The first image (click through on instagram to watch the video) depicts a fire-fighting helicopter that sucks up water from the sea and dumps it on fires; On a particularly hot day, around 35 degrees centigrade, there were a number of small fires on the hills of a nearby island as we made our way to Argostoli/Kefalonia in Greece. The helicopter was accompanied by a small, single-engine plane too.
Watching TV last night, the CBBC channel announced the return of Danger Mouse. Some of you may be too young to remember this cartoon of a secret agent mouse and his trusty sidekick. The reboot hits UK screens on 28th September 2015. More about Danger Mouse here…
The blue water of the Mediterranean never fails to impress. Something else of note around the Greek islands on this cruise was the sheer number of yachts and super-yachts; these two super yachts were berthed at an island we sailed past after leaving Mykonos.
The second picture today is of some MEAN (MongoDB, Express.js, AngulasJS, Node.js) programming I was doing whilst watching a fascinating BBC documentary on Gordon Welchman, who along with Alan Turing, broke the Nazi Enigma cypher code, shortening the war by two years and saving hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives in the process. If you’ve never heard of him don’t worry, not many have. After his stint at Bletchley Park Welchman went on to the US to help the NSA set up their operations and was therefore bound not only by the British Official Secrets Act but by the US Espionage Act.
The beautiful town of Mykonos in Greece. The blue and white colour scheme are unmistakably Greek of course 🙂 The small town has very narrow streets and yet there’s a decent amount of motorised traffic weaving its way through the tourist throngs in the shape of small vans and scooters.
The second picture is one I took at Heathrow Terminal 2 at the very top floor, level 5; the sun was setting and travellers on the other side of a frosted glass wall came through as shadows and silhouettes.
Anchored in Piraeus, Greece both pictures show the beauty of the Adriatic Sea here. The first picture also shows the crew of the Royal Caribbean ship ‘Splendour of the Seas’ conducting safety and life-boat drills.
The people of Kotor in Montenegro love cats; many of the souvenir shops sell cat figurines and t-shirts of cats. What I loved though was how cats are depicted through architecture too, as seen here.
The old town in Kotor was/is fortified quite heavily and the Venetians went so far as to build a wall running up the tall hill behind the old town as part of the fortifications.
The Sorini tin of lovely Italian chocolates depicts a scene on the lagoon in Venice near the Piazza San Marco – having been there just a few days ago I just had to pick this up from the duty free shop at Marco Polo airport in Venice.
Sailing into the port of Kotor in Montenegro. The channel is closed in on both sides by tall hills, with cute villages on the sides. Further on the channel splits into two so there are tall hills to the left, right and front of the ship. Breathtaking beauty.
The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore can be seen across the lagoon from Piazza San Marco. It’s a very striking building especially with the steps on the from coming down to the edge of the water. It wouldn’t look out of place on Game of Thrones!
The architecture in Venice is amazing and the summer light offers nice opportunities to take some interesting shots. There are many bridges in Venice and almost all of them were heaving with tourists taking pictures of the boats passing below.
It’s not often you see an empty gondola in Venice!
Enjoying some pan-Asian food at Tootoomoo in Whetstone with friends. This picture made John and I look like weirdos stalking our wives!