Travel in Pictures: Surviving the Bayreuth Festival of Wagner Operas 2018

The Bayreuth Festival of Wagner operas is one of the most prestigious and exclusive classical music events in the world. Until this month I was largely a Wagner virgin. Apart from - like many people - being able to hum some bars of the Ride of the Valkyries, and having hazy anecdotal knowledge about some extremely unpleasant historical … Continue reading Travel in Pictures: Surviving the Bayreuth Festival of Wagner Operas 2018

Travel in Pictures: A Quick Trip to Trapani, Sicily, to Attend My Photography Prize-Giving

This article is all about the flying 48-hour visit I made last week to Trapani, north west Sicily, to attend the award ceremony for the Instagram photography competition for which I was one of the winners there last month. Trapani's less on the tourist trail than some Sicilian cities. And that's just one of the reasons why Trapani's totally worth a visit of at least a few days if you're planning a trip to Sicily.

Travel In Pictures: Creative Rage Exhibition, Stoke-on-Trent – until 2 Sept 2018

Last weekend, 27 April, I went to the opening of Creative Rage - an exhibition of multi-media pieces by members of the UK-based progressive LGBTQ artistic community. If you want to catch it, it runs until 2 September at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Here's some of my favourite images, a bit of background, and a little practical information.

Travel in MOVING Pictures: Videos of The Trapani Misteri Procession 2018 – Sicily, Italy

A few days ago I published my favourite photographs that I'd taken over Easter of the beautiful and moving Misteri procession in Trapani, Sicily. But to experience it in full, you need to hear the wonderfully funereal music, and to see the movement too (the 'annacata' waddle of the people processing)! So here's some of my short videos of the Trapani Misteri Procession 2018. They were taken on 30 and 31 March, mostly from the balcony of the Ai Lumi hotel in Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

Travel In Pictures: The Trapani Misteri Procession 2018 – Sicily, Italy

Over Easter, I was awestruck to experience the beautiful and moving Trapani Misteri procession in Sicily. Here are my favourite pictures I took of the procession, the bands, the spectators - and the other people who made it happen. I do hope people in Trapani who took part in the procession - as well as my other readers - may enjoy these pictures

Travel In Pictures: Street Art in Brighton – Minty: Part 1 – Celebrities, Stormtroopers, Elephants & Pigs

There's tons of street art in Brighton. It's part of the fabric of this uber cool, vibrant English seaside city. One of the most prolific street artists, who's also my favourite, is Minty. Here's some of his art, mostly themed around celebrities, stormtroopers, elephants and pigs!

Tai Chi at Daybreak: 5 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

Last month I had my fantastic first trip to Vietnam. I've got so much I want to share about this fascinating country and its food and culture, and I'll be writing several themed posts over the coming months. But just for now, these are extracts adapted from my journal, written while I was in Hanoi, and some of which I published on Facebook and Instagram at the time. They are not comprehensive at all, but just scratch the surface of all I did and saw, highlighting one stand-out experience from each day, in the same style as the journal I've already posted from my time in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon.

Snake Wine in Saigon: 7 Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I've just got back from my fantastic first trip to Vietnam. Expect to hear lots more from me on that once I've got my tired head around all the amazing things I experienced in this complex, multilayered country. For now, these are extracts from my journal, written while I was in Ho Chi Minh City. They just scratch the surface of all I did and saw, highlighting one stand-out experience from each day.

Travel In Pictures: Folkestone Triennial Contemporary Art Festival 2017

The fourth Folkestone Triennial contemporary art festival runs until 5 November 2017. Two weeks ago I downloaded a copy of the Triennial map and spent a happy day exploring this arty, bohemian, regenerating British seaside town while searching for the contemporary art installed all around it. Here's pictures of some of the installations, to whet your appetite in case you fancy doing the same, or in case you can't get there in person.