Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series has been F for Fort-de-France. Our final picture is Fort Royal. You mean Fort Edward? No, Fort Royal. Are you sure it’s not Fort de la Republique? No, it’s Fort Saint Louis, I tell you! Confused? Don’t be – I will explain, I promise! The naval base and fort at what is now Fort-de-France…

Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series is F for Fort de France. Well, strictly speaking this isn’t Fort-de-France – its the previous capital of Martinique, Saint Pierre. Or what’s left of it. Saint Pierre was the first European settlement on Martinique. It seemed like an ideal location – but then The Great Hurricane of 1780 produced a…

Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series is F for Fort-de-France. Today’s image is of Britain’s HMS Severn (P282) tied up alongside the French navy’s Germinal (F735), at Fort Saint Louis, the French naval base in Fort-de-France. We took the picture in April 2015, as the Severn was on the final leg of her tour of duty in the…

Travel Pics Theme: K for Kotor

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is K for Kotor  – and we end the week where we began – with fortifications surrounding the old city. The history of Kotor’s shrouded in mystery – there are suggestions that it could date back to around 200BC, and we know it existed as the Roman settlement of…

Travel Pics Theme: K for Kotor

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is K for Kotor  – and we return today to Our Lady of the Rock church, in Kotor Bay near Perast.   This church is built on a man-made island – after the discovery of a holy relic on a rock outcrop in the 1400, sailors began…

Travel Pics Theme: K for Kotor

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is K for Kotor  – and for Friday, it’s the Franciscan Church of St Clara, in old Kotor town. Many of the churches in the region are, of course, Orthodox churches – but in Kotor stands St Clara’s, a church built by (and for) the Franciscan monks in the…

Travel Pics Theme: K for Kotor

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is K for Kotor  – and today we look at something a bit different – the ruins of a soap factory, abandoned in the heart of Kotor. When communism fell in the former Yugoslavia in the 80s, the country fell on hard times – and there are…

Travel Pics Theme: K for Kotor

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is K for Kotor  – and for Wednesday, its the waterfront at Perast, on Kotor Bay a few kilometres from Kotor itself. The city has sixteen Baroque palaces,  two Orthodox churches, and seventeen Catholic ones including St Nicholas’ – seen here – which has the highest campanile, or…

Travel Pics Theme: K for Kotor

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is K for Kotor  – and for Tuesday, it’s the interior of ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’ church, in Kotor Bay, near Perast. The story goes that sailors spotted the icon of the Virgin and Child washed up on a rock in Kotor Bay and decided to pay…

Travel Pics Theme: K for Kotor

The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is K for Kotor  – and we start at the Venetian fortifications, beside the old city. Kotor, in modern-day Montenegro, has been fortified since the sixth century – on the top right of this picture you can see some walls climbing up to the castle of St John…