Libreria Acqua Alta: Venice’s flooded bookshop

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Venice is flooded. People are wading along the streets in a foot or two of water and the buildings are boarded up. But the Libreria Acqua Alta is still open for business. In fact it’s in its element. The Libreria Acqua Alta (translated as the High Water Bookshop), like many other places in Venice, is prone to flooding. It can be … Read More

The abandoned factory of Kennall Vale, Cornwall

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Deep in the recesses of Cornwall lies Kennall Vale, a tangle of greenery, waterfalls and long-abandoned factory buildings. They were built in the 19th century and produced gunpowder for the mines that dominated Cornwall at this time – the high humidity was perfect as it reduced the risk of explosions. Now it’s a Cornish jungle. On a whim, after my … Read More

Exploring the streets of Barcelona – Photo Essay

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One of the best – and cheapest – things to do in Barcelona is to just walk around and get a little lost in its beautiful streets. These photos were taken in Central Barcelona, almost all in the Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic) and El Born/La Ribera districts. These two districts were home to my favourite streets – a little quieter … Read More

Beautiful street art in Barcelona – Photo Essay

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All photos taken in the Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic) and El Born/La Ribera districts. Every space is a canvas; the walls, the doors, the shutters. Art and colour is in the very fabric of Barcelona. From the manmade to the organic; from the bold graffiti and the glaring streets’ lights at night to the soft pastel tones of the walls … Read More

New Forest underwater

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Equipped with wellies, raincoats, and plastics bags for the cameras, we explore the saturated New Forest. You would never had guessed that it was July! A pair of tourists marvel at the burst river. After the rain calmed down we took our first steps out to survey the area and plan a route. A collection of trees surrounded by floodwater. By this point … Read More