Picture pirouette: Fishing near Albany

Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia, is not a place I usually visit as a tourist - my mother's side of the family come from around there and my uncle still fishes there. But this is not my uncle, and I was a tourist at the time, in a sense - I took this photo when I visited … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Flowers in the Netherlands

I've given you a peek at some of the magic of the Keukenhof Gardens before, but there's more. Much more! With a little boy whose favourite word is "flower" at the moment, I wish I could whisk him over to the Netherlands (oh, and adjust things to the right season) so he could spend a day saying … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Sailing ship near Nida, Lithuania

I had a magical day on the Curonian Spit in Lithuania a few years back. Perhaps you've never heard of the Curonian Spit - I certainly hadn't - but it's a funny skinny bit of land running through the Baltic Sea, half of it belongs to Lithuania, and half of it is Kaliningrad, a tiny piece of Russia … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Heviz Thermal Baths, Hungary

Heviz Thermal Baths, Hungary I'm not sure how it's happened that despite two thoroughly enjoyable trips to Hungary, I've never blogged about the country. I'm rectifying that with showing you a photo from what's probably my favourite Hungarian experience - a dip in the Heviz Thermal Baths in the … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Snowy bikes in Kemi, Finland

It is cold in Perth today. (It's cold all this week. And I don't like it!) But if I dig through my photo albums I am reminded that you can't really claim "it's cold" when the temperature never goes below freezing.Frozen bicycles in Kemi, Finnish LaplandThis was Boxing Day in Kemi, a town in Finnish … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Basel’s wall of plates

With my sister-in-law and her family living in the pretty city of Basel, Switzerland, I've visited often and been shown a number of the more unusual sights. This one still rates as a favourite: it's a wall of plates. Nobody can tell me anything about the what or why, but I guess it just is what it … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Osaka’s famous neons

The Glico Man on Dotonbori Bridge, Osaka, JapanIt's kind of weird that in a place with as many gorgeous traditions as Japan, one of the most famous sights in Osaka is all about advertising. Kind of weird, except that Japan is all about contrasts and of course being a super-technology land, you can't … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Don’t point in the DMZ, Korea

This is not a particularly beautiful photo, but it's hard to take photos when (a) you have to take them from within a building, before you're allowed into the joint security area and (b) you're running through a million warnings in your head about not taking photos in particular places, not … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Not a penguin at Penguin Island

Gull in flight at Penguin IslandI've been thinking about penguins this morning. I can blame Pam from Nerd's Eye View for that as she's been tweeting and writing about penguin spotting from her recent Antarctic trip (yes, I'm extremely jealous!) and then it occurred to me that hey, I don't need to go … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Karnak Temple – my version of Egypt

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been thinking a lot about Egypt this week, with the very heavy-going political demonstrations happening in Cairo. I never made it to the capital during my brief trip to Egypt - I had a cheap package in a Red Sea resort and because of the restrictions on tourist … [Read more...]