The Royal Palace of Madrid
       
     
The Royal Palace of Madrid
       
     
Gran Via
       
     
The Old City
       
     
Golden Hour in Madrid
       
     
El Retiro in Madrid
       
     
A Cafe in Madrid
       
     
The Metro under Madrid
       
     
Plaza Mayor in Madrid
       
     
The Prado Museum in Madrid
       
     
Almudena Cathedral in Madrid
       
     
Temple of Debod in Madrid
       
     
The Crystal Palace in Madrid
       
     
Almeria Station in Almeria
       
     
Alcazaba of Almeria
       
     
Huercal-Overa
       
     
Huercal-Overa
       
     
Huercal-Overa in Spain
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
       
     
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
       
     
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
       
     
Deadvlei in Namibia
       
     
The Road to Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Dune 45 in Sossusvlei
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Krabi, Thailand
       
     
Railay Beach, Thailand
       
     
Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Railay Bay, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Railay Lagoon, Thailand
       
     
Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Temple), Thailand
       
     
Golden Buddha at the Tiger Temple, Thailand
       
     
Wat Tham Suea in Krabi, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Chicken Island, Thailand
       
     
Poda Island, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Mapungubwe National Park
       
     
Road Trips in Limpopo
       
     
Makapans Cave
       
     
Mapungubwe National Park
       
     
Lost in Limpopo
       
     
Lake Funduzi
       
     
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
       
     
Viewing Deck at Burj Khalifa in Dubai
       
     
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
       
     
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
       
     
Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona
       
     
Gothic District in Barcelona
       
     
Gothic District in Barcelona
       
     
Gothic District in Barcelona
       
     
Tibidabo in Barcelona
       
     
The Royal Palace of Madrid
       
     
The Royal Palace of Madrid

The front facade of the palace captured from the stairs of the Almudena Cathedral. 

The Royal Palace of Madrid
       
     
The Royal Palace of Madrid

A truly magnificent Baroque palace that was built during the 18th century and was home to nobility of Spain. The massive palace is adorned with magnificent artwork inside and out. 

Gran Via
       
     
Gran Via

The Gran Via in Madrid is the high streets in the city. It is lined with high fashion boutiques, large retail stores, restaurants, galleries, hotels and everything that one can imagine. 

The Old City
       
     
The Old City

At the heart of Madrid is the wonderful old walking streets. Each little alley is lined with wonderful history, beautiful buildings, and many many churches. My first day in Madrid was dedicated to getting lost in these magnificent streets. 

Golden Hour in Madrid
       
     
Golden Hour in Madrid

Sunsets during the colder months in Madrid are magical and somewhat paradoxical because though the skies are clear and golden rays stream down the old streets, it is absolutely freezing cold. 

El Retiro in Madrid
       
     
El Retiro in Madrid

The massive public park next to the Atocha station in Madrid is called El Retiro which means 'The Retreat' and it really is a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

A Cafe in Madrid
       
     
A Cafe in Madrid

Dinner time in Madrid starts much later than what I would normally expect. Restaurants only start filling up from 9pm or even 10pm and for a person who is used to eating by 7pm, this was very strange. However there is so much great tapas on offer everywhere in the city, you will never go hungry. 

The Metro under Madrid
       
     
The Metro under Madrid

The Metro in Madrid is one of the most interesting modes of transport in and around the city. The vast array of people that use the metro on a daily basis allow you to witness a beautiful cross section of Madrid life. The busker and off teh trains make everything a little more magical. 

Plaza Mayor in Madrid
       
     
Plaza Mayor in Madrid

At the heart of each of the older cities and towns in Spain is a public space which is referred to as Plaza Mayor. This is the Plaza Mayor at in the centre of Madrid and it a wonderful open square that is home to street performers, restaurants and fantastic architecture.

The Prado Museum in Madrid
       
     
The Prado Museum in Madrid

The most prestigious museum, in Madrid, is the Prado. It is homes to a magnificent collection of art, that celebrates some of the true masters. A highlight for me was seeing the Diego Valazquez masterpeice, Las Menenas.  

Almudena Cathedral in Madrid
       
     
Almudena Cathedral in Madrid
Temple of Debod in Madrid
       
     
Temple of Debod in Madrid

A gift to the Spanish after their assistance in building the Aswan High Damn in Egypt. The temple was transported brick by brick and completely reassembled in Madrid. 

The Crystal Palace in Madrid
       
     
The Crystal Palace in Madrid

Nestled amongst the beautiful greenery of El Retiro is this stunning greenhouse - The Crystal Palace. The space is no longer used as a functional greenshouse but rather it is used as wonderful exhibition space.  

Almeria Station in Almeria
       
     
Almeria Station in Almeria
Alcazaba of Almeria
       
     
Alcazaba of Almeria

This 10th-century castle was originally built by the Muslim empire and stood as the primary fortification in this part fo Spain. 

Huercal-Overa
       
     
Huercal-Overa

The small sleepy famring town of Huercal-Overa in the South of Spain at siesta time. 

Huercal-Overa
       
     
Huercal-Overa

A crisp and cool sunset in the peaceful countryside in Southern Spain. 

Huercal-Overa in Spain
       
     
Huercal-Overa in Spain
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
       
     
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
       
     
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
       
     
Sesriem Canyon in Namibia
Deadvlei in Namibia
       
     
Deadvlei in Namibia
The Road to Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
The Road to Sossusvlei in Namibia
Dune 45 in Sossusvlei
       
     
Dune 45 in Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei in Namibia
       
     
Sossusvlei in Namibia
Krabi, Thailand
       
     
Krabi, Thailand
Railay Beach, Thailand
       
     
Railay Beach, Thailand
Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
       
     
Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
       
     
Phra Nang Beach, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Railay Bay, Thailand
       
     
Railay Bay, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Railay Lagoon, Thailand
       
     
Railay Lagoon, Thailand
Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Temple), Thailand
       
     
Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Temple), Thailand
Golden Buddha at the Tiger Temple, Thailand
       
     
Golden Buddha at the Tiger Temple, Thailand
Wat Tham Suea in Krabi, Thailand
       
     
Wat Tham Suea in Krabi, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Chicken Island, Thailand
       
     
Chicken Island, Thailand
Poda Island, Thailand
       
     
Poda Island, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Ao Nang, Thailand
       
     
Ao Nang, Thailand
Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Drakensberg South Africa
       
     
Drakensberg South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Mapungubwe National Park
       
     
Mapungubwe National Park

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Road Trips in Limpopo
       
     
Road Trips in Limpopo

Limpopo Province, South Africa 

Makapans Cave
       
     
Makapans Cave

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Mapungubwe National Park
       
     
Mapungubwe National Park

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Lost in Limpopo
       
     
Lost in Limpopo

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Lake Funduzi
       
     
Lake Funduzi

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Burj Khalifa in Dubai
       
     
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
Viewing Deck at Burj Khalifa in Dubai
       
     
Viewing Deck at Burj Khalifa in Dubai
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
       
     
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
       
     
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona
       
     
Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona
Gothic District in Barcelona
       
     
Gothic District in Barcelona
Gothic District in Barcelona
       
     
Gothic District in Barcelona
Gothic District in Barcelona
       
     
Gothic District in Barcelona
Tibidabo in Barcelona
       
     
Tibidabo in Barcelona