Sydney – The waterfront park with its incredible plants, flowers and art.

We walked out through the wonderful park with all its tropical plants, trees and flowers, great sculptures and wonderful views over Sydney. A hot lazy day. A beer on a bench. A meal of tropical fish and chips from the fish market. Great company. Lots of laughs. What could be better?

Abu Dhabi – The incredible Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Religions build cathedrals, temples and mosques in order to impress. If someone is prepared to invest so much time and effort it must be true.

They employ the best architects and artisans.

Ceratinly the The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque  is impressive. I think the name says it all. Someone wanted their name to be recognised. In past times Trump might well have built a cathedral, temple or mosque. Instead he built Trump Tower.

The beauty of this mosque was breath-taking.

Rome by day – some photos

There is so much to see in Rome – starting with the art treasures in the Vatican. While representing some of the poorest people in the world the Catholic Church accumulated a huge wealth of treasures and art. One wonders why?

Apart from the Vatican it seems that every corner has an architectural joy, a historical gem or sculpture.

Funchal, sled rides, tiles, art, churches.

Being Portuguese there is a strong Catholic presence. Religion is big. The typical blue Portuguese tilework is impressive and the churches lavish. Even for someone like me, for whom religion is abhorrent, one cannot help but be impressed with the beauty of the artwork.

Tourism is their main source of income. You can go up the hill and pay for a sled-ride down through the streets. I imagine it used to be really wild but these days, with health and safety, it’s pretty tame.