Sarnelli House revisited 2017

Last year, in October 2016, was the first time Sharon and I visited our friends Kate and Brian in Sarnelli House orphanage. The orphanage does fantastic work looking after over 150 children of all ages and many with HIV. You can read more here about the great work that they do and my previous post. […]

DxO ONE Camera

This summer on my summer holidays I brought my all time favourite camera, the Fujifilm X-T2 and one lens, the XF18-55 standard kit lens, which is by no means standard as it’s a great lens. However, I never took it out once in the two weeks I was there.   I took all my photos […]

DJI Spark – First Flights

Just got a DJI Spark and having some great fun with it.  Surprisingly good smooth video (HD 1080p).  4K doesn’t really interest me at the moment and takes some serious computing power to edit and render.  Here is some of the video from a trip to Killinthomas Woods, Kildare and Portmarnock Beach.  Mind you there […]

Toronoto June 2017

We had a short family holiday to Toronto for a week in June to visit our daughter and her boyfriend who are staying and working there for a period of two years.  They are soon coming to the end of their first year. This is my first visit to Toronto and it is a lovely […]

Cuba 2016

In May we headed back to Cuba just over 5 years from my last visit.  Given the importance of change in relations with the US and CUBA it was a really interesting time to visit.  What concerns most visitors is how much will Cuba change due to the new agreement and the influx of US […]

Cuba revisited

It’s just over five years since we were last in Cuba and this weekend four of us return and I am looking forward to it hugely.  I know Cuba is not to everyone’s liking, my daughter enjoyed it but wouldn’t go back and another friend didn’t like it at all, so this made me think […]

Myanmar: Ballooning over Bagan

While in Bagan we went hot-air ballooning with Oriental Ballooning.  I had never done ballooning before and it was an amazing experience, I can’t wait to try it again.  Bagan was the perfect venue as we ballooned over the plains where there are 2,200 temples, pagodas, monasteries etc. We started early as the sun rose […]

Myanmar: Bagan

The last leg of our trip is Bagan.  This is an ancient city in the Mandalay region of upper Myanmar.  From the 9th to 13th centuries it was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan one of the original regions that constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height in the 11th to 13th centuries over […]