Travel

Carcassonne

The citadel of Carcassonne with the town in the foreground.

The castle walls

A re-vist of our trip to Carcassonne last year.
Carcassonne

Stonehenge

One of the benefits of a blind wife is the ability to get to places that are normally out of bounds. So when we visited Stonehenge a few years ago, we were immediately taken into the off-limits area, and while there I got some great shots of this remarkable circle of stones.

Stonehenge

This shot was also shot on 35mm film, we got some great views of Stonehenge “from the inside”, and even got to touch and feel the stones.

 

Flying High in a DA40

This is the last of the current batch of USA shots.

One of the highlights (excuse the pun) of our time in Delaware was our flight in Marc’s aeroplane. He is the proud owner of a Diamond Air DA40 aeroplane, which is incredibly cute! We took off from Wilmington Airport, and took a 40 minute trip over Delaware Bay.

DA-40 during the pre-flight check

A technical aside, for those of you that say the iPad is just a toy, the flight plan was logged using an iPad, and maps of the airport, runways and flight were on the iPad during the flight (in addition to the Garmin flight deck stuff in the aircraft).

 

Ready to go – (Photo by Lois Strachan)

The trip was great fun an uneventful (which is a good thing), two days later we were braced down for Huricane Irene, so it was a good interlude with the wonderful weather.

HDR shot of the aircraft, a copy is now on the wall in Marc’s study :-)

Coming in to land on runway 19 (ie 190 degrees on the map).

While the runway looked very short, it can easily land a 737, it is over 2km long. The trip was fantastic, and definitely a highlight of our trip. Thanks to Marc for taking us on the trip, and a huge thanks to both Marc and Patti for looking after us so  well during our (extended) trip. Hope to do more flying soon.

 

 Last shot, just before takeoff

Side canal in Venice

Side canel in Venice – this is one from the archives. I just found this photo from a recent trip to Venice, and it had somehow avoided being posted in the past. I think that it is worth sharing, so please enjoy.

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