Dear Passport…

We’ve been together for 10 years now and you need to be replaced.  But before I consign you to the bottom of the drawer, let’s take a journey through time and see where you have been…


dublin IRELAND
Dublin Canal
Dublin Canal
Paris france
reflections of palais royal
reflections of palais royal


toronto to vancouver Canada
Via Canada
Via Canada


Malta and Sicily
Upper Barakka Gardens
Upper Barakka Gardens Valletta, Malta
lemon ceramics
Ceramics from Sicily


Boston, New England and cape cod USA
Park in Boston
Bath Covered Bridge
Bath Covered Bridge
provincetown women
“They Also Faced the Sea” – Provincetown Harbour 2003-2005


South Africa and Namibia
Beach Huts
Beach Huts, Muizenberg, False Bay
Leopard in Namibia
Florida USA
miami skyline
Miami skyline
Mausoleum and Minarets
Mausoleum and Minarets


California usa
Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco, USA
Geneva and Montreux switzerland
Place du Bourg-de-Four
Place du Bourg-de-Four
Montreux lakeside
Promenade at Montreux
Prague and Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic
P - Prague
Prague – Charles Bridge
Cesky Krumlov castle view
Cesky Krumlov castle view


San Diego usa

night 1

Canyons Circle usa
Sunset Point - a good viewpoint
Sunset Point – a good viewpoint in Bryce Canyon
Paris france

Café Esmeralda

Vancouver canada


Vancouver island canada
Tofino - Vancouver Island
Tofino – Vancouver Island


San Francisco usa
Mission District Mural
Mission District Mural
Yosemite valley usa


Lisbon  portugal
Telhados - Rooftops
Telhados – Rooftops
Cascais portugal
Lighthouse in Cascais
Lake Bled slovenia
Pletna Boat
Pletna Boat
Ljubljana slovenia
cafe culture
venice italy

The passport was replaced shortly before my trip to Australia / New Zealand at the end of 2014. I doubt that I shall visit as many countries in the next ten years as I have during this phase, but I hope there will be a few, after all there is nothing like visiting another country to get the inspiration flowing for a travel photographer.


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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

78 thoughts on “Dear Passport…”

    1. The inspiration theme had me struggling until I realised that travel has been the inspiration for me to take photographs since I got my first camera.

  1. Jude what a brilliant idea for a post! I loved seeing all the places you have been and then really smiled when I got to spots you have written about since I began to follow you. You have seen many beautiful parts of this world. Best of luck filling up your new passport with memories.

  2. What a great idea for a blog post, it’s sometimes easy to forget how far we travel in ten years. Bon voyage with your new one.

    1. Thanks for the wishes, but I suspect it won’t. I have had a great 10 years of travelling, but maybe it is time to explore more of the countries around me that don’t require a passport 🙂

  3. It seems like you’ve had occasion to sing along with the Beach Boys: “Round, round, round, round, I get around….” Now that you’ve been to various other places in the United States, you’ll have to come to Texas one spring to see the wildflower displays.

  4. Geez, you get about a bit, dontcha?

    I wish I’d thought of this – it’s brilliant. I just replaced my passport earlier this year. Couldn’t possibly compete with your mighty itinerary (or your fabulous photos) but there’s a few interesting places in there. 🙂

    1. As you can see I had the idea last year, but it has taken me all this time to actually create the post. Originally I had several images for each destination and that was becoming the problem. A nice reminder of a decade of travel courtesy in the main to my OH and his writing skills. 🙂

  5. Wow! That’s a lot of amazing places you visted in 10 years Jude! A few I’ve visited as you know, but many not. I so enjoy your blog for that very reason, reading about your travels and seeing them through your eyes and fantastic photographs. I need to change my passport next year by March (changed it when I remarried in 2006) but I won’t have quite so many places stamped 😉 The one I hope to get in there is that safari, but I’m sure it will be after I get my new one. At least I’ll get the chipped kind at long last so will be able to go through the same line as hubby 🙂

    1. You’ll need at least 6 months on your passport so apply for it early as you won’t have enough time left on your old one. They give you that time on the new passport so you don’t lose out. I changed mine when I got married too, which is why my previous Aussie trip wasn’t on it, but this one has the chip so I can use the scanners etc which makes it much easier. Where are you going on safari? Sounds exciting!! And you know me and my love for Africa 🙂

      And thank you for your very kind words 🙂

      1. Yes, I need to remember that, thanks for the reminder Jude! I said to hubby since it is our 10th wedding anniversary next year that it would be a great excuse to take ‘that’ safari we’ve talked about for so long. I intend to bend your ear more about this when the time comes. Nothing planned as yet, so who knows. But I do really hope sooner rather than later, but not until next year at the earliest. Still hoping to get to St Ives in a couple of weeks…will keep you posted!
        And you are very welcome…I mean every word 🙂 xx

  6. Just brilliant, Jude! I love it 🙂 Though I knew I really shouldn’t look. 😦 How to make a person feel like a stop-at-home! But seriously, you have some superb shots. Pick a favourite place? I’m guessing SA. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jo. Although SA is a favourite, Canada is one place I’d return to, but I must admit long-haul gets less and less attractive the older I become.

  7. What a great idea for a blog post! Especially when you’ve done as much travelling as you have – great photos too. I too have less of a wanderlust than I’ve had in the past although you can never tell how long that will last.

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