The systems of a city – look down to find them

When you enter a city – perhaps the one you are in right now, you probably spend quite a bit of time looking up at the architectural details above the shop level. I do that a lot and often find that that is where the history is, where the story …

Drawing on another way to see

When travelling, slow down and take time to look – with the intensity of an artist! The camera can capture what is in front of you, but it takes your intervention to capture how you feel about it. And that is where post-processing comes in. Whether it is just putting …

Why you need a polariser filter for museums

Circular Polariser Filter (CPL) When trying to record your travels, there is nothing so frustrating as not being able to get a decent photo in a museum. On my first visit to the British Museum, I completely failed to get a decent photo of the Rosetta Stone. Why? It was …

Paris: Hotel de Sens – wearing its history

One of only two surviving medieval houses in Paris, the Hotel de Sens was built between 1480 and 1510. It was built for the the archbishop of the town of Sens in Burgundy. At that time the Archbishop of Sens was more important than the bishop of Paris! It can be …

The miracle of Salisbury Cathedral

Nestled in the UK’s Wiltshire downs, Salisbury cathedral rises with the tallest medieval spire in England and the second tallest in Europe. It is from any angle an impressive feat of architecture – especially when you consider when it was built. The foundation stone was laid, just five years after …

Copenhagen – Jazz Festival

If you are in Copenhagen in early July you will find the streets alive with the most amazing jazz music. This is the week of one of the world’s great global jazz festivals. The outdoor cafes on Nyhavn are wonderful at the best of times, serving great food, coffee, beer or wine at …

Canberra – warming up with its International Curry Festival

This Winter weekend (18-19 July) saw Canberrans turn out in force to warm themselves over a nice hot curry prepared by skilled chefs from all over South and Southeast Asia. The Canberra International Curry Festival left the air heavy with spices so your mouth was watering even before you came …

Travel Tech Review: Kaiser Baas Bluetooth Mini Keyboard BT-100

Why use a keyboard? Travel blogging – or just recording your trip electronically – means you sometimes want to leave the larger laptop back at the hotel. Yet typing full pages of notes is tricky and slow when trying to use the tiny touch screen keys on your phone. Sure, …

Feature photo – Coogee Beach, NSW, Australia

I took a couple of shots at sunset and into the blue hour (the hour after sunset) and was struck by the timeless simplicity of the Coogee surf lifesaving club. I was also struck by a certain poignancy with this photo of the empty surfboard in the shallows. The surfer …