Travel

Oh, that golden light!

Sometimes it’s worth setting the alarm for 4.30 in the morning

In order to capture the magical, golden sunburst

Of sunrise over the Manhattan skyline.

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(Photos taken in Hoboken Park, New Jersey, last week.

This week, it’s back to snow in Sweden.)

For more magical photos, please visit: Skywatch.


The Twisted Pier

Oh, the things we do to get a photo!

While I was in New Jersey, I had some fabulous photo sessions with friends.

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One was a sunset session in a (secret) location on the New Jersey shore

With a marvellous view of the Manhattan skyline and the Freedom Tower.

I may or may not have trespassed on some waste ground

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In order to capture the twisted pier

And the buildings glowing in the perfect lilac twilight.

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For more great shots, please visit: Skywatch.


New York, New York!

Travel is a way of keeping yourself humble;

Of opening up to new people and experiences —

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Of finding love and beauty

Everywhere in the world we live in.

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I’m so lucky to be going back

To the vibrant city of New York.

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I won’t be around until the end of next week —

Until then, take care!

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For more new stories, please visit: Our World.


Feast for the eyes

Walking through Lisbon is a delicious feast for the eyes.

Wherever you look, there are tiles and mosaics

Golden tiles

And beautifully decorated shop fronts

Like this one – it’s the oldest cod cake shop in Lisbon.

Cod shop

And the colour — so warm and delicious

Like this lemon sorbet building;

Lemon

Or deliciously purple

And happy.

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Even the faded old grand buildings near the harbour

Glitter with the gold of the setting sun

And transform into beauty.

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For more colourful sights, please visit: Our World.


Frolic

It’s amazing how much a sky – and a beach –

Can change in the space of a day or two:

From cloudy drama

Footprints

To the joyfulness

Of dogs frolicking

In a glorious sunset.

Frolic

For more joy, please visit: Skywatch.


The walled town

Óbidos in Portugal is famous for being

A perfectly preserved walled settlement.

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The castle and its walls date back

To Roman times

Walls looming

But as you walk the narrow and steep cobbled streets,

You meet all kinds of buildings ranging from Gothic

To Renaissance and Baroque standing shoulder to shoulder.

Church and wall

The city gate is a gorgeous

Blue tiled balcony.

Tiled balcony

The town was very much geared for tourism

So my favourite parts of it

Were the secret alleys,

Secret stairs

The quirky old stone houses

Blue striped house

And far-away glimpses

Of purple splashes against old tiled roofs.

Purple splash

For more historic sights, please visit: Our World.


What I learnt from Venice

Tired of all my Venice photos? Good – neither am I!

What I learnt from Venice:

When we give people (or nature) the space and love they need

They can go their own way and create something wonderful.

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Going off the beaten path

Leads to new wonders and perspectives.

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Handle with love —

A philosophy that makes life more beautiful.

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And, sometimes, in the midst of ruins

Treasures can be found.

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For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

 


The Isle of the Dead

Since the 1800s, Venetians haven’t been allowed to bury their dead in Venice.

Instead, they come out to Isola di San Michele — two islands joined together to form a floating cemetery.

The first thing you see as you arrive

Is one of Venice’s first Renaissance churches.

(I took the photo through the ferry window.)

Isola

You can find graceful courtyards

And hidden-away sunny spots

Full of graves.

Pretty courtyard

The rich families could afford

To honour their sleeping beauties in marble.

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Even the more humble resting places

Are taken care of with love.

Graves

There are crosses as far as the eye can see —

A sobering reminder of what awaits us all.

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The cemetery island is the burial place of many famous people,

Including Ezra Pound, Doppler, Stravinsky and Diaghilev.

Our visit there was both life-affirming and moving.

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For those of you who want to know what happens when the cemetery gets ‘full’: the bodies are allowed to lie here for about 12 years, and then they are taken back to Venice and kept in an ossarium to make room for more burials.

For more histories, please visit: Our World.

 

 


Wide horizons

Part of the joy of life

Is broadening our horizons, seeing new skies

And experiencing new things.

Here’s a London view:

London view

Travel is a great way of doing this —

And of discovering that our little part of the world

Isn’t the centre of things.

Travel helps us discover that there isn’t only one way of doing things —

But many ways.

Here’s a New York view:

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For that reason, my daughter and I

Are leaving the cozy horizons of Stockholm —

Known as ‘The Venice of the North’ —

(See photo below)

For the real Venice in Italy.

Can’t wait!

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(Back next week – so I might not be able to visit you all.)

In the meantime, please visit: Skywatch for great skies

And Our World, for a glimpse into new discoveries.


Finding rainbows

Sometimes you can find beauty in the most unexpected places.

Entering the interior of Paris’ oldest church, Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres, once so mighty but now eclipsed by Notre Dame,

I was struck by the beauty of a humble set of chairs next to some ancient chipped pillars.

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The light from the stained glass window behind them

Transformed the chairs into miracles of colour and form

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And the floor, worn by centuries of visitors,

Became a dazzling thing of rainbow beauty.

(I have to say that out of all my Paris photos, these are some of my favourites.)

“The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.”
G. K. Chesterton

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For more everyday miracles, please visit: Our World.


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