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Shortly To Come…

…is the travelogue from my little trip to Rome and Florence (With an excursion to Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa).

And, as the photos are *still* not sorted, here’s some stats before the pictures are organised:

2,140 Photos taken
Several hundred near misses on road crossings,
Bloody Miles walked,
12 Flavours of ice-cream tried,
9 Fountains visited,
8 Nights stayed,
6 Bottles of wine (shared, I might add, I’m not *that* much of a piss head!)
5 Peronis quaffed (I still don’t like lager much, but coke was too bloody dear)
5 Cathedrals visited,
4 Litres of alcohol bought in duty-free,
3 Towers climbed (stairs!)
2 Domes ascended (and descended, obviously)
2 flights (Heathrow T5< ->Rome),
2 Train trips (Rome< ->Florence),
2 Taxis taken,
2 Two hour waits in queues,
2 Hotels stayed in,
1 Limo ride (from Rome airport),
1 Coach trip (see above),
1 Lunch on a working farm,
1 Severe rain storm

and finally,
1 (If very knackered) Happy bunny.

Italy. It’s wonderful.

Back Home…


…And not looking forward to going back the Hell hole place of work on Monday to see 2 weeks worth of rubbish email and rude notes festooned with complaints and irrelevant gibberish, but still.

The last 2 weeks I’ve been on a rather pleasant holiday – abroad, for the first time in a long while, and it was the USA again – but this time to the West Coast.

First stop was in San Francisco – where you can see these lovely photos (!) of the not-so-lovely Alcatraz prison in glorious technimonochrome


, shot with my old D50 (because it was half the weight and much smaller than my beloved D300 to carry about! And believe me, weight was a problem and I’m not referring to my ever increasing waistline!).

It’s a bleak place, but the nice new audio tour is excellent and very interesting, and it gives you a great insight to the general nastyness of a maximum security prison. And the boat ride over is fun, too. Even if the bay area is coated in it’s usual fog 😉


There is more to come from San Francisco, Las vegas and the grand Canyon (OK, OK, plenty more to come, if we’re being honest here!), pictures will arrive on Flickr in dribs and drabs as I process them – something around 1600 + the video clips shot on my little S51 – so it might take a while to sort them out and decide if anything’s actually good enough to post. At least that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

Now to get back to the daily routine starting at a moderatly horiffic 6-15am, and no buffet breakfast…can I go back, please?