Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge Week 41

Telephone kiosk library

We came across this old telephone box that had been converted to a library, in a little village in Berkshire.  The old telephone had been removed and the villagers had added shelves and books they had read. You may take a book to read, as long as you return it when you are done.

There are books in there in suit all ages and tastes, what a brilliant idea!

Posted for Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge

Views of the Dordogne

We had a lovely family holiday in the beautiful Dordogne area of France last week.The weather was glorious and the scenery breathtaking. A few photos to share with you…

Market day in Sarlat…SarlatSunflowers turning to the sun…SunflowersView of the river…
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Thoughts of Ronda

Ronda is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited.  Modern bullfighting was born here and a tour of the bullring, built in 1784, is a must.  Forget the sprawling new town of concrete and glass that has grown up around the old town, and head instead for the beautiful old town and the three bridges that span the famous El Tajo canyon.

Both Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway were fans too.  Although set in a fictional village, the execution of Nationalist sympathisers in Hemingway’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was allegedly based on killings that took place in Ronda.  Orson Welles loved the place so much that his ashes are buried in a well, on land owned by his friend the retired bullfighter, Antonio Ordonez.

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For more information Ronda

Background to ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and Hemingway

A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die.’  Orson Welles


Skywatch Friday – Vegas style

A sunny day through the turrets of The Excalibur Hotel



Sunny reflections..

Vegas reflectionsand finally an ‘indoor sky’ at  the Venetian Hotel…

Indoor sky


Walking alongside gondolas on the Grand Canal, whilst knowing we were actually inside a hotel was weird, but that’s Vegas baby!


Posted for Skywatch Friday – see more great photos here

Travel diary – Dubai

The Atlantis HotelThe Atlantis DubaiIn the aquarium at The Atlantis Hotel..

In the aquariumA view from the monorail leaving The Palm

View from The PalmA Dubai sunset…

Dubai Sunset


The stunning Dale Chihuly glass sculpture in reception

IMG_0473.JPG (2) This sculpture took nearly two years to make, you can find out more here:


Travel Diary – Puerto Banus

Photos from a recent trip to Puerto Banus. We stayed in an apartment a couple of miles from the port. This was our view…
IMG_0671 The road winds up from the apartment block to a development set out in Spanish Pueblo style, the flowers and gardens are just lovely…IMG_0680 IMG_0683 IMG_0679We took the local catamaran ferry to Marbella and had lunch in Orange Square, surrounded by orange trees and local hustle and bustle.

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and enjoyed a leisurely walk looking at shops and a few boats…

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