Posts tagged ‘Town’


Fan’s of Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” books (I’ve not read them, but I’ve seen the movies) will know Volterra as the home of the sinister, ruling vampire coven. Well I can’t say that we came across any members of the Volturi (as they are known in the books) but this beautiful medieval hilltop town certainly captured my heart. Of all the places we visited in Tuscany this was my favourite, not too touristy and yet full of old-world charm……I could live in Volterra:

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)


For our week in Andalucia we based ourselves in the town of Osuna, about half-way between Seville and Granada. Because it’s not really part of the main tourist trail, Osuna offers visitors the chance to sample a quieter, more “authentic” Andalucian experience. However because it’s fairly central, most of the region’s main tourist attractions are within fairly easy reach. It was the perfect place to stay, especially as it wasn’t without charms of its own, as I hope the following images demonstrate:

Sun Shades

Although not strictly necessary, given that we visited in September, the shady canopies hanging above the streets did offer some welcome relief from the strong Andalucian sun. To the locals it probably wasn’t strong at all….but to pale-faced North Europeans it was hot enough thank you very much.

Monasterio de la Encarnacion 2

A twilight shot of the monastery in the Plaza de la Encarnacion.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)


Stromness is the second largest settlement and the main port on the Orkney Isles. It is a proper sea-faring town, full of “salty” character, narrow streets and solid stone buildings that look as though they could withstand anything the wind, rain and sea could throw at them…..which is just as well..;0).

Imagining the whalers, fishermen and smugglers singing sea-shanties in the local drinking-dens after a long hard voyage at sea is really not that difficult – there is something romantic about Stromness…..though I suspect the reality was somewhat more harsh, cold and dangerous:

As you can see I’m still wading through my photos from our two-week trip to Orkney in May. I reckon I’m about half way through the posts I had planned, and although it’s taking longer than I had hoped (mainly due to the day job getting in the way) I really want to finish sharing the Orkney shots before I move on to posting any other/new images.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

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