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Slideshow photographs: Main Street, Tobermory; Main Street from Tobermory Bay; Statue, Main Street; Tobermory Harbour; Gulls on Tobermory Bay; Main Street; Tobermory Harbour; Tobermory in dreich weather; Puffin souvenirs; Tobermory from near An Tobar; Tobermory Harbour.
My photography received a wave of unexpected attention yesterday, when theQI Elves(researchers for the BBC quiz show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry) found one of my posts and tweeted it to the programme’s followers.
The interest took my breath away: the post – a photo set of puffins on the Scottish island of Lunga – was viewed 1,620 times between lunchtime and midnight (last year my entire site received on average 15 views per day). A couple of visitors even left a comment. On my previous busiest day there were about 140 page views across MY EUROPE; yesterday the number was 1,999 (more than 10% of total visitors to the site since I created it in 2008).
The fleeting popularity that the QI Elves granted me made my day – but it is the puffins who deserve the 1,620 new fans.
AND THEN…: The QI Elves got back in touch a few months later, to ask whether they could use two of my puffin photographs for the programme’s website. They can be found on QI’s “Puffins” page.
Some of the people that we met in Kemer, Denizli and Pamukkale. Turkey is a country with beautiful landcscapes, memorable food, great weather and a thrilling history – but its people make the most vivid impression of all.
Seventeen hours on a bus with fourty Russian tourists, travelling along dusty roads through barren landscapes, wouldn’t sound like a romantic trip to most couples on their honeymoon. But then again, not many couples could look forward to a dip in the therapeutic mineral pools at the end of the journey as much as Anastasiya and I, when we signed up for a trip from Kemer to Pamukkale.