We are back home in the UK. Our departure day started earlier than expected at 4AM when a Fire Alarm sounded. Our first reaction was: ‘ Is that really our alarm?’ I opened our door: it was! We were packed, everything ready for departure. What do you wear for a Fire Alarm? We donned the hotel’s standard issue Bathrobe (in white, of course). I grabbed my rucsac in which my camera, lenses, laptop, passports, cards and money were packed (priorities!). My wife grabbed her handbag and we headed down the stairs. No smell of fire: it was a false alarm. We all hung around in the downstairs lounge until cleared to return to our rooms. An opportunity to survey our fellow guests – stripped of makeup and smart evening clothes. Everyone looked just as dishevelled and ordinary as I did – some maybe worse. What a great feeling that was!
3 hours later we got up for real. An Electro taxi, two trains, a plane, a bus and finally a car and we reached home. My wife slept through most of it, thankfully I stayed awake, or we might by now be languishing in a railway siding somewhere in Switzerland.
And the sun is shining here in the UK, but we mustn’t get too excited about that – it will still probably rain for the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday!
A journey involves a camera. It helps relieves the boredom, if nothing else. The first image (above) was taken at Visp waiting for Train No 2, looking back up the valley we had descended in Train No 1.
And so to Geneva Airport about which I have written before in ‘Waiting to Fly’. I found an interesting mural in a café which I captured in two shots once the people seated in front of it cleared off. I stitched the two together and simplified it down to the barest of images. It really is a simple but effective little graphic.
Then finally we waited in the departure lounge where the two earlier images in ‘Waiting to Fly’ were taken.
This area is a source of unusual images thanks to reflections and tinted glass. I found a number of new images, some of which I will be publishing in the next few weeks, but today’s last two make a specific visual connection with flying.