Thursday, 21 July 2016

1475 : Oslo Yardarm


BALTIC BUNDLE 20 : SHIP IN OSLO HARBOUR

What better way to conclude a short series of photographs taken on our recent Baltic cruise than with a nautical shot. But these were not perched high on a P&O cruise ship - the ship's health and safety officer would have a nervous breakdown just thinking about it. They were high on a sailing ship sat next to the Azura in Oslo harbour.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

1474 : Curves


BALTIC BUNDLE 19 : NYHAVN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

A penultimate memory from last months' Baltic cruise. I took this photograph in the tourist-crowded old harbour and, at the time, I am not quite sure what attracted me to the scene. In retrospect I think it might have been the curves: the curve of the back, the curve of the fishing boats, even the curve of the concrete posts.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

1473 : This Is Stockholm


BALTIC BUNDLE 18 : MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS

In Stockholm we saw royal palaces and sea fringed vistas. But somehow it is the shop signs in the old town which will stick in my memory. This is Stockholm.

Monday, 18 July 2016

1472 : An Oasis Of Calm Blue


BALTIC BUNDLE 17 : STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN 

My abiding memory of Stockholm on this trip is of blue skies, bluer seas, and long horizontal vistas: a calm oasis within a mad world.

Friday, 15 July 2016

1471 : All Quiet In The Archipelago


BALTIC BUNDLE 16 : STOCKHOLM ARCHIPELAGO, SWEDEN

There was something so soothing about drifting through the Stockholm Archipelago. Although the ship was large, the bow wave was dampened down by the serenity of the place so that we hardly left a sign of our passing.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

1470 : The Flour Paste Of History


BALTIC BUNDLE 15 : OLD TOWN, TALLINN, ESTONIA

Outside West Yorkshire there are not all that many places I could happily live. Not that many places that seem steeped in real history: not that many places where the past sticks to the stone and the wood like flour paste. I was pleased to discover Tallinn. It's such a place.

Monday, 11 July 2016

1469 : Warehouse Cellars And Wooden Jewels


After the excess and opulence that was St Petersburg, we spent today in the lovely old Hanseatic town of Tallinn. St Petersburg was magnificent, a true jewel of a city, but Tallinn was more human and more down to earth: traders' houses with warehouse cellars rather than royal residences and marble treasure houses.
(Baltic Diary, June 2016)

Sunday, 10 July 2016

1468 : Not The Blink Of A Bronzed Eyelash


Baltic Bundle 13 : Detail From The Monument To Catherine The Great, Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg (1607B25)

I stood and looked at this gathering for some time, waiting to see the slightest movement, waiting to throw a few roubles into their collecting tin. They were very impressive - not the slightest change in expression, nor the blink of a bronzed eyelash.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

1467 : Questions And Answers


BALTIC BUNDLE 12 : CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR ON SPILLED BLOOD

Rarely can the very look of a building adequately answer the questions posed by the name of the building as perfectly as in this case.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

1466 : Performance Art


BALTIC BUNDLE 11: PERFORMANCE ART

We were in Palace Square, just behind the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. A group of workers were constructing a large scaffolding structure, the kind of structure that could support rows of seats from which an audience could watch a performance. But as I watched them climb like spiders in some steel web, I begun to imagine that this might be the performance and we who stood around, the audience.