The Road to Kathmandu

Almost exactly two years after Morocco, my cameras and I are back on the trail again. Where? I originally booked to go to Patagonia, but after Top Gear were run out of town on a rail that got cancelled. Then … Continue reading

Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

After the Overture, the Performance

It turns out that the descent into Kathmandu was just a warm-up act. The flight from Kathmandu to Paro is only about and hour and a quarter, in a 50-seat propeller plane, but I can’t think of any short, scheduled … Continue reading

Getting Shooting

After all the travelling, it was good to get our teeth into a solid day of photography. The day starts with a pre-breakfast, pre-dawn wander around the hotel. However as a result of an extremely cold bedroom my night’s sleep … Continue reading

Friday, November 13, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog

The Rinpung Zhong

While I rather liked the detail shot from yesterday, I realised that I should really post something showing the grand buildings, so here is a view of the Rinpung Zhong from the nearby river. The interesting thing is that the … Continue reading

Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Long Drive, but Worth It

On Saturday we do a long loop drive via the Chelela Pass, which links the Paro Valley to the one which borders Tibet, and then back round the end of the valley. The pass is at 13,000 feet, and the … Continue reading

Sunday, November 15, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

To Thimpu

6am: I’ve just woken up and we have to repack and get out early, and there are no lights, so while I can see to type (and the Wifi is working, oddly), I can’t see a bloody thing otherwise. This … Continue reading

Culture and Food

We’ve had another good day. We start at the National Memorial Chorten (a sort of shrine), which is very busy but I get some good shots of old ladies cleaning all the brass lamps, and then the brass lamps burning. … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

The Golden Bhudda

Self explanatory, I hope! Continue reading

Of Temples, Portals and Knobs…

We leave Thimphu via a small mountain road which climbs rapidly our of the city towards the north-east. We are treated to great views of the Buddha, which although below the summit is brilliantly positioned and visible from all over … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

In Close

I’ve discovered that I’m tending to go to extremes with my lenses on this trip. The shot in the previous post used the 12-35mm at 12mm. This shot was taken down into the Punakha valley from above, using the 100-300mm … Continue reading

Tantric Temple

After a very meagre breakfast (breakfasts are getting steadily worse while the other meals may be improving slightly), we have a short drive and then start off by walking up to a temple which nestles on a hilltop below some … Continue reading

Thursday, November 19, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel