Saturday, 30 June 2012

Day 548 - Tiles

Day 548 - Tiles by magirob
Day 548 - Tiles, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

30/6/12 - This was my first visit to Oporto in Portugal, its an untidy city but on the other hand, its quite a nice place, lots of graffiti and litter but it seemed quite pretty in places and would be worth a second visit.

Day 547 - Valletta

Day 547 - Valletta by magirob
Day 547 - Valletta, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

29/6/10 - The Capital City of Malta is a mishmash of all sorts of buildings, it really is a fascinating place, This photo is looking out towards the entrance of Grand Harbour.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Day 546 - Fortifications

Day 546 - Fortifications by magirob
Day 546 - Fortifications, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

28/6/12 - Malta has a LOT of History and there are walls and turrets al over the place, this one was over looking the Grand Harbour.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Day 545 - The Malta Bus Company

Day 545 by magirob
Day 545, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

27/6/12 - Some of the Buses in Malta are really cool, It reminds me of Cuba with all the old style cars. A lot of the buses were once owned by the drivers and so they were well looked after and often customised with shiny chrome and various amazing paint jobs, quite amazing.

Day 544 - Cephalonia

Day 544 - Cephalonia by magirob
Day 544 - Cephalonia, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

26/6/12 - This is the waterfront at Argostoli, the main town in Cefalonia, I liked it here, it was hot, clean, friendly, happy and welcoming, all the things that make a good port.

Day 543 - Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

25/6/12 - The Basilica of St Mary of Health stands at one end of the Grand Canal and you sail past on when entering Venice by ship, here is it with St Marks Bell tower and St Mark's Basilica in the background.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Day 542 - The Drawing Room of Europe

24/6/12 - St Marks Square in Venice was apparently described by Napoleon as the Drawing Room of Europe, it is a fascinating place. On the day I was there someone told me that 2 cups of coffee cost them around £50, they said its something you have to do at least once . . . WHY??? in my eyes, only an idiot would spend that on a coffee when its only a couple of quid round the corner.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Day 541 - Grand Canal

Day 541 - Grand Canal by magirob
Day 541 - Grand Canal, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

23/6/12 - Here I am on top of the Ponte dell'Accademia over the Grand Canal in Venice with Nat.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Day 540 - Ponte dell'Accademia

22/6/12 - Here is one of the bridges over the Grand Canal in Venice, I like this bridge, its totally different from the built up Rialto Bridge.

Day 539 - Scala Contarini del Bovolo

21/6/12 - This is one of those really impressive buildings which takes ages to find because its tucked away down some tiny little alleyway, I am surprised anyone finds this while visiting Venice. It is a Palace built by Giovanni Candi in the year 1499.

Day 538 - Campanile di San Marco

20/6/12 - The first walk into St Marks Square is always awesome, its usually packed with tourists bustling around all over the place, queues everywhere BUT its always amazing. Venice is one of the few places in the world where the sound of people outweighs the sound of traffic.

Day 537 - Ponte dei Sospiri

Day 537 - Ponte dei Sospiri by magirob
Day 537 - Ponte dei Sospiri, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

19/6/12 - The Bridge of Sighs, so called because it joins the interrogation rooms to the prison cells and its the noise the prisoners make when they get their last view of Venice through the little windows.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Day 536 - A Bridge to Far

Day 536 - A Bridge to Far by magirob
Day 536 - A Bridge to Far, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

18/6/12 - There are some amazing buildings in Venice, this photo was taken on the short journey from the port to St Marks Square.

Day 535 - Venice

Day 535 - Venice by magirob
Day 535 - Venice, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

17/6/12 - Sailing into Venice on a cruise ship has got to be one of the most amazing things to do in your life, I know that because its in the book '100 things to do before you die'. I love Venice, its so . . . so . . . Venetian.

Day 534 - One more Turret

Day 534 - One more Turret by magirob
Day 534 - One more Turret, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

16/6/12 - Another turret on the city walls, this one was further along the walls towards the harbour.

Day 533 - Cityscape

Day 533 - Cityscape by magirob
Day 533 - Cityscape, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

15/6/12 - This is the walled city of Dubrovnik from the top of the eastern wall. ahead lies the Adriatic and behind me over the mountains lies Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Day 532 - Pirates

Day 532 - Pirates by magirob
Day 532 - Pirates, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

14/6/12 - There were a couple of these old looking ships heading into and out of Dubrovnik Harbour, its a shame that they have probably never used their sails and just rely on their engines to travel the short distance around Dubrovnik

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Day 531 - Return Visit

Day 531 - Return Visit by magirob
Day 531 - Return Visit, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

13/6/12 - I was last in Dubrovnik just 2 years ago and I stopped to take a photo of this structure on the city walls, I decided to take another photo to see how it compares 2 years on, I have done a little more editing on this one.

Day 530 - Dubrovnik

Day 530 - Dubrovnik by magirob
Day 530 - Dubrovnik, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

12/6/12 - Dubrovnik has to be one of my favourite places in the world, I was here in about 1986 before the war and its good to see the city and surrounding areas rebuilt and back to how I remember.

Day 529 - The Adriatic

Day 529 - The Adriatic by magirob
Day 529 - The Adriatic, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

11/6/12 - I took this photo of the Riviera Pool on the Aurora while we were sailing up the Adriatic sea between Corfu and Dubrovnik, the coast you can see on the left is Albania.

Day 528 - Corfu Harbour

Day 528 - Corfu Harbour by magirob
Day 528 - Corfu Harbour, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

10/6/12 - The Day in Corfu was hot, sunny, dry and perfectly still, just like it was back at home in England (yeah right), this is a small fishing harbour in the town.

Day 527 - Take a Peek

Day 527 - Take a Peek by magirob
Day 527 - Take a Peek, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

9/6/12 - Another view from the top of Corfu New Fort, this time looking down into the square below.

Day 526 - Top of the Town

Day 526 - Top of the Town by magirob
Day 526 - Top of the Town, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

8/6/12 - We spent an afternoon wandering around Corfu town, I have been to Corfu before several years ago but I didnt like it much back then, it seemed to be a much nicer place now. This was taken on top of the New Fort.

Day 525 - Putting on a Show

Day 525 - Putting on a Show by magirob
Day 525 - Putting on a Show, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

7/6/12 - This amazing clock tower in Messina was AMAZING, everyday at 12 o'clock it springs into action and puts on a little show for the crowds, I won't say what it does in case you ever plan on visiting. its also one of the largest astrological clocks in Europe.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Day 524 - Abandoned

Day 524 - Abandoned by magirob
Day 524 - Abandoned, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

6/6/12 - When we arrived in Messina in Italy we saw this building from the ship, it looked pretty impressive, when we found it eventually it turned out to be an abandoned shopping mall.

Day 523 - Valencia Cathedral

Day 523 - Valencia Cathedral by magirob
Day 523 - Valencia Cathedral, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

5/6/12 - Last time I was in Valencia I tried to take a photo of this door but there were 100s of people in the way, this time I was here at the right time of day, about 8-30 in the morning.

Day 522 - Torres DeSerranos

Day 522 - Torres DeSerranos by magirob
Day 522 - Torres DeSerranos, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

4/6/12 - This is one of the 12 gates that surround the old city of Valencia in Spain, It is also one of the best preserved buildings in Valencia.

Day 521 - Valencia Market

Day 521 - Valencia Market by magirob
Day 521 - Valencia Market, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

3/6/12 - My first stop on this Cruise around the Med was Valencia, I have been to Valencia a few times and I always marvel at the amazing market, here is the domed roof.

Day 520 - Aurora

Day 520 - Aurora by magirob
Day 520 - Aurora, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

2/6/12 - Here I am back on board the Aurora for a 17 night trip around the Med, I was last on board in 2010 and I am pleased to be back as she is a beautiful ship. This is the main atrium on the ship.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Day 519 - Westminster Hall

Day 519 - Westminster Hall by magirob
Day 519 - Westminster Hall, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

1/6/12 - I saw this door in old Westminster hall and thought WOW, it looks so cool, I had to snap a shot of it.