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February 2011

Puerto del Carmen Beach Lanzarote

Puerto_del_carmen_beach 

Watercolour 12" x 9"

The orderly rows of striking orange parasols covering the beach at Puerto del Carmen. I could not quite understand how the beach wasn't black in colour owing to the volcanic nature of the island. Imported maybe?  Anyway it's a lovely walk and everywhere is so clean.


Fowey Street

Fowey_street 

Original Watercolour 12" x 9"

This narrow back street of Fowey (pronounced 'Foy' as I later found out!) runs parallel to the estuary and was so narrow in places I can believe it must be a logistical nightmare getting deliveries into the local shops.  Walking along, now and then you'd get little glances of the sea between gaps in the houses.  Anyway you couldn't get more Cornish a scene than here, and it was wonderful off season and the sun putting in a rare appearance.  I relieved the local bakery of their last Cornish pasty of the day.


Faro back streets

Faro_street 

Original Watercolour 15" x 12"

Faro, one of the main cities on the South coast of Portugal is often overlooked by the tourists who head for the main resorts of Albufeira and elsewhere on the Algarve.  Faro still retains it's old world charm with colonial architecture, white washed walls, and quiet back streets to explore.


Puerto Banus, Marbella Spain

Puerto_banus 

Original Watercolour 15" x 12"

In the late afternoon sun, a quiet corner of the marina at Puerto Banus, watering hole for the rich (not me!).  I based my picture on a photo I took from the top deck of the ferry back to Marbella.  Some of the super yachts in the harbour are like small cruise ships!


O'Connell Bridge Dublin

Oconnell_bridge_dublin 

Watercolour 12" x 10"

O'Connell Bridge at the bottom of O'Connell Street in Dublin is the widest bridge (it's as wide as it's long) over the River Liffey and surely the busiest bridge of all, with traffic coming from all directions.


River Liffey Dublin Aston Quay

River_liffey_dublin 

Original Watercolour 12" x 10"

The River Liffey runs through the middle of Dublin on its way to the Irish Sea.  Not a massive river but 60% of it's flow is diverted for drinking water or to supply industry.  Many famous areas of Dublin are not too far from it's path, including the Temple Bar area.  'Hic'.