A Food Tour in Istanbul – The Best Introduction to the City!

A Food Tour in Istanbul – The Best Introduction to the City!

A food tour, on foot, proved to be the best introduction to the vast, over-crowded, overwhelming metropolis that is Istanbul that Rob and I could imagine. Especially as we had just come straight from an idyllic week in rural Aveyron, in the south of France - the contrast could hardly have been greater. [Click on [...]

66, Cape Vidal

66, Cape Vidal

No, 66 Cape Vidal is not an address. 66 is the age I turned yesterday; Cape Vidal, or somewhere like it - open skies, wide open spaces, carefree and at ease like the geezer with his fishing rod - is where I should have been on my birthday. Needless to say, I wasn't. Just another [...]

Dusk, Kalk Bay

Dusk, Kalk Bay

Interviewer: Dusk at Kalk Bay - tell me about this image. (PS click on the image to enlarge). Me: No. Not right now, anyway. Rob and I are getting packed and heading out shortly to spend the long weekend - it's the Youth Day weekend, here in South Africa - in the Magaliesberg. Interviewer: Ah! [...]

Zurich Altstadt – Signs and Figures

Zurich Altstadt – Signs and Figures

Zurich Altstadt: Signs & Figures. I suppose you can't really 'get' the soul of a city, a spirit of place, from a (literally) flying visit, a one-day random perambulation through streets and squares, along the river and over its bridges, beside its churches and fountains - and yet, as I mentioned in my first post [...]

Zurich fountains – three more images

Zurich fountains – three more images

As promised in yesterday's post, here are three more images of fountains in Zurich's Altstadt. You will see that I have done one more in black and white, but with a harder edge to it than yesterday's more ethereal image. The other images insisted on being done in colour - in the one case, as [...]

Zurich Fountains # 1

Zurich Fountains # 1

On Tuesday morning I stumbled off the plane in Zurich after an overnight flight from Toronto, with a day to spend before climbing back on board another plane for another long flight, overnight to Johannesburg. Why I would punish this 65 year-old body like this, I don't know. I took the train downtown, to the [...]

Cava and tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel

Cava and tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel

Cava and tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel - could there be a more perfect way to celebrate the end of a fabulous trip to Spain than in Madrid, a stone's throw away from the Plaza Mayor, washing down olives and shrimp and delicacies galore with some fine pink fizz? Two weeks on the [...]

La Mezquita, Cordoba – a photographic portfolio

La Mezquita, Cordoba – a photographic portfolio

La Mezquita in Cordoba, I wrote in a recent post, is a Christian cathedral emerging from the ribs of a Moorish mosque - and it is precisely this amalgam and emergence, this blending and superceding, that I find so infinitely absorbing and rewarding, such fertile soil for the kind of historical imagining and understanding that [...]

Circumnavigating La Mezquita in Cordoba

Circumnavigating La Mezquita in Cordoba

La Mezquita simply takes possession of old Cordoba: vast, sprawling, the Christian cathedral emerging from the ribs of the Moorish Mosque, its bulk and presence are unignorable. It's a good idea to circumnavigate before you enter: wander the surrounding streets, catch glimpses of the spire from narrow alleyways or see it from up high, from [...]

The palace gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

The palace gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

The gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, in Cordoba, Spain - set within the medieval walls and towers of a palace that the Catholic monarch Alfonso XI built in the 15th century upon the site of Visigoth and Moorish forts - have that 'Cordoba quality' I mentioned in an earlier post: a sense [...]