About travel, or things seen while travelling.

Venice 2006

We have recently returned from a very enjoyable week's vacation in Venice, Italy. I have posted a flickr image set of a few of my happy snaps; you can view it as a slide show if you like.

Venice makes a pretty restful place to visit for anyone tired of city traffic noise. They might also have the best gelati I've ever tasted. I heartily recommend the mela verde, limone and melone from Bar Solda' in the Campo Ss. Apostoli if you're in the area.

The photographs were all taken with my Nikon E5700, mostly in RAW format this time round. Post-processing was done in beta 3 of Adobe Lightroom. I must say I am really impressed by Lightroom; I hope they don't charge an arm and a leg for it once it becomes a real product.

Pink Assassins

Another fun street sign, this one from Burano (near Venice) in Italy. A "fondamenta" is the kind of street that runs along the side of a canal. Just the place you'd expect an assassin to ply his trade, perhaps, but the colour doesn't match the image somehow.

Mowbrays Slap

Mowbrays Slap

Originally uploaded by iay.

Poor old Mowbray, whoever he was. This street sign is in West Linton, Scotland. I don't know the story behind it, but perhaps "Slap" is another local name for "small street". Or not.


Number one in a series of probably at least two "Great Street Signs of the World".

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is the name of a very small street in the city of York, England. In York, "Gate" means "Street", but "Bar" means "Gate" (as in "city gate"). It is probably something to do with those Vikings.

Feed Me!


In Windermere this week for the Core Middleware Programme Meeting, I find this little fellow in my bath.

Alas, I was unable to take up the invitation.


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