That Was The Year That Was …

Regular followers of this site will know a little of my travels this year – when I was away from my home for over five months visiting South Africa, France, Cambodia, Vietnam, Holland, Spain, India, Malaysia, Singapore, various parts of Thailand and Italy.  There may have been other places that I forget at the moment – old age!  Oh – yes!  Also a two-week visit to Western Australia.  I hope to be more of a “Home boy” next year …

The quality of these more or less random photos varies greatly.

During my time in Malaysia my Canon blew up and subsequent photos were then taken on my steam-powered telephone.  Huge repair bills to the camera when I returned to Thailand … only for the thing to die again when I was in Monaco.  Many of the photographs after that disaster are also rather shabby results from my wind-up telephone.  Prior to going to Australia or South Africa I took a second mortgage and sold a slave or two and bought a new Canon camera.

The folks at Canon must love me.

I now understand how professional photographers talk about going through camera bodies and amassing loads of different lenses.  It is a bit like the woodsman who has had a favourite axe for decades … and has only had to replace the handle three times and the axe head twice.

The year’s travels were – mostly – very enjoyable and many of the places I would leap on a jet plane to see again … but I will not be in any hurry to return to South Africa.

Here are some photos from the year’s travels.  Please let me know if you like any of them!  Feedback of any sort is always encouraging to writers … and photographers.

1 Jungle Home

Sunlight, Jungle Home, Pasak Ngam, Thailand

SAfr JNB DUR Railwat people 2

Railside dwellings, South Africa

THAI CNX Doi Inthanon Queens stupa and garden copy

The Queen’s Stupa and Garden, Doi Inthanon, Thailand

THAI CNX Concert

Chiang Mai Concert next to my apartment, Thailand

SAfr Durban Lads

Likely Lads, Durban, South Africa

IND Goa street workers copy

Street Workers, Goa, India

Cambodia Kampot Old man 2

Old Man and Old House, Kampot, Cambodia

VNM Hanoi Hat and govt bldg

Traditional Hats and Government Buildings, Hanoi, Vietnam

1. Genova 17 Palazzo Ducale door 2

Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy

MON Monte Carlo View of port 1

View of the Harbour, Monte Carlo, Monaco

CRO Rovinj sunbaking and boat

Sun Seekers, Ferry Boat and blue blue waters, Rovinj, Croatia

Cambodia Kampot Atelier restaurant hotel

Atelier Restaurant and Hotel, Kampot, Cambodia

SAfr Cape Town Simons Town

Simons Town, Cape Town, South Africa

1. CRO Rovinj 17 Photodays Finalist JL Munoz Portrait of Jonatan a gypsy boy 2nd pl Nude Body

Photodays Finalist JL Munoz: “Portrait of Jonatan a Gypsy Boy”; 2nd place Nude Body; Rovinj, Croatia

VNM HCMC Flower market

Flower Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

IND Goa selfie with Jesus

Selfie with a very bloody Christ, Goa, India

ITA Venice Biennale Laundry in Corte de Casarasina

Washing Day, Corte de Casarasina, Venice, Italy


Woman in traditional Ao Dai dress, on the steps of the Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

ITA Venice Support by Lorenzo Quinn copy

“Support” by Lorenzo Quinn, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

FRA Antibes sunny arch with man

Sunny archway with man on the phone, Antibes, France

1. Evacuation

… nice to know which way to go …

ITA Venice Hotel Principe and gondola

Hotel Principe and Gondola, Venice, Italy

VNM Hanoi HaLo Cafe

HaLo Cafe Menu, Hanoi, Vietnam

SAfr Durban Big bums and seafront

Bounteous Women and Promenade, Durban, South Africa

Brunei Supi the boatman copy

Supi, my Boatman, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

VNM Hanoi Hat and baskets

Street Vendor, Hanoi, Vietnam

IND Goa colourful boy

Father and Children, Aguarda Fort, Goa, India

SAfr Cape Town Vineyard Waterford Cathedral 2

Wine Cellar, Waterford Vineyard, Stellenbosch, South Africa

SAfr Cape Town Vineyard Muratie group in cave

Group in Cave, Muratie Vineyard, Stellenbosche, South Africa

MAL Kota Kinabalu Rolling nets

Hauling in the Fishing Nets, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

FRA Antibes Bastion St Andre

Bastion St Andre, Antibes, France

SAfr Cape Town V&A Waterfront and Devil's Peak

South African Flag, Devil’s Peak and Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

SAfr CPT - JNB Tin Township people

“Township”, Johannesburg, South Africa

SAfr Cape Town Camps Bay Beach Two large ladies

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

VNM HCMC HCM and Peoples Palace copy

The People’s Palace and Himself, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Brunei The Mall

The Mall, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei … yes … McDonalds is everywhere!

CRO Rovinj Grisia Street sunshine

Sunshine in Grisia Street, Rovinj, Croatia

SAfr Cape Town Bo Kaap 2

Cheerful Colours of Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

THAI Phuket Table lamps

Table Lamps for Sale, Phuket, Thailand

ITA Venice Biennale Carole Feuerman 4

“Swimmer” by Carole Feuerman, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

IND Goa Francis of Assisi interior

Interior of St Francis of Assisi Church, Goa, India

THAI Phuket Chef 2

Chefs, Phuket, Thailand

FRA Antibes Petunias 2

Petunias and shopping Street, Antibes, France

Cambodia Phnom Penh Two bare bums

Bare Bum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

MAL Kuching Street art 3

Street Art, Kuching, Malaysia

CRO Rovinj Ankle at Mediterraneo Bar

Glimpse of a Shapely Ankle, Mediterraneo Bar, Rovinj, Croatia

CRO Rovinj St Euphemia from Promenade copy

Church of St Euphemia from the Promenade, Rovinj, Croatia

Brunei Mosque

Mosque, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

VNM Hanoi Waitress

Waitress and Strelizia, Hanoi, Vietnam

MAL Kota Kinabalu STreet art 2

Orangutan Tattoo Artist and Street Art, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

MAL Kota Kinabalu kids 1

Best Buddies, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Cambodia Phnom Penh Red woman

Red Woman, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

SAfr Cape Town Vineyard Muratie bottle

Wish I had been able to buy a dozen or two …

THAI Phuket Blind Masseur sign

Massage Sign, Phuket, Thailand … I don’t like finding fun in other people’s use of English as my use of other people’s language is just as woeful … but I do wonder what sort of massage come with a problem solving in the sink …?

Brunei Rizqen and Sunse and

Sunrise outside the Rizqen Hotel, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

ITA Venice Biennale Argentina Claudia Fontes Horse Problem 2

Argentina Pavilion and Sculpture by Claudia Fontes, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

SAfr Cape Town MOCAA Woman in thigh boots

Long Hair, Short Skirt, Thigh Boots and Contemporary Art, MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

MON Monte Carlo view of port

View of the Harbour, Monte Carlo, Monaco

FRA Barjac Pretty house

Geraniums, Barjac, France

FRA Bordeaux Berneuil Randonnee 1

Red Red Rose, Berneuil, Bordeaux, France

NED Amsterdam Red Light window

Pure Lust, Red Light District, Amsterdam, Holland

FRA Marseille Vallon des Auffes 2 copy

Vallon des Auffes, Marseille, France

FRA Bordeaux Passirac Le Chatelard

Le Chatelard, Passirac, Bordeaux, France

FRA Avignon Lambert Art Musee Robert Combas 3

Art by Robert Combas, Lambert Art Museum, Avignon, France

FRA Montclus view 2 copy

Montclus, one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Le Gard, France

FRA Angouleme Town Hall

Town Hall, Angouleme, France

FRA Barjac view over fields

View over the Fields, Barjac, France

ESP Girona Arcade

Quiet Arcade, Girona, Spain

FRA Bordeaux street art 2 with passer-by copy

Street Art and Passerby, Bordeaux, France

NED Leiden petunias

Canals, Houses and Petunias, Leiden, Holland

ESP Girona River and cathedral copy

Girona River and Cathedral, Girona, Spain

FRA Toulouse Capitole

Capitale, Toulouse, France

NED Amsterdam Canal

Canals, Canoes and Church, Amsterdam, Holland

FRA Marseille Vallon des Auffes swimmers

Swimmers and Sunbathers, Vallon des Auffes, Marseille, France

ESP Barcelona sunset

Sunset and the Lighting of the Lamps, Barcelona, Spain

MON Monte Carlo Palace Guard

Palace Guard, Monte Carlo, Monaco

FRA Avignon SILENCE outside Lambert Art Musee

“Silence”, Lambert Art Museum, Avignon, France

NED Rotterdam Kinderdijk 13

Windmills, Kinderdijk, Holland


Numerous journeys 2017

Text and photographs © Christopher Hall 2017

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If a man ascended into heaven and gazed upon the whole workings of the universe and the beauty of the stars, the marvellous sight would give him no joy if he had to keep it to himself. And yet, if only there had been someone to describe the spectacle to, it would have filled him with delight. 

Attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero – On Friendship

2 thoughts on “That Was The Year That Was …

  1. What an amazing range of places and people you have seen this year. Thanks for sharing. I like best buddies and washing day. I like capturing ordinary moments.


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