Going through the hundreds of photographs from our September roadtrip is a true labour of love, as was the roadtrip itself. We drove over 3000 miles through some stunning scenery and enjoyed every moment of 5 National Parks : Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion. The images I made are a great reminder of one of the best trips to date. Did we try and pack in too much, probably. Would we do the same again, definitely! We did have some long drives between places, getting from West Yellowstone, MT to Moab, UT was a full day’s drive. We didn’t stop in Idaho, despite even the temptation of the Potato Museum (what could possibly be in there?).
This weekend we had a slightly different visit to London. Instead of the usual shopping (although we still managed to do a bit of that !) we visited the Shard. At 1,016 feet high it is currently the tallest building in the European Union (although the planned Hermitage Plaza building in the La Defense area of Paris, scheduled to open in 2019, will surpass the Shard by 67 feet).
There are 72 ‘habitable’ floors with a further 5 floors of the spire on the top of the building. Prestigious offices take up the lower floors, restaurants on floors 31 – 33, a hotel on floors 34 – 52, apartments on floors 53 – 65 and the observation floors of 68 – 72 where we had a wander around. (more…)
When does an island feel like an island? On a recent trip to the Isle of Wight I wondered about this question. I love the island for its feel of lots of places to explore and discover, ease of getting around and some beautiful views. But at times you have to remind yourself that it is an island. The island is approximately 23 miles by 13 miles, around 150 square miles, so it is a reasonable size although it can be circumnavigated easily in a day. It is large enough that you can be inland and not feel like it’s an island at all, which is what got me thinking about what makes an island feel like an island?