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…