How to pretend that you’ve read my book

I know I’ve been promising this for a while, but the photo galleries for Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany are now online for your viewing pleasure. Just click on the “Galleries” tab, above, and choose a chapter from the drop-down menu. (Chapters 11-20 are coming soon!)

The photos cover most of the incidents from the book, so if you’ve not read it yet, you’ll be able to look at the images and pretend you have. Regrettably, there’s no photo of Gill cutting my hair with her infamous “trepanning” technique and none of our Vespa crash or resulting injuries. (What sort of journo am I?) However, you do get some bonus photos of things that don’t appear in the book – such as this awesome pair of Cannibal Power slippers I bought in the Catania markets against my wife’s express wishes. (The bone in the cannibal’s hair even glows in the dark!) Continue reading

Photos of, erm, flowers …

I’m not sure when I started taking lots of photos of flowers but it’s not something I ever expected would happen. Photos of food, sure. Photos of gritty urban life, you bet. But photos of hydrangeas? Hmm.

Don’t worry: I’m not about to start forking out for expensive macro lenses or camping out at the Botanic Gardens for sunrise shots of heliconias. Continue reading