Monday, 30 May 2011

Day 152 - Summer Retreat

Day 152 - Summer Retreat by magirob
Day 152 - Summer Retreat, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

30/5/11 - How is this for a summer retreat away from it all? I think it must be a fishermans cottage, the only way to get to it is by boat and you will have to put up with the constant noise from the waterfall next door too.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Day 151 - Stavanger Old Town

Day 151 - Stavanger Old Town by magirob
Day 151 - Stavanger Old Town, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

29/5/11 - Stavanger old town is made up of a few little cobble streets and a mish mash of white wooden houses, right in the middle is the Sardine canning factory, what more would anyone need for a day out?

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Day 150 - Nordfjord

Day 150 - Nordfjord by magirob
Day 150 - Nordfjord, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

28/5/11 - This is the tiny town of Olden from the Fjord as we sailed away. Nordfjord is the sixth largest Fjord in Norway and stretches about 60 miles from Olden to the sea.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Day 149 - Come Rain or Shine

Day 149 - Come Rain or Shine by magirob
Day 149 - Come Rain or Shine, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

27/5/11 - Norwegians must be used to the rain, it didn't stop us getting out and about.

In the words of Rebecca Roeder -
This is a magical world, so dreamlike.
The mystical, magical illusions stretch on forever, until they meet the endless sky.
Ah, Norway the beautiful, how wonderful thou art
The land of fantastical wonders and fairytales,
You will always be first in my heart

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Day 148 - Olden New Church

Day 148 - Olden New Church by magirob
Day 148 - Olden New Church, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

26/5/11 - The other day I showed you Olden Old Church, well, just down the road is this little gem, Olden New Church, I am sure the local residence thought long and hard about what to call it.

Day 147 - Smurf House

Day 147 - Smurf House by magirob
Day 147 - Smurf House, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

25/5/11 - Ever wondered what a Smurf house looks like? well here is it, in the old town of Stavanger in Norway, be warned though, it rains lots.

Day 146 - Library at Sea

Day 146 - Library at Sea by magirob
Day 146 - Library at Sea, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

24/5/11 - This the the Ventura Library, personally I think its quite small for a ship library but hey, its cool, Libraries are always nice places.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Day 145 - Calm Waters

Day 145 - Calm Waters by magirob
Day 145 - Calm Waters, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

23/5/11 - I don't think I have seen waters as calm as this, the North sea IS a surprise to me, It was as calm as a bucket of apples in a cannibals cooking pot.

Day 144 - Saipem 7000

Day 144 - Saipem 7000 by magirob
Day 144 - Saipem 7000, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

22/5/11 - We sailed past this little mechanical device on the way out of Stavanger Harbour, Its one of the largest mobile cranes on the planet and it is capable of lifting a whopping 14,000 tonnes and has a crew of 700

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Day 143 - Olden Old Church

Day 143 - Olden Old Church   by magirob
Day 143 - Olden Old Church , a photo by magirob on Flickr.

21/5/11 - This little church was built in 1759 and is only used on special occasions like Norwegian Constitution Day (May 17th, the day we visited).

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Day 142 - Briksdalsbreen

Day 142 - Briksdalsbreen by magirob
Day 142 - Briksdalsbreen, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

20/5/11 - Another one from the Briksdal Glacier, there are lots of these little piles of rocks around the glacier which have obviously been there since the last ice age and have not been piled up like this by tourists..

Day 141 - Briksdal Glacier

Day 141 - Briksdal Glacier by magirob
Day 141 - Briksdal Glacier, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

19/5/11 - This was the highlight of the whole cruise for me, seeing this was really awesome, this glacier is part of the Jostedalsbreen glacier which is the largest mainland glacier in the world.

Day 140 - Jostedalsbreen National Park

18/5/11 - We passed this waterfall on the way into the Jostedalsbreen National Park, there are waterfalls everywhere in Norway.

Day 139 - Varden

Day 139 - Varden by magirob
Day 139 - Varden, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

17/5/11 - This is the Summit of Varden above the town of Molde, It had a nice looking cafe at the top which was closed, Didn't they know there were over 3600 people arriving on a cruise ship for the day?

Friday, 20 May 2011

Day 138 - Wonder

Day 138 - Wonder by magirob
Day 138 - Wonder, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

16/5/11 - This was the early morning view from the ship as we arrived in Molde in Norway, what sight to wake up to.

Day 137 - Bryggen

Day 136 - Bryggen by magirob
Day 136 - Bryggen, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

15/5/11 - This row of buildings in Bergen is called Bryggen, It is the oldest part of Bergen and it has some remains dating back to 1370.

Day 136 - The Forests of Fløyen

14/5/11 - What can I say about the Forests surrounding the city of Bergen, Green and lush come to mind, The air is sweet and fresh, the sounds are peaceful and relaxing and there are polar bears everywhere (I lied about the polar bears)

Day 135 - Bergen

Day 135 - Bergen by magirob
Day 135 - Bergen, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

14/5/11 - This is the view of Bergen from the mountain of Fløyen in the east of the City, It rains around 325 days a year in Bergen and we were lucky not to get wet.

Day 134 - The North Sea

Day 134 - The North Sea by magirob
Day 134 - The North Sea, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

13/5/11 - I have been off on another cruise, this time to Norway for a week of Fjording with a friend Tom.

I was always warned that the North Sea had a nasty temper but we have been treated well by mother nature and the cruising was very calm.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Day 133 - Light Shining from Heavens Above

12/5/11 - Here is another of the domes in St Peter's Basilica, Spectacular, You must all go and visit some time.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Day 132 - St Peter's Basilica

Day 132 - St Peter's Basilica by magirob
Day 132 - St Peter's Basilica, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

11/5/11 - This was probably one of the most awe-inspiring sights I have ever seen, St Peters Basilica in Vatican City is a real eye opener, words cannot describe it.

Day 131 - Love Padlocks

Day 131 - Love Padlocks by magirob
Day 131 - Love Padlocks, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

Day 131 - Love Padlocks

10/5/11 - Here is a craze sweeping the world, they are Love Padlocks, Sweethearts lock a padlock onto a public fence or chain and throw the key away sealing their love forever, ahh sweet :D
Here in Florence there are thousands of them, must be a pretty romantic place to go I guess.

Day 130 - Grumpy

Day 130 - Grumpy by magirob
Day 130 - Grumpy, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

9/5/11 - Here is one of the 230 Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar, He is a happy fellow isn't he :D They are the only wild apes living in Europe.

Day 129 - Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

8/5/11 - This is the dome of Florence Cathedral, It was for many years the largest dome in the world and still holds the title of the largest brick and mortar dome in the world.

Day 128 - Temple of Italian Glories

7/5/11 - This is the Basilica di Santa Croce or the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence, Italy. It is the burial place of some greats such as Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Rossini.

Day 127 - Yet More Doors

Day 127 - Yet More Doors by magirob
Day 127 - Yet More Doors, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

6/5/11 - Saw this while walking through Pisa and thought it was fascinating. Pisa was quite nice but so full of tourists.

Day 126 - Pisa

Day 126 - Pisa by magirob
Day 126 - Pisa, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

5/5/11 - This is Pisa, its not just a tower but lots of other buildings too, its quite funny seeing all the tourists having their photos taken holding up the leaning tower.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Day 125 - Cannes

Day 125 - Cannes by magirob
Day 125 - Cannes, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

4/5/11 - Here is Cannes in southern France, Quite a nice place and not too big.

Day 124 - Fun Guys

Day 124 - Fun Guys by magirob
Day 124 - Fun Guys, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

3/5/11 - Here is Barcelona Market and all the Mushrooms and other Fungi ready to buy. I detest mushrooms as a food but they do look pretty sometimes.

Day 123 - Wet Streets

Day 123 - Wet Streets by magirob
Day 123 - Wet Streets, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

2/5/11 - Due to some things taking over my life I am including some older unpublished photographs for a few days, Here is a street in Barcelona, It was raining when i was there last, as the famous saying goes, the rain in Spain stays mainly. . . . . in Barcelona.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Day 122 - May

Day 122 - May by magirob
Day 122 - May, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

1/5/11 - May had arrived and what a was to arrive, its lovely and sunny and had been for a while too. The flowers are out and everything looks lush and green.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Day 121 - All Saints Church

Day 121 - All Saints Church by magirob
Day 121 - All Saints Church, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

31/4/11 - This little Norman Church in East Meon is a lovely little place, very quiet and perched on the edge of a little hill above the village of East Meon in Hampshire.

Day 120 - Fields of Gold

Day 120 - Fields of Gold by magirob
Day 120 - Fields of Gold, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

30/4/11 - I saw this field while driving to one of my shows and stopped to take a photos, I think these fields of yellow Rapeseed look amazing on the landscape.

Day 119 - Party Time

Day 119 - Party Time by magirob
Day 119 - Party Time, a photo by magirob on Flickr.

29/4/11 - here are the folks of Vernon Dean enjoying their street party with lots of munchies and drinks, a big screen to watch the wedding and me to entertain the kiddies with a magic show.