Palais Longchamps, Marseille

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