OFF FROM CUMMEENDUFF

Next morning, after having gone to bed before 8 p.m., we’re awake around 5 a.m. and I’m restless to do some writing.  Despite creeping stealthily down the hallway and through the door into the dining room, where our computers are resting, I make one small noise and it seems that almost instantly Sheila’s face pokesContinue reading “OFF FROM CUMMEENDUFF”

COME IN DUFFER

Cummeenduff, now there’s a word.  I was reminded of many of our aboriginal names that bear no relevance to the English language and here the Celtic background still flaunts itself in so many ways but this was a place I’d never heard of. There was still time in the afternoon for some photography so IContinue reading “COME IN DUFFER”

CALVING ALONG THE WAY

Mossy Cave is the least notable of hikes around Bryce Canyon but it’s suddenly become popular because every other trail is closed.  It’s pleasant enough but the goal is unworthy so to speak.  There’s also a watercourse with a waterfall that falls short of the requirements to make a good picture, but I go anyway,Continue reading “CALVING ALONG THE WAY”

CHIPPING CAMPDEN – A NAME TO REMEMBER

I’d done the research, it seemed promising.  Arguably the finest of all the Cotswolds’ villages yet without the tourist hordes such as you might see at Stratford Upon Avon or Bourton on the Water.  Still, it seemed like they were getting some tourist traffic.  So I went there, probably 15 years ago now, and itContinue reading “CHIPPING CAMPDEN – A NAME TO REMEMBER”

FALLING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE

                                  We were slightly unsure just what to do.  The weather, undoubtedly, was going to play a part.  Cloud hung over the Dolomites, as, I guess, it does on most mountain ranges most of the time.  It would preclude us from heading up to the spectacular heights and seeing what was pencilled in asContinue reading “FALLING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE”

A MASTER-FUL BUILDING

         I confess without embarrassment that I’m an unabashed Tiepolo fan.  For those of you who aren’t aware, this was the name of not one, but three famous painters, a father and sons combination renowned for fresco work during the late Renaissance and touted as the finest of them all.  Three of Tiepolo’s rare paintings areContinue reading “A MASTER-FUL BUILDING”

BLEEDING IN BLED by Ian Smith

It’s bleeding hot, one of the hottest summers in Europe for some time.  Every day is over 30 degrees and today is no different.  The only positive I can find is that it’s not overly humid, which would explain the constant dryness in our throats and longing for liquids. Our goal today is Bled or,Continue reading “BLEEDING IN BLED by Ian Smith”

A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST

It was around a week later when I finally returned to Narrow Neck.  I’d started the day at Scenic World and was on my way home when a spur-of-the-moment decision led me down Glenraphael Road.  I thought there might be some birds I could photograph but, upon reaching the gate about halfway along, plan BContinue reading “A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST”

MUCH MORE THAN FAKE

Tired of following the guide with the flag?  Looking for something more authentic in Verona than a fake balcony?  How about you try San Zeno Maggiore?  According to legend, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette were married in the crypt. (Verona is full of “authentic” sites of this fictitious couple.) San Zeno Maggiore is the finest andContinue reading “MUCH MORE THAN FAKE”