Knight to King three
Tower of London.
A Roman eagle.
From Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain …
…and an eagle.
A Geelong floor covering shop window
during football finals.
Kwa Nokeng Lodge,
This image has been tagged as a
Moorabool Valley (Geelong) tags.
Personally I think it belongs with
New Zealand images
Statue of a Tusker at
Letaba Rest Camp,
home to the
in Kruger National Park.
Visiting Notre de Dame de Paris was a real treat…
…made all the more special after the Cathedral…
…was ravaged by fire with 12 months.
I guess I have seen the Eiffel Tower…
…lit up in movies, however seeing it
in person was fantastic.
The Moulin Rouge was also a
must see in Paris.
I doubt that even in my younger days
would I have gone fishing
in the vicinity of white water…
…let alone the white water of Victoria Falls.
An optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls…
…to view the effect the rushing waters of
the Zambezi River has had on the landscape
leaving previous falls sites high and dry.
A goodbye London special treat was
a ride on the London Eye.
Well worth the time for some nice views of London…
…after hearing my Father speak of Menin Gate
from time to time, I was pleased to find
a tour group that included a visit
to Menin Gate in its
Western Front itinerary.
So it was that in early June of 2017,
before a relatively small crowd, I was
part of the ceremony that commemorates
the Great War each and every night.
Three local buglers performed the last post
in a simple but moving ceremony at Ypres’
Menin Gate, in Belgium
Chandelier in the foyeur of the
A restaurant near the London Eye
Paris Street lights
Geelong’s pre-dawn lights on Corio Bay.
The cable ferry over the Daintree River.
No mention of the crocodile infested water
we were crossing.
With such a short crossing one wonders
why anyone would contemplate
leaving their vehicle
I thought an unusual sign on a path.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary,
I would have thought 50 metres too close.
However, anecdotal evidence tells of
silly tourists and wild animals.
It’s a wonder hubby was wanted
after daycare at London’s Flyinghorse
these signs warn us of Koalas.
Bridge over Rocky Mountaineer
A new bridge in Botswana’s
a pedestrian bridge over the Salzach River
The Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) over Lucerne’s
Reuss River, Switzerland.
A disused Railway Bridge near Skagway, Alaska.
My first encounter with a public transport bus,
was at the ripe old age of 25 in London.
I purchased a 15-day bus pass to move around the U.K.
With my bus pass in hand I hopped aboard
the first bus that came along.
Yes, it was a red double decker bus.
How many of my readers saw or remember
the English TV show,
‘On the Buses’?
Very briefly for those who have not seen the show.
It is about an English bus driver who always seems
to be upsetting/crossing the conductor,
who, in turn, readily points out in no uncertain
terms the driver’s indiscretions.
So here is a weary Woolly sitting in the middle
of the back row on top of red DD bus.
Conductor approaches for ticket,
takes one look at my pass and then proceeds
to deliver a tirade during which he points
out that I was on a RED Bus with a GREEN Bus pass.
My mind raced quickly to many similar scenes
from On the Buses and I spent that five minutes or so,
desperately not trying to burst out laughing.
In fact I have spent far more time aboard
holiday coaches where it seems almost
nothing is out of bounds.
Dancing, playing card, singing,
watching movies and sleeping.
Night shots from a variety of places.
Big Ben and Parliament House
from the London Eye
Arras Bell Tower and Place des Heros
Our night cruise on the River Seine
gave us a multitude of river-side parties…
annd a different perspective
of the Eiffel Tower.
The drive back to our hotel took us past
the Arc de Triomphe…
…and also city lights.
After arriving in Dubai at 0400,
we had a quiet day…
…prior to boarding a Dhow for a…
…Dubai Creek Dinner Cruise.
Just a few colourful images…
…from our Diner Cruise on…
Night two saw us on a desert safari and dinner,
with entertainment provided by a fire dancer…
…and a belly dancer.
A great time was had and if you don’t mind
sand from horizon to horizon you
will love the experience.
I’m not a fan of sand.
Africa, Australia and the United KIngdom
provide this week’s birds.
Magpie (Long-tailed) Shrike
Kruger National Park
A Raven of the
Tower of London
Australian White Backed Magpie
helping itself to some morsels of leftovers
after coffee and a snack in
the Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Only a small amount of black on
the male Superb Fairy Wren
New Holland Honeyeaters…
…have mostly black feathers.
A variety of Towers towering over
their respective landscape.
I’m not sure why the Tower of London was so named.
Google to the rescue:
It was founded towards the end of 1066
as part of the Norman Conquest of England.
The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name,
was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was
a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted
upon London by the new ruling elite.
And now I know 🙂
Closer to home is…..
…Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand.
Using your imagination it could be
described as similar to Sydney’s Tower.
The major point of difference is that we
celebrated Number 2 Daughter-in-Law’s birthday
with dinner in the Auckland Sky Tower in 2018.
Many of my photos I remember taking,
not so this one over Paris…
…not from the top observation point.
Alas we only made it to the
second observation deck.
I guess we should be happy to have made
it up the Eiffel Tower at all,
because we did not set foot inside the
Giotto Bell Tower in Florence, in Italy.
I think we may have paid more than we should have,
to visit the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa
(Burj meaning Tower, so I was told).
However, it was a wonderful, last day, experience
and we thought some pricey
souvenir photos worthwhile.
High Tea at the Burj Al Arab was our
main reason for a stopover in Dubai.
Again, not something to do on a weekly basis
but a wonderful experience.
We nudged the local retail economy along
with a new set of clothes each, for the occasion,
and felt human after living in the same
traveller kit for four weeks.
These Towers are springing up
all over the Western District.
Almost at our back door, on the farm,
is a wind farm of over 100 towers
claimed to be the largest in
the Southern Hemisphere.
May have been when built,
but no longer so, I suspect.