In diving the expectation for good viz is always high, but the reality can be different One takes the good with the bad. Any day one can blow bubbles is a good day regardless.
Gina and Amir, newly qualified Open Water Divers, join Christie and Don for a look-see under the Blairgowrie Pier. Land based support provided by Capn Ollie and Able Seaman Evie.
Post quarantine, the need to breathe the fresh air was high on our list. What better places to be than McLarenvale, the Barossa and Claire Valley. Taylor's Wines, you surprised and delighted me. Tim McAdams winery was rather good. Skillogalee an unknown treasure prior to the roadtrip. Coriole was, as ever a pleasure to visit and to sip.
No doubt in my mind that the Teenage Ninja Turtles of Shanghai hang out on the The Bund and treat it as their crib.Two sides of the Bund. The day snap from the top of the Ritz Carlton which is next to the Pearl Tower looking back to the Puxi side, the night snap looking back to the Pudong side.
One of my favourite places in Shanghai is the Yu Yuan Gardens. Every time I have visited there has been something else to discover. Up until this last visit, it has always been during the day. The shopping precinct that surrounds the gardens comes even further alive at night when the lights provide another dimension...
Shameless Photoshop work that stretches the imagination (and the legs of the model) For those missing the point look at the proportion of leg length to body ~ from hip to shoulder. Fashion marketing and business owners have no shame...
One of the many contradictions of China is high tech versus lo-tech. One can buy anything on your phone, pay people via an app to stand in line for you in a restaurant queue, access real 5G speed and then there is the old school practices that are maintained and perhaps are more environmentally sound. Street sweepers in all the parts of China I have visited make their own broom switches... there and then on the street.
This guy was bending the wire tie in preparation to wind the bamboo broomstick under his arm. There is no doubting the effectiveness of this approach. :-)
Necessity, they say, is the mother on invention. To avoid unnecessary contact in this COVID-19 reality... this is a response... (one chooses a toothpick and then select the required floor.
The Russians love to queue, the Japanese love a good procession.
During our visit to the Meiji Shrine in Kyoto we happened across a wedding. What should I do... run away or take photos... The choice is clear. That evening, in honor of the happy couple (thats the two holding their fans)... I sipped (many cups of ) sake and ate oodles of noodles
If someone has to swim in this hotel pool.... it might as well be me. The Hotel Bintang Flores, on the island of Flores, Labuan Bajo Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
Stayed here twice... before and after opening a week on this...
hyphen31 (Don Collins) has been playing with technology since the days of the Apple+. On the web well before www. he continues to savour the richness of the webiverse in small bytes. He finally leapt from the couch and created this own domain & website forsaking all earlier incarnations...