Category Europe

New Zealand WW1 Centenary Trails

I’m feeling a little pleased with myself after a WW1 Centenary Project Team working for the New Zealand Government saw one of my images and asked for my permission to use it in their project materials. It is displayed on their website and on printed banners (to be placed in libraries and schools around the […]

The Gardens at Manoir d’Erignac

This was or last day in France.  We had all day to get to the airport at Bordeaux from where our flight to London left at 7.30 pm. We thought that we could use some of the time by driving north to  the town of Erignac to seem some rather beautiful gardens. They were large and […]

Dordogne River and Lot River Areas

Over the last few days, we have done quite a bit of exploring. We have already visited most of the popular places near Sarlat, so over the last two days we have extended our travels a little further to some  more distant towns. The highlight of our day yesterday, was a visit to Rocomadour, which […]

The Saturday Market in Sarlat

We awoke today to find the Saturday market in Sarlat in full swing. With the benefit of double glazed windows, we had not heard a thing, yet right below our window was a man selling flowers and across the road another man was selling paella that he was cooking in five enormous pans. We knew […]

Old Towns and Chateaux

This morning we set out to explore a group of towns along the Dordogne River that are only 12 or 15 kms away from our hotel. It was a cold morning with the temperature sitting at only 5C when we left and it was quite foggy. Along the river, visibility was rather poor which was […]

Sarlat La Caneda

We are staying in the remarkable town of Sarlat La Caneda, one of the larger centres in the Dordogne River area of France. I think this town holds the reputation of being one of the most intact medieval towns in all of France. It is superbly scenic with a maze of little streets, hidden squares […]


After a few hectic days in Lisbon, we were very happy to arrive in Barcelona and just spend a quiet first day. We arrived at our hotel in time for a late lunch of Tapas on the roof top terrace near the pool. We just stayed put and enjoyed a balmy day for the rest […]

The Back Streets of Lisbon

I must correct an observation that I made a few days ago when I said that Lisbon was not a pretty city. Yesterday’s tour showed us that it was just the opposite.We had booked on a small group tour of the city and with a couple of ‘no shows’ our expected party of eight was […]