Before I start, I should point out the title is slightly inaccurate as I had two Pureview devices with me. The Nokia 808 and the Lumia 920, at least for the later part. This post will cover two trips, one last November to San Francisco and the more recent one to Connecticut and Washington DC this April.
Let’s start with San Francisco. The primary reason for the visit was to spend Thanksgiving with friends and of course to do some shopping, so sightseeing was secondary. We did of course manage to see the important sights, such as the cable cars, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Golden Gate – Nokia 808 Pureview
We have been going to Gozo now for 10 years so doing a travel guide in photos is almost impossible for me, I just know the island too well now. Things a first-time tourist would notice I take for granted, so this is just my normal Pureview of Gozo, not through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first time. I will not really do this is any kind of chronological order – as we were there for 3 weeks, I have several photos of the same place at different times.
For those of you that have never been or even heard of Gozo, it is a small island in the Mediterranean sea and is part of the Maltese island group along with Malta (the largest of the three) and Comino (the smallest of the three). Gozo and Malta have a very long and interesting history. If you want to read more about the history of these islands, here are the wiki links Malta, Gozo and Comino.
We flew into Malta (Via Air Malta from the UK) over Birzebbuga and St George’s Bay.
As said in the title, this is not a review of the camera. That has already been done countless times, so I thought I would just detail how I use it. So apologies if this post, is for want of a better word, disjointed! Also I will update this post over time as I find new or maybe better ways of achieving different things.
Finding ourselves in Brussels and noticing that Luxembourg is only 3 hours away by train, we decided we would fit two countries into our weekend away (it all helps with the Facebook list of countries challenge). And it was only 23€ per person after all, so off we went. The train was, well a train journey. Nothing much to speak about. However Luxembourg was a surprise for me: a very nice city, old, beautiful architecture and clean. It also turned out to be their National Holiday (note to self: read about a country before you visit).
We wandered up to the city from the station – not a long walk – Luxembourg is not like London or Paris. Most places are a short, easy walk.
Now we only had a few hours in Luxembourg, so getting to see everything was impossible. Also the fact that the Grand Ducal Palace was closed to tourists did not help. We did however go inside the Bock Casemates.
Another long weekend in Finland, so another trip away. This time it was Brussels. As always the journey starts with a flight, this time a Finnair flight to Brussels airport. It all looked promising as we flew out of Finland. The weather was behaving itself.
Morning View of Finland from a plane
Yes it is that time again, another weekend trip. This time Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I will be perfectly honest, I knew nothing about Slovenia and certainly had no idea what to expect from Ljubljana. Boy was I surprised. Slovenia and Ljubljana are absolutely stunning, not just the amazing scenery but the people, the architecture. Everything about the country surprised me.
Slovenia from the air
We landed at Ljubljana airport around midday on the Friday, met our pre-arranged transport and made our way into the capital.
North Stradbroke Island
Our relatives took us for a day out to North Stradbroke Island, which is also in Moreton Bay. It is a much larger island but during off peak season times it has a lower population than Russell Island. This however balloons during the holiday season. Dunwich is the main town on the island, with Point Lookout and Amity Point making up the three main areas.
View from the Ferry across to North Stradbroke