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The Languedoc-Roussillon

Not that I’m running out of photographs but I thought that it was time that I started on the regional guides for our Whole Earth Guide so after a little enhancement of the code for the site, the Languedoc-Roussillon guide made its debut this evening.

It mightn’t look terribly spectacular but that simple enhancement is the first step to let me start integrating the guide into the various B&B/self-catering listings sites though I’ll need to run up a few more regional guides to make that worth doing. Courtesy of the way which the software works, you’ll see at least one detailed article for each of the regions which I roll the guide out to.

Still haven’t made a bean on the guide as yet but hopefully that’ll begin to change over the next month or so as the various articles are coming pretty well on google searches.

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The Pont du Gard

Pont du GardAlthough we’ve been living in the Languedoc-Roussillon for getting on for four years now, we’ve only seen the Pont du Gard for the first time yesterday.

How come? Well, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is really strung out and the Pont looked a long, long way from us. In fact, Wendy didn’t believe that it would only take us a couple of hours to drive there yet, as usual, the Mappy was just about dead on.

The perfect time to arrive at the Pont is in the early afternoon as you can see. That has the light falling on the aqueduct just about perfectly.

As you’d expect there are loads of water based activities on offer around the area yet strangely it doesn’t seem overlly touristy as the relatively few tourist shops are confined to the visitor centre complex which isn’t visible from the aqueduct itself.

We’ll be running up a full article shortly for Whole Earth Guide but don’t wait around for that if you’re in the area: just go!

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Whole Earth Guide: onward and upward

I’ve been writing more articles for Whole Earth Guide and it’s starting to pay off in terms of traffic coming onto the site.

Already, I’m sitting at number two when you search for “giants causeway pipe” for instance. Now, that might not sound like a terribly common search and you’d be right in thinking that, but on the other hand WEG doesn’t even have a pagerank yet so it’s darned impressive that it’s coming out at number two on anything at all.

I’m hoping to keep plugging away with around three or four articles per week over the Winter with the latest being our first draft of what will eventually become a major article on the Cathar castles.

Coming soon are the first of the regional guides for the site which I’ll be adding to as I work my way though the various articles planned for the site.

I’ve already added the first of the invited articles (on Hawaii) and hope to collect a whole lot more of those as the site grows. Why not be the author of the next one? All that I need are about 300-400 words plus a photo on a city or attraction somewhere amongst the countries presently supported for the site which can be added here; you will, of course, receive credit for the article.

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Visit to Manchester

Manchester Gay Pride ParadeThanks to dreadful flight times, I decided to stay a day in Manchester on the way back here.

Manchester aiport is a brilliant place for flight connections as all three terminals are within the one complex which includes access to the city via bus and train services too. The airport is so close to the city that you’ll often find it takes you longer to walk to the bus/train station than it does to get into the city itself. That closeness makes the price quite low too so it’s under a fiver for the return trip.

We were lucky enough to have timed our trip to coincide with the Manchester Pride events which, as you can see, include a very colourful parade through the streets. As usual with parades, the traffic before and afterwards is something of a nightmare but the small size of the city meant that we could easily walk back to the train station.

Also very pleasant is the free bus services which cover the Manchester city centre area.

We’ve just added Manchester to our Whole Earth Guide where you’ll find more information on the attractions of the city.

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The Nikon D40x

Nikon D40xOne of the long term aims I have is to be able to sell photos from our little collection of sites as we tend to build up quite a collection of photos in the course of developing the likes of our Pyrenees Guide and, on a grander scale, our Whole Earth Guide.

For the guides themselves, the little Nikon Coolpix 3700 was more than enough. Whilst 3mp mightn’t sound much these days, you don’t need anything like that for the internet and in fact even the largest images on the websites is under 1mp. Even those 300,000 pixel cheapo cameras have much more resolution than is required for internet use.

However, it’s quite a different matter when you want to sell the photos as prints or whatever.

So, we had a bit of an upgrade last year to the 6mp Nikon S10 which is an excellent little camera and one of the few which offer x10 zoom on a compact digital camera. It’s certainly improved the photos that we’ve taken since getting it quite substantially, it’s still limiting us in terms of potential future sales of the images we take.

Anyway, ’twas time to really up the ante and so as of next week we’ll be starting to use our brand new Nikon D40x which takes us up to 10mp and will give us a whole lot more flexibility. In fact, the resolution increase is much more than it seems as there are all kinds of settings on the camera should let us produce prints up to poster size.

Now “all” we need to do is to wait for the perfect lighting for the photos…. the weather at the moment is more like the depths of Winter than mid-Summer!

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