chichu art museum In the context of Art Setouchi , the Chichu Art Museum deserves a separate post. Located on Naoshima , which has been developing as a centre of modern art for years, this
setouchi international art festival A bit like a fractal image, the archipelago of Japan contains the Seto Inland Sea , located between the main islands of Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū, which in turn contains
hokkaido vistas Hokkaidō, Japan's northern island, is where civilisation gives way to vast stretches of wilderness - pristine forests, vulcanic mountains, caldera lakes and desolate sea s
temple gardens Japanese gardens, where the moss is hand-swept and the grass hand-shaven, are living works of art, striving to balance meticulous craftmanship with the unpredictable prope
bamboo forest The Sagano bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto. (Camera died here, so these are phone snapshots.)
tokyo windows The bottom image is an artwork called 'Snow' by Yoshioka Tokujin , part of the ' Sensing Nature ' exhibition at the Mori Art Museum . Subtitled 'Rethinking the Japanese pe
tokyo surfaces Update: For the most probable locations of these photos, see this Tokyo map of where locals and tourists take pictures.
overheated camera This is what Japan - at 38°C, 100% humidity - looked like when my camera gave up the ghost... More Actual travel photos soon.
off to japan Days and months are travellers of eternity. So are the years that pass by. Those who steer a boat across the sea, or drive a horse over the earth till they succumb to the
iznik Just south of Istanbul, İznik (note the dotted i, to distinguish from the Turkish undotted ı) is better known to history as Nicaea, the city where much of the original hai
istanbul lights Istanbul's Aya Sofya , Grand Bazaar , Topkapi Palace Harem and Istiklal Caddesi .
istanbul & the bosporus To be travelling through the middle of a city as great, historic and forlorn as Istanbul, and yet to feel the freedom of the open sea - that is the thrill of a trip along
shopping astronaut Almost forgot to post this stencil graffiti from Stokes Croft, Bristol, which seems to be by an artist called SPQR . (Actually a better photo is this one .) Meanwhile that
wales: snowdon Wales' highest mountain Snowdon at 1,085 meters. (The UK's highest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland.)
wales: betws-y-coed Near the village of Betws-y-Coed (pronounce Betoos-er-Coid) in Snowdonia , north-western Wales.
wales: st davids On the western tip of Wales lies the village (officially a city) of St Davids . Its cathedral was founded by Welsh patron saint David in the fifth century, and became an i
wales: gower Gower is the small peninsula south of Swansea , with a beautiful coastline including Worm's Head (top two photos) and Three Cliffs Bay overlooked by the ruins of Pennard C
florence graffiti Just launched a new snapshots gallery , powered by Zenphoto , to replace the old manual one. It'll need some tweaking, but the basics of straightjacketting the layout and
medusa's head Two awesome renderings of Medusa in Florence. One already showed up in the previous post : Cellini 's bronze statue of Perseus holding Medusa's head, in the gallery on the
florence sculpture Some random samples of sculpture from the overwhelming open-air museum that is Florence... So overwhelming, in fact, that the city has been known to induce Stendhal syndro
florence skyline The skyline of Florence is dominated by a single building, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore , or simply the Duomo. Though the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio vies with i
coptic egypt At more than 10% of the population, the Copts are a sizable minority in Egypt, and in most towns church towers can be seen side by side with the mosque minarets. The Copti
modern egypt For a glimpse of modern Egypt, look no further than the Bibliotheca Alexandrina , the futuristic new incarnation of the great library of antiquity. A giant disc rising fro
ancient egypt Herodotos was definitely right about the staggering number of ancient monuments to be found in Egypt. What's even more mindboggling is how well they are preserved, survivi
off to egypt About Egypt I shall have a great deal to relate because of the number of remarkable things which the country contains, and because of the fact that more monuments which be
morocco: gnawa Back to Morocco, where the traditional music of gnawa , or gnaoua, provides a fascinating representation of the different ethnic and religious groups that have shaped it.
la convivencia The period known as La Convivencia refers to the peaceful coexistence of Muslems, Jews and Christians during the Moorish reign of al-Andalus (Spain), between 711 and 1492.
tales of the alhambra The swan song of the Moors in Europe, the 14th century Alhambra palace remains suffused with exotic mystery. Located on a hilltop overlooking Granada , its fortified walls
morocco: essaouira After the sand dunes of the Sahara and the beehive of Marrakesh, the lazy Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira provides yet another of Morocco's many contrasts. Named Mogado
morocco: marrakesh The old medina of Marrakesh stretches the concept of a city to its very limit with a labyrinthine density of alleyways and souks , donkeys and scooters, veiled women and h
morocco: m'hamid On the edge of the Sahara, at the end of the asphalt road, lies the sleepy town of M'Hamid (with the h pronounced with excessive aspiration), where the camel caravans used