Silent Sunday: Sunset at Seal Rock, Phillip Island

Sunset over Seal Rock, off shore from The Nobbies, Phillip Island, Victoria in Australia

Day out London: Kingston-upon-Thames and the fickle king

I’ve long been curious about all the little upon-Thames towns (partly due, no doubt, to having seen one too many episodes of Midsomer Murders, or read one too many Daisy Dalrymple mysteries). There’s an array of them: Henley-on-Thames, Staines-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames…

Silent Sunday: Town square at abandoned Pyramiden in Svalbard

The town square at the abandoned Russian settlement Pyramiden in the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic.

World at a Glance: The Mesdag Panorama – walking into the painting

In the Mesdag Panorama, you step into the painting: a 3D, 360° image of Scheveningen of another era; the people, the beach, and the rough North Sea. You’re in a museum – and you’re on the beach!

Silent Retro Sunday: Ciudad Este, Paraguay, 1997

The border town Ciudad Este in Paraguay, 1997

UNESCO in Finland: Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

After visiting the Old Church at Petäjävesi in central Finland, I head south-east towards the Kymi River Valley. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive. More of the long, lonely stretches of road I always seem to experience in Finland. I have to resist the temptation to drive on the wrong side of the road and instead […]

UNESCO in Finland: The old church at Petäjävesi

Finland has seven sites on the World Heritage list. I’ve popped across the border for a couple of days to have a look at two of them: Petäjävesi Old Church and Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Public transport in Finland is good, but unless you have plenty of time – which I don’t – driving […]

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