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Ronda

Views from Ronda

A foliage-covered monolith sweeps towards the wastelands, where the sirocco drinks from quiet hills and breathes life into dust. Above parched hues of gold and lustier green, houses are perched theatrically, their backyards plummeting towards the tombs of desperate prisoners and the damned. At eventide, their whitewashed walls burn like salt crystals and Ronda’s gorge …

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Richmond Tasmania

A Ghost, a Pie and an Old Bridge in Richmond, Tasmania

I often forget how recently Australia was civilised until I come across its oldest buildings. Take our oldest bridge for example, built in 1825 in one of my all-time-favourite places in the world, Tasmania. Named the Richmond Bridge, it’s comparatively youthful in the world of stone and mortar. Not that it matters because it looks …

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brisbane bridge

The End of The Brisbane Bridge

I’ve been wandering around Brisbane a lot lately, discovering my new city during its notoriously sweltering summer. One place I’ve ambled across quite a bit is the Victoria Bridge, which is the replacement for the first bridge to span the city’s north and south river banks, the Brisbane Bridge. Two years after it opened in …

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Cangas de Onís

A Very Fine Bridge in Cangas de Onís, Spain

It was autumn when I visited the ‘Roman’ bridge in Cangas de Onís, northern Spain. Amber, lime and gold-coloured trees flanked the Sella River, one of the best waterways in Spain for salmon. Layers of mountain silhouettes loomed beyond the trees, while a replica of Spain’s famous Victory Cross hung from the bridge’s centre. Merlin’s …

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