Views From A Train Window

We travelled by train to Venice in 2016, I did post a lot of photos taken from the train windows at the time, but there were a few views that I couldn’t find out where they were.  But there were some wonderful castles, churches and villages that we passed going through Germany, Switzerland and Italy that I would have loved to have visited, but maybe one day I will get to see some of them.  So for now, these photos are of where I would have loved to have jumped off and explored.  


Back Streets of Venice, Italy

Sorting through some photos, I came across some Venice 2106 photos, that I had for some reason not use, mostly likely because I took way too many.  So I thought I would change these to mono and see how they looked.  I like photos that have that timeless feel to them, which you can achieve by changing them to black & white.  Hopefully some of these have that feel, anyway it was fun to do and I hate wasting photos 🙂

The Ancient Priory Church of St Mary, Portchester. Hampshire


After our visit to Portchester Castle, we made our way over to the Ancient Priory Church of St Mary, situated in the far corner of the Roman enclosure.  

Built in the 1120s of Isle of Wight stone by Normans. It was given by Henry 1 to a small community of Augustinian or Austin canons/monks.   Their seats in the chancel with arched recesses may still be seen. The priory buildings that once stretched south to the Roman wall have completely disappeared. The canons moved some four miles away to Southwick for a more quiet life after some 20 years, but sent a canon until the Reformation in the 1530s to serve this parish.

The Norman west door is a wonderful example of Norman stonework with a variety of patterns.

The building is of outstanding simplicity, a nave with traditional Norman arches and rounded windows in the north and south wall.  

On the South wall is an Elizabethan plaque, dated 1577, the oldest of this type in the county and a note of the royal grant.  The flowing photos will take you on a tour of this interesting church.





St Mary’s Norman Font, Portchester, Hampshire

St Mary’s Church situated in the grounds of Portchester Castle, Hampshire, is the home of a splendid Norman Font and was a lovely surprise.  Thought to be contemporaneous with the church itself, this font is nearly 900 years old and displays intricate carvings.  As may be suspected from both the colour difference and the sharpness of the carving, the lower part of the font displaying the columns is considerably more modern, dating from 1888. Apparently the original base, described as having the baptism of Christ sculptured upon it was still in existence in 1845, but the upper part is as it was when carved by the hand of a Norman stonemason.  Made of Caen stone and is intricately carved with spirals of flowers, serpents and other figures.  A baptismal font full of symbolism, which are not yet fully understood.  It’s a wonderful font for my collection of ‘Church Fonts’.


Iceland Cruise 29 – A Midnight Feast & Goodbye to Magellan

 Iceland Cruise March 2018 –  I feel quite sad now, this is the final post of our cruise to Iceland, and what better way to finish, than a midnight feast.  They did a wonderful job, the ship was moving so much, I did think they had super glued the food on the plates.  The place was full, I think everyone thought it was better up doing something, then trying to sleep with the movement of the ship.  I manage to take my photos while they were still setting up… one said anything, and I thought as soon as the buffet is open, I won’t get a look in…..and I was right, they came from everywhere.  Everything you see is made from food, personally, I love the melon heads.  The next morning I took a couple of photos from the cabin window, these are 15 foot/ 5 meters high waves that we had for two nights and a day.  My husband was not happy, I think if you have read all my Iceland posts, you will know by now we are never going on another cruise.  I, on the other hand loved it, except the last afternoon, when I could’nt get the suitcases to stay on the bed to pack, then I had a moan on about it.  But husband did enjoy the shore trips and a little of the sailing……but not much.  I have so enjoyed reliving the cruise, I really must have, as this is the first trip that I have actually finished posting about 🙂  The last two photos are of my Dad’s garden, we had to rush down to see him the next day after we got home, and we were greeted by snow, similar to what we had left 12 days earlier on our cruise, I think home had more snow than Iceland did 🙂