Second hike from Gioberney: views of the Glacier de la Condamine underneath the Pic des Aupillous (3505 m.).
Hiking the Cirque de Gioberney and the Lac du Lauzon in the Valgaudemar of the Écrins.
Raid ride to the Cime de la Bonette (2802 m.), “the highest road in Europe”.as a day trip out from Marseille
Backpacking to the summit of Square Top Mountain, Wyoming, 4204 m. (13,794 ft.) - wading the Green River. July 1991.
Bikers and their friends, rock’n’roll and motorcycle mania descend once again on Brighton seafront for fresh air and fun at the seaside.
Summer sunshine in Keswick in the Lake District, Cumbria.
Colourful, exuberant and loud: I’ve been at the afternoon performance of one of the most popular of all of this year’s Prom concerts, there are two performances of the same programme; not many programmes get a second airing. The broad audience for musical theatre queued in their droves, this a clearly a bargain for the many tourists who come to London for the musicals. and I am told that the queue for day tickets was already long at 9am. A predominantly girlie audience amongst the promenaders down at the front of the arena. And the concert performance was great fun with lots of exuberant energy. Orchestra and singers with amplification, which is required for the style of musical theatre but does reduce the subtlety of the sound.
We’ve been enjoying a variety of Rosso wines whilst touring Tuscany. This style of Italian red wine is capable of the finest, most smooth and most complex experience. Rosso is always 100% Sangiovese grape varietal. Variously cherry red or slightly tawny in the glass, Rosso wine ages relatively swiftly so the differences between a 2016 and 2013 are quite noticeable: the older wines being more rounded and less tannic with more complexity; left too long then the colour and aromas pale. Rosso wines also change rapidly, almost alarmingly, after being uncorked in the heat of a Tuscan evening; we have several times had the impression that the fantastic wine is deteriorating in front of us whilst the rural Italian kitchen struggles to supply its clientele.
Just now, May 2018, we found that Rosso 2016 is ready to drink, an “ordinary” 2015 is likely to be at its height whilst older bottles should be treated with suspicion except from a trusted cellar, in which case the bottle may be exceptionally fine, well in to the stratospheric class.