My first time to India was mainly a week spent in rural India. Having been picked up from my very nice hotel next to the airport in Mumbai, we braved the madness that is Mumbai traffic.
I now know where JK Rowling got the idea for the contracting bus in the Harry Potter books. I think I'm an old hand at Asia traffic but there were numerous times when I was convinced that there was not enough room between the cars our mini-van was squeezing past. Each time, the cars seemed to magically move apart to create enough space for us to edge through.
A bit of an interesting drive along the highway and then a couple of hours through single lane track snaking through the countryside.
The school we were visiting was in the middle of a bio-diversity reserve miles from the nearest city. The views from the top, especially at sunset, were stunning.
This is one of the more famous Wats in Bangkok and delights in the full name of Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan. The name is derived from the Godess of sunrise and a rough English translation is the Temple of the rising sun. It's central stupa has, for the last few years been shrouded in scaffolding and bamboo matting as repairs were completed. However a few weeks ago this was removed and it once again became a place to watch the sun go down.
There are a string of rooftop bars on the other side of the river from which to watch the sunset on the wat. Not sure we picked a good one though. Firstly, they wouldn't let me use my tripod. Others were using smaller tripods but my full size one was not allowed. All the other bars seemed to have no problem with them however. Also, we thought we were being clever getting a bar directly opposite the Wat. A better option would have been further westwards as we would have a better view of the light glinting off the mirrored mosaic tiles of the stupa. Next time!
Following from the previous Bamburgh post: As the sun goes down the light, the open spaces and the reflections can be spectacular.
One of new favourite places in Bangkok. These are the views from the 49th floor of the Marriott hotel's rooftop Octave bar. They have a happy hour from 5-7 which means that the cocktails are not too pricey. Not when you consider the views you get thrown in.
Friends of mine who took 'gapyahs' (to be fair none of them are gap-yah people.) after finishing university went to Koh Chang. No roads, no electricity, just some bloke with a boat who dropped you off on a sandy beach. We decided that we wanted a short break on one of the islands but hated the idea of Phuket and the like. In the end this seemed to be right up our soi.
A bit of diving, a bit of beach, a bit of pool-lounging, eating, a cheeky beer or two and doing nothing much at all. Not our normal trip but, variety is the spice and all that.
This end of the island used to be a fishing village. Most of the new buildings are built on stilts going out into the bay which makes it look lovely. You also feel that the verdant mountains are right on top of one. You can also enjoy your well earned beer looking down through a glass table-top and a hole in the floor straight into the sea, which is a little odd. Relaxing, but odd!
These are some panaramas taken over-looking the Coasta del Golf in Marbella.
The light was just fantastic, perhaps its just living in China that has made me appreciate what fresh air is!
These were all taken from the sun terrace of our apartment in Marbella.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.