Travelling in the 90s: Florence is freezing

Meanwhile, at the tail end of my 1993-1994 adventures, we're in Italy. Having just experienced the Carnival of Venice, we're now en route to Firenze. Welcome to Travelling in the 90s... [Saturday 12 February, 1994] It took over three hours on the train to reach Florence, through lovely rolling hills with villages nestled in the … Continue reading Travelling in the 90s: Florence is freezing

Travelling in the 90s: The Carnival of Venice

We're into the final two weeks of our 1993-1994 (Travelling in the 90s) adventure (back when I was a true natural blond -- check out the photo). Venice was our first stop in Italy and undoubtedly one of the highlights. I can't tell you how many exclamation marks I had to remove from the following … Continue reading Travelling in the 90s: The Carnival of Venice

Walls of the old stone variety

When I travel, I take a fair few photos of walls. Particularly old stone walls, usually up close so you can see the way they've been constructed. For this week's WordPress photo challenge, with the theme of WALL, I therefore thought I'd share some of the of the old English walls I've come across in … Continue reading Walls of the old stone variety

Travelling in the 90s: Provence (in the steps of Madam, will you Talk?)

Flights have been booked today for my next overseas adventure -- Huzzah! All will be revealed in time; but in the short term I'm going to focus on wrapping up the Travelling in the 90s series. There's not too much more of my 20-something year old ramblings to go. So today it's back to 1994 … Continue reading Travelling in the 90s: Provence (in the steps of Madam, will you Talk?)

Hey, what about those Herculaneum papyrus scrolls?

Sometimes I can be guilty of thinking life might be simpler without modern technology. Despite the fact I'm a technologist at heart. But then I hear about something that takes my breath away, and I'm back on the modern technology bandwagon. Hell, with this one I'm back on the research bandwagon as well... There came … Continue reading Hey, what about those Herculaneum papyrus scrolls?

Travelling in the 90s: Parisian culture

It's back to 1994 Paris for the latest installment of Travelling in the 90s. Here we have more of my ramblings from 21 years ago, with bad photos and far too many exclamation marks (most of which I have edited out)... [Monday 7 February, 1994] A few more impressions of Paris: A great many of … Continue reading Travelling in the 90s: Parisian culture

Travelling in the 90s: In which we hit Paris

We're on the homeward stretch in my Travelling in the 90s series, which features extracts from my original travel journal in 1993-1994. This was my first ever trip overseas, taken after I finished my undergraduate university studies. I'm young, green and oh so enthusiastic! So far we've spent a couple of weeks in Greece and … Continue reading Travelling in the 90s: In which we hit Paris

Contemplating Wild China

I'm starting to think about my next adventure. And it's exciting. Where in the world (literally) shall I go next? I was originally intending to trek around Mont Blanc in central Europe. It's a 180km Alpine route through France, Switzerland and Italy, taking about 11 days. I've been wanting to do it for a while … Continue reading Contemplating Wild China

Descent – ways with water

I'm taking an engineering viewpoint on this week's photo challenge theme of Descent. Because I've long been fascinated and thrilled by the way our forefathers used the controlled descent of water under gravity as very clean power source (and indeed modern hydropower stations do too). Above is the flour mill at Cotehele in Cornwall. Water … Continue reading Descent – ways with water