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What to Hang on Your Wall in 2017

December 1st, 2016

What to Hang on Your Wall in 2017

If you collect our travel photography calendars, the Travel Notes 2017 Travel Photography Calendar is available to buy online; just in time for Christmas. Individual prints are also available for that special place on your wall.

Bangkok Floating Market graces the 2017 Calendar Cover.

Aspen
Skiing in Aspen, Colorado.

Budapest
Tourists in Budapest.

Moscow
Moscow Kremlin in Winter.

Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing.

Jaisalmer
Holy Cow.

Mount Aso
Mount Aso.

Suzhou
Suzhou Canals.

Mt Cook
New Zealand Mt Cook.

Limestone Peaks
Guilin Limestone Peaks.

Autumn
Autumn in Baden Baden.

Kota Bahru
Kota Bahru Indoor Market.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House.


Best Wishes For The Year Ahead.

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New Five Pound Notes

December 1st, 2016

New Five Pound Notes

The Bank of England admitted that the new five pound notes contain animal fat, sparking something of an outrage among vociferous vegans and vegetarians on social media.

New Five Pound Notes.

Polymer Fivers

According to a Bank of England reply to a tweet on 28th November, 2016 the new plastic fivers are made with a trace of tallow (Hi @Jools_Orca there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pallets used in the base substrate of the polymer 5 notes); a substance derived from boiled carcasses of animals and used in the making of many candles and soaps. The main components in rendered animal fats can also be found in thousands of other everyday products, including lipstick, plastic bags, cycle tyres, crayons, and latex condoms.

The Royal Mint released the polymer note, featuring a portrait of Winston Churchill, on 13th September, 2016. While serial number AA01 000001 was given to The Queen, some of the other early serial numbers have already been offered online for hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Other eBay auctions have closed with less than the face value being paid.

Designed to be cleaner, safer, stronger and flexible the new 5 polymer note is the first of the Bank of England's currency notes not to be printed on paper. For all their flexibility, the new fivers do bend and it is advisable not to fold them, says Bank of England governor Mark Carney, as it could damage the plastic.

There was also an uproar when Sir Winston Churchill was chosen to be featured on the rear (replacing 19th-century welfare reformer Elizabeth Fry, one of only two women to appear on British currency not including the Queen of England) which just goes to show that you can't please everyone.

I actually like the note and the printed Winston quote: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat'.

This might not be the image you want as a print or on a t-shirt, but it could look great as a cushion (throw pillow).

Polymer Fivers

Polymer tenners are scheduled to be introduced in 2017, featuring Jane Austen (with the quote: 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading'); and plastic twenties could be in circulation by 2020.

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Coffee Mugs or Tea With The Queen - Travel Photography Originals

November 30th, 2016

Coffee Mugs or Tea With The Queen - Travel Photography Originals

Whether your prefer tea or coffee, or maybe even hot mulled wine at Christmas, you'll love these affordable coffee mugs and teacups from around the world. Our ceramic coffee mugs are available in two sizes.

Tea With The Queen.

Tea with The Queen

More Coffee Mugs.

New York Coffee Mug Sydney Coffee Mug Asia Coffee Mug

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Remembering Fidel Castro - Cuba in the Time of Castro

November 30th, 2016

Remembering Fidel Castro - Cuba in the Time of Castro

When I visited Havana, Cuba the Soviet Union was still intact and Fidel Castro was a very popular revolutionary figure around the Caribbean's largest island.

Cuba in The Time of Castro.

Havana, Cuba

Sure some people wouldn't talk about politics, even if they wouldn't be heard, but to outlast nine American presidents is no mean feat.

Fidel finally passed away at the age of ninety and many would remember him as a global icon.

On the northern coast of the island, the port of Havana is situated on one of the safest harbours in the world; less than 100 miles from Key West.

Havana's 16th-century Fort Morro is in good condition and affords a wonderful view of the city.

Although there were many shortages in Havana, due to the US trade embargo back then, it was still one of the most interesting places to visit in Latin America.

Another old fortress, that was built to protect the Havana approach, is Castillo de la Punta; on the western side of the strait.

The old city, with its narrow, crooked streets, and historic landmarks is near the inner entrance to the harbour. You can even have a drink in Ernest Hemmingway's favourite bar; if you don't mind sitting shoulder to shoulder with tour groups in straw hats.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception dates from 1656. You should also visit the former palace of the colonial governors; now the City Hall. It was completed in 1792 and is an excellent example of Spanish colonial architecture.

The city post office dates from 1575 and was once the Church of San Francisco.

The main boulevard is the Paseo de Marti, or Prado, while the Avenida del Puerto extends along the edge of the bay, for cooling breezes on a humid evening.

If you can't make it to Cuba, enjoy this wonderful scene.

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Sydney Opera House, Australia

November 26th, 2016

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney Opera House (UNESCO World Heritage site) at dusk, taken from an interesting perspective on Olympic Drive. This photo was used on the cover of Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House

Located on Australia's East Coast, Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales.

Whether you're looking for fun on the beach or experience some culture, Sydney is an amazing city that offers both.

After a day in the Bondi surf, maybe spruce yourself up and spend a night at the Sydney Opera House. If you can't be there in person, you can always have a framed picture on your wall.

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Kota Bahru Indoor Market, Malaysia

November 26th, 2016

Kota Bahru Indoor Market, Malaysia

Overview of shoppers and market vendors at the colourful indoor vegetable market in Kota Bahru, Malaysia; some in traditional Malay dress. Muslim woman sell fresh vegetables from a seated position on the floor; while others watch the rituals of Kelanten daily life, from above.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Kota Bahru Indoor Market.

Kota Bahru

Visiting a food market on our travels is a great way to gain an insight into the local culture and a taste for the main ingredients that go into the regional dishes.

For the photographer, there's plenty of colour on display and an array of opportunities for candid photography.

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Autumn in Baden Baden

November 26th, 2016

Autumn in Baden Baden

Driving through Baden-Baden, a spa town in south-western Germany's Black Forest region, in the early hours of Halloween, the morning mist gently lifts as the sun picks out the autumnal colours of the leaves decorating the trees in the famous Kurgarten.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Autumn in Baden Baden.

Autumn

Nature presented the perfect photo opportunity in the spa garden before the crowds of morning shoppers arrived.

If you're looking for colourful reminder of Autumn for your wall this could be the ideal image for you.

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Guilin Landscape Peaks

November 26th, 2016

Guilin Landscape Peaks

Guilin is flat enough to cycle around and then these magnificent limestone peaks rise up in front of you. A cruise down the river, from Guilin to Yangshuo, passes through some of China's most magnificent scenery.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Guilin Limestone Peaks.

Limestone Peaks

Nature has spent 70 million years perfecting the sculptures around this part of the Li River; revealing a landscape that is truly awesome.

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Mount Cook, New Zealand

November 26th, 2016

Mount Cook, New Zealand

Located in the centre of New Zealand's South Island, Mount Cook (Aoraki) is New Zealand's highest peak. For many, an image of New Zealand might include the snow-capped mountain of Mt Cook, or sheep. And they wouldn't be far wrong.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

New Zealand Mt Cook.

Mt Cook

One might have to be really lucky to be presented with a picture of both in the same frame though.

While hitch-hiking through the Mackenzie region, I couldn't believe the scene in front of me when our car was held up by sheep on the road to Mt Cook.

The once in a lifetime view just cried out to be framed.

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Suzhou Canals, China

November 26th, 2016

Suzhou Canals, China

Located about 100km west of Shanghai, Suzhou is famous for its canals, bridges and classical gardens; collectively an UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the Yangtze River Delta to the north-east and surrounded by lakes, it's not surprising Suzhou is often called 'Venice of the East'.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Suzhou Canals.

Suzhou

There's even a Grand Canal running through Suzhou, north to south, connecting Beijing with Hangzhou.

While many tourists might choose the easy option and take a boat tour on the Weichang River, it's easy enough to walk around on foot and discover the quiet backwaters of this 2,500 year-old city; founded in 514 BC as Helu, in the Kingdom of Wu.

An old Chinese proverb says, 'In heaven there is paradise, on earth there are Hangzhou and Suzhou'.

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