Uzbekistan, Crete, Spain and Oregon Itinerary

26 September to 11 November 2018.
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Andalusia, Athens, Barcelona, Crete, Greece, Istanbul, Oregon, Photography, Spain, Thira, Travel, USA, Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Crete Spain and Oregon Itinerary, Washington

My partner Jools and I are about to embark on a trip to Uzbekistan, Greece, Spain and north-west USA.  In due course I will post for each part of the journey under the maps below.  I may produce some temporary posts as I go but only if I have sufficient time.  Final posts will appear later (and I still have to finish final posts for Cuba and the Caribbean).

Links for summary posts and then final posts will appear under the maps in due course.

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Andalusia, Athens, Barcelona, Crete, Greece, Istanbul, Oregon, Photography, Spain, Thira, Travel, USA, Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Crete Spain and Oregon Itinerary, Washington

Uzbekistan

(Tashkent/ (Urgench)/ Khiva/ Bukhara/ Shakrisabz/ Samarkand/ Tashkent)

A country with a long history and the centre of Tamurlane’s empire in the 14th century.

Temporary Posts:

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Aegean Sea.

(Istanbul/ Athens/ Thira/ Crete)

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern

Athens:  Acropolis, National Archæological Museum

Thira: Oia, Akrotiri, Ancient Thira

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Crete

(Heraklion/ Knossos/ Zakros/ Matalia/ Phaestos and Gortys/ Sougia/ Chania/ (Heraklion))

Home of the Minoan Civilisation and many layers of subsequent History.

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Spain

((Granada)/ Cordoba/ Malaga/ Almeira/ Cabo del Gata/ Granada)

Incudes Mezquita and Alhambra.

Also Barcelona, not shown on map of Andalusia above.

Sagrada Familiar, Gaudi Houses.

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Olympic National Park, Washington.

((Portland)/ Quinault Rain Forest/ Hoh Rain Forest/ La Push/ (Portland)).

Rainforest, coastal seascapes, maybe wildlife.

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Oregon Coast.

((Portland)/ Cannon Beach/ Bandon/ Trinidad/ (San Francisco)).

A wild coastline where development has been banned since the 1960s.

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I will put up temporary posts when I can during the next six weeks but that will depend on how much spare time I have while travelling.

Salton Sea and Joshua Tree NP.

Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, 1 October 2016

Temporary post. Images only. Not even image descriptions.

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Art, Infrared, Joshua Tree National Park, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Sculpture, Travel, USA, Wilderness, Wildlife .
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Art, Infrared, Joshua Tree National Park, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Sculpture, Travel, USA, Wilderness, Wildlife .
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Art, Infrared, Joshua Tree National Park, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Sculpture, Travel, USA, Wilderness, Wildlife .
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Art, Infrared, Joshua Tree National Park, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Sculpture, Travel, USA, Wilderness, Wildlife .
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This has been my last temporary post on the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, California, Cuba and the Caribbean.

I will return to make final posts in some months.  Before that I will make the final posts for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Atacama Desert.  Currently, though, I am only posting once each week because I am otherwise occupied.  Last weekend I went down to Sydney as official photographer at the Sydney Blues Festival and I now have 3,700 images to process from that.  The weekend after next, I am leading a Canberra Photographic Society photographic excursion to Point Hicks in Victoria, to one of the lighthouses I photographed in 1987 and to the surrounding coastline.  I will also make a few posts in the near future from those and from a visit to the Sculpture Garden at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.

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Cuba and the Caribbean

14 August to 7 October 2016

Another trip beckons, this time to Cuba and the Caribbean and some other places as well.

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Antigua, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Flinders Ranges, Flores, Guatemala, Havana, Jamaica, Los Angeles, Mexico, Montserrat, Salton City, Santo Domingo, St Martin, USA

First, I am attending a photographic workshop in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, organised by Keith Seidel, who I met in the Southwest Canyonlands trip in 2014.

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Antigua, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Flinders Ranges, Flores, Guatemala, Havana, Jamaica, Los Angeles, Mexico, Montserrat, Salton City, Santo Domingo, St Martin, USA

After returning to Canberra, I head off with my partner Jools to Mexico City, Flores in Guatemala, Cancun overnight, Cuba including a 7-day photographic tour, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Saint Martin/ Sint Maarten, Antigua, Montserrat, Jamaica and finally Southern California staying with Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul in Salton City by the Salton Sea.

Click on the maps for a larger size if you need to see more detail.  A few of the pins are spurious, just to create straight lines (so the route doesn’t follow roads).

I made temporary posts as I travelled or just after I returned and am now replacing them with permanent posts.

Flinders Ranges, South Australia (14 to 21 August)

Mexico City, Mexico (22 to 25 August)

Flores, Guatemala (25 to 31 August)

Cancun, Mexico (31 August to 1 September)

Cuba (1 to 12 September)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (12 to 15 September)

St Martin/ Sint Maarten (15 to 18 September)

Antigua (18 to 22 September)

Montserrat (22 to 25 September)

(Antigua overnight 25 to 26 September)

Jamaica (26 to 30 September)

California, USA (30 September to 5 October)

Canberra, Australia (7 October)

Queen Mary

New Orleans, USA, 2nd to 3rd November 2014.

Australia, Clouds, Landscape, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Photography, Queen Mary, Sydney, Travel, USA

Our time in New Orleans has passed and we are now heading back to Australia by plane.  The above and following images are somewhere over the skies of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California.

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Floating above the sea of clouds….

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A mysterious desert landscape that includes a solar power grid.

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Another mysterious desert landscape with no solar power grid but the edge of a town or city.

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That must be the top of a mountain just poking up above the cloud.

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Los Angeles.  Cars, freeways and suburbia.

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We had six hours between flights in LA and LA airport is not the most congenial place to hang around.  We had in mind to go to the La Brea Tarpits but it was too close to closing time, so we jumped into a taxi and asked him to take us somewhere.  He took us to the Queen Mary, retired and converted to a hotel fixed to the coastline at Long Beach.  This is inside a cafe looking out.

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One of the mighty funnels.

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The Captain’s cabin.

Panelled in maple and mahogoney and off-limits to everyone except the Captain’s Steward who kept it ship-shape, this area served as the Captain’s retreat from the demands of running a vast luxury liner.  Even here, the Captain was on call at all times in case of an emergency.

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The Captain’s Dayroom

Twice a day, barring heavy weather, the Captain entertained the elite of world travellers.  Throughout the ship’s disinguished reign, cocktail parties in this room were attended by nobility, statesmen, financiers and stars of stage and cinema.

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The wheel house.

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Looking forward as the ship prepares to gather steam and lurch off into the city.

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Radio operator’s room.

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This is the switchboard of the Queen Mary’s mobile phone system.

In other words, when the ship was mobile, there would still be a phone system.  This wouldn’t include the ability to call the shore (other than ringing the telegraph operator) unless the ship was trailing a very long cable.

Even if you click on the image for a larger version you won’t be able to read the labels on the board because that requires the full-sized file.  The plug holes on the wooden board on the far left are for various stewards or are blank.  The rows of hole on the wooden board at the left of the main console are for shore exchange or coin box (whatever that is).  Then at the very top of the console there are plug holes variously marked shore lines, radio services, radio order wires, service, transfer and staff.  The rest are all ordered by deck for individual cabins.  Presumably only the more expensive cabins had phones.  The operator had just stepped out some decades earlier and therefore was unable to provide further information.

For those unfamiliar with this system, you would call the operator who would plug your line into a specific hole according to your request.  These days, this service is provided by very small people hidden inside mobile phones.  They are not unionised and have very poor conditions of employment, especially at the time of termination of services.

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Looking towards the bow from the “gangplank”.

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Many hours later, we have landed in Sydney, taken off again and are heading for Canberra.  This is still in Sydney, somewhere around Botany Bay.

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Botany Bay.

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Countryside not far from Canberra.

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This has been the last post for South-West Canyonlands and New Orleans.   There have been 35 posts with 590 images and 6,500 words for South West Canyonlands, and 34 posts with 640 images and 8,500 words for New Orleans.  It has been ten months since my first post for South-West Canyonlands but I have been to and posted on Hawaii and Boolcoomatta in the meanwhile.

Next I go back to my North Atlantic trip in 2013.  It’s been eleven months since I finished posting on Scotland prior to my trip to South West Canyonlands.  I will pick up again with the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway and then move on to Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.  We will see how far I get on that before the end of September.  I’ll definitely complete Lofoten and Spitsbergen.  Maybe I’ll finish Greenland and not start on Iceland.