Trip to England, classical Europe tour, Sultanate of Oman, China.
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Barcelona - Summer 2010

 

United Arab Emirates - Spring 2010

Picnic near Ras Al Khaimer February 2010

 

Edward & Verity rest on the way to the summit

 

Picnic near Ras Al Khaimer February 2010

 

Drying mud after the spring rains

 

England vs. Pakistan 20/20 Cricket 19th Feb 2010, Dubai Cricket Stadium.

 

 

 

Dinner and dancing fountains - Burj Khalifa - April 2010

 

England - May 2010

A business / leisure trip to England in blazing May sunshine gave me the opportunity of the quick tour of the country - including: Manchester (my old University town); Bedford (where I was at school) and nearby Woburn (near my parents house), and Exeter (near a client factory site).

 

Manchester City Centre- two pubs in Shambles Square

 

Swan Hotel,  Bedford - overlooking the River Great Ouse.

 

Cricket at Bedford School

 

Bedford Law Courts

 

Bedford's Shopping Mall - The Harpur Centre

 

Bedford's Shopping Mall - The Harpur Centre

 

Bedford Tourist Information Office

 

Shops by Exeter Cathedral - May 2010

 

Exeter Cathedral by moonlight

 

 

 

Woburn Abbey and the Duke of Bedford's Deer Herd.

 

 

Barcelona - Summer 2010

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya                                                                           Poble Espanyol                   

 

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

 

Gaudy Gaudí   architecture and modernistic statues

 

Poble Espanyol

 

The Salvador Dali Museum kindly allowed us to take photographs (unlike the Picasso museum)

 

Photographic flash can degrade delicate pieces of artwork, and was consequently banned in most museums.  For this reason I have never used flash photography for art exhibits.  Unfortunately many camera users were incapable of switching off their flash when photographing the exhibits.  Galleries had no choice but to ban photography completely.  Consequently I have no photographs of the Picasso gallery or many other art treasures throughout the world.  An exception is the privately owned collection of Salvador Dali works in Barcelona.

 

Monte Carlo - Summer 2010

Monte Carlo

 

Florence - Summer 2010

Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi Galley

 

No photography is allowed inside the Uffizi gallery.  However there is a fantastic collection of paintings by Cimabue (1240-1302), Giotti (1267-1337), Botticelli (1445-1510) and Leonardo da Vinchi (1452-1519) which demonstrate the development of depth and use of backgrounds in paintings and the application of mathematics to portray perspective. The Uffizi also houses some fabulous Caravaggio works (1571 - 1610) demonstrating a beautiful and dramatic use of light.

 

The Basilica di Santa Maria                                                                                   Statue of David by Michelangelo 

 

 

The Basilica di Santa Maria

 

Gates of Paradise, Florence Baptistery                     The Rape of the Sabine Women, The Loggia dei Lanzi,

 

Ponte Vecchio

 

Piazza della Signoria                                                                                                View from Ponte Vecchio

 

 

Rome - Summer 2010

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican CitySt. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

Flavian Amphitheatre (Coliseum), Rome

 

 

 

Flavian Amphitheatre (Coliseum), Rome

 

Palatine Hill, Rome

 

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

Pompei - Summer 2010

Pompei with mount Vesuvius in the background

 

Trek to the summit crater of mount Vesuvius                                                 Street in Pompei

 

Pompei

 

Pompei Brothel (bordello) - Informative Fresco and Stone bed

 

Luxury Villa in Pompei

 

Fast food outlet                                                                                                                  Floor of  Luxury Villa

 

Casts of volcano victims in Pompei - they were probably poisoned by toxic gas and then buried by fine volcanic ash in 79 AD

 

 

Mykonos - Summer 2010

 

Istanbul - Summer 2010

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

 

Hagia Sophia mihrab in the apse where the alter stood                                Ceiling of Hagia Sophia

 

Hagia Sophia was built between 532 and 537 AD as an Orthodox patriarchal basilica but later became a mosque.  The building was designed with the alter facing east for Christian worship.  The Islamic mihrab was built later pointing toward Mecca which is 15° south of east.

Ceiling dome of the Blue Mosque

 

Shopping - The Covered Bazaar.

 

Topkapi Palace

 

Topkapi Palace

 

Topkapi Palace

 

 

Ephesus - Summer 2010

Library of Celsus (distance)                                                          Nike, the winged goddess of victory

 

Roman Villas, Ephesus

 

Amphitheatre

 

Roman Villas, Ephesus

 

Library of Celsus (135 AD)

 

Temple of Hadrian

 

Athens - Summer 2010

Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion (built 440 BC)

 

Graffiti on Temple of Poseidon - including Lord Byron

 

The Parthenon temple in the Athenian Acropolis, Athens

 

View of Athens from the Acropolis

 

Erechtheum temple in the Athenian Acropolis

 

Odeon of Herodes Atticus at Athenian Acropolis

 

Venice - Summer 2010

St Mark's Campanile (bell tower of St. Marks Basilica) and Doge's Palace (to the right)

 

Venice

 

20th Wedding Anniversary in Venice, where we began our Honeymoon.  Pino Grigio and classical music in St. Mark's Square

 

Gondola on a canal                                                                                                          Doge's Palace

 

Doge's Palace

 

Back to Dubai - August 2010

Dubai welcomed us back with a hot day 119°F (48°C) but we missed a heat wave in July when temperatures exceeded 123°F (51°C)!  Ouch.  Roads and shopping malls are eerily quiet as many people have left to avoid the ferocious summer heat.  The economic downturn has caused many expatriates to leave for good.  This has occurred just as many housing developments were being completed, leaving many housing estates with hundreds of beautiful but empty properties.  Rental prices have plummeted.

Deserted Estates in the Desert

 

Autumn 2010

 

Desert Sunset - October 2010

 

The iconic Burj Al Arab                                                                                        Henna Hands

 

A chance to buy and drink some camel's milk

 

 

Sultanate of Oman - October 2010

Dhow cruise around the Musandam Peninsula near Khasab, Oman.

 

Within a 3 or so hours drive from Dubai (including the border crossing) is the Arabian version of the fjords.  Not as beautiful, or as green perhaps but ruggedly spectacular.  The sea teems with butterfly fish, groupers, angel fish and wild dolphins.  Friendly locals will take you out on a Dhow for the day, serve you mint tea and fruit, show you the spectacular scenery, let you swim and snorkel in the warm sea and then barbeque fresh tuna for lunch.

 

Wild dolphins racing our Dhow                                                                         Swimming in the Arabian Gulf near Telegraph Island

 

Telegraph Island is the most famous landmark in the area.  Here the British laid the first telegraph cable in 1864.  It ran from India to Basra, Iraq. 

 

Esra apartments, Khasab

 

Desert Girls

 

Dhow cruise around Musandam Peninsula, Oman - October 2010

 

See other trips to Musandam in 2009, 2012 and 2015

China - November 2010

Winter sunset at the Summer Palace, Beijing

 

Lao She Tea House

 

 

Building close to Temple of Heaven

 

Temple of Heaven

 

Temple of Heaven

 

Tiananmen Square

 

Pre-dinner drinks at the Beijing Shangri-La (with sister 3/4 and family)

 

Great Wall of China at Badaling

 

Great Wall of China

 

Changling Museum (Ming Tombs)

 

Changling Museum (Ming Tombs)

 

Summer Palace

 

Summer Palace - World's longest corridor

 

Marble Boat at Summer Palace

 

Summer Palace

 

Roof architecture at Summer Palace

 

Winter scene at Summer Palace

 

Lone fisherman in Summer Palace grounds

 

Winter Sunset, Summer Palace

 

Winter Sunset, Summer Palace

 

Forbidden City - Through a Beijing pollution haze

 

Forbidden City

 

Lama Temple

 

Lama Temple

 

Incense shops near Lama Temple

 

It was mildly surprising to see people openly praying in this former communist society

 

Sunset from Ming Tombs

 

 

England and Scotland - December 2010

Tower Bridge and a very cold river Thames - London, December 2010

 

HMS Belfast - London, December 2010

 

Edinburgh, Scotland - December 2010

 

Happy New Year!

 

Burj Khalifa fireworks display from our garden - Dubai, New Year 2011

 

 

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