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Cheese served with artichoke, lemon, wood sorrel and clover at the Restaurant de Jong in Rotterdam.

The 31 days of July soon zipped by but proved productive.

For part of the month I was exploring Nova Scotia, Canada, an experience which I’ll be writing about over the months ahead. While on a whale watching trip in the Bay of Fundy my 400mm lens helped identify an injured humpback whale. The coastguard were subsequently called.

I was in Halifax to coincide with the arrival of the Queen Mary 2, the luxury cruise ship. She was on a commemorative sailing, marking 175 years since Cunard’s first scheduled crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Samuel Cunard was born in Halifax and you can find out more about the man and his connections to the city in my online feature, Crossing to Nova Scotia.

An injured humpback whale in the Bay of Fundy off Nova Scotia, Canada.

An injured humpback whale in the Bay of Fundy off Nova Scotia, Canada.

On go-eat-do.com I posted an interview with Jim de Jong, a young, innovative chef who enjoys creating attractive food at Restaurant de Jong in Rotterdam. Jim believes in using vegetables but prepared a meal showcasing cheeses from around the Netherlands on the night I was at his restaurant.

I also wrote a feature about exploring the attractions of New Delhi in India. They include India Gate, the Purana Qila, Humayan’s Tomb and Baha’i House of Worship, often known as the Lotus Temple. There’s much more to see within Delhi, of course. This feature looks only at the things to do and see in the area that, during the first half of the 20th century, became the short-lived capital of British-controlled India.

Cheese served with artichoke, lemon, wood sorrel and clover at the Restaurant de Jong in Rotterdam.

Cheese served with artichoke, lemon, wood sorrel and clover at the Restaurant de Jong in Rotterdam.

The death of Vincent van Gogh went largely unnoticed, even by art lovers, on 29 July 1890. Since his death the popularity of his work has mushroomed and he has proved an inspiration for numerous artists and designers. I took a look at some of the places you can see his work within the Netherlands during a summer that sees exhibitions at 30 art museums in Europe.

The signature of Vincent van Gogh at the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands.

The signature of Vincent van Gogh at the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands.

I started the month in Germany, travelling along the scenic Limes Route, one of more than 150 tourist routes in the central European country. This one follows the 550km course of the Roman frontier in German territory, today part of the same UNESCO World Heritage Site as Hadrian’s Wall. I photographed along my way and fortunately had good weather for much of my trip. After getting home my editing meant log hours at the computer to select and caption the best shots from a road trip which saw me drive well over 1,000km.

A reconstructed tower near Idstein, Germany.

A reconstructed tower near Idstein, Germany.

Sunderland International Airshow also kept me busy with my cameras. The three day event draw the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows plus other leading aerobatic and parachute display teams. Around a million people headed to Roker and Seaburn in order to watch performances up in the sky and view displays on the ground.

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows arrive at Sunderland International Airshow.

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows arrive at Sunderland International Airshow.

I acquired lots of material for food and travel features in July and look forward to informing you about where they are published over the months ahead.