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Category: Europe: British Isles

Favorite shot of a favorite city: Edinburgh

Favorite shot of a favorite city: Edinburgh

After the somber mood of the previous installment in this series, my randomized selection popped up a picture highlighted by the azure celestial hues. A bit ironic, since this photo was taken on the British Isles, which, you know, are not habitually associated with such brilliance in the skies. This…

A place in my memory: City of London

A place in my memory: City of London

This is not an exceptional photo but it occupies a special place in my memory. It was opportunistically taken from the upper deck of a bus idling by the Mansion House, looking towards the Royal Exchange. So very iconic British red double-decker is moving across the line of vision. In…

Scotland wrap-up

I have come to the end of my photo-notes from the recent trip to Scotland. For those interested, a cross-section of the best photos is now also available in my Flickr photostream.

A few more glimpses of Scotland

While criss-crossing parts of Scotland in search of not yet tasted whisky, we occasionally stopped to admire the surroundings. Here is a collection of glimpses. The first shot can be filed in “in the middle of nowhere” category, but I can very definitively place it in the hamlet of Carbeth,…

Chasing World Heritage: #109 (Forth Bridge)

The Forth Bridge, which had the longest spans of any railway bridge when it opened in 1890, and was the earliest great multispan cantilever bridge, was inscribed on the World Heritage list a few months after my previous visit to Scotland. I must have glimpsed it from a distance while…

Edinburgh

A day set aside for exploring Edinburgh offered me a chance to see sights that I did not manage to see three years ago, and just to walk around town. On-and-off wet snowfall conspired to make the walk challenging, but I can nonetheless share a few highlights captured in between…

Stirling Castle

Our trip to Scotland was structured around whisky, but we did not completely neglect the country’s history and culture. Among our non-drinking stops was the majestic Stirling Castle. The storied castle was a main royal center at various points in history, and nowadays offers plethora of educational exhibits on the…

A few Islay impressions

If you start with a middling photographer who is still learning the finer aspects of a new camera, deliberately mix it with scotch, and garnish that with intermittent cold rain, your concoction will not be a tremendous photographic portfolio. I duly tried my hand in capturing the sights of the…

More from Scottish distilleries

Let us take a few more glimpses of various distilleries visited on the recent trip to Scotland. First, let’s clarify my frequently used “Friends of the Malts” moniker. If you visit any of the 12 distilleries owned by Diageo, you can sign up for being a “friend” of their entire…

Wee drams galore

Just as I did three years ago, I will start retrospective of the recent Scottish trip with the brief run-through of visited distilleries. We stopped by 15 distilleries over the course of 6 days, in Highlands, in Lowlands, and on Islay. Only one was a repeat visit to a distillery…

A place in my memory: Mottingham

Majority of my readers would most likely not know Mottingham. Do you mean Nottingham, of Robin Hood fame?… Native Londoners may recognize the name of the village but give me a quizzical look as to why I would choose to highlight a rather nondescript location instead of one of hundreds…

A rainy morning in Dublin

My ambitious schedule on the recent trip to the British Isles left me only the morning of the day of the departure for a stroll around central Dublin. To a certain degree, that was appropriate: Dublin is a pleasant enough town, but it is not generously endowed with can’t-miss sights.…

Chasing World Heritage: #103 (Brú na Bóinne)

Brú na Bóinne is an archaeological site recognized on the World Heritage list as the largest concentration of megalithic art in Europe. In terms of visual gratification it does not compare at all to the magnificent vistas of places such as the Causeway Coast. And yet, it is the significance…

A brief look at Manchester, England

My recent trip to the British Isles was centered on a football game. FC Rostov was playing Manchester United in the Europa League playoffs. I have never been a United fan, but their stadium – the Old Trafford, known with a shade of hyperbole as “The Theater of Dreams” –…

A place in my memory: Edinburgh

I have reached the end of the stream of photographs from my most recent expeditions, which means that I will be picking up again the loose series of memorable travel shots from my past journeys. There are over a hundred of them in the Lightroom collection that I set aside…

A postcard from London

This is one of my favorite photos of London. Old-timers on this blog may remember it making an appearance twice already, processed in rather different fashion back then. Although it is not objectively a postcard-quality shot, it comes close enough.

A place in my memory: Blackheath

If you did not come to visit us during our years in England, it is unlikely that you ever did or will set foot in Blackheath. At the edge of Greater London, it lies beyond major tourist routes. In my recent London guide, I did not mention it as a…

Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldn’t: London

Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldn’t: London

I lived in London for three years. As more and more time separate me from that period I find myself feeling increasingly nostalgic. Which is rather surprising given that London is technically not my kind of town in terms of walkability – in a vast city with seemingly unlimited options…