Travel

2015

2014

New Zealand: North Island volcanoes and geothermal areas

Auckland view from Mount Victoria ... Piha ... Approaching White Island ... Mud geyser ... Fumaroles ... Crater Lake ... Sulphur factory ruins ... Whakarewarewa ... Mount Ngauruhoe ... Tongariro Crossing ... Red Crater ... Heading downhill ... Tongariro and Ngauruhoe

Vanuatu: Yasur and Marum volcanoes

Volcanic campsite ... 5am at the volcano ... At the crater's edge ... Dawn eruptions ... The plume ... Evening explosions ... Lava trails ... Tourists on the edge ... Air Vanuatu ... Approaching Efate ... The jungles of Ambrym ... Marum ... Ulei airport

Australia: Sydney and Coffs Harbour

Over Antarctica ... Milsons Point

Brazil: World Cup journey to Natal and Salvador

On the beach at São Miguel do Gostoso ... Familiar stars ... Mexico v. Cameroon ... Baía de Todos os Santos ... Germany v. Portugal ... Ferry across the bay ... Brazil v. Mexico ... Sunset

2013

Taiwan: Taipei, Penghu and Taroko Gorge

Transglobal journey ... Over Siberia ... Guandu ... Yeliu ... Keelung night market ... Xinyi nights ... Rainy night in Taipei ... Penghu ... Wai'an war relics ... Tianxiang ... Zhuilu Old Trail ... Longshan Temple ... Arctic night ... A day in Amsterdam

Chile: A journey through Chile from Cape Horn to the Atacama

Boat journey to Isla Navarino ... Down the Beagle Channel ... Cape Horn ... War relics ... Flight back to the mainland ... The hardy migrants ... Cordillera de la Sal ... Lagunas ... El Tatio again ... Puncture in the desert ... Clouds over Paranal

Easter Island: A week on the most isolated island in the world

Easter Island ... Rano Kau ... Moai faceplant ... Tongariki dawn ... Maunga Terevaka ... Akivi night ... Rano Raraku ... Sunset at Tahai

Patagonia: Autumn trekking in Torres del Paine

Return to Torres del Paine ... Hike to Lago Grey ... Valle Frances ... Morning hike back to Pehoé

2012

UK: Back home once again

En route to Europe again ... Edinburgh

UK and Switzerland: Back to London three weeks after my last visit, en route to Ascona

Re-return to London ... Over Switzerland ... Autumn at Lago Maggiore ... Bellinzona

UK and Canada: Trip back home, stopping in Canada on the way back

Back to London ... Via Toronto

Pucón: Chasing the volcanoes through heavy rain

Chasing volcanoes ... Rainy hike in the Araucania ... A glimpse of Villarrica

Mendoza: A trip over the Andes

Mendoza ... Villavicencio ... Across the Andes

Falkland Islands: East Falkland, Saunders Island and Bleaker Island

Time for a holiday ... Thermal shock ... Volunteer Beach ... The war ... Flight to Saunders Island ... Saunders Island ... Chilling with the penguins ... East Falkland Road Trip ... Lafonian skies ... The cemetery ... Bleaker Island ... Moonrise over penguins ... Flight back to Stanley ... In the hills ... The war memorial

2011

Atacama: San Pedro de Atacama and a visit to ALMA

ALMA ... Penitentes ... Touring the lagunas ... The road to Calama

Canada: A spontaneous trip to Toronto

CN Tower ... City Hall ... Toronto Islands ... Sunday in Toronto ... Niagara ... Stormy weather

Luxembourg: Overland from London to Luxembourg

Luxembourg ... City twilight ... MUDAM ... Foggy morning

2010

Tenerife: La Laguna and a visit to Observatorio del Teide

Terminal 3 ... La Laguna ... Observatorio del Teide

Santiago de Compostela: Weekend in Galicia

Santiago de Compostela ... Río Ulla ... A Coruña

France: Two weeks in Languedoc-Roussillon

Durban-Corbières ... Millau

Microstates: From Vienna to France, via Liechtenstein and Monaco

Liechtenstein ... Vaduz ... Monaco ... By the harbour

Vienna: A week in Austria

Vienna ... Danube

Norway: Tromsö, midnight sun and a Hurtigruten voyage down the coast

Back to Norway ... Midnight sun in Tromsø ... Journey to Skjervøy ... New furthest north ... Hurtigruten ... Storsteinen ... Fløya

Paris: Bank holiday weekend in the French capital

Notre Dame ... Pompidou centre ... Villette Sonique

Scotland: Glasgow and the Isle of Arran

Bute Hall ... Goat Fell ... Down the valley ... Back to the mainland

Iceland: A trip to see the Eyjafallajökull eruption

A sudden return ... South coast journey ... Glacier convoy ... Higher and higher ... At the volcano ... Icing on the cake

Barcelona: Return to Catalunya

Parc de la Ciutadella ... Font Màgica ... Tarragona

Balkans: Return to Belgrade to see Rammstein

Zagreb ... Novi Beograd ... St. Sava ... Rammstein

2009

Chile and Peru: La Silla, San Pedro, Iquique, Arica and Tacna

Santiago ... La Silla ... Rotation ... Control room ... Still trailing ... Christmas Day at La Serena ... On the beach ... Vicuña ... Atacama cycling ... Dessication ... El Tatio ... Iquique ... El Morro ... Tacna ... Poconchile cemetary ... Lago Chungará ... La Silla alternative view ... Plaza de Armas

Belgium: Another rainy weekend in Leuven

Leuven again

Portugal: Weekend in Lisbon to see Rammstein's first gig for four years

Lisbon ... Belém ... Rammstein II

Greenland and Iceland: Adventures in East Greenland and the completion of a long-postponed mission in Iceland

Arctic nostalgia tour ... Kulusuk ... Exploring Tasiilaq ... Blomsterdalen ... Greenlandic football game ... Ammassalik circumnavigation ... Sømandsfjeldet ... Bassisøen ... Accidental trip to Sermiligaaq ... Back to Kulusuk ... Back in Reykjavík ... Unfinished business ... Better already ... Over the pass ... Wild parts ... On the trail ... Nearing Þórsmörk ... Hveravellir ... Midnight geyser ... Þingvellir ... Last day ... Still calling

Madrid: European Space Agency headquarters and Madrid

Madrid ... Plaza de España ... ESAC ... Rastro

United States: Tucson, Chiricahua and Willcox

Flight to Chicago ... Chicago ... Sears Tower ... Chiricahua ... Willcox

Grenoble: Skiing weekend at Prapoutel and Chamrousse

Grenoble

Belgium: Rainy weekend in Leuven

Leuven ... Brussels ... St. Pancras

Tenerife: La Laguna, La Orotava, and a trip to the top of Teide

La Laguna ... La Orotava ... Puerto de la Cruz ... Teide ... Across the caldera ... Roques de García

2008

Czech Republic: Prague and Kutna Hora

Prague ... Escaping the crowds ... Wenceslas Square ... Sedlec ... Kutna Hora ... TV Tower

Estonia: Beautiful autumn weekend in Tallinn

Tallinn ... Rainy day in Tallinn ... Toompea ... Suburbs

Slovakia: Weekend in Bratislava

Bratislava ... Castle views ... Slavín

Balkans: Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Greece

Back to Budapest ... Train to Belgrade ... Belgrade ... Bus to Sarajevo ... Sarajevo ... Bobsleigh run ... Mostar ... Kotor ... Black Lake ... Priština ... Peja ... Prizren ... Train to Skopje ... Ohrid ... Tirana ... Bus to Gjirokastra ... Gjirokastra ... Vikos gorge ... Ioannina ... Pindus National Park

Berlin: Potsdam and Berlin

Potsdam ... Back in Berlin ... Holocaust memorial ... Hamburger Bahnhof ... Hauptbahnhof ... Treptow war memorial ... East Side Gallery

Sevilla: Weekend trip to Andalucía

Sevilla vs. Almeria ... Guadalquivir ... Moon river

Northern Ireland: Overland from London to Belfast and back, via Wales, Ireland and Scotland

Ireland overland ... Dublin ... Belfast ... Murals on the Falls Road ... Stranraer

Budapest: Warm winter weekend in Hungary

Budapest ... Castle Hill ... Margaret Island ... Danube ... Gellért Hill ... Városliget ... Nyugati

Sweden and Denmark: From Copenhagen to Gothenburg via Lund, Helsingborg and Halmstad

Malmö ... Lund ... Helsingborg ... Helsingør ... Halmstad ... Gothenburg ... Canals

2007

Malta: Drinking kinnie and eating pastizzi

Sliema ... Marsamxett ... Valletta ... Mdina ... Dingli Cliffs ... Valletta Grand Harbour

Eastern Europe: From Warsaw to Bucharest via the breakaway republic of Transdnistria

Return to Warsaw ... L'viv ... To the east ... St. Michael's Monastery ... Rodina Mat ... Babin Yar ... St. Sofia's Cathedral ... Odesa ... On the beach ... Bribery and corruption ... Tiraspol ... Into Moldova ... Chişinău ... Night train to Bucharest ... Transylvania ... Bran ... Sinaia ... Bucharest ... Palace of the Parliament ... Bulevardul Unirii

Barcelona: A weekend in Catalunya

Parc Güell ... Sagrada Familia ... Girona

Portugal: Weekend in Porto

Vila Nova de Gaia ... Matosinhos ... Porto

La Palma: Road trip around the island

Boat to La Palma ... The volcanoes ... West coast ... La Cumbrecita ... San Andrés ... Los Tilos ... Wild road ... Up to the top ... Boat back to Tenerife

China: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai and Hong Kong

Return to Beijing ... Nanjing ... Shanghai ... Train to Hong Kong ... Hong Kong ... Macau ... Man Mo Temple ... The Peak ... Stanley

Granada: A weekend in the most awesome of Andalusian cities

Granada ... Mirador de San Nicolás ... Alhambra

2006

Finland: Weekend journey to the Arctic

To the north ... In the Arctic ... Rovaniemi

La Palma: Observing at the Nordic Optical Telescope

La Palma ... Wet nights ... Bad weather ... Seeing stars ... Santa Cruz ... Down south

Santiago de Compostela: Rainy autumn weekend in Galicia

Rainy day in Santiago de Compostela ... Museo do Pobo Galego ... Up a hill

Denmark and Sweden: Malmö, Copenhagen and Humlebæk

Copenhagen ... Louisiana ... Øresund

Bulgaria and Turkey: From Sofia to Side to see a solar eclipse

Sofia ... Night train to Istanbul ... Istanbul ... Side ... Eclipse ... Pamukkale ... Back to Europe ... Aya Sofia ... Üsküdar ... Plovdiv ... Old Town

2005

South America: Four month voyage from Buenos Aires to Quito via Tierra del Fuego

Beginnings ... Good Airs ... The forgotten country ... Dodgy deals ... Brazil, briefly ... Across the Río de la Plata ... Into Patagonia ... Land of Fire ... The southernmost ... Torres del Paine ... Glaciar Gray ... Middle of the W ... Leaving Las Torres ... Moreno Glacier ... El Chaltén ... Laguna Torre ... Ruta 40 ... Carretera Austral ... Pumalín ... Sailing up the coast ... Close to the heat ... Santiago ... Valparaíso ... Into the Atacama ... Desert heat ... Geysers ... Higher and higher ... Breathless heights ... Altiplano crossing ... Days of salt ... Train cemetery ... In the mines ... The two capitals ... Christmas by the lake ... The most dangerous road in the world ... Island of the Sun ... Machu Picchu ... El Misti ... Such great heights ... Back down to sea level ... Ruins of the north ... Journey to Ecuador ... Trapped in Loja ... One last volcano ... Quito ... Ends

Santiago de Compostela: Hot summer weekend in Galicia

Santiago de Compostela

Faroe Islands: Wild and windy week in the north Atlantic

Story of a crazy day ... Gjógv ... Eiði ... North-eastern islands ... Boat journey to Fugloy ... Suðuroy ... Tórshavn ... Nólsoy

Latvia and Lithuania: Sub-zero travels in Riga and Vilnius

Riga ... Vilnius ... Gediminas Hill ... Back to Riga ... Dārziņi ... Sigulda ... Gauja

2004

Berlin: Trip to see the final night of a Rammstein tour

Berlin winter sunset ... East Side Gallery ... Dom ... Hamburger Bahnhof ... Gedächtniskirche

Stockholm: Autumn weekend in Sweden

Return to Stockholm ... Kaknästornet ... Walk to Skansen

2003

Pisa: Flying visit to Tuscany

A day in Pisa ... By the Arno ... Flight home

Helsinki: From Tampere to the capital and back

Uspensky Cathedral ... Kiasma ... Suomenlinna

Hamburg: Cold November weekend in northern Germany

Hamburg ... Lübeck

Florence: Tuscan weekend

Florence

La Palma: Return to Roque de los Muchachos

La Palma ... Observing ... Dawn at the Roque

Italy: A journey from Milan to Rome in the midst of a fearsome heatwave

Como ... Rome ... Vatican ... Florence ... Perugia

Denmark and Sweden: A bit of Malmö, a lot of Copenhagen

Malmö ... Rundetårn ... Spiders of Copenhagen ... Christiania ... Back to Sweden

Dublin: Back to Dublin for an astronomy conference

Guinness factory II ... St. Stephen's Green ... Four Courts

Netherlands: The Hague and Amsterdam

CPC Loop ... Amsterdam

Brussels: Random weekend in Belgium

Brussels

Balkans: A winter weekend in Croatia and Slovenia

Trieste ... Zagreb ... Upper town ... Train to Ljubljana ... Ljubljana ... Back to Trieste

2002

Sweden: New year trip to Gothenburg and Stockholm

Västerås ... Gothenburg ... Canals ... Stockholm ... Katarinahiss ... Nyår

Dublin: First visit to the nearest capital to London

Guinness factory ... Monument

Salzburg: A weekend trying to avoid "The Sound Of Music"

Salzburg ... View from the fortress ... Flight home

Beijing to London: A train journey across half the planet

The easy way ... Tiananmen Square ... University ... Great Wall: Simatai ... Qinhuangdao ... Summer palace ... CCTV Tower ... Old Summer Palace ... Tiantan Park ... Mao ... Tiananmen Square again ... Great Wall: Huanghua ... Hot, humid ... Fragrant Hills ... Last day ... Out of China ... Across Mongolia ... Around Baikal ... Through the steppes ... Over the Urals ... Into Moscow ... Red Square ... Lenin ... VDNKh ... Metro tour ... Through Belarus ... Warsaw ... East side gallery ... Reichstag ... Alexanderplatz ... Paris ... Home shores

Norway: Long weekend in Oslo, Bergen and fjords

Oslo ... Vigeland Park ... Bergen ... Mount Ulrik ... Down the fjords ... Flåmsbana ... The ice planet Hoth ... Holmenkollen ... Akershus Slott

2001

Australia: Canberra, Great Ocean Road, Melbourne and Sydney

Return to Sydney ... Canberra ... Sydney again ... Train to Adelaide ... Adelaide ... The Coorong ... Great Ocean Road ... Melbourne ... Blue Mountains ... Last night in Sydney ... Tokyo

La Palma: First trip to the Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos

Madrid by mistake ... La Palma ... Kalima ... Roque ... Moonlight ... Last dawn

Southern Africa: Adventures in wild and remote places in Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi

From the big city to the bush ... Zambian bus odyssey ... Lazy day in Zambezi ... Bridge over the River Zambezi ... Eclipse! ... Down the river ... The dullest town in the world ... Escape from Lukulu ... Going to Ngonye ... From one falls to another ... The smoke that thunders ... Lions and zebras and elephants ... Oop north ... Down in the Rift Valley ... Up the Rift Valley escarpment ... Bringing in the catch ... Unexpected visit to Tanzania ... Return to the Rift Valley ... From highlands to islands ... Between the islands ... In the middle of the lake ... The deep south ... The highest man in Central Africa ... Respect to the Mulanje Massif

OHP: Return to the South of France for a week of observing

Return to OHP ... First night ... Star trails ... Sunrise ... Photo experiment ... Avignon

2000

Central America: Through the volcanoes, from Costa Rica to Guatemala

Do you know the way to San José? ... Up to Poás ... Irazú (ovavu) ... In the jungle ... Crazy exploding volcanoes ... Onwards and upwards ... Around the mountain ... Into Nicaragua ... Ometepe ... Concepción ... Raindrops keep falling on my head ... Granada ... Returning to Masaya ... Through the volcanoes ... Silent cyclists and snakes ... Border nightmare ... Across Honduras ... Copán ... Bad driving ... Antigua ... We climb our first volcano ... Down to the lake ... Quite high ... Evil saints ... Highlands ... Very high ... Best sunrise ever seen ... Market madness ... Towering temples at Tikal ... The end of everything

London to Munich: A poverty-curtailed attempt to get to Budapest

London to Paris ... Englischer Garten ... Munich to Paris ... Notre Dame ... The Louvre ... Eiffel Tower ... Rainy day on Montmartre

1999

Iceland: Around Iceland by bus and boat

Iceland Expedition ... It's a long way to Akureyri ... Midges... ... Krafla ... Where? ... Back at the lake ... Onward and upward ... Mad Viking berserker bus driver ... Blowing hot and cold ... A spot of intense rigour ... Dodgy geysers ... A spring in my step ... The road to Hella ... Goin' down south ... Red hill over yonder ... Up above the streets and houses ... Quite high ... Back to the mainland ... Homeward bound ... Epilogue

OHP: Observing trip to the south of France

Observatory by day ... Observatory by night ... Sunrises ... Gorges du Verdon ... Return home ... Reports

1998

Australia: From Perth to Sydney on trains, buses and a plane

Perth ... The Pinnacles ... Indian-Pacific ... Uluru ... Flight over Uluru ... Uluru sunset ... Night skies over Uluru ... Kata Tjuta ... Alice Springs ... Sydney ... Sydney Tower ... Harbour bridge ... Opera house

Sicily: Volcano chasing journey to Mount Etna

Journey to Zafferana ... Long walk in filthy weather ... Cable car to Montagnola ... Another long walk