Landscapes

Beyond The Sign, The Highlands, Scotland

 

On of my favourite road trips, its starts from the green road sign, at which we turn for Fort William and this time ends just before Glencoe Mountain Resort, Scotland.  Photos taken from the car window May 2016. 

 

Bluebells, Scotland

Today we visited the City of Birmingham, in the West Midlands,  We had to have some work carried out on the car, and as I have never been to the centre of Birmingham before, I grabbed the chance to knock  the Cathedral off my bucket list.  I must admit I was pleasantly surprised, we went to the Bullring to see St Martin’s Church and also the Famous Rag Market, were I took loads of photos.  We then had lunch, and then went in search of the Cathedral, with it’s wonderful Victorian stained glass windows.  Again I took loads of photos……I will someday get around to posting them, but what really prompted this post, were all the single and little groups of struggling bluebells that I saw.  They were poking out between wire fences, anywhere they could grow and just a glimpse of their blue, reminded me of the beautiful ones in Scotland that we see in May each year on holiday.  So I found some from last year 2016 and I think a little periwinkle, but I could be wrong about that…….

April 2017

A Church in the South Tyrol, Italy

Another photo from the train window, while traveling from the UK to Venice, Italy 2016.  We saw a great many tall red spired churches, in fact in the end they all look the same and I have spent quite a while researching this one.  But every time I think I have found it, something is not quite right.  The church appeared after we had passed Reifenstein Castle, as per my previous post, but it was before Trento……my, thats narrowed it down a lot… anyway its the image of the church that counts 🙂

 

Welsh Rocks

Every year we used to spend Easter in Wales, then we stopped, I think because there was too much traffic on the roads.  Well today, Good Friday, the traffic on the main road to the North Norfolk coast from the other side of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, was pretty horrific.  I have never seen so many caravans and motorhomes on the road in the ten years that we have lived here in the Fens.  It was a shame as no-one was going anywhere for a quite a while, thank goodness we were going the other way.  It looked like a mass evacuation and for once I was pleased we were not going away……we had a pre Easter trip two weeks ago.

 We had a good day despite the weather, three churches, two firmly locked and hurrah, one open.  Good Friday and two out of three churches locked.   I did actually think over Easter they would be open, but we were in Cambridgeshire, a county that I find most of the churches are locked.

A photo from a previous Easter Holiday in Wales.

Hill Top Castle – Reifenstein Castle (Castel Tasso) South Tyrol, Italy

On a train trip to Italy from the UK in 2016, I saw some wonderful castles and churches from the train window.  I think my favourite castles, were the ones perched up high on a hill top.  This one I especially liked, as you can see the old stone castle walls surrounding the castle complex.  I think we were going through Austria, or it could have been Italy 🙂

Update – After a bit of research, which I should have carried out before I posted, I found the castle.  I also found another photo of the castle.

Reifenstein Castle (Castel Tasso) South Tyrol, Italy, there are apparently some wonderful frescoes inside the castle, so well worth a visit.

Hill Top Church

In 2016 while travelling through Austria on a train, I saw this beautiful church, I think its a church.  We were near Innsbruck, but I have no idea really where we were.   We passed by so many wonderful castles, churches and monasteries up high in the hills and mountains……. and not one could I visit, oh well, I will just have to make do with…. just looking at them again.

October 2016