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Places visited by Ron Wells


Great Wall China

The Thames in Summer

London at Dusk

London at Night

Westferry Circus

London from Westferry Circus

Sorrento Italy

Bay of Naples

Capri Italy

Positano Italy

La Manga Spain

Keble College Oxford

Falkirk Wheel (approach) Scotland

Falkirk Wheel
(action) Scotland


Prince's Gardens
Edinburgh


Helsinki Finland

Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto

Matsumoto Castle Nagano

Todaiji Temple Nara

Ski Jumps Nagano

Forbidden City Beijing

Cherry Blossoms Tokyo

Minato-Ku Tokyo

Geneva Switzerland

Xi'an City Wall

Terracotta Army Xi'an

Angkor Wat Sunrise

 

 

 

COUNTRY

CITY

Australia Brisbane
Gold Coast
Austria Vienna
Belarus Minsk
Belgium Brussels
Antwerp
Bruges
Ghent
Cambodia Angkor Heritage Sites
Siem Reap
Canada Victoria
Vancouver
China Beijing
Shanghai
Shantou
Shenzhen
Xi'an
Congo (Republic of) Brazzaville
Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan
Croatia Zagreb
Dubrovnik
Czech Republic Prague
Most
Denmark Copenhagen
Egypt Cairo
Aswan
Luxor
Finland Helsinki
France Paris
Lyon
Nice
Strasbourg
Germany Berlin
Dusseldorf
Frankfurt am Main
Hamburg
Munich
Greece Athens
Piraeus
Hong Kong S.A.R. Hong Kong
Hungary Budapest
India Delhi
Gurgaon
Indonesia Kuta, Bali
Ireland (Republic of) Dublin
Italy Rome
Genoa
Naples
Sorrento
Venice
Japan Tokyo
Kyoto
Nara
Nagano ( Hakuba )
Nagoya
Kazakhstan Almaty
Atyrau
Tengiz
Macau S.A.R. Macau
Malaysia George Town, Penang
Netherlands The Hague
Amsterdam
Alkmaar
Noordwijkerhout
Rotterdam
Scheveningen
Utrecht
New Zealand Auckland
Hamilton
Norway Oslo
Stavanger
Poland Warsaw
Krakow
Plock
Portugal Lisbon
Russia Moscow
Irkutsk (from the air)
Sierra Leone Freetown
Singapore Singapore
Slovakia Bratislava
South Africa Pretoria
Cape Town
Durban
Johannesburg
Spain Madrid
Barcelona
Cordoba
Mallorca ( Sóller )
Seville
Valencia
Sweden Stockholm
Switzerland Basel/Basle
Geneva
Zug
Zurich
Thailand Bangkok
Ayutthaya
Ko Samui
Phuket
Turkey Istanbul
Ukraine Kyiv
Rivne
U.S.A. Washington DC
Atlanta GA
Boston MA
Chicago IL
Concord CA
Hanover NH
Honolulu Hawaii
Houston TX
Miami FL
New Orleans Louisiana
New York NY
Orlando FL
Salt Lake City UT
San Francisco CA
Spokane WA
Stamford CT
Zaire
(now: Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kinshasa
Zimbabwe Harare
Bulawayo

 

Lake Baikal and Irkutsk from 31,000 feet

On board Virgin Atlantic Flight VS251 from Shanghai Pudong to London Heathrow, on December 15, 2005, I saw Lake Baikal and  Irkutsk from 31,000 feet, under an almost clear sky and bathed in the light of a full moon.  It was an awesome sight.  The large meandering rivers of the snow covered plains, then the forested mountains, and the ravines gave way to the large expanse of calm water that was only the southern tip of Lake Baikal.  Across the lake a cliff-line rose from the water's edge, broken only by the expansive outlet of the dammed river Angara that held captive mini-icebergs reflecting white in the moonlight.  Lights of habitation blinked around the river mouth, down river the dam held back a long expanse of silvery water.  At the foot of this man-made marvel lay the jewel encrusted cape of Irkutsk's golden lights, with several bridges clearly visible.  Flying just south of Irkutsk we passed on into the night, chasing the sun across Siberia, west to London.  Google Earth is good but a poor substitute for gazing out from 31,000 feet through a clear sky, under a full moon, at about 09:30 GMT.

Ron Wells

 

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