Top 10 Best European Cities to Visit this year — Delusional Bubble (Reblog)

Europe is a peaceful, beautiful continent with countless beautiful cities to visit! The green continent is full of amazing places. If you’re looking for the best European cities to add to your bucket list, keep reading as in this post, we’ll talk about the top 10 best European cities to visit this year. More than […]

Top 10 Best European Cities to Visit this year — Delusional Bubble

*A guide to Europe — but when will be freer to travel?

world’s most expensive cities to live in right now — Delusional Bubble (Reblog)

Similar to the 2008 global economic crisis, the world’s economy has been thru a shock again in 2020 which would make it more difficult to make money in the following year and everyone should definitely be careful where and what to spend their hard-earned money on. In this post, we listed the world’s most expensive […]

world’s most expensive cities to live in right now — Delusional Bubble

***Reblogged by Francis Barker 2020…

Memories of Prague 2019

It’s almost a year since we visited Prague in Czechia, one of our favourite cities.

I am quite sure, like virtually everywhere, it has been affected by the 2020 crises, but it remains one of the most beautiful places in Europe and the world.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Summer in the city (3 Months in Denmark!) — Life in Copenhagen (Reblog)

This summer has been one of tears, goodbyes, joy, light, and love. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. Yesterday I cried because I talked to some of my friends back in the UK and I missed the life I had there and all the wonderful people I still know there. I cried because I don’t know […]

Summer in the city (3 Months in Denmark!) — Life in Copenhagen

*** I’ve been to Copenhagen (Denmark) a couple of times and enjoyed everything about it — except the price of beer! Great post.

Prague City Centre, Czechia 2019

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Photo copyright 2019

Haiku: Happening

woman wearing mask on train
Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

The empty city
The eviscerated minds
Something’s happening

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

What not to miss in Prague. — Arshia

Reblog from https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/137454868/posts/1932

My family and I visited Prague in the summer of 2019, and while it’s been a year since then, I haven’t been able to properly talk about the cities we visited. If you want to see my posts on some other cities we visited on our trip, I’ll link them below! Budapest (Photography Series) Why […]

via What not to miss in Prague. — Arshia

Poem ‘City Nights’

London

City Nights

Though your faces
change these same streets
remain. Same high
sights in floodlit stone,
city nights abased
by brawls and chilli fights
in queues

Where were you when
I was this green
and victim?
Your fashion is the masque
of fools, disguises nothing;
your life like mine is
still waste

But somehow you’re
preoccupied.
Laugh in my face and deride
my reticence— won’t you!
So it always
was, for soon the dreaming
is done

© copyright df barker 2012

Poem ‘Charity Shop’

Litter in Paramaribo.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charity Shop

That scream connected
with the deepest level of guilt.
I’d been breezing by the charity shop,
litter and leaves scuttling ahead in a chill wind.

I saw him strapped into a chair
on the chewing gum pavement,
pulling taught in a fury
of condensation and sputum.

I stopped a safe distance away,
mingling-in with the bus queue,
all eyes askance and tutting as one,
wondering if (and how) to intervene.

Best not to get involved.
It’s nothing to do with us,
it would cause more trouble
than it was worth.

So I left to get some food,
relieved to find him gone on my return.
A clear misunderstanding:
mum had been in the shop all the time,

had emerged to the relief of all,
smiles and hugs and kisses all round.
But no. There he was ahead of me,
blighting my eye, my mind,

outside the chip shop
surrounded by shell suits and smoke,
the swearing and the sputum –
on the chewing gum pavement.

poem © copyright df barker 2012

*poem first published in 2011 in poetry collection ‘Anonymous Lines’, available at amazon.

Poem ‘Birmingham’

A38 Rubery by-Pass from Whettybridge Road brid...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Birmingham

In the morning we cooked eggs,
wrapped the blanket around ourselves,
tucking in and staring like zombies
at a dead TV. There was little reason to speak,
to say that food seldom tasted so good.
Birmingham, that first time,
seemed like the bleakest place;
November had fallen cold and hard
and Rubery, the name you couldn’t say,
was depressed and downbeat,
so many shops boarded up
it was like a battle zone.
But there was enough to be grateful for
in that nest of warmth,
watching Saturday’s light rise
and bleach your bedsit walls

poem © copyright df barker 2012