Sunday, November 19, 2006


Pompei was a real highlight, especially after the heat and crowds of Rome. The company ran the bus down for us as a free optional extra. This is the view through to Mt Vesuvius.

Little Lottie was impressed by the Colosseum but took some reassuring that lions no longer lurked in its passages!

One of the stunning ceilings in the Vatican Museum

Lots of people making money on the side as street statues in Europe. Some seem amazingly real. This was a guy called David who seemed remarkably nonchalant!

Overlooking Florence. The day turned quite wet but that seemed to add to the romanticism of the city.

The original Turbo plumbline confirms the wideheld theory that this tower does lean a tad.

On the road between Nice and Monaco

Monday, June 19, 2006



1200s style 3rd storey plonker! With a cool draft off the Loch on a raw nicht it would ha' been enough tae send the nadgers into hibernation.


Happened upon a medieval maid gazing hopefully across the Loch for her wee man. All she had to do was turn arooond!

Sunday, June 18, 2006



Perched on the banks of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle on a magnificent day was a special experience. Built around the 1200s its control swapped many times from Scot to Pom and then Scot v Scot as the MacDonalds took it several times, wreaking havoc on their local countrymen.
Lottie is very excited to be heading to Scotland but looks to Pen for reassurance that all will be OK.











Pen gets the gen on Cawdor Castle in its beautiful gardens. Built after Macbeth's and Duncan's times as it turns out so has been somewhat misleadingly associated with the murder.















View down the Ness River to Inverness Castle, beyond which lies the surprisingly small town centre. We loved the laid-back atmosphere of this town and our hotel was right beside the river in the right hand foreground.
















Again we show our photography prowess with a memorable moment beside Loch Ness. Get out your magnifying glasses - can you spot Nessie?















Ancient gravesites (clava cairns) near Inverness which are 3-4000 years old. No charge, just a beautiful, serene and moving spot.

Sunday, May 21, 2006



Gravestones from the mid 1700s in the churchyard of the picturesque church at West Malling, about 6 miles bike ride away.

Very current due to its central focus in The Da Vinci Code, this is the Louvre with its contraversial pyramid which extends underground. I was about to clear most people (including Pen) from the near vicinity of the statue with a particularly penetrating bout of flatulence!


The medieval bridge at East Farleigh near us. During the English Civil War one of Cromwell's generals led a force over this to surprise and rout a large royalist army in Maidstone.


The team gathers for Manz's 26th. Rear: Barwy (Dave Barwick), Junior (Steve Lockhead), Guy(Aussie), Burtie; Front: Pen, Bec (Aussie), Debs and of course the typically hyped birthday girl, PE and now English teacher extraordinaire - one Amanda Schaefer!

A cunningly contrived self-portrait at the statue in front of Buck House. Sadly for her, Lizzie didn't ask us in for tea and cakes.
Stunning sculpture from the Arc de Triomphe. I didn't know Shayne had been a model!

Looking back from the Palais de Chaillot
London Eye - the successful innovation to overcome the problem that unlike most cities, London does not have a high viewing platform.



Pen in pensive mood looking out the window of our delightful room in the Timhotel, on the steepish Place Emile Goudeau beside the Bateau Lavoir (flat) of Picasso, in Montmartre.


From the top of the Eiffel Tower looking across the Seine to the Palais de Chaillot which houses several museums. From this height you can appreciate the amazing degree of planning that has gone into laying out much of Paris.





Looking from the highly ornate Pont Alexandre III towards the Tour Eiffel


How many icons can you spot here? (not counting the one in the foreground of course!) Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, red bus, underground sign, London Eye...

Monday, May 01, 2006


Belated birthday call to W.S. Romley.

Our kitchen in which many a fine repast has been prepared

43 Cherry Orchard Way with Pen, Manz and Barwy on the day they vacated our lounge and moved into their own flat. We are upstairs - that's our lounge window.

Bugger me if vandals haven't been around for a while! Canty Cath cloisters. Tom Abbott (PNBHS caretaker) would have a challenge here!!

Canterbury Cathedral at night

With nephew John in a London cafe/bar

Getting back to her snake charming instincts...

Pen in unusually photogenic pose in cablecar en route to Sentosa Island, Singers.


Cruising on the Singapore harbour prior to dinner and a visit to Raffles

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