Forever Young

At dawn of April 25, 1918 three years after the landing at Gallipoli, the Australian Imperial Force broken through the German entrenchment at Villers-Bretonneux in northern France. By the next day the town was secured creating a new front line to the east. The town did not fall into enemy hands for the rest of [...]

Darkness and Light

“So it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her .... and the waters of the Seine, contained and [...]

Through the Eyes

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should [...]

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 [...]


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   

Cover Art for PhotoBooks

 This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is to select images that could be used for covers (books, albums etcetera) ....For me, one of the enjoyable things about returning home from travel is to create a Photo Book of the best images - some in Hard Cover but mainly eBook format. I use Blurb Books as its [...]

Travel Theme – Simplify

  Ailsa's Travel Theme this week is Simplify ....I've used this one before, but no image I have or could take says it more clearly.   Danube River, Austria   "What matters in the lives of most people are the small appointments of days, the details of which one wishes he could remember as he ages [...]

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

Travel Theme – Misty

Ailsa's Theme this week is Misty .... Walhalla Temple - Regensburg, GermanyThe 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 of [...]

Travel Theme – Fragrant

Ailsa's Theme this week is FRAGRANT Dawn on the Danube River near Regensburg, Bavaria. The fragrance of the grass and trees along this section of the journey was powerful. By sunrise it was gone. Only a few early risers witnessed this .... The rest could only dream about it. Then there was music and wonderful [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unexpected

This week's Challenge is UNEXPECTED Sipping a Negroni cruising the Danube River, Austria late one afternoon in May, I was suddenly awakened from my state of reverie by an unexpected vision on the River bank ..... Firstly, the sight of numerous fishing huts all brightly coloured and each crafted to suit the owners design - [...]

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 [...]

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