The recent Macfilos story on the Swiss alpine railways bought back memories for me of a quite remarkable railway journey I made in October 1982. It was in an Orient Express reenactment from Istanbul to Interlaken in Switzerland. We travelled in a train using the original Orient Express rolling stock and pulled for much of the journey by steam locomotives. As I recollect, at that time the carriages were owned by a Swiss railway enthusiast who also ran a travel company.
The new capital controls imposed by the Greek government are having unforeseen consequences in hundreds of different ways. Not only is it the grind of standing in ever-lengthening ATM queues for the daily €60, it is the restrictions that keep multiplying, often in ways that had not been imagined.
Tokyo Camera Style has long been on my list of sites to visit daily. It consists, largely, of people holding up their various cameras for posterity. Doesn't sound much, but it's compelling stuff and, over the years I have seen some stunning equipment on show. But over in Beijing things get interesting, thanks to Mr. Li.....
I have to admit I love camera fairs. It's not just the myriad bits of photographic ephemera, it's the atmosphere and the visitors that makes the day. I had a fantastic day yesterday at the London Photographica fair and I'm not booked in for two more within the next few weeks.
Living museums have become increasingly popular, nowhere more so than in the UK where “attractions” are seemingly around every bend in the road. I’ve enjoyed a number of these celebrations of, mostly, early 20th century life including Beamish in Northumberland and the sadly now defunct Wigan Pier museum. This last weekend I ticked another rather enticing museums off my wishlist, this time the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley in the heart of the Black Country. The area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution and gained its name from the pollution and generally dreary landscape that resulted from the mining and other works.
Looking for an unusual photo opportunity? You could splurge all of £11,000 on a trip from Singapore to New York in Suites Class. Travel blogger Derek Low did. Or, rather, he claims to have emptied his air miles account for the privilege. I suspect he could have had a helping hand from the PR gurus at Singapore Airlines.