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Boats on Lake Phewa, Pokhara, Nepal. Tourists can take a boat to the island and try to kill themselves climbing to the top to visit the World Peace Pagoda.

Boats on Lake Phewa, Pokhara, Nepal. Tourists can take a boat to the island and try to kill themselves climbing to the top to visit the World Peace Pagoda.

San Miguel de Allende, a residential square

We went painting one Sunday afternoon in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in a residential area on the side of the hill. There were flowering trees and shrubs in squares and streets and lovely views of the countryside.

 

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A moody winter landscape to mark what’s coming. I found it on the Internet in the public domain.

 

This photo is taken in a square in the centre of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (taken March 2011). San Miguel is a lovely little city known for its arts community and is host to many foreign visitors every year escaping the cold weather. Many Canadians, Americans and Europeans have chosen to live here year round. I used scenes like this as inspiration in Death on a Dig where Gwen Madden wanders the town of  El Matorral trying to track down Alicia Lester, or when she waits to meet Grant Freel for the first time.

This photo is taken in a square in the centre of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (taken March 2011). San Miguel is a lovely little city known for its arts community and is host to many foreign visitors every year escaping the cold weather. Many Canadians, Americans and Europeans have chosen to live here year round. I used scenes like this as inspiration in Death on a Dig where Gwen Madden wanders the town of El Matorral trying to track down Alicia Lester, or when she waits to meet Grant Freel for the first time.

Lake Bled Island, Slovenia

This is Bled Island in Lake Bled, among the Alps in northwestern Slovenia (taken November 2012). The main building on the island is a 17th century pilgrimage church. These days people come from all over the world to be married here. The town of Bled sits along the lakeshore. It’s a popular tourist destination, famed for its rugged beauty, its castle, sports such as rowing and skiing and for kremšnita, a cream and custard pastry that I can tell you from personal experience is delicious.

Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

One of 16 dragons on Dragon Bridge in central Ljubljana, Slovenia. There are 16 in all, but only the four at the corners on both sides of River Ljubljanica are this big. The bridge is a mere 100 years old; it replaced a much older wooden bridge in the early 1900s and was very modern for its time. Dragon Bridge crosses the Ljubljanica River into Old Town, where buildings and the castle high on a promontory overlooking the city and surrounding countryside, date back to 50 B.C. Ljubljana is a charming city, wonderful to stroll through, with a funicular railway to the castle, a thriving daily market in the Old Town, a great bus service, and a mountain not far from centre of the city with a serene, leafy park. A walk to the top affords wonderful views and a great meal at the restaurant there.

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