January Travel Ezine

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January Issue 2011.

Photos of Burano, Venice's colourful Island

As the Venice Vaporetto water bus to Burano travels across the Venetian lagoon it passes Venice's cemetery island and then the glass making island of Murano. As The grand Palaces and high campanile of Venice recede into the distance the 2 islands of Burano and Torcello appear ahead in the lagoon.
Torcello was the first inhabited Island in the Lagoon along with Burano but the water fresh water from the River Po around these island allowed mosquitoes to breed in great numbers. Malaria spread by the mosquitos eventually drove the early settlers away from these islands to build Venice on the Riva Alto where the salt water kept the mosquitos at bay.
Torcello is still almost deserted apart from the medieval church and campanile at its centre and the Locanda Cipriani Restaurant, which used to be a Cipriani guesthouse and became a literary legend after Ernest Hemingway wrote 'Across the River and Through the Trees' during his stay there.
Burano became the home of the Venetian lace industry . Devoid of any of the great palaces of Venice the houses of Burano are simple square workers homes lining a few canals that criss cross the small island. Burano is not a dull place though. It is as if its inhabitants have all been struck by colour blindness. A tradition of painting the houses in Burano in high primary colours is epidemic. Every colour of the rainbow is used and clashing colours are the fashion. The dancing colour of the reflections in the canal spread joy and happiness to residents and visitors alike.
Burano may lack the grand architecture of Venice but it more than makes up for this with its vivid coloured houses that burn their way into your memory and make any visit an unforgettable experience.

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The Palatine Chapel Palermo - Middle Age High Art From The Normans


Until recently the centuries between the fall of the Roman Empire and the start of the Renaissance have been viewed as a period of low culture. Now historians and archaeologists are evaluating again the period called the Dark or Middle ages.
The effect the Normans had on European culture was far greater than their war mongering image suggests. Masterpieces like the interior of the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace of Palermo demonstrates the Normans love of high bombastic art. Wherever the Normans Conquered great works of Architecture and art were started. The Normans encouraged the church to build the great churches & monasteries of Northern Europe. When they conquered areas of Southern Italy and Sicily great architectural and high art projects were commissioned that paved the way for the Renaissance.
The art of the Palatine Chapel shows that The Norman Kings were politicians of great skill. The style of the art and its iconography would have pleased Roman Catholic Christians and the Christians of the Orthodox church of Byzantium. In this way the Normans could trade with both without conflict.
The Normans did not create great Empires but married into the local noble families of the lands they conquered and in that way became part of countries they conquered.
To find out more about the Normans and the Palatine Palace we have written the story of the chapel with photos of its incredible interiors.

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The Historic Busójárás (Busojaras) Spring Carnival of Mohacs, Hungary.

One of the last great unspoilt European pagan carnivals is the Busójárás (Busojaras). It is the annual celebration of the Šokci (Croats) living in the town of Mohács Hungary ending on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras. The celebration features Busós (men wearing traditional masks and sheep skin costumes), that parade through the town ringing bells and making as much noise as possible to scare "winter" away. On the last day of the festival they symbolically burn a coffin with "winter" inside and spring starts. This is a lively carnival and is still very much a Hungarian carnival and local event even though it attracts more than 10,000 people.
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Spring Stock Photos Pictures & Images

We have made new collections of Spring Blossom and Spring flowers. The Blossom collection has white cherry blossom, apples & apricot blossom photos in the studio and on location.
The Spring flower collection has photos of Dandelion Clocks and daffodils in the studio and in the daffodil Nature Reserve at Farndale North Yorkshire.

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If you are starting to think about Easter at we thought you might enjoy "My Little eBook Of Easter". Our Easter stock collections have photos of Easter Eggs, Easter chicks & Bunnies on painted eggs. We also have a collection of Daffodils & blossom. See these stock photos at:
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This Months " Must Visit" Destination.


Kleiner Scheidegg is breathtaking at any time of year but in the winter its magical. At 2061 Mts ( 6761 ft) Kleiner Scheidegg sits at the foot of the North Face Of the Eiger. From here skiers can ski to Grindelwald or follow the famous downhill run to Wengen.
From Kleiner Scheidegg you can also take the train down to Grindelwald or Wengen or take one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world to the Top of Europe. The Jungfraubahn (Jungfrau Railway) was built in 1896. A short distance above Kleiner Scheidegg the railway enters a tunnel and climbs inside the North Face of The Eiger to a stop half way up the shear mountain face. You can get out of the train and from a viewing point see the precipitous drop that defeated so many climber. From here the train continues upwards through the tunnel to the underground Jungfraujoch railway station. At 3,471 meters (11,388 ft) this is the highest railway station in Europe. The construction of this railway would be a major feat of engineering today so we can but marvel at the skill of the engineers who made the line in 1896.


From the station a lift goes up to the Sphinx Observatory from where you can see the peaks of the Jungfrau and Monch as well as the great glacier that runs away towards the Matterhorn valley. Many take their skis in the summer and ski the glacier. For most though the altitude makes such physical pastimes difficult resulting in breathlessness and dizziness. The railway station complex is well named Top of Europe and a visit is a unique and memorable experience.

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Funky Stock is a boutique library with photos by multi award winning London photographer Paul Williams. Paul has worked at the cutting edge of advertising, design and editorial in London for over 25 years. In the early days his cookery book photography won him a prestigious Glenfiddich cookery book award for a Dorling Kindersley's "Yan Kits Kitchen".
In later years Paul Williams has concentrated on big brand packaging and advertising including British household names like Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Tesco. This work earned him Gold DNAD awards in the UK, Cleo awards in the USA and a Silver Rose of Montreau Advertising festival.
Now Paul Williams has turned his attention to stock photography and he is well on his way to achieving his ambition of producing a world class stock boutique library with creative and highly professional food and travel photos.
His goal is simply to offer the best at affordable prices. We look forward to being of service in the furure.