Category Archives: Travel

Did you know that National Geographic puts Barcelona at number one in it’s list of Top 10 Beach Cities? It’s not really difficult to see why…

With its architectural wonders, beautiful beaches, vibrant public places and sunny weather this Mediterranean gem offers a plethora of fantastic opportunities for those seeking an exciting city break.

This ‘Mini Guide To Barcelona’ is written for anyone who might be experiencing Barcelona for the first time and looking for tips about locations to visit, getting around and cool things to look out for.

I guess that I don’t really need to point out the irony of visiting a seaside city such as Brighton while on a week-long holiday that’s main purpose was to “get away from it all”. There are, after all, many similarities between Brighton and my usual surroundings of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

In fact, most of this recent holiday was based in central London but I needed at least one day spent in familiar surroundings. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that I’m incapable of resisting the allure of the seaside. I’ve only visited once before, ten years ago at the age of 19, and that was for an interview to study on the photography degree at the University of Brighton.

Did you know that I went to Belgium for a weekend break with my family in December last year?

Probably not, as I’ve only just got round to sharing my photographs from the trip. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you may recall that I went on holiday to Marrakech in December 2010 for my Mum’s fiftieth birthday.

Well for my Mum’s fifty-first birthday we went to Ghent in Belgium to see where my Mum had lived during her younger days.

The last time I went to Wales I was much younger and somewhat shorter than I am now. At a guess, I’d say it’s nearly fifteen years since my last visit. Back then, when I was a mere boy, my parents used to take me to the Sun Centre in Rhyl to go swimming and enjoy the Welsh seaside.

I have fond, yet faded, memories of this time and now, as an adult with his own automotive transport I thought I’d go back with my camera to take a few photographs.

Truth be told, the main place of interest during this road trip was the seaside resort of Llandudno. I spent most of the day there, lapping up the sunshine, occasionally moaning about the ridiculously high humidity and shooting plenty of photographs. Llandudno is a truly beautiful seaside town and photographing it’s stunning landscape inspired a much needed revival in my personal photographic work. However, you’ll have to wait a little longer to see some of the shots I took as (for now at least) I’d like to share this photograph I took later in the day while in the seaside town of Rhyl.