Photo album Review Of My Year 2011

Four minute view

The train to the Jungfraujoch stops in the tunnel for five minutes at each of the two microstations inside the Eiger. At Eismeer, pictured here, one gets the chance to run for the viewing windows, marvel at the glaciers, snap a photo, and run back to the waiting train.

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Country Thirteen

As we were so near the border when we visited Bavaria in October, we drove over into the Czech Republic to add the thirteenth country to the list of those I’ve visited. There’s not much in this region and in order to avoid paying a motorway toll – as we were only there for an […]

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Party On

The latest (and one of the last) additions to my One Frame Movie series. Photographed with the help of hip hop DJs Damiano and Gelato from Bern radio station RaBe.

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Daily view

We moved into our new home in Faulensee last Friday. Thanks to some grotty weather, this morning has been the first time when a photo can truly do justice to the view from our balcony; to the left, the village of Faulensee; straight ahead, the view across the Thunersee to Merligen and the Justistal valley; […]

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Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Astoundingly, construction of the massive palace – now part of the Uffizi museum and gallery – began over seven hundred years ago.

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Capo Sant’Andrea, Elba

The rocky coastline in the north west of Elba is unique in the world; granite magma, deposited by a volcano seven million years ago, is impregnated with orthoclase crystals and forms a peculiar, smoothed surface. On first seeing the rocks, they appeared to have been concreted-over, but on closer inspection, it was obvious that it’s […]

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Corsica on the horizon

During dinner in a hidden local restaurant, very popular with locals and probably hardly known by tourists, we had a grandstand view of the sun as it set gloriously over the Mediterranean. On the horizon, a huge cloudbank obscured the French island of Corsica and added a little drama to the scene.

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House and driveway

Our new home (from September) in Faulensee, currently in the final stages of an almost complete re-build.

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Wohn- und Essbereich / Living room and dining area

Jo and I have been wonderfully happy in our home here since she moved to Switzerland in 2006, and our flat in the roof space on Kirchgasse in Spiez has been Permanent Tourist headquarters since the end of 2003. We’ve decided to move to a new home in the nearby village of Faulensee and so […]

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Our friends the swallows

We had company on the little terrace at our hotel in Elba: four fledgling swallows (although only three are visible here, the fourth having already fledged), being fed at very regular intervals by their parents. We were quite sad when they left a couple of days before we did, after we’d spent a little time […]

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Happy birthday Dad!

Photo from Mum and Dad’s recent visit, when we scaled the Gornergrat… by train :) Lots of love and best wishes for a happy birthday xxx

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Schneckeninsel, Brienzersee

(In English, "Snail Island".) The source of the name of this private island on Lake Brienz is unknown; some say that it is due to the small size of the island – only a couple of hundred metres long, if that – whilst others say that monks used it as a snail farm in the […]

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Rigi Kulm, Schwyz

Our first time on Rigi, high above the lakes of Lucerne and Zug on Easter Saturday. The view back up to the hotel and mountain-top transmission tower from the walk down to Goldau was like looking up at a model train set; enhanced by the evenly sized trees and appropriate red train.

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Oberhofen and Passing Rain

I needed to clear my head, so I abandoned my study books and headed for the hills on the far side of the Thunersee. My aim was to take some classical landscape photographs and let the fresh air and changeable weather clear my head. (It worked.)

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Church of the Holy Ghost, Bern

The night once each year on which the town is lit up with coloured floodlights and buildings such as the Zytglogge and parliament building are opened to the public. I used the evening to take some stock photos for my collection and to test the long exposure performance of my new D7000. The result: where […]

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Nikon D7000

This is the new camera I have bought myself, after a great deal of research and careful consideration. I’ll be taking it out for a first full test run when I’m in the UK at the end of this week, after which I’ll write an article on my blog. The new camera is pictured here […]

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Morcote, Ticino

A little bit of summer feeling on this cold, grey day. More from the area at www.mhm.li/2011/01/campione-ditalia/

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