• Venice Canal Views

    Venice is a city built on canals. In a way it is like Amsterdam except there are no cars in Venice. You walk or take a boat. It’s a lovely way to live. The canals also feel much closer than the ones in Amsterdam. There the canals feel distant as the pavement is raised above by about 1 – 2 meters. In Venice the canals are right next to you. At any time you could run your hand through the water. Venice feels connected to the water like no other city I’ve been to.


  • Venice Views

    The other day I mentioned how Venice isn’t short on beautiful views and it’s almost too easy a city to photograph. Every street is beautiful and fascinating to look at. It is an easy city to photograph and that means its a hard place to photograph in a new and interesting way. These photos aren’t new or interesting. They’re a reflection on my first visit there and a response to “Wow!”


  • My second favourite view of Venice

    The Grand Canal in Venice is ridiculously picturesque. Standing on the Rialto Bridge at sunset is wonderful. Crowded but wonderful. I wonder what a quiet night in Venice must be like. In Lockdown you could potentially have the bridge to yourself. A strange experience to look at such a wonderful scene knowing the cost.

  • My favourite view of Venice

    Venice isn’t short on beautiful and interesting views. The Grand Canal. St Mark’s Square. Almost any bridge over a canal with a gondola going under it at sunset. It’s an easy city to photograph which is why I found it a complicated city to work in. If everyone is taking the same photo, me included, what’s a good photo in Venice? I didn’t find the answer on my first visit but I felt like I did on my second.

    Towards the end of our first visit to Venice I looked up and noticed a washing line hanging out of someones window. Their washing was hanging over the street below. Over my head in fact. One loose peg and I’d be covered in a strangers underwear. I was puzzled this style of drying laundry. On our second visit to Venice I wanted to explore it. I set a brief of any time I saw laundry we’d go down the side street to investigate. At the very least we would see new things.

    In the above photo I felt that this captured every day Venice. It shows the functional side of life there. Your back door or kitchen window opens on to the canal. Maybe they’re not even the back doors? Maybe these are the fronts of houses? This is the average person’s street not the Grand Canal. It’s beautiful.

    I love that we got here just as the evening sunlight was bouncing off a white building to light up the yellow building across the canal. A man sits and enjoys a drink of some sort and the view towards sunset. A single yellow dress, the same yellow as the building opposite it, hangs from the washing line. This is the Venice I enjoyed touring most. It was our adventure around the city. No-one would be looking for these moments and yet they were worth capturing. I felt my photographs had value and meaning to them.


  • An afternoon in Porec

    Porec a lovely city on the Croatian coast that is a popular place for a summer holiday. My wife and I were there waiting for a connection to Venice but because of rough sea we had to get a coach instead. The city is quite beautiful and I wish we had more time to get off the main street and explore.


  • A day in Pula

    To get to Venice in Italy from Zadar in Croatia we chose to travel via the sea. It seemed like a fun idea and it required a stop in Pula which is home to the 3rd largest ampitheatre in the world. When I say it seemed like a fun idea we hadn’t counted on being at sea in a thunderstorm at night. Strangely enough I was fine despite the terrifying components of the trip. We were at sea with constant flashes of lighting and waves crashing over the hull. Maybe because I couldn’t see the waves meant I didn’t know how dangerous it was? It was a serious enough situation that they cancelled the boat from Porec to Venice the next day. It was an experience at least.

    Arriving in a storm in a strange city is a little stressful. When we found our hotel it was straight out of The Shining. We didn’t see anyone during our stay there outside of the front desk staff. Not a single soul. By the time we had go into the room the storm had turned into one of those super creepy silent thunderstorms. Constant flashes of light but silent.

    Come day time we had enough time for a brief walk so we visited Pula Arena. Built in 27 BC to 68 AD. Stunning but unfortunately when we visited it was setup for ice hockey. It felt like two worlds collided. Wonderful architecture and plastic seats.

    Unfortunately that was all the time we had in Pula. It’s a port city like Liverpool and it would have been interesting to explore it more.


  • Sitting by the water at a beach in Zadar

    Back in 2012 my girlfriend (now wife) and I visited Zadar. We spent a day exploring the Old Town, another day touring the Kornati Islands, and an evening enjoying the sunset and the Sea Organ. Our last day was spent by the water doing nothing but enjoying the view from Puntamika Beach. There’s a line of hotels then a road and then a pebble beach. It’s a little strange but the view makes it.

    For some it was too much so this guys friends put some stones on him to keep him drifting off out to sea. Thoughtful.


  • Sunsets in Zadar

    “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West in Florida, applauded at every evening.” Alfred Hitchcock said that during his stay in Zadar in 1964. I don’t want to argue with Hitchcock but really? Maybe I’m spoilt living in Merseyside because we get some insanely great sunsets here that are only beaten by the winter sunrises. Local Merseyside examples below.

    I’ve been to Zadar a few times now and I’ve loved every visit. The sunsets there are lovely and it is fascinating to watch the public’s response. Has the quote become a local legend? Each night the Old Town is crowded with people looking to enjoy the sunset. Last time we were there people actually clapped. They actually clapped. I’ve never seen a crowd applaud a sunset and while enjoyable I thought “You call that a sunset? That’s not a sunset. This is a sunset…”

    Sunset from Top of the Rock, NYC

    What does sets Zadar apart from other places is the Sea Organ which is a beautiful instrument powered by the waves. Sitting on the steps watching the sun go down with a sea powered organ playing its deep haunting music is quite an experience. That’s a Zadar sunset.

  • Kornati Island Tour – Zadar

    The Kornati Island’s in Croatia are worth exploring if you visit Zadar. We took a boat tour from the Old Town. It included lunch on the captain’s island and a stop for a swim. There are 140 islands in the national park and plenty of other areas to explore on a future trip.