Unbelievable news out of Paris! Notre Dame cathedral has gone up in flames. Below is a rough sketch of the cathedral I made back in the day when I was backpacking through Europe and couldn’t afford a camera. At least I have the memories. Terrible, unthinkable loss.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FROM THE TOURNELLE BRIDGE
Au revoir, mon ami!!
Julian Assange was arrested this morning at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, just steps away from the world famous Harrod’s department store in Kensington. This ends a seven year standoff between the UK and Ecuadorian governments.
ECUADORIAN EMBASSY, LONDON
Lt. Col Richard Cole, the last Doolittle Raider, has died at age 103. The end of an era. AVE ATQUE VALE!
B25 MITCHELL BOMBER
The suicidal Doolittle Raid used modified Mitchell Bombers launched from an aircraft carrier with no hope of recovery to attack the Japanese mainland after the Pearl Harbor attack. The raid did little physical damage but gave the alliance a much needed psychological boost and the Japanese a foretaste of the terrible destruction to come.
“BILLY” MITCHELL HISTORICAL PLAQUE, MOUNT BILLY MITCHELL, ALASKA
Billy Mitchell is considered by some to be the father of the modern US Air Force. The plaque above honours his connection to Alaska.
Spent the morning watching the 175th edition of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat race in London. Congratulations to both the Cambridge women’s and men’s crews as the winners of this years event. Well done you!!
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOAT CLUB, RIVER CAM, CAMBRIDGE
The Golan Heights have jumped back into the news the last few days.
VINEYARD BELOW THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
Today the Golan Heights is a centre of viticulture and the region is now better known for its wine than for its war torn past.
GOLAN HEIGHTS PANORAMA
Despite the clear skies, the sound of rolling thunder and bright artillery flashes on the horizon was proof positive of the civil war in Syria just across the border.
GOLAN HEIGHTS OBSERVATION POST
GOLAN HEIGHTS MINEFIELD
Dangerous leftovers from yesteryear.
GOLAN HEIGHTS GIFT SHOP
In complete consonance with the zeitgeist of the times, a gift shop in a former war zone.
BURNT OUT RUSSIAN TANK
Remnant of the Yom Kippur war.
ISRAELI TANK OVERLOOKS THE VALLEY OF TEARS FROM THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
A gorgeous LA crooner flatters my lens with a pose atop a Chieftan tank.
Wine and women on the Golan Heights! What’s not to like??
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
SECOND CLASS WASH HOUSE, GROSSE ISLE, QUEBEC
An image from a less happier time, the second class wash house served immigrants forcibly quarantined on Grosse Isle in the St. Lawrence. Thousands of Irish did not survive the ravages of the European cholera outbreaks that they brought with them to the New World and were buried on what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
MEMORIAL TO FALLEN CANADIAN DOCTORS
Memorial to the brave and dedicated doctors who died delivering care to the afflicted and who now lie with their patients. Ave Atque Vale!!
Happy St. David’s Day to all my Welsh friends.
KAYAKS ON LAKE VYRNWY
HIKING MEMORIES OF WALES
CHIRK CASTLE GARDENS, WELSH MARCHES
Remembering Aqsa. Gone but not forgotten.
AQSA PARVEZ MEMORIAL, PELHAM, ONTARIO
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
YAD VASHEM CATTLE CAR MEMORIAL, JERUSALEM
Happy Robbie Burns day to all my Scottish friends.
HIGHLAND DANCER IN FULL FLING