As we neared the French coast

other vessels in the Channel

seemed to disappear.

Land Ho!

It appeared that we were sailing past the beach

upon which the recent Dunkirk movie was filmed.


As our cross channel journey draws to an end…

…more signs of civilization appear.



Water-Water-Everywhere:   #48





Compared to most houses in Australia…

most of us thought many European cities

contained small houses which went up instead

of sprawling along the ground.

On the other hand, this is the back yard of

Schonbrunn Palace.

It is also known as the

Hapsburg’s Summer Cottage.

There is only 1,441 rooms in Schonbrunn Palace

compared to 3,000 rooms in the

Hapsburg’s Winter Palace.

At the other end of the spectrum was

this refugee camp at Calais.

Back to Amsterdam and this tiny house

squeezed in between others not much larger.

Finally, one of the many houseboats

moored in Amsterdam’s canals.

My perception of ‘small’ is based on the frontage.

Only those living in my ‘small’ houses know

how roomy they are…particularly when a house

is several stories high.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Houses



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Entrances-and-Doors


My contribution for this week’s

Entrances and Doors

My interpretation for this week’s challenge…

calais_0074We entered Europe via the Port of Calais.

brugges_0111Soon after we were in our

first European city…Brugge in Belgium.

We had to walk into the Town Square

via Het Zand square and its fountain.

More about that later.

Het Zand from Google…Please correct me if I am wrong.



A short walk down this street and we were in

the Town Square…busy, full of tourists.


Here I began to take some shots which…


I thought would end up in

a photo challenge one day.


I was actually returning through this archway

which served as both exit and entrance

to the main square.


After our welcome dinner we had to return via

the Het Zand Fountain near our hotel.


I could have remained much longer

than I did taking these shots.

It was unfortunate that we did not stay

anywhere near a fountain for night shots

for the rest of our trip.

However, the twenty or so shots I have

will always be some of my favourites

and will always be remembered as

the end of our first day on the European Continent.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Houses


My contribution for this week’s



My focus is on housing this week.


This morning the demolition of the Calais refugee camp made

a two second visual grab on our electronic media.


In the comfort of our air-conditioned coach

we passed this camp twice in September.



Tucked behind a high barbed wire fence, we were told,

were 30,000 refugees while the internet claims a high of 10,000.

Whatever the real number these homes/housing

are now being destroyed so the occupants can/will move on.