Photography: Mount Pilatus, Switzerland

Since I’m still going through and editing photos from my 2012 Europe trip, I thought I would post a few images from the day on Mount Pilatus (Switzerland) here, along with an excerpt from my travel journal. It was probably one of the best days of the trip.

Click on each photo for larger images (you can also click through to my online gallery if you would like to see more of my photography).

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July 28th, 2012.

Today we went up the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to the top of Mount Pilatus. According to medieval sightings, a dragon used to live in a cave up there. It was a fairytale landscape; and I don’t mean Disney, I mean the kind of faerie tale where wolves are real and the forest is dark and cold, deadly and beautiful, and there is snow on nearby mountaintops, and black bird feathers ruffle as they ride the icy breeze. It was rugged and absolutely… there’s no word. There’s no word for the feeling in your gut when you look at mountains like that. The Romantic poets called it the ‘sublime’. I want to write stories about that mountain, the wildflowers and the drifting clouds and the old legends. We hiked up to the highest peak, Tomlishorn, and I put two sharp stones in my pocket and told myself that they were old dragon’s teeth.

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I think I can
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The Photographer

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Mountain Blooms

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Will Ye Go

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Echoes

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Mountainbird

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I want to see mountains again

 

Two things the Church wants

Your silence and your money:

Your silence and your money

 

Just going through Europe photos from last year, and I remember how much this made me roll my eyes. It’s taken inside the Notre Dame, Paris. Such a beautiful building – I don’t think we should let God take the credit for it. It’s not like he showed up to help out with the construction.

A New Era!

Waaay back in the dark ages of 2010, I went on my first big overseas trip to India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia.

Today, I’ve finally finished sorting through, editing and uploading the 4,000+ photos that I took on that trip.

Just in time, too, because I go overseas again in 2 days!

My photo gallery can be found here.

Books, books, books!

(It’s a lovely word that is worth repeating three times.)

This gorgeous list of The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World has got me all hot and bothered. In a sexy way, because books are sexy. Yes. Be still, my beating heart!

Out of the 20 listed, I’ve only visited one, and that’s the Shakespeare & Co. book shop in Paris, where James Joyce’s Ulysses was first published. I visited quite a few grand old churches the last time I was in Europe, but (and this probably isn’t a surprise to the people who know me) the closest I came to religious experience happened in this bookstore.

Now I’d love to design a travel itinerary that revolves around the other 19 places on that list.

What’s your favourite bookstore? If you could design your ultimate bookish experience, what would it look like?

Flower markets at Mullik Ghat

I am one trip behind in my endeavours to sort through and upload my travel photography. It’s so time-consuming!

So, instead of Paris and London, here’s something a little different – the flower markets at Mullik Ghat, under the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, India. (March 2010).

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Things To Do On Long Plane Trips

  • Press your face up against the window to feel the cold of the upper atmosphere.
  • Watch children’s cartoons on your iPod and refuse to feel embarrassed.
  • Dream up fictional anecdotes/stories/autobiographies for the other passengers around you.
  • Play with your hair.
  • See how many novels you can read in a 24-hour period.
  • Scribble in notebooks.
  • Write a list of Things To Do On Long Plane Trips.

 

Morning view from my apartment in Montmartre, Paris.