Butterflies in the Peruvian Amazon

Butterflies in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted In: Peru | Wildlife
After flying from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado we took a boat ride to the Madre de Dios area where we arrived at Cayman Lodge which was our home for two nights. On the following day, we took an eight hour hike through the jungle around the lodge including taking canoes out onto two lakes.  We were able to see amazing wildlife including monkey’s, birds and an anaconda. We were also greeted by some of the most beautiful butterflies I have ever seen.  Some of the butterflies came to say hello and landed on us while o[...]
Gay Pride Parade, Victoria

Gay Pride Parade, Victoria

Posted In: Canada | Events
In 2015 we were in Victoria, British Columbia for the Gay Pride Parade on 5 July.  Canada was in the grip of terrible forest fires while we were there so you notice that the photos are tinged by the smoke haze. Victoria, British ColumbiaVictoria is the capital of British Columbia in Canada.  It’s located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and has a population of just over 80,000.  Victoria is about 100 km or 60 miles from Vancouver.So as Victoria is on Vancouver Island, getting there is either by plane or[...]
Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur – A Photo Gallery

Posted In: France
Montmartre is a large hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. It is 130 metres high and gives its name to the surrounding district.  The Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church located at the summit of Montmartre.  The Sacré-Cœur was built between 1875 and 1914. The church has over 11 million visitors each year so it is usually very busy so be prepared for lots of people.  Photos are not allowed to be taken inside the church, but considering how beautiful it is outside, you will be able to take stunning images.[...]
St Maria Basilica

Santa Maria degli Angeli – A Photo Gallery

Posted In: Italy
The Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, also known as Santa Maria degli Angeli, is an ancient Roman bath converted into a church in the 16th century.  It was designed by Michelangelo.It is located on the Piazza della Repubblica, not far from the Termini train station. The site originally held the largest public baths in the city and were completed in 306. However, over time these baths fell into ruin.  A Cardinal acquired the site in 1533 when it was used again, this time to grow gardens among[...]
The Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer – a must do in Canada

Posted In: Canada
The Rocky Mountaineer is one of those iconic, bucket list adventures that many of us want to do.  We decided that we needed to check it off our bucket list and spent two extraordinary days on this stunning journey.There are four different train trips to pick from and choosing which only one was difficult. But based on the time we had, the Banff, via Kamloops (overnight) to Vancouver route was the perfect choice.Choosing a Service LevelOur first decision when booking our journey was which service level to choose. You have th[...]
Sailing Glacier Bay, Alaska
Glacier Bay

Visiting Glacier Bay, Alaska

Posted In: United States
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a must for anyone’s bucket list.  It is truly stunning.  It is located along the south eastern Alaska coastline.  The inside passage cruises usually spend a day sailing into, around and out of the bay. We sailed into Glacier Bay on a rather rainy and windy morning in July aboard the Holland America Line ship, MS Noordam.  It was a really cold morning so we rugged up with lots of layers. I was also up early to grab a great spot at the bow of the ship wher[...]
Street Art of Reykjavik

Street Art of Reykjavik

Posted In: Iceland
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and the northern most capital city in the world, has a laid-back atmosphere. From great cafes and restaurants to its night life and to its street art, Reykjavik has a quirkiness and uniqueness that is not seen in other national capital cities.When you take a walk around Reykjavik you cannot miss the murals that adorns many of the city buildings. Whether you call it urban graffiti or street art, it has become a major tourist attraction in the city.Illegal graffiti remains an iss[...]
Paris from the Eiffel Tower

Paris from the Eiffel Tower – A Photo Gallery

Posted In: France
The Eiffel Tower is such an iconic image of Paris, that there are so many photographs of this beautiful structure.  However what is also as impressive is the stunning view you get when you go to the top. The tower is 324 metres tall which is the equivalent of an 81 storey building. There are three levels that you can view the city from.  There are restaurants on the first and second levels.  The main observation deck is the upper platform at 276 metres.   The first day we went to the Eiffel[...]
Male Statues - The Louvre

Male Statues & Their Appendages – Paris Part 2

Posted In: France | Male Statues
The Louvre This is the third in my blog series of Male Statues & Their Appendages.  If you haven’t seen the previous two blogs, please have a look in my blog list. I thought this time I might post these photographs in black and white. The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world and is a major historical landmark in Paris.  There are so many exhibits to see, including, of course, a number of statues of males![...]
Wombats - A Photo Gallery

Wombats – A Photo Gallery

Posted In: Australia | Wildlife
Wombats are the largest burrowing mammal.  They can be found across Tasmania, eastern New South Wales and eastern Victoria.  The photos of these wombats were taken in the wild at Cradle Mountain and on Maria Island in Tasmania. They have become an iconic Australian native animal because of their cuddly appearance and cute waddle.  Their short legs, large paws and long, strong claws allows them the dig burrows that can be as long as 20 metres.  As they are marsupials, females have a pouch that is backwa[...]