Category Archives: Travel

Commentaries and images from my various travels around the world.

Miscellaneous Pictures, 2000

Until now, all the pictures I’ve put here have been based on a theme: the country I was in when I took them. I do take pictures at other times though, and there are often not enough of them to justify a complete page to themselves.

That’s what you’ll find on this page.

There are basically four groups. Firstly there are a few snaps from a quick trip around Durham, in the North-East of England. Then I was briefly in and around Montreal, Canada in May 2000. There are also a couple of pictures taken around Wimbledon during the summer. All these are taken on the Canon Sureshot. At the end you’ll find the highlights of the first roll of film through my EOS (Jessops ISO200). They’re all in and around London.

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Durham CathedralDurham's market square A couple of hours south of MontrealA view over Montreal
A square in MontrealNear Wimbledon Common Tower bridgeSt Pauls cathedral
Just outside St PaulsOutside my bedroom window

Thailand, 2000

Thailand is such a beautiful country that I could help but take a huge number of pictures. What you can see here represents the good fraction of those taken!

We started in Bangkok, got the night-train up to Chang Mai and a boat up to Chiang Rai. From there we mini-bused and walked through some Hill Tribe villages back to Chiang Mai, Bangkok and then flew home. A tiring couple of weeks, but well worth it for the scenery alone.

Note that the spelling of many Thai places are not strictly standardised. I’ve used the spellings that our tour-guide or my Lonely Planet guide used, but you may well see others.

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A temple viewed from a boat trip down the Chao Phraya RAnother view from the river, Bangkok Wat Po, BangkokWat Po, Bangkok
Wat Po, BangkokWat Po, Bangkok Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, near Chiang MaiChiang Mai from a taxi
Traditional Thai dancingView of River Fang from near Tha Ton View from the River Fang on the way to Chiang RaiView from an elephant
A Chinese temple in Myanmar, near the Thai borderIn Myanmar, just across the border from Thailand On the trekThe first Hilltribe village we stayed at
First thing in the morning at HuayraiA little later at Huayrai The second village we stayed atOn the way to the third village
On the way to the third villageMixture and high- and low-tech at Ahka Makamporm, the t Near Ahka MakampormNear Ahka Makamporm

If the pictures have piqued your interest, there are a few web sites that you might want to visit:

  • Lonely Planet have a useful guide to Thailand, including a large number of interesting links.
  • If you prefer hard-copy (much more portable than your laptop!), you can buy a copy from Amazon (UK or US).
  • Some of the above pictures were taken in some of the northern Hilltribe villages. This web site gives some useful information about them.

Ireland, 2000

Ireland, as I’m sure you know, is a small country in the north west of Europe. It is famed for it’s glorious landscape and frequent and heavy precipitation. We were fairly luck, but we did get very wet on more than one occasion!

We started in Dublin, headed down to Cork via Cashel, up to Killarney and then back to Dublin through Limerick, Killaloe and Kildare. The location of most pictures has been noted.

The pictures of Limerick were actually taken in October 1999, but it didn’t seem worth putting them on a separate page.

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Looking at Hore Abbey from the Rock of CashelHore Abbey, near the Rock of Cashel Muckross LakeMuckross Lake
View in the People's Park in LimerickClock tower in Limerick King John's Castle in LimerickThe treaty stone in Limerick
Killaloe across Lough Derg from BallinaLooking out over Lough Derg

If the pictures have piqued your interest, there are a few web sites that you might want to visit:

United Arab Emirates, 1999

The United Arab Emirates was not anywhere near the top of my list of places to visit, but I went anyway. (Now I think about it, neither was Georgia!) This time it was for work rather than strictly as a tourist, but I did have enough time to have a look around Abu Dhabi and take a few pictures. At the bottom are a couple from Dubai too, although, generally, those pictures did not come out quite as well.

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A typical street (plus photographer!)A waterfall A strange monumentMosques in the shade
A roundabout on the CornicheView of the waterfront Clock tower in DubaiThe riverfront in Dubai

If the pictures have piqued your interest, there are a few web sites that you might want to visit:

  • Emirates Net. The local ISP and phone company.
  • Arab.Net. Lots of information on the middle-east as a whole.
  • You’re going to need a guide while travelling around. And since you’ll find there’s not a lot to see in UAE you may as well get a guide on the whole region rather than just the Emirates. As always, there’s a Lonely Planet guide. You can buy a copy from Amazon (UK or US).

Georgia, 1999

Georgia nestles between Russia, Turkey, Chechnya, Armenia and Azerbaijan putting it right at the border between Europe and Asia.

At its north and south borders you find some impressively large mountains called the Caucus (the Lesser Caucus to the south). We travelled around quite a lot, as you can see, and managed to see Tbilisi, the capital, and some of the beautiful scenery in the north.

But a picture, he said in a cliched manner, paints a thousand words, so on with the photos. I may add a little commentary later, but for now it’s just the pictures.

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Church on the route from Tbilisi to Alvani. Its name esAnother view of the same church. Another view of the church on the way to AlvaniThis is another church on the same route. I can't remem
This is the inside of the same church.Alvani high street Yet another church!A waterfall in the Lagodechi National Park
View of a church from anotherAnother church on a big hill A view from a church on the way to Gudauri.On the way up to the Kobi Pass
Coming down from the Kobi Pass (around 3000 metres)A shrine of some kind in the Truso Gorge I think this is the Tsminda Sameda Church. It's Mount KView of Tbilisi

If the pictures have piqued your interest, there are a few web sites that you might want to visit: