The Douro Valley

The night of 23rd April was spent moored at Régua. After dinner I went on a brisk walk with Sandra, Rex and his wife along the river’s edge to an historic steel rail bridge now used only by pedestrians. Sandra wouldn’t let us return by the same route because we had to skirt around a pack of a dozen or so scary,

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Rethinking camera equipment

The temptation to aspire to the newest highly rated gear is strong. There are many technical reviews readily available on the 'net. Some are by experts working in well equipped laboratories, others include self-appointed gear heads, pixel peepers and people with ulterior motives. It's easy to get caught up in the numbers and place importance on small differences which in practice are insignificant. Over time I have found reviewer-photographers who I have learned to trust, people who don't talk numbers but are generous in relaying their real world experience. When a final decision is to be made on equipment purchase I listen to them.

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Salamanca - again!

At 8:00am the bus arrived at the dock to take us on a 90 minute trip into Spain and onto Salamanca. Our guide from the boat explained that the Spanish authorities did not allow her to make any commentary on the Spanish countryside. This seems to me like another example of competition between the two former colonial powers who think they are still in the 18th century.

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Valencia Silk Exchange

The Silk Exchange, or Lonja de la Seda, is the principal historic monument of the city of Valencia. it is considered to be one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture in the entire Mediterranean. It was built in the 15th century, Valencia's golden age when the

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Valencia day two

I was awake and checking the street scene from the balcony after Susana left at about sun rise. The street was quiet. I got myself organised and at 8:30 headed off to the patisserie for breakfast.

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