Monthly Archives: November 2013

Faro, Portugal, Botanical Gardens Photos

On my first morning in Faro I walked around and ended up in the botanical gardens after walking past signs about poets and poo, and trees of oranges and limes. Here’s some photos:

Faro Botanical Gardens Photos

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

 

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Portugal Photos from Leeds – Faro Flight

In June 2011 I flew to Faro, Portugal with Ryanair from Leeds-Bradford airport. Flying into the Iberian sunset provided some beautiful photos from the plane, as the Earth looked like a diamond encrusted emerald dress, so this introductory Portugal-trip blog post is given over entirely to aerial photos from the outward flight.

Flying Leeds-Bradford to Faro Photos

The first four photos are of waterways and coasts glistening in the sun.

The last two photos are landing in Faro airport.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Saint-Malo – Dinard Flying from Dinard Airport

I took the bus from Saint-Malo to Dinard to get my flight from the nearby airport. I walked the 6km (4 miles) after taking the first three photos here. They are of Dinard centre, and Dinard bay.

Flying from Dinard Airport

I found my way okay from Dinard, and knew I was on the right track when I reached a tree-lined cycle path I’d walked the other way on upon arrival.

The fourth photo is of the Breton (Brittany) flag at Dinard airport. The airport is scenic and relaxed, set in rolling Breton farmland.

The last three photos are of the Rance estuary dividing Dinard and Saint-Malo from the plane. The ship in photo 3 is just about visible in the last photo.

So that was the end of the 25th anniversary tour on this blog, and it will now continue travelling back in time, starting in Portugal 2011.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Saint-Malo Forts, Shopping and Restaurant

On my last full day in Saint-Malo there was low pressure, as forecast. In the morning I walked down the beach to Fort du Grand Be. From there there are good views to Fort du Petit Be, which wasn’t accessible. The first and third photos are views of Petit Be. The second photo is looking back at Saint-Malo’s walled city from Grand Be. The fourth photo is the path to Grand Be.

Saint-Malo Dining and Shopping

After living off the hostel buffet breakfast and supermarket food and drink all week I then treated myself to a coffee, ice-cream and crepes while souvenir shopping. Photo 5.

The beach looked very different to the previous night as I walked back, as shown in photo 6.

In the evening I walked out to the north of the city, bought some beer and tried to replicate my first night under a tree on the southern edge. It wasn’t really the same without the setting sun, but I did meet a nice spider. Photo 7.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

 

Saint-Malo Beach Sunset Photos, Brittany, France

After returning from Saint-Briac-sur-Mer there was time for a swim, and a clear night promised a good sunset; with low pressure forecast for the next day. So I stayed on the beach waiting for the sun to go down. It took quite a long time, and was quite cold by the time it did.

Saint-Malo Green Light

Despite shivering and snivelling, I took some photos, and was rewarded by seeing the Green Light for the first time; the last light of the sun’s spectrum as it dipped below the horizon.

I’d thought about it during the holiday, remembering watching the French movie Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray), which I just read on Wikipedia is also the name of a Jules Verne novel featured in the film.

Saint-Malo Beach Photos

I hadn’t been thinking about it that night though, and it caught me by surprise just after taking the last Saint-Malo sunset photo featured here.

I also took this website’s header photo that night, and some photos of course featured in the Jesus Christ D-Day Beaches video.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, Brittany, France Photos and Info

On my penultimate day in Brittany, France I took the bus from Saint-Malo to Saint-Briac-sur-Mer. The bus went through Dinard, so I scouted my journey to the airport for the return flight, judging the best time to disembark the bus.

Saint-Briac-sur-Mer Photos

After visiting the post office I walked around to the beach. The war memorial looked over the beach, and another photo was included in the Jesus D-Day Beaches video.

Saint-Briac-sur-Mer is a nice beach resort, which was quiet on that sunny lukewarm midweek day in September. Photos 4-7 are from the grounds of Le Chateau Nessay seen at the far side of the beach in photo 3.

Wikipedia’s Saint-Briac page says the chateau was built on a 12th century castle, and was used as a prison during the French Revolution.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).