My Photographs: Top 5 Camino Del Rey, Spain.

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Camino Del Rey, January 2017. The jaw-dropping beauty of El Camino Del Rey, located in Malaga province, is one Spain’s most stunning beauty spots. This 3km wooden walkway is dramatically pinned to the face of El Chorro gorge, a hundred meters or so above The Guadalhorce River. Driving over from Malaga City with my homie Hasan, we knew we were in for something special the moment we negotiated the first stretch of boardwalk. First constructed in 1905, by the mid 1990’s it had fallen into such a miserable state of disrepair that many referred to it as “the most dangerous path in the world”. The new, tourist-friendly walkway opened in March 2015. In this photo you can see the remains of the old path underneath. Not in a month of….

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My Photographs: Top 5 Antequera, Spain.

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Paseo Real, January 2017. Affectionately known as The Florence of Andalucía, the Spanish town of Antequera is just an hour’s drive from Malaga city. I arrived by bus in the early morning, just in time to catch the tail end of sunrise. This is Paseo Real, Antequera’s pretty tree-lined promenade. In the background you can see Estepa Gate, a brick and red stone archway that stands as the entrance to the old town.

Church Of Santa Maria La Mayor, January 2017. With a population of just over forty thousand, there are an astonishing number of churches in Antequera, over thirty according to Lonely Planet. Of all these structures, The Church of Santa Maria La Mayor is Antequera’s most celebrated. Located high up on an expansive square at the foot of the town fortress, it was built between 1530 and 1535 and was Andalucía’s first Renaissance church.  Continue Reading »

My Photographs: Top 5 Angkor, Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat, November 2015. I’d been living in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap for a few months when I finally took a tuk-tuk out to the world famous ruins of Angkor. I’d been saving it for the visit of my mate Chris who’d flown over from London. So off we went along with a girl I’d been seeing and her pretty but uncommunicative sister. Waking up at the painful hour of 05:00, it was a magical anticipatory ride over in the darkness, and boy oh boy were we rewarded as we rocked up at Angkor Wat in time for daybreak. Described as “the heart and soul of Cambodia”, that sunrise stands as a real highlight from all my years of travelling.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Trenčín, Slovakia.

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Farská Ulica, March 2003. One of the great joys of teaching English in Bratislava was the amazing travel opportunities during weekends and holidays. Between September 2002 and June 2003 I was lucky enough to see virtually the entire country and in many ways Trenčín felt like the archetypal Slovak town. Pretty and low-key, it has enough points of interest to keep you entertained for a daytrip. This shot was taken on the town’s cobbled main street, with the castle providing a dramatic backdrop.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Fuengirola, Spain.

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dsc06890Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church, December 2016. You won’t find much online love for the Costa del Sol town of Fuengirola. With a murky reputation as the archetypal Brits-abroad-in-the-sun setting, I’d admittedly been wondering if I should even bother with it. But… ever the completest… I was still curious how it measured up to its sister towns Benalmádena (surprisingly pretty) and Torremolinos (largely uninspiring). Arriving at the central train station from Malaga City, I was soon greeted by the town’s handsome main square, Plaza de la Constitución. Exchanging a chirpy “buenos días” with a somewhat inappropriate balloon-selling Mickey mouse, I ducked inside the square’s pretty church to watch the old Spanish folk go about their daily prayers.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Sweethope, Scotland.

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Early Days, September 2003. The tiny, rural hamlet of Sweethope lies deep in the heart of The Scottish Borders, about an hour southeast of Edinburgh, two hours north of Newcastle. My mum, dad, brother, dog Inde and I moved there in 2003, just the latest location in The Thomas Family Scotland Roadshow. Surrounded by rolling fields, scattered farms and the nearby peak of Sweethope Hill, this secret little corner of the world would play a crucial part in my life over the following twelve years. I’ll never forget the summer I spent here after my trip to India, sat atop the hill every day with Inde reading Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend. Sweethope was also the base for an amazing summer romance (see my short story Car Crash Girl Part II), not to mention my sister’s wedding and the scene of many wonderful Christmases. Sadly, Inde passed on in late 2006, but it wasn’t too long before another Brittany called Solo arrived to claim Sweethope as his own.
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My Photographs: Top 5 Frigiliana, Spain.

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1Town Walk, October 2016. A visit to the south of Spain invariably conjures up daydreams of blue skies, golden sands, rolling waves and mouth-watering bowls of tapas; accompanied perhaps by a blood-red glass of Tinto (wine) or a cheeky caña (little beer). Equally, balmy images of pristine whitewashed villages also reign supreme. And while there’s plenty of these communities to choose from; you’d be hard pushed to find a place whiter, or indeed more washed than the gorgeous little village of Frigiliana. Located on the side of a mountain seven kilometers north of the town of Nerja, you can take the bus from the town centre. But if you happen to visit on a Sunday, as I did, you’ll need to stump up twelve Euros for a taxi. In any case it’s totally worth it, especially when you catch that first glimpse of the town through the trees.

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