On My Travels
A collection of snapshots of life in words and pictures as I travel around this amazing planet.
On My Travels, November 10th, 2017
Most cities have their iconic landmarks. Kobe has its tower. In my three visits to this port city I’ve not grown tired of seeing it in its different states: in daylight, at night or here as the sun sets.
On My Travels, June 17th, 2017
My partner introduced me to the melodic tunes of Belle & Sebastian. I had a couple of their tracks before I met her, but once their sound became a regular feature of our home I found myself liking them more and more. So much so that the first concert I went to in twenty years […]
On My Travels, May 10th, 2017
Everyone else seemed more interested in the monkeys bouncing around than this contemplative chap. Seen at an indoor collection of animals in Osaka.
On My Travels, May 3rd, 2017
When I decided to visit Athens I joked with my Twins that it wouldn’t be a real visit unless I saw a protest. Within an hour of dropping my bags off at the hotel and wandering into the heart of the city I walked straight into a pro-refugee demonstration. It made my day!
On My Travels, April 15th, 2017
Before The Design Museum moved to its new home in Kensington I’d visit the bookshop regularly. It was a great place to pick up quirky books about design and art of a lunchtime, but the price of admission made it impractical to visit. Then my partner and I decide to take the plunge, paid the […]
On My Travels, April 11th, 2017
The great thing with this sign is once you’ve created it you can use it everywhere and it will still remain amusing. This one popped up in Athens.
On My Travels, February 28th, 2017
If you happen to go to Birmingham don’t just head for the Bull Ring. Take a detour and visit the canals. There’s some great places to wander round.
On My Travels, January 31st, 2017
I love this “tradition” of couples dressing in Kimonos and touring the streets. Aside from clearly being fun to do, I think it places history front-and-centre in people’s minds. Seeing these young people (and sometimes the not-so-young) enjoying themselves by dressing up, parading and being photographed is almost like a reminder or how Japan once was […]
On My Travels, January 2nd, 2017
This American tourist was keen to get her photo taken with one of the many bulls that appear outside restaurants in Kobe. Another feature of these restaurants is Spiderman is sometimes seen in close proximity, though why I’ve never got to the bottom of. How do I know she was American? The Japanese are renown […]
On My Travels, December 15th, 2016
If you get a chance to visit the Roman Baths in, um, Bath, then do so. It’s a fascinating exploration of more than just how Romans used to socialise. There are also insights into how Rome co-opted previous cultures and customs and called them their own, and how this continued through to the modern era […]
On My Travels, December 10th, 2016
I love the Japanese Kai Car concept. They’re an excellent example of how placing environmental and urban constraints on design can still give engineers and designers plenty of scope to come up with practical and fun designs. This example is typical of the class – a little boxy in shape but somehow still managing to […]