What can you see in three days in Athens before heading off to other parts of the country and a few of its islands. That,s what we’ve got – 3 days, this is some of what we did.
Mount Lycabettus is a great first spot to get to. From the top, all the Athenian known landmarks can be seen and their relationship to the rest of the city. You can walk to the top, but most of the year you might find that a bit hard going. I did see a few sweating it out. A taxi made the job easy. Gets you to just a few metres from the top, still need to climb a few steps though.
Pano of city of Athens from Mount Lycabettus.
Cold drinks vendor and church at Mount Lycabettus summit.
Temple of Olympian Zeus archaeological ruins in the city and below the iconic acropolis.
Pomp and ceremony, or just Monty Pythonesque silly walks. Guards outside Greece parliament building. Could they actually guard anything? Funny to watch though.
Across the street and down in the Plaka, interesting and hectically touristic district with its photogenic narrow streets lined with souvenir shops and restaurants.
All this antiquity, but still everywhere you turn, graffiti.
The Acropolis, the centre of antiquity. A citadel comprising ancient structures and theatres under restoration including the most significant Grecian structure the Parthenon.
Then off to pick-up the promised Polo that somehow mysteriously morphs into a Micra….. So, onwards and starting our Greek road-trip to the Peloponnese Peninsula, Nafplio and other interesting places.
Avoiding motorways and highways wherever possible, through mainly countryside, olive tree plantations interspersed with the citrus orchard or grape vine. The travel takes longer but exposes us to landscapes, villages and other experiences that would be missed by using highways.The roads are lined with rubbish. Scattered through the fields are small old deserted/derelict crumbling buildings normally adorned with graffiti. Not many flat vertical space in this country are left un-graffitied.
Napflio, what a find.
Dining to backgound of this duo and Greek music.
Ermioni, further down the Peloponnese coastline,another tourist seaside tourist spot and a great drop-off point for a short ferry trip and few hours on Hydra. for a night.
Next morning after delightful breakfast at Mourayio Bed and Breakfast (the place to stay in this part of country) to Nemea.
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First night en-route to Wellington we stop at Taihape – wow. To get there we took State Highway 1 through the Desert Road.
A rustic kinda evening ensues as we checked into the River Valley Adventure Lodge. The workers shed somehow shows the rustic nature that is the lodge experience.
The lodge, on Rangitkei River is base for river rafting, kayaking and horse trekking. Some beautiful though raw scenery surrounds the lodge.
The rushing river and spring cherry blossom flowers create further contrasts for this memorable stop-over.
Then on to Wellington and WOW, and a couple of days drifting around our capital.
You will recognise these buildings for sure.
WOW was an experience, even for a women’s fashion numb-skull like me. Our hotel, the Museum Hotel had this piece on display from an earlier WOW event.
The hotel is a really nice property. Shame they see it worthwhile to practice the small minded surcharge on use of credit cards, regardless of their not insignificant tariff.
If I return I’ll seriously consider paying in cash, and then see them incur some real handling and banking costs, but under their policy, I won’t. Now got that off my chest!
Some of the capital city’s iconic street art outside the Museum hotel.
Wellington at night.
Had time to drop into Te Papa. Below a couple “engaging” with one of the vibrant installations.
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Then we headed to South Island on the Bluebridge ferry. Passengers enthralled by and photographing the Marlborough Sounds as we head for Picton. As well as the dramatic scenery, salmon farming set-ups are part of the landscape.
Something to consider on this service, there is no access to the bow, so travellers can only look at where they’ve been, not where they are going.
Picton waterfront after dark.
Stunning spring tree colours, as we head towards Farewell Spit, appear more like autumn lining dry river bed.
A night at the golden beach of Kaiteriteri offers some evening shots and sunrise next morning.
The blue hour over the bay, then the sun breaches the horizon.
Above; pied stilt in farm puddle on way to Whakariri Beach
Braeburn Track, Lake Rotoroa lush green New Zealand native beech forest in Nelson Lakes National Park
Natural fresh clean water flowing through and around granite boulders through lush green New Zealand bush.
White buildings one each side of straight road passing between buildings and leading to distant hills in vintage style image at the Sunday Creek turn-off.
Anatoki, definitely worth a visit.
Father and two sons fishing in small picturesque lake, Anatoki in South Island New Zealand.
Anatoki River surrounded by dense bush and southern mountains.
Vineyards in Marlborough, you can’t go here without a wine stop or two. Long rows of springtime growth across flat fields running to foothills in distance
Possibly the world’s most photographed tree; “That Wanaka Tree”, willow tree growing in lake is popular tourist scene in long exposure with sunset colors reflected from snow covered mountains behind. Instagram “thatwanakatree”
More of the natural beauty of Lake Whakatipu, with jumping platform just of the shore in alpine Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island.
Collection of heritage signs and buildings brought together as tourist stop-off point on highway at Burke’s Pass.
iconic Church of Good Shepherd and tourists on a low Lake Tekapo
Two young women travelers in distance, walking on flat mud-rock ledge on Kaikoura coast
Seabirds, albatross just some of the wildlife of Kaikoura coast
Christchurch, post quake a new city landscape emerges with some remarkable new architecture
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Three boys stand on rear of rail carriage, not so much fine art but more people interest
Walking around Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek one can come across it city’s old railway station. Now a museum with the old ticket/reservations office and station along with a range of the rolling stock and associated historic rail items.
This short series will appeal especially to anyone with an interest in rail, especially historic rail stock.
Pretty much “steampunk” these days.
Close-up freight cart wheelOld steam boiler, casing, piles and valves in sepia tone.
Railway freight cart
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With the thousands of images I have returned with, it will be quite a while before I get through them all. So, this will be an evolving blog. It will be updated progressively.
And back to the “more than a few reasons;
Landscapes, I’ll bet you’ve never seen anything like what Namibia has to offer;
Sossusvlei dunes are breathtaking. Dead Vlei and Hidden Vlei are so immense and stunning
Touring photographers cast shadow on golden sand dunes.
Then there’s the Quiver Tree Forest with it’s unworldly aloes scattered randomly across a rugged rocky terrain;
Wildlife, big cats, Lions and cheetahs in particular, there’s more to come of these;
Great white pelican portrait
The diminutive long-tailed or paradise whydah
Pale chanting goshawk on top of acacia bush.
Flight of the flamingos at Swakopmund as sun sets over wetland
We came across these lions, him & her, not long after they had made their kill. Here feasting happily together. We went back next morning and watched him take charge and drag the rest of the carcass away from her. She then left the scene and headed to a water hole about a kilometer away, as the crow flies, where we came across her again.
All creatures great and small;
Small desert adapted lizard and a shy palmato lizard poking its head out of the sand
What about the people;
Portrait of traditional tribal woman holding child.
Dancing in the tribal way. The Himba people in their small remote village and woman sitting outside shack (below)
And finally some birds in flight, Southern Yellow Hronbill, pale chanting goshawk and lilac breasted roller below.
Gaudi’s architecture is somewhat bizarre, incredibly interesting, stunningly creative and innovative and a major drawcard to Barcelona. Recently uploaded selection at bit.ly/gaudian . Trust you’ll enjoy.