Walking on Dreams

The recurring thoughts that come when you visit the iconic buildings, and tread the ancient streets and courtyards of Europe, especially in the early hours is …. How many have stood and walked here …. what events have taken place on this worn cobbled road …. whose hopes and dreams were fulfilled or broken by following the winding … More Walking on Dreams

Springtime in Paris

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good … More Springtime in Paris

Transformation 2

Paris – My 2 favourite images from the spring of 2013 blended together. Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau and Cours Albert 1er – a walking path along the Seine. The cold and very wet day along the Seine balancing the camera under a small umbrella Transformed by the next day … warm and beautiful sitting … More Transformation 2

Symmetry of an Icon

In the field of architecture and engineering, there is no finer example of bi-lateral and rotational symmetry than the Eiffel Tower. From any angle, from near or far, night and day … It is the template.   Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Symmetry      

Open Doors

“There will always be a door to the light” – Shiro Amano – Kingdom Hearts, Vol.1 In response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme … Doors Paris – Palais Garnier Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Bavaria Rhine Gorge – Marksburg Castle New Zealand – Dunedin Railway Station Vienna – Schonbrunn Palace Melk Abbey – Austria New Zealand … More Open Doors


The Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers flow through the industrial heartland of Germany and Austria. Canal locks, barges, hydro stations, ancient rusting machines, container ships and factories of all kinds line the river banks and encourage you to always have camera in hand. In response to Ailsa's Travel Theme – Industry    

Shadow Lands

  When you start looking through a photograph library for images that include some form of shadowing, it becomes apparent very quickly just how significant it is to try and delineate light from darkness … And you see easily why some images stand apart – why the same landscape leaps out at you at sunrise … More Shadow Lands

Diamond Light

In response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge …. Twinkle Prague Fairmont Empress Hotel – Victoria, Vancouver Island Paris – City of Light Venus over Kozskiusko Mauna Kea – Big Island, Hawaii  


For we are young and free …. Thiepval Memorial for the Missing Villers Bretonneux – Australian War Memorial  

Forever Young

  Today marks the centenary of the commencement of WW1. These images are from my day on the Somme Battlefields, France in May 2013.“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are … More Forever Young

WPC – Containers

This week's WordPress Challenge is Containers …. These images were taken on Market Day in Rue Cler, Paris last May. The first one shows a collection of old tobacco tins mainly, and the second is a set of rubber stamp boxes  

WPC – Relics

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is RELIC .. Cezsky Krumlov – Czech Republic Tauber River – Germany Tuber River – Germany Congress Hall (Kongresshalle) – Nurnberg Ironworks Ruins – Lithgow NSW Carcross, Yukon – Alaska Napoleon Reef – Central Tablelands, NSW   Port Arthur – Tasmania Abandoned Wheat Silo – Wattamondara, NSW

Rivers of Dreams

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Rivers My dreams are often gently haunted by two rivers …. The Danube between Budapest in Hungary and Regensburg in Germany – flowing through large towns, small villages, lush farmland and past historical architectural masterpieces     And the Vltava River as it flows through Prague … Just as … More Rivers of Dreams


This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is MONUMENT “It seems to me that it had no other rationale than to show that we are not simply the country of entertainers, but also that of engineers and builders called from across the world to build bridges, viaducts, stations and major monuments of modern industry, the Eiffel Tower … More Monument

Travel Theme – Misty

Ailsa's Theme this week is Misty …. Walhalla Temple – Regensburg, Germany The white stone temple sits on a massive foundation with 358 steps that lead down to a boat landing on the Danube. A Teutonic Hall of Fame to honor German-speaking artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and other historic figures commissioned by King Ludwig I … More Travel Theme – Misty

Paris Gardens

This week's Travel Theme is GARDEN … The Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The gardens of the Champ de Mars lie at the foot of the Eiffel Tower between the Ecole Militaire and the … More Paris Gardens

Paris – Lumiere

As some may recall, I spent 10 days in Paris last May … The wintry European “Spring” of 2013. However, during that time I managed to capture images of a particular Paris mood that I think will certainly define that city for me forever as it has for many others – or until I manage … More Paris – Lumiere

Light and Sky

Occasionally, themes for the Weekly Photo Challenge (Let there be Light) and Ailsa's Travel Theme (Sky) converge and make it difficult to distinguish which images to use …. And today's duo are a classic case. So these 3 images used previously are interchangeable for either theme …. No image in my collection says “sky” like … More Light and Sky

WPC – Eerie

This week's Challenge is Eerie …. The Old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Jewish Quarter of Prague, in the Czech Republic. It was in use from the early 15th century (the oldest preserved tombstone, the one of Avigdor Kara, dates back to 1439) until 1787. The numbers of grave stones and numbers of people buried … More WPC – Eerie

A Word a Week Challenge: Arch

Sue's Challenge this week is Arch The Arch has been a basic structural element in architecture and engineering since ancient Roman times …. Travelling through Europe especially seems to fill your CF Cards with countless images of them A few of the best from last May  

Weekly Photo Challenge:Inside

This week's challenge is INSIDE Inside the Long Bar – Raffles Hotel, Singapore   Inside this small cup lies …… Fire, intensity, bitterness, solace, and aching addiction on a cold and rainy Paris morning   Inside the lock at dawn ….. Rhine River, Germany          

Travel Theme: Distance

This week's Travel Theme is DISTANCE The Battle of Hamel (4 July 1918) was a successful attack launched by the Australian Corps of the Australian Imperial Force and several American units against German positions in and around the town of Le Hamel in northern France during World War I. The battle was planned and commanded … More Travel Theme: Distance

Travel Theme: Big

This week's Challenge is Big Big Sacrifice ….. Pozieres The Battle of Pozieres was a 2 week struggle for the French village of Pozieres and the ridge on which it stands – during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Pozieres is remembered as primarily an Australian battle. The fighting ended with … More Travel Theme: Big

Travel Theme: Architecture

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Architecture “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Frank Gehry Prague – Saint Agnes of Bohemia and Muzeum Karlova mostu Regensburg Cathedral   Paris – Notre Dame Cathedral   Czesky Krumlov   Budapest – Parliament Building          

Travel Theme: Motion

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Motion River Seine in Paris at dusk …. The boat traffic is fairly hectic at this time, and It's difficult to get more than 30 seconds to capture the lights as they come on. This is a photo I almost deleted but it suits the theme.  

Travel Theme: Sculpture

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Sculpture   There is a very narrow space between the frontiers of Architecture and Sculpture ….. The interrelationship between the two disciplines as they borrow from each other enriches each in turn. Both are expressions of Fine Art along with poetry, music and painting.   A small gallery from … More Travel Theme: Sculpture

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World through Your Eyes

The Weekly Photo Challenge is The World Through Your Eyes Our 10 days in Paris during May were predominantly rainy …. making for challenging but rewarding photography. Here on this day, walking up the Champs Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe and juggling the camera and umbrella … the main thing that caught my eye … More Weekly Photo Challenge: The World through Your Eyes

Travel Theme: Flow

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Flow. Flowing with the current – Danube River, Germany Powering through the flow – Rhine River, Germany   Controlling the flow – Danube River, Germany Going with the flow – Rue Cler, Paris and Vienna, Austria  

Travel Theme: Peaceful

This week's Travel Theme is Peaceful Def: : untroubled by conflict, agitation, or commotion Jervis Bay – South Coast, NSW Australia View from Prague Castle Vltava River, Prague – from the Charles Bridge Danube River, Lower Austria Dawn – Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, Bavaria  

Travel Theme: Costume

Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Costume The Prague Castle Guard was founded in 1918 to provide security and today more than 600 troops serve in this military unit. The members are selected from the Army of the Czech Republic and must meet strict professional and educational requirements. In addition the soldiers must be in … More Travel Theme: Costume

Last Day in Paris

“Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets – as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and … More Last Day in Paris

Paris_City of Light

“The whole of Paris was lit up. The tiny dancing flames had bespangled the sea of darkness from end to end of the horizon, and now, like millions of stars, they burned with a steady light in the serene night. There was no breath of wind to make them flicker as they hung there in … More Paris_City of Light

The Somme Battlefield

Villers-Bretonneux Poziers Le Hamel Theapval   Will they never fade or pass! The mud, and the misty figures endlessly coming in through the foul morass, And the grey flood-water ripping the reeds and grass, And the steel wings drumming. The hills are bright in the sun: There’s nothing changed or marred in the well-known places; … More The Somme Battlefield

Paris_Les Invalides & Napoleon’s Tomb

Les Invalides – officially known as L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original … More Paris_Les Invalides & Napoleon’s Tomb

A Window on Paris

Tuesday morning 5.30am … From our room at the Hotel Relais Bosquet looking into Rue Champs de Mars and Rue Bosquet. Another cold and rainy day in Paris. Parisians are looking back with nostalgia to that glorious few days of Spring a week ago.