Category Archives: Travel Pictures

A postcard from Vernazza

For me, Vernazza is the most beautiful of the five villages that comprise the incomparable Cinque Terre. It could be because Vernazza was our base when we explored the coast and, subsequently, we got acquainted with it to a larger degree than with any of the other villages. Or it could be because its topology

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A postcard from Zurich

This is one of my favorite pictures from the simpler times when I traveled with a pocket-size point-and-shoot camera. The setting is the banks of the river Limmat near the mouth of Lake Zurich, with the twin towers of Grossmünster providing a recognizable point of reference. Zurich is a nice enough town that is short on

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A few more glimpses of Scotland

While criss-crossing parts of Scotland in search of not yet tasted whisky, we occasionally stopped to admire the surroundings. Here is a collection of glimpses. The first shot can be filed in “in the middle of nowhere” category, but I can very definitively place it in the hamlet of Carbeth, in Stirlingshire. It pays to

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Edinburgh

A day set aside for exploring Edinburgh offered me a chance to see sights that I did not manage to see three years ago, and just to walk around town. On-and-off wet snowfall conspired to make the walk challenging, but I can nonetheless share a few highlights captured in between flurries. Here is the wide

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Stirling Castle

Our trip to Scotland was structured around whisky, but we did not completely neglect the country’s history and culture. Among our non-drinking stops was the majestic Stirling Castle. The storied castle was a main royal center at various points in history, and nowadays offers plethora of educational exhibits on the history of the Kingdom of

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A few Islay impressions

If you start with a middling photographer who is still learning the finer aspects of a new camera, deliberately mix it with scotch, and garnish that with intermittent cold rain, your concoction will not be a tremendous photographic portfolio. I duly tried my hand in capturing the sights of the remote part of a populous

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More from Scottish distilleries

Let us take a few more glimpses of various distilleries visited on the recent trip to Scotland. First, let’s clarify my frequently used “Friends of the Malts” moniker. If you visit any of the 12 distilleries owned by Diageo, you can sign up for being a “friend” of their entire collection. You get a “passport”

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Wee drams galore

Just as I did three years ago, I will start retrospective of the recent Scottish trip with the brief run-through of visited distilleries. We stopped by 15 distilleries over the course of 6 days, in Highlands, in Lowlands, and on Islay. Only one was a repeat visit to a distillery we have been to in

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State of travel 2017

Year 2017 continued the slowing trajectory established by the preceding year in terms of my travels. I again visited only 4 foreign countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, France), two of those on intraday trips. Going by the methodology of the Travelers’ Century Club, which counts geographically segregated parts of a country as distinct entities, I

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That’s the wrap from Costa Brava

I have reached the end of my photostream from the recent Costa Brava (and Barcelona, and French Occitanie) trip. All of the pictures worthy of public display can be found on Flickr in my albums: Villefranche-de-Conflent Albi Barcelona Catalonia and Costa Brava The final picture is similar to the one that I used in the

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L’Escala

The resort town of L’Escala has never featured on our Costa Brava itineraries despite being among the closest towns to our customary base in L’Estartit. Its main claim to sightseeing relevance is in nearby Greco-Roman ruins, which is the type of attraction that rarely receives priority when I travel with children. Beyond that, L’Escala is

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Salvador Dalí House-Museum, Portlligat

This past summer I finally managed to visit the remaining point of the Catalonia Dalí triangle that was mentioned at the start of this post. In Portlligat the House-Museum of Salvador Dalí offers a delightful look at the place the painter called home for over 50 years. Portlligat is a former fishing village which is

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Cadaqués

I should be running out of superlatives after describing places like Rupit, Camprodon, or Beget. However, if I were to identify my most favorite village among the ones that I saw for the very first time on the recent Costa Brava trip, it would be Cadaqués. Located on Cap de Creus peninsula, the erstwhile fishing

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A few more from Barcelona

Our “free time” in Barcelona the last couple of years has been structured around major highlights, ostensibly because one or another member of our party had not been to Barcelona since early childhood, if at all. In truth, when I am back in a city that I know really well and only have a couple

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Gaudí, again

We lately allow only a single day in Barcelona for our stays at Costa Brava – the distance between our base and the city makes more frequent visits a bit impractical. Last year, if you recall, we specifically targeted touring Palau de la Musica Catalana, and I also managed to get in a few morning

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Girona, again

I did not keep the promise I had made at the end of my last Girona photo-essay. A full-day exploration of the city’s various points of interest did not make the cut in the final plans of our recent Costa Brava stay. A dinner and a late afternoon stroll was all we could manage. Some

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Empuriabrava

With the largest residential marina in Europe, Empuriabrava is a magnet for people who love amphibious living. The lion’s share of houses back out on one of dozens of canals, and every household here owns at least one boat. The canal network was planned and built in 1960’s-70’s. Its main loop is a popular visitor

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Beget

I used the word tiny to describe both Villefranche-de-Conflent and Rupit recently, but compared to Beget either of those can be called a metropolis. Beget is the tiniest of tiny. The postal stop at the edge of the village has 27 mailboxes, which may or may not be the basis for Wikipedia claim that there

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