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Edinburgh 2017

I’ve been to Edinburgh before, about 10 years ago, but that was before I got bitten by the photography bug. As I was traveling by myself this time, I decided to do a tourist bus tour to get an overview of what I wanted to see in detail later on. So I did the whole tour at first, then on the second round I hopped on and off the bus.

I did a lot of walking during the 2Ā½ days I was there, and yet when I walked up to the Nelson Monument I realised it was steeper than I’d thought. OK, so I hadn’t been jogging for a year, but I arrived up there panting, which I desperately tried to hide because all the elderly people around me seemed to have no trouble at all with the climb šŸ˜‚ .

I’m always nervous when I download my pictures back at home, because what looks totally OK on the camera display can be completely different when viewed in large. I was quite pleased that for once you can see where I was from my pictures, which isn’t always the case, as I tend to get more caught up in details than sightseeing and tourist spots.

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Visit To London, Pt. I

After leaving York last week, I took a train down to London, where I spent another three days. There’s obviously a vast difference between the two cities; while York can be explored in 3 days you can likely spend three days in oneĀ area ofĀ London and still not have seen everything.

Luckily I had a little help. I had seen one of Helen Ogbourn‘s London pics on Instagram and asked her where exactly it was taken. So I went to South Kensington on my first day out, then went on to Canary Wharf, and from there to Greenwich on Mike Osborn‘s suggestion. Thank you both for your suggestions – I had a lovely day out!
I also walked from my hotel in Bethnal Green to Brick Lane in Shoreditch, and on to Spitalfields, which was an interesting trip with all the food establishments along the way as well as the graffiti I encountered.

On day two I finally met Laura, whom I was supposed to meet last year but technology had kept us apart. This time we made a time and meeting point, and we managed to find each other at the Southbank. We’d only known each other from commenting on our respective blogs, so it was quite exciting to see whether we’d get along in person. I’m happy to say we did, and I had the best day out in a very long time. With Laura being a native Londoner, I had the privilege of having my own personal tour guide.

We spent the day walking from Waterloo Bridge towards London Bridge, and while I’ve been complaining here for a while about being uninspired – well, that flew right out the window. I brought back an abundance of pictures, and I was really content with 90 % of them, which is a rare occurrence for me these days.

Here’s part one of my pictures, a mixture of graffiti, architecture, reflections, and lines.

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Trip To York

The other week I visited England, starting with three days in York. I found York to be a beautifulĀ city with lots of old brick buildings, which I love. Everything I wanted to see was very close to my hotel, and I walked the city several times, to take pictures, go for breakfast and lunch, and to shop.

When I returned home I found I’d taken more mobile phone pics than DSLR ones, so the majority of pictures shown here are unfortunately phone pics. I say unfortunately because while they look great on a phone, they’re definitely not made for the bigger screen.

I really enjoyed my time in York and am planning on visiting during summer next time.

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England Trip 2015

So I’m back from my eight day trip to England, staying in four different places for two days each. I had managed to snag a good priced flight during my Christmas vacation while I was really just browsing the airline’s page on a whim. But when I saw the prices I just booked a flight. And I would be leaving on my birthday – what better way to escape any celebrations that were expected of me šŸ™‚

It really did feel like it was my birthday because I both left and arrived in sunshine, departure as well as arrival were on time, the plane looked almost brand new, and I had a row of three seats all to myself. There’s hardly a more pleasant way to travel, I would say. To top it all, I was informed on arrival at my London hotel that I’d been upgraded to an apartment suite.

So I strolled around London for 1Ā½ days, where I was supposed to meet fellow blogger Laura for a coffee, but alas… technology kept us apart through non-delivered emails and lack of reception. I didn’t see as much of London as I’d wanted to but then again, 1Ā½ days is not a lot of time.

Next I went on to Somerset to stay with a friend. I visited Bath for a day but sadly wasn’t in a photo-taking mood and felt completely uninspired.

On the way to my next destination – Brighton – I stopped in Lyme Regis which I had read about in a novel and found to be a lovely little town, albeit extremely crowded as it was a Sunday.Ā  The main attraction there to me was the sea. It doesn’t even have to be sunny, just the proximity of water makes me happy.

Which meant I was reaaally happy to get to Brighton, where my B&B was facing the seafront. I spentĀ 1Ā½ days walking around, hanging out by the water, and taking slightly more pictures than in Bath. I wasn’t worried about the photo outcome anymore, though, I just enjoyed being there.

Next stop was Reading to drop off the rental car and do some shopping and relaxing for anotherĀ 1Ā½ days. I enjoyed that as well, and I knew from a previous visit that the town had changed quite a bit from when I used to live there. It was still nice to see it all again.

All in all, it was a very pleasant trip what with staying in very nice accommodation and being away from home, even though the photo yield was quite meager. Here’s a selection of what I’ve seen.

These pictures are not at all what I thought I’d be bringing back, actually. I had planned on landscapes, city scapes and details. What I came back with was lots of buildings.

I love the style in which houses are built in the UK, especially the bricks, which is so completely different from anything you see here in Germany, so you might see quite an inordinate amount of pictures in this collection that look like any old boring house to you but are fascinating to me šŸ™‚

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Manchester, UK

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Penzance Jubilee Pool

Hereā€™s a set of pictures of something I found quite fascinating, though not exactly in a good way. This pool looked rather eerie from outside the gates, with the sky cloudy. Closed and empty, you had a feeling of something creepy going on behind the gates. Sort of a crime thriller atmosphere. Or maybe that was just me, because my mind was a little underutilized and had the capacity to make stuff upā€¦

By the way, I thought we Germans like to over-regulate things, but the number of signs I saw on my walk through Penzance prohibiting one thing or another was amazing.

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Avoidance

Have you noticed that so far I have avoided mentioning any vacation pictures since my return? That’s because I shouldn’t have bragged about being sure I would bring back a laptop full of pictures, I really shouldn’t have.

It was quite a disappointment, picture-wise, and I think it was a mixture of my mood, my surroundings, and the weather. I didn’t feel inspired, I was often in a “is it really worth getting the camera out of the bag” mood, and also my attitude towards travelling on my own. There were quite a few things I would have done or gone to see with other people, but couldn’t be bothered to by myself.

I did take pictures, but they’re honestly nothing to write home about. Certainly nothing to go wow over. I’ll be posting a few things but I’ll really have to think about putting them into some kind of context.

I should have written you all a postcard instead of promising you pictures…

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London Calling

Actually, it’s England calling, to be precise. I’ll be flying to London tomorrow, then driving on to Somerset for a quick visit with friends.

But my ultimate destination will be Devon, from where I’ll be setting out each day – with my camera, needless to say – to try to capture something spectacular…hopefully.Ā I am sure I’ll get back with a laptop full of pictures, and you can be sure I’ll share them with you.

Topping off this trip will be a weekend cookery course, but you’ll probably be more likely to read about that on my food blogs.

Until then, happy snapping everyone & see you back in October!

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