A Quiet Word – Cafe Landtmann

A Quiet Word – Cafe Landtmann

  Waiters exchange a quiet word in passing at Vienna’s  Cafe Landtmann, a 19th century landmark  on the Ringstrasse in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Café culture runs deep in Vienna, with scores of grand old cafes – so many that the café...
Lighthouse – Brough of Birsay

Lighthouse – Brough of Birsay

  A lonely lighthouse flickers to life on a wet and windy evening on the Brough of Birsay, a small tidal islet off the far northwest tip  of Mainland, the largest of Scotland’s Orkney Islands.  First settled by Christian missionaries sometime around the 6th...
The Blue Danube

The Blue Danube

  It is an old libel, used by countless travel writers, to say that The Blue Danube isn’t really blue at all, that Strauss had it wrong or was making it all up in his lilting waltz, and that the real Danube is a thoroughly unromantic muddy colour however...
Impression Sunrise

Impression Sunrise

    Herewith my tribute to Claude Monet and the Impressionists, my very own Impression Sunrise – a photographic take on the painting of the same name that Monet exhibited in 1874.  His was a scene he had painted  two years earlier of the harbour in Le...
Kapsiki Peak, Northern Cameroon

Kapsiki Peak, Northern Cameroon

Dusk comes to Kapsiki Peak – elevation 1,224-metres, or 4,016 feet – the tallest of the volcanic plugs that dot the landscape of far northern Cameroon, along the porous border with Nigeria. I spent some time in this part of the world a few years ago when I...