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Walking to Rome: Day Two on the Chaucer Way

Blackheath

Wellings

Chummy jellied eel

Red House, home to Willian Morris, designed byJames Gibbs

Crayford

Dartford

Saint Mary’s Church, Stone

Gravesend

31.4km (more…)

Walking to Rome: Another Day in London

Tomorrow Gail and I will make our way on foot from the Christian heart of London, Westminster Abbey, to Canterbury, a journey of some 120 kilometers over six days. We will roughly follow the trail pilgrims have followed for centuries. A trail colorfully described in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. A trail that, these days, is aptly known as the Chaucer Way.

As a head start, today we will be visiting central London sites significant to pilgrims past and present. (more…)

Walking to Rome: First Day in London

Our first day in London is a jet lag recovery day. How we deal with this time traveller’s malady is to hit the ground running. Or, in our case, walking. We arrive early morning at Heathrow, headed into town, deposit our bags at our refuge for the next two nights, Thanet Hotel near Russell Square Park. (more…)

Camera Tales: The Konica Autoreflex T (first exposure)

The body of my first real camera, the Konica Autoreflex T, is all that remains of my once robust stable of Konica 35mm cameras and lenses. But that is enough. This carcass of polished metal embodies a decade of life changes, worldly explorations and career accomplishments.

It was 1970 and this was the first camera I bought for myself. Many memories surround that purchase. I remember the camera store, a small storefront in the old market building in London, Ontario. I remember the sudden death of my father just weeks earlier. I remember, weeks later, my brave, young mum, picking up the pieces of a family set adrift and moving us to Winnipeg.  (more…)