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A night in Pisa

After the day’s walkabout, a stroll around the tower area in the evening was the most likely choice, even if it meant coping with crowds. But as it turned out, not noticing them was easier than I’d hoped.

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back across the Arno to our hotel

 


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Pisa walkabout

We had plumped for a morning walk, but the tower area was teeming with tourists. The city walls seeming like a decent alternative.

On that quiet and sunny autumn morning, we came upon 3 or 4 other people in as many hours, and ended up in a still and silent residential district.

A tiny sample of views to be had:

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The leaning trees of Pisa

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And my favourite autumn image so far this year:

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Lanzarote winter sunset #2

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Lanzarote winter sunset #1

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A change in the weather

Now that I know what winter weather can be like in Lanzarote, and know the places I’d like to spend more time in, I’m pretty sure I will go again, but not among the crowds in the baking summer sun.

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A walk in the park

Well not exactly a walk. First a drive, then a lengthy wait for parking space, followed by a couple of minutes’ walk up the hill to the bus, and finally a bus tour with recorded commentary complete with musical drama – the only way allowed to see the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, Lanzarote. Spectacular nonetheless. [Photos taken through the bus window with my phone].

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Clouds on a sunny day

La Graciosa, across El Río, Isola della Montaña Clara behind, Alegranza in the distance


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On the edge

of the Atlantic.

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A day out

Remembering one is almost as good as having one.

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Lingering surfer

The surfers had all gone, except for the one lingering ghostlike in my long exposure.

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21 billion midges

According to this article, 21 billion edges were predicted for Scotland’s 2017 midge season. I reckon that a fair number of them, like me, opted for a trip to Ireland that summer, boosting the already thriving local population.

Those pesky creatures turned these peaceful spots into pure torture, at dawn and dusk respectively.

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On my Not To Do list: do not venture here again without a midge net and repellent.


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Atlantic sunrise

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another beach, another sunset

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Evening at the beach

Just for a change 😉

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Early one morning at the Castle

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Later that night at Inch Strand

The surfers had long gone…

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Inch Strand

It was relatively calm this evening, though the wind was fierce enough around the head of the strand. As the surfers packed up, there was plenty of space for some wide & long exposures.

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Kerry sunset

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Day 3: surfers

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Day 2: Dingle surf


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Day 1: Dingle sunrise

Bloomin midges up early searching for breakfast 😫

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I stayed just long enough to look up the beach towards the castle, then glanced behind me to see what was going on.

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And back again.

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The midges had had their lot! Now it was time for my breakfast.


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Killarney sunset

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Cloisters

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Never a dull moment

I got soaked this afternoon.

Then there was just a slight breeze.

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I saw the clouds gathering again.

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False alarm…

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Never a dull moment.