Exploring the Amadeus Royal river cruise ship

MS Amadeus Royal is seen here on the River Danube. Our tour takes us through the Panorama lounge and bar. It is breakfast time in the Panorama Restaurant on the Mozart Deck. Then up to the Sun Deck with its deck chairs and a giant chessboard. The ship was built in 2005 and is 361 … Read moreExploring the Amadeus Royal river cruise ship

Stourhead – garden and lakeside walk

Perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all of the great 18th-century landscape gardens. It is a living work of art with views that are like landscape painting brought to life. Stourhead is in the care of the National Trust. Some stills from the video. Filmed July 2019 with a DJI Osmo Pocket camera. See … Read moreStourhead – garden and lakeside walk

Boat ride on the Danube Delta

Our boat travells through Europe’s second-largest delta through a series of channels and lakes that cannot be reached by larger boats. We were lucky to be the lead boat in a flotilla of ten boats, giving us an excellent view of the delta channels. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has a wild landscape and diversity of … Read moreBoat ride on the Danube Delta

Budapest from the River Danube by night

The majestic floodlit buildings of Budapest are seen from a river cruise ship on the Danube. This was the first night on our “Contrasts of the Danube” river cruise going from Budapest in Hungary, to the Danube Delta. We pass the Parliament Building, the Chain Bridge, the Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge and the Gresham Palace and … Read moreBudapest from the River Danube by night

Hungarian horse show at Bakod Puszta farm

The horses and Magyar cowboys perform at a show on a ranch near Kalocsa, Hungary. In spite of the rain and a muddy arena, they performed with enthusiasm. The highlight of the performance was a rider with a team of eight horses. He stood upright on the back two horses and guided the horses with … Read moreHungarian horse show at Bakod Puszta farm

“A Carriage with Clowns” (Caruta cu Paiate) sculpture – Bucharest, Romania

A Carriage with Clowns

A bronze sculpture by Ioan Bolborea in front of the National Theater of Bucharest, Romania. It was created in honor of Romania’s favorite playwright, Ion Luca Caragiale. It was unveiled in December 2010. The tableau comprises of twelve figures on a railway carriage base plus a couple of figures floating above. Filmed June 2019 with … Read more“A Carriage with Clowns” (Caruta cu Paiate) sculpture – Bucharest, Romania

Exeter Quayside on a sunny morning

Exeter Quayside

We stroll around Exeter’s historic quayside. Along the quay is an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, pubs, and bars where you can enjoy good food, people watch and soak up the lovely atmosphere. An unusual hand-powered ferry takes foot passengers across the river. Near the ferry is a blacksmith shop selling garden ornaments made on … Read moreExeter Quayside on a sunny morning

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter – National Trust

A dramatic castle overlooking the Teign Gorge, Dartmoor. A conservation project to make it watertight was nearing its end at the time of our visit. It is in the care of the National Trust. It was the first 20th-century property to be adopted by the National Trust. There are some beautiful, well laid out gardens … Read moreCastle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter – National Trust

Kingston Lacy House and Gardens in Dorset – National Trust

Kingston Lacy House and Gardens in Dorset

A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside near Wimborne Minster. It is in the care of the National Trust. The house has a large collection of interesting paintings and sculptures. The Japanese garden is worth a visit as is the extensive kitchen garden. Filmed July 2019 with … Read moreKingston Lacy House and Gardens in Dorset – National Trust

Water fountains in Unirii Square, Bucharest – a relaxation video

Water fountains in Unirii Square, Bucharest

The fountains facing the Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania, cover an area of 1.4 kilometers. The fountains have recently been refurbished at the cost of millions of euros. There were protests by the locals that the money would have been better spent on health care. However, the fountains are a huge tourist attraction with the … Read moreWater fountains in Unirii Square, Bucharest – a relaxation video

St Barnabas Monastery, Famagusta, North Cyprus

St Barnabas Monastery, Famagusta, North Cyprus at DavideoVisits.com

St. Barnabas Monastery is dedicated to the patron saint of Cyprus, St. Barnabas. The church is now an icon museum housing a stunning collection of Cypriot artefacts dating back as far as the 7th Century BC. Near the monastery there is a small mausoleum built on the spot where the saint’s remains were discovered. There … Read moreSt Barnabas Monastery, Famagusta, North Cyprus

Ancient Ruins of Salamis near Famagusta, Cyprus

Ancient Ruins of Salamis, Cyprus

The remains of the city of Salamis are on the east coast of Cyprus north of modern Famagusta. In 1100 BC it was the capital of Cyprus. Salamis survived the successive occupations of the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, and Romans but eventually succumbed to the forces of nature. The site extends over an area of one … Read moreAncient Ruins of Salamis near Famagusta, Cyprus

The largest Victorian glasshouse in the world

Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, was recently restored at the cost of £41 million. It contains some of the rarest and most threatened species of plants on the planet. Following a major five-year renovation process, the Temperate House re-opened in 2018 to showcase the magnificence of the world’s temperate zones. … Read moreThe largest Victorian glasshouse in the world

10 Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens

Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London offer a host of springtime attractions, even on a showery day like the one of our visit. My top ten Springtime attractions are the Rhododendron Dell, Baby Geese, the Palm House, the Waterlilly House, the Treetop Walkway, the Temperate House, the Great Pagoda, the Mediterranean Garden, the Princess of … Read more10 Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens