We left the delightful town of Jianshui by bus, heading south towards Yuanyang and its famous rice terraces. I first saw a view of these on one of the BBC travel documentaries and have been dying to shoot them ever … Continue reading
After Guilin we flew west to Yunnan province, it was a mammoth day of travel, but we finally got to Jianshui in the evening (via a bus from Kunming). I’d chosen this town as a useful halfway point between Yuanyang … Continue reading
From Xian we caught a flight south to Guilin, and we stayed in the smaller town of Xingping, not far from Yangshuo. Guilin was a part of the world I’d been longing to explore for a long time. The stunning … Continue reading
From Beijing we caught the bullet train south to the Imperial City of Xian. We had considered flying direct to Guilin, but I’m glad we took the chance to see this famous archaeological find. Only discovered in 1974 by farmers … Continue reading
My recent China trip didn’t get off to the best of starts; I was stopped at Beijing airport where they have a temperature checkpoint, and forced to provide my details and a saliva sample because my body temperature was abnormally … Continue reading
I was last on the tiny island of Burano 12 years ago, still working with film; a Hasselblad Xpan and Nikon F80, both loaded with Fuji Velvia ISO 50 or 100. Now it is such a different photographic landscape, working with digital means I could begin my pictures at ISO 400 to cope with the overcast conditions, and then as it brightened up, get back to an optimum ISO of 64-100. Back when I was shooting exclusively on film I would have been constrained to either carrying a tripod everywhere, or having to work at uncomfortably wide apertures. Nowadays a visit to somewhere as unique and colourful as Burano is more of an Instagram shoot than anything else, for most young visitors. The buildings were originally painted in such a variety of colours to help their fishermen find their way home on the regular foggy days encountered in this part of the Adriatic Sea.
We travelled to Northern Italy during the “Beast from the East” – a week of freakishly cold weather which landed on Europe on Eastern winds in late February. So we didn’t see much more of Lake Garda than the picture below.
Would highly recommend the thermal spa in the lakeside town of Sirmione – spent 5 hours there, and could have stayed longer.
A house in Verona was allocated as Juliet’s house (Romeo & Juliet) by the Verona council, and since has predictably become a major tourist attraction in the city, despite Juliet being a fictional character and Shakespeare never having visited the city.
Statue of Dante, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe
I visited the Estonian capital city of Tallinn last year for a few days, here are my best photographs of this rising Baltic destination…