Punta del Diablo, Uruguay, 2020
Taj Mahal, Agra, India, 2004. This photo symbolises my hope that we will soon return to gazing upon wonders and embracing each other across the artificial divides of household or culture. And that even in tragedy we may find inspiration, like Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan who lost his beloved wife but gifted the world this […]
Cattle ranch, Uruguay, 30 April 2020. Señora Vaca what startles you so? Is it the rare sighting of the lesser spotted gringo in the middle of Uruguay’s lockdown? Or perhaps you have just realised how grim your job prospects are in a country that consumes the most beef per capita in the world?
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013. A land where a dog can be entrusted to sell usnjeni copati (‘leather slippers’) in the street. That may well be a safe bet given Slovenia’s ranking as the 10th most peaceful nation on earth (Global Peace Index), with the 8th lowest crime rate (World Population Review). Apparently language is no obstacle for Slovenian […]
San Marino, 2019. The world’s fifth smallest sovereign state punches above the weight of its landmass when it comes to historical facts.
The Berlin Wall, Germany, 1990s. Thirty years after the fall of this most iconic symbol of the Cold War, I am still grateful that it did not happen whilst I sat on top. You may wonder how I managed to climb up there in the first place but that remains a closely guarded secret.
Rainy season, Brazilian Amazon, 2014. Canoeing through a flooded rainforest brings the traveller up close and personal with monkeys, sloths and other creatures that usually spy unseen from their remote green watchtowers. And the swifter travel through swathes of forest barely accessible on foot makes the jungle feel endless. Yet WWF estimates that over a […]
Chapel of Bones, Évora, Portugal, 2016 – “We bones that are here, for yours await”. Await they did and their patience was rewarded as 5000 skeletal companions arrived. In the early 1500s, Franciscan monks relocated the bones from Évora’s overcrowded cemeteries to the chapel and slotted them into every crevice of every wall and pillar […]
Winter in Madrid viewed from my office at the old British Consulate-General, 9 January 2009. Madrid has extreme seasonal variations in temperature, with a record high of 40.6 °C and a record low of -10 °C, and is flanked by mountains, but snow rarely settles in the city centre. Indeed, this was the heaviest snowfall that […]
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentinian Patagonia. It is refreshing to discover a glacier not in retreat, and the consequences can be spectacular. Today, the Perito Moreno Glacier still advances to form a natural ice dam across the adjoining lake, before finally rupturing under the water pressure, with its 220-foot-high wall of ice crashing down into the […]