In fact my first visit to Spain (not counting a trip to Menorca in my youth) and a woefully late blog posting. We loved the city, excellent food, a fantastic visit to the Prado and will definitely be returning.
Some “street” shots, the last I left in colour as the washed out blues and yellows in of the background appeal to me.
Bookstall on Pasadizo de San Gines
Calle De La Salud towards Hotel Anaco and Fundación Telefónica
Longnor is a small village in the Staffordshire moorlands near Buxton in the Peak District. A few years ago we discovered the Buxton Opera Festival and it has become an annual tradition to visit for the festival and stay in Longnor.
Tide Mills is a derelict village in East Sussex, between Newhaven and Seaford, on Seaford bay (above). There was a small archaeology group excavating on the day I visited and there is also the remains of a WW1 Sea Plane base.
The “Station Masters House”.
What I assume is a Helicopter landing pad on the site of the old Seaplane base.
The pier to east of the entrance to the port of Newhaven.
There is a lot of birdlife in the scrub around the villages remains and this female Serin was flying up and down amongst it long enough for me to change lens.
Hurrying towards City Thameslink to catch a train home I walked around St Paul’s cathedral grounds, attempting to capture some non-touristy images.
There is a statue recently placed on the steps to St Paul’s, Mark Wallinger’s ‘Ecce Homo’, which is fantastically lifelike. At first I thought it was a “living statue” and I even saw some tourists putting there arms around it for pictures!
This one would have benefited from being a bit more horizontal, I seemed to have developed a 20 degree list, but the principle was good.