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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

The St. Ives light

St. Ives, Cornwall

The fishing village of St. Ives is no longer a village. Its character changed in the second  half of the nineteenth century, when fishing declined and the new railway brought the first artists. These days, the town is mobbed by tourists and most are forced to abandon their car or coach in a massive car park on top… (Read More)

Over the sky to Skye

…and Mull, and Glencoe, and Cromarty… I’m exceptionally looking forward to flying to Scotland soon, for a holiday during which Jo and I will get to see the west coast of Scotland and the “Western Isles” again. It’s been getting on for three years since we were last on the west coast, and a full… (Read More)

The Port Of Dover

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A timelapse sequence taken around close of service at the ferry port on the south coast of England, the night before we left for the continent and home.

Just as day was dawning

Shot from near the train station in Spiez this morning, just as the first rays of sun found a way through the clouds to illuminate the town.

The View from Spiez Station

The harbour area of Spiez, taken from the train station. Poet Josef Viktor Widmann (1842–1911) wrote in his book Spaziergänge in den Alpen (Strolls in the Alps) that “the view from Spiez Station is one of the most beautiful in the world“. I’d imagine that the foreground of this view was quite different at the… (Read More)