18 Mar 2017

“Some Quick Impressions…” My Drive Through Arizona, Colorado and Utah – with a Nod to Montaigne’s “Artialisés…”

“Some Quick Impressions…” My Drive Through Arizona, Colorado and Utah – with a Nod to Montaigne’s “Artialisés…”

From Florence… Chers vous tous à trois jours de la fin de ce  road drive à travers l’Arizona, le Colorado et l’Utah quelques rapides impressions: Les paysages sont certes époustouflants mais inhumains. La terre n’est que crevasses, canyons gigantesques qui ne sont que des plaies béantes dur des milliers d’hectares. Dans les années 20 ces espaces […]

15 Apr 2015

World Series Best Kept Secret…

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World Series Best Kept Secret…

I’ve been to a few triathlons over the years… Even a few ITU World Triathlon Series events… But never to a World Triathlon Series event with so few spectators. So – who was responsible for publicizing the event? And I bet I’m not the only person asking that question!        

29 Mar 2015

New Blue Shoes…

New Blue Shoes…

Our man has been ‘out injured’ since the World Champs in September. He wasn’t due to make a come-back until June – but decided to give the Pottsville Half Ironman ‘a go’ – just to test his progress.  Here’s how it played out… Thanks to Malcolm and Shirley Baldwin for the next two pictures… Adam […]

10 Sep 2014

And then, to Mont Tremblant…

And then, to Mont Tremblant…

And so we gathered in Quebec’s Mont Tremblant for the big race… Only the top 50 Pros in the world qualify to start. He was drawing to the end of what could only be called a ‘crap season.’  He began with an 8th place in Auckland and then a 2nd in Melbourne – before returning […]

6 Sep 2014

You Lookin’ At Me?…

You Lookin’ At Me?…

Didn’t have to travel far for these little critters – Keith’s backyard – and the trees in his street… I think the neighbours wondered why this stranger was wandering the streets at dusk – carrying a big camera with a long lens. I took hundreds of squirrel pics – but they’re quick little buggers – […]

2 Sep 2014

Gananoque and 1,000 Islands…

Gananoque and 1,000 Islands…

The Thousand Islands are an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-US border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 80 km downstream from Kingston, Ontario.  The 1,864 islands range in size from over 40 square miles to those occupied by a single residence – or […]

30 Aug 2014

MosAika – Lights and Sounds of Ottawa…

MosAika – Lights and Sounds of Ottawa…

MosAika is the story of Canada.  There’s a video link HERE – ignore the first 15 seconds of amateur graphics – it’s actually quite well done.  The narrative is set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, and takes one on a journey of sound and light, exploring Canada’s historical and cultural landscapes.  This was […]

11 Sep 2012

Four Days in Windsor, Eton, Henley-On-Thames. Then Home.

Four Days in Windsor, Eton, Henley-On-Thames. Then Home.

Four days of visiting old friends and old haunts… No captions or story needed. The Rowing Museum was new though. Then, climbed onto the jolly red rat for Singapore and home.  

7 Sep 2012

A Final Day in France, Sur le Pont d’Avignon…

A Final Day in France, Sur le Pont d’Avignon…

We were due to fly out from Montpelier the next morning – Keith back to Ontario, and me back to the UK for a final few days in Windsor. Neither of us had been to Avignon but, like most kids around the world, we had grown up singing that song…  “Sur le pont d’Avignon, L’on […]

5 Sep 2012

North and East Again, to le Cap d’Agde and Sète…

North and East Again, to le Cap d’Agde and Sète…

We did this leg all wrong. We should have spent longer in Figueres and the Dali Museum – given Le Cap d’Agde a miss – and gone straight to Sète. As it was we arrived in Sète the day AFTER the Saint Louis’ Day festival ended… This then has meant that I’ve had to borrow […]

2 Sep 2012

A Second Day in Cadaques…

A Second Day in Cadaques…

The streets were so narrow, driving was almost impossible. We left the car in the hotel car park and walked. And walked. It was all right for Keith – he’s got a cane – I don’t. The Dali Foundation was having an exhibition of photographs of… Dali and Gala – all taken around Cadaques, PortLligat and […]

1 Sep 2012

A Couple of Days in Spain…

A Couple of Days in Spain…

Down through the Pyrenees again, along the Spanish-French border, crossing back and forth within Catalunya. Through the tiny Spanish enclave of Llivia and heading in the general direction of Perpignan and the Mediterranean coast. We’re heading for Cadaques – where Salvador Dali once made his home. Keith really enjoys mountain driving and I enjoy navigating […]

30 Aug 2012

Just Another Stamp in the Passport… Not!

Just Another Stamp in the Passport… Not!

It was all Keith’s idea. But I don’t think it became a real passion until Kristian suggested that “It’s a long way to go Dad, just to get another stamp in your passport.” Andorra had never been on my bucket list either, but I saw it as a nice little trade off… I wanted to […]

29 Aug 2012

One Last Walk…

One Last Walk…

David and Patricia have headed North, Keith and I are heading South. Time to stock up on rations and take one last walk through the vineyards and along the Canal.

28 Aug 2012

A Day in the Black Mountains…

A Day in the Black Mountains…

Florence took a day off from her pre-exhibition rush… The most qualified Tour Guide in Cathar Country.  Through the vineyards,  over the bridge at Homps, left to La-Redorte and north-west to Villeneuve-Minervois (Center of truffels in the Languedoc). Through the mountains to Montolieu and the fascinating restoration site of old 18th and 19th century manufacturing. […]

27 Aug 2012

It’s Taken Me 31 Years to get to Rennes-Le-Chateau…

It’s Taken Me 31 Years to get to Rennes-Le-Chateau…

It was March 30, 1981 and the father of one of the first Test Tube Babies was being interviewed on national TV. He was asked why he thought the Catholic Church seemed to have issues with the subject of In Vitro Fertilisation. He answered with a rather glib reference to possible sensitivities surrounding ‘the immaculate […]

26 Aug 2012

A Quiet Day in Homps…

A Quiet Day in Homps…

A gentle 3-4km stroll from Florence’s house in Castelnau-d’Aude, through the vineyards, over the River Aude bridge and on into the little village of Homps. An open-air restaurant, a bar and an antique bookshop – all on the banks of the Canal du Midi. Nothing else needed!

24 Aug 2012

Nine Locks and a Winery Near the Beach…

Nine Locks and a Winery Near the Beach…

Those of you who follow this story will know of our previous adventures on the Canal du Midi, which runs ‘between the two seas’ from the Atlantic port of Bordeaux to the Mediterranean port of Sete. Béziers is the hometown of Pierre-Paul Riquet (who designed and built the canal during the last half of the […]

23 Aug 2012

Inside Carcassonne…

Inside Carcassonne…

Carcassonne – the capital city of the Aude département. Named after the Aude River, which has its source in the Pyrenees mountains, then runs through Carcassonne to the Mediterranean Sea near Narbonne. The region is now promoted as ‘Aude Pays Cathare‘ (Aude, Land of the Cathars) and this may force some to do a little […]

22 Aug 2012

Reunion in Castlenau-d’Aude…

Reunion in Castlenau-d’Aude…

Just a bit over 300kms – no big deal – and we’re due to meet at Florence’s studio in Escales at about 2pm… plenty of time. Out onto the A62 at Cadillac, turn left and head for Toulouse. Brief stop for coffee and memories in Agen – and then on through Toulouse, onto the A61 […]