Autumn in Amsterdam

There are some things that you can never get a sense of until you travel to a place. Amsterdam and its canals were a bit like that for me. I never realised until I traveled to the Dutch capital how the entire centre city was organised in a concentric fashion ringed by canals. It was…

Vesuvioooooo

There’s just something about a volcano that makes it hard to take your eyes off it. Mt Vesuvius is probably one of the world’s best known volcanoes for its explosion in AD 79 which buried many towns in the vicinity including Pompeii and Herculaneum. This is a chilling video I keep coming back to. It…

On Valentine’s

I’m way too lazy to write up a new post on my phone so sharing a screenshot of my Instagram post for V day

Work week and rostering

For a lot of us worker bees here in the Middle East, the work week begins tomorrow. Even if your job is not a drudgery, the very fact that you need to get back into a routine puts you off. However, for as long as humans have had a settled, non-nomadic lifestyle there have probably…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Is it just me or are the weeks passing by very quickly? It seems like yesterday that I posted for last week’s photo challenge and already it’s back again. This week’s challenge asks us to become tour guides for the places we live in. Fortunately for me, Dubai has plenty of attractions to offer to…

Evolution

I’m back to one of my favourite subjects. After the hype of the eclipse died down I followed the moon over the next few days trying to capture its evolution. After all everyday is a slow eclipse. The sequence below was spaced out over 5 days. I would have liked to follow the moon for…

Holger the Dane

Back in May 2017, I visited Copenhagen for a long weekend and decided to take the train up to Kronborg castle. Apart from being considered home of Hamlet, prince of Denmark, the castle also has another claim to fame. For being the home of Holger the Dane.   Apparently the legend goes that Holger the…

Picture Perfect Bruges

There are some places in the world where you never expect to travel even once in your life, leave alone twice. Bruges, in Belgium, happens to be one such city in my list. I first visited the town in 2007 with a group of stagiaires (interns) when I was interning at the European Commission in…

(Photos) In and around Buda’s Castle District

Whenever I look back on all the cities I visited last year, Budapest springs to my mind first. It’s hard to describe what actually sets it apart as there are other cities which are just as beautiful or with an equally impressive collection of sights. I guess it’s a kind of charm- something hard to…

Dolphin Mosaics

Sea animals were a pretty common theme in ancient Roman mosaics. The House of Africa museum at El Djem has an impressive collection of mosaics that were excavated from old Roman houses in the vicinity. El Djem was previously called Thysdrus in Roman times. One of the houses contained a number of mosaics featuring dolphins….