Somewhere in the French Alps

You know when someone drives you somewhere and you realise you chatted to them rather than looking where you were going?  So today I went into the French Alps on a field trip.  Luckily my phone records where photos are taken so it seems I went to the base of Aiguille de Loriaz in the Vallorcine…

Getting around Ukraine

I have seen as many new and flash cars here in Ukraine as we do at home but for the record there’s also some relics of the soviet era that need to be recorded! Some of these I traveled in.

Flowers for the founder 

Taras Shevchenko is known as the Father of Ukrainian language. Many things are named after him, and this is his image in his square, in front of the Taras Shevchenko Uni and on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard. Today they planted the annual bedding around it. People place cut flowers on the grass beside him as a tribute….

Poplar snow in spring, Kyiv 

Kyiv is known as a green city and ‘the city of chestnuts’ (Aesculus hippocastanum) but right now it’s snowing poplar seed. The story goes that in 1842, in preparation of a visit for Tsar Nicholas I, they planted chestnuts down the road I am staying on.  But he didn’t like them.  So overnight they were pulled…