Living Vicariously As A Peripatetic Shutterbug

{ More musings from the Cantankerous Old Mule }

Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Goodbye for now

Well, that’s that then. Six weeks in Europe! I leave you with exactly six things I learnt while there. Google Maps does not show how hilly (or not) an area is, … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

A private visit to the Fort de Flemalle

I’m nearly done here but just before I end this journey I thought I would post about my visit to the “Fort de Flemalle” outside Liège. The fort is one of … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Montreux Mystery

I mentioned yesterday that I had been to Montreux on Lake Geneva. I didn’t take many photos with my DSLR, but here are a few: Yes, apart from the Chillon … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · 1 Comment


The day I arrived in Switzerland was perfect: not too cold, with clear views across Lac Léman. Since then it has been much colder, with an icy, strong wind most … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 5 Comments

Twenty one bizarre French sayings (when translated directly into English)

All languages have their funny little sayings. These are a few of the strange expressions I’ve come across in France (some more common than others). Just imagine any of these … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 10 Comments

Salvador Dali: Big

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Puyol, better-known as Salvador Dali, was big in the surrealist world. I’m no expert on the man, and feel inadequate … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · 2 Comments


As I’ve said before, I love the old churches in Europe. I love what they stand for – how people took hundreds of years to finish these monuments to God … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · 2 Comments


Left alone, at home, with the photographer. And longing for something to chase, to hunt, outside. Like a rabbit, or wild boar perhaps. For anyone who is interested, this is … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

Ignorance is bliss, or, life according to children

I met the three children in November 2012: older brother and unique, younger twin sisters. It was strange, really. I knew their mother back when I lived in Europe as … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 4 Comments

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