Category Archives: Overlooked locations

Fireworks, mountains and sleeping elephants. Wrapping up 2017, in pictures.

The last trip of the year has just ended; the rucksack’s been duly unpacked and its contents unceremoniously thrown into the washing-up pile, hoping for some merciful hands to put them into the washing machine without the whites turning pink … Continue reading

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Going into the country.

One Greg Anderson, whose biographical info I could find identified him as being “American” and an “author”, apparently is the father of the quote, dear to all those who use and abuse of the word “wanderlust”, “Concentrate on the journey, not … Continue reading

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Out of season.

We visit them from December to Easter and from June to August. In the meantime, mountain villages slip out of the back of our minds, into a limbo where we rarely, if ever, venture. What happens up there, when we’re … Continue reading

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The twentieth century’s cathedral: Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Part II)

From steel to grass The closure of the Rheinische Stahlwerke zu Meiderich bei Ruhrort left in its wake unemployment and pollution by the bucketful. Nowhere was this poisonous legacy more evident in the vast wasteland stretching between the towering blast furnaces … Continue reading

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A snowfall in provincial Hungary.

Veszprém, raise your hand if you heard about the place. It’s medium-sized city, pretty and dear to my heart but, other than that, pretty much obscure for, I bet, 95% of the world’s population. This is what, in my opinion, makes … Continue reading

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Marooned in Muscat

“How are you, brother? You look a little lost.” The young, tall Omani – immaculate in his neatly pressed green dishdasha – was absolutely right. I was tired, red-eyed, yearning for a shower and, above all, utterly lost. Faithful to … Continue reading

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Budapest street photography part 3. Glimpses of Erzsébetváros

The shouts were coming from downstairs: three voices, heated up by irritation and slurred by alcohol despite it being 10 AM. My piss-poor Hungarian wouldn’t allow me to grasp anything, but it didn’t matter for this was Blaha Lujza tér’s underpass and, … Continue reading

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Marrakech: impressions from an ochre city

“My name is Mustapha, I come from the Sahara, I am a Saharawi. Please, please come see the textiles woven by my women”. Mustapha might really be a Saharawi, it’s been a long time since the plight of his people has … Continue reading

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Irrelevant differences: visiting Mellah, the Jewish quarter of Marrakech

“Est-ce que ceci a été le quartier juif, donc?” Is this the old Jewish quarter, I ask, rather timorously, to my self-appointed guide. It’s Sunday, the day that will pass to history for the biggest gathering of people in a single … Continue reading

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The day when I found a warplane lost in a field.

We were driving along under the relentless Hungarian sun, past clumps of holidaying Germans and well-oiled Gypsies lurching along on rusty bikes, dirty yellow hi-vis donned askew across their shoulders. It was yet another picture-perfect day in the rolling hills … Continue reading

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