Windows: A Quiet Moment In Dubrovnik

Originally published as part of a post on walking Dubrovnik’s city walls, this image sprung to mind immediately when I thought of windows.  These two school girls were taking a break just before their bell rang for class. I had also just reached a particularly tranquil part of my walk with no other tourists nearby.…

In Pictures: A Few Of My Favourites From Italy

I hope you’ve enjoyed coming with me through Italy? What struck me most about this country was the compulsion I always felt to visit the big sights. Rome’s Pantheon, Venice’s St Marc’s Square and Florence’s Duomo to name a fantastic few. However, some of my favourite moments were spent experiencing the tiny details – the…

Layered: A Sunset Over Sorrento

Each evening in Sorrento, I’d walk up to the rooftop of my hostel and spend an hour watching the sun disappear over the horizon. Each evening, it was slightly different but always built up of many layers: the array of different clouds suspended in front of the distant sky; the remains of plane trails that…

The End (Or Only The Beginning?) in Catania, Sicily

“There are no endings. If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings. Here is one.” ~Hilary Mantel. On my final evening in Italy, only the faintest wisps of white cloud danced overhead. Swallows ducked and weaved among the haphazard aerials of Catania’s roofs as I sipped my drink.…

Waiting: The Pleasure Of Getting There

  The train journey from central Naples to the toe of Italy’s boot takes around four hours.  The trains are an excellent standard. High-speed, quiet and very comfortable. However this particular journey was my favourite for another reason: the views. As I travelled backwards, I watched the world zoom away from me. On my left,…

In Pictures: Perfectly Preserved Pompeii

On August 24th 79AD Vesuvius erupted. Pompeii, which by then had been an established town for well over 600 years, bore the full force of not lava, but pyroclastic flows.  During my visit to the ancient Roman town; supposedly 11,000 inhabitants strong at the time of the eruption, a common myth was dispelled. I had…