Bologna and its porticoes

At first you don’t notice it, walking down the Via dell’Independencia. After all you’re just following the herds late on a Saturday afternoon. After about 10 minutes it suddenly hits you. You’ve been walking on what you think is the pavement and yet this pavement has a roof and really the only time you lose…

Moon and the Arch

The Roman Arch and the waxing moon sighted at El Djem Amphitheatre in Tunisia

Temple to Juno Caelestis

When I first came across “Temple of Caelestis” in the map to the ruins of Dougga (Tunisia), I mistook it for a temple to Ceres- the Roman Goddess of Harvest (equivalent of Demeter). It took me quite some time to realise my mistake and to understand that Caelestis was actually the shortened form of ‘Juno…

Mountains of the Mind

“Mountains are only contingencies of geology.” The first work I read by Robert Macfarlane was his essay about walking the Broomway. Reading it, I got the sense that this man could write about dragging a shopping cart from his doorstep to the end of the street and could still have people hooked to every word,…

You’re in Rome when

You see stone pines towering over monumental ruins The old survives with the new You see the Victor Emmanuel monument all the time You see as many gulls as people When even the airport coffee rocks

Weekly Photo Challenge- Out of this World

Back to the challenge after a few weeks. This week, the aim is to show something that we are accustomed to or is commonplace, but from a ‘out of the world’ perspective. This took me back to a few photographs that I had taken a while ago of the water in the marina under the…

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…

Meditations on Geology: Earth by Richard Fortey

Once upon a time, I wanted to specialise in geology and/ or remote sensing. Like a few other things in my life this did not come to pass.  Reading ‘The Earth: An Intimate History’ by Richard Fortey (my 8th book of 2018) reminded  me of the time when I seriously considered a career in geography….