Best of 2016 – Photography – Further afield

I took ~10,000 photos overseas this year on my travels to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, the Galápagos, Georgia, UK and Australia. Here’s a far smaller subset of some of my favourites. All taken on my Sony Cyber-shot DCS-RX100, a pocket sized camera that takes some pretty good photographs. Follow the links for details of each trip. Buenos…

Random sights in Georgia

Georgia is a beautiful country I loved visiting. I saw a few strange things in my ten days there though, here are a few of them… Cows in the roads were a common hazard when travelling off the main highways. I never saw an accident but the second photo below suggests one that I only…

Running in Georgia

Despite the July heat (30C+) and humidity (Singaporean) I managed to run most days in Georgia, exploring new areas and trying, possibly in vain, to counteract the typical Georgia diet, heavy in cheese, eggs and bread. Tbilisi was my favourite running spot, had the greatest variety of things to see, and flat / hilly /…

Modern architecture in Georgia

A small country of 5m people in the heart of the Caucasus region isn’t an obvious candidate for exciting modern architecture, but the former President Saakashvili was a big believer in the power of architecture to help rapidly modernise Georgia. Throughout the country there are striking civic buildings, often in the most unlikely places, and…

Josef Stalin Museum, Gori, Georgia

I had very mixed feelings about visiting this place. The most popular museum in Georgia, opened by the Soviets in 1957, it gives at best a very partial view of his life and impact on the lives of tens of millions of people. Viewed at an aesthetic level it is an interesting place to visit,…

Georgian monuments and statues

The Soviets loved a good monument, either of a significant person, or symbols promoting the socialist cause. Georgia, part of the Soviet Union for nearly seventy years, was full of them. Here are some of the more notable ones I came across on my travels, along with some more recent Georgian statues, including the huge…