Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Day trip to Hull - 9 September 2014


Martin had to do some data downloading from the M&S store in Anlaby that is the 'model' for his PhD research on energy usage in supermarkets, so this time I went with him and we took the rest of the day out and about in Hull.  The first sight was this 1934 Morris Austin parked just outside the shop.  Reminded me of childhood days, when I used to go around in this sort of car rather a lot. Yes, really!=)


Move over China, this is a rickshaw Hull style!


A visit to the Martime Museum and here is the page on display from the log of the Ship's Surgeon aboard the Diana, the last Hull based whaler, which got stuck in Arctic ice with tragic consequences.


So many wonderful models in the museum too.


The Humber estuary just beyond the entrance to Hull Marina.


Next time anyone asks me what I want to do in paradise, this is the answer: sail an ocean going catamaran cruiser like this one around the world.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014

Friday, 25 January 2013

Edinburgh - 4 Nov 2010

After leaving our convenient half way stop in Durham, we headed due north to Edinburgh and, after an overnight stay in a very reasonably priced hotel with the oddest shower (it had a square head that was directly above you - not so convenient if you want to keep the water off your hair for some reason!), we went out to the city to have a look around and to meet up with friends from Germany.  Here are some highlights.

One thing I just love about Scots buildings is how hefty and, well, just plain durable looking they are!





No travel post would be complete with the ubiquitous attractive doorway


Even the Tardis made a stop here!!


Methinks this Royal Mile shop is interested in attracting international clientele of a certain ethnic extraction - an English and Chinese 'menu' of what the shop sells.


Except the snowflake, this reminds me of spring in Taiwan...


Edinburgh Castle and environs






A lunch of hearty proportions followed all the pavement pounding


Serenaded by Fritz on the mouth organ!


Next stop: Cambridge!

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2013

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Durham afternoon visit - 3 Nov 2010

Well over two years ago, shortly after we got back from Taiwan etc, we took a trip up north to meet up with some old friends from Germany (some of whom starred in the last posting) in Edinburgh.  On the way, we made a brief detour off the A1 to have a quick look at some of the sights in Durham.  I couldn't use a number of shots taken on that visit as the light was quite challenging to work with at the time.  It was a bitterly cold day, but as clear and bright as you could wish for - if you don't need to take into account the long shadows cast at that time of year and the proximity of a lot of the photogenic buildings to each other!  However, here are a selection of the better ones.

After finding an inconspicuous sort of place to park the car for three hours, we took a walk down the hill towards the city centre and got a first glimpse of the castle we'd come to take a tour of over the rooftops.


Here's the more-or-less done to death shot of the castle from the bridge crossing the River Wear


And some daft what-not posing on the bridge!


Another done to death shot of the cathedral rising up on the hill above river (I don't much like churches and related buildings (for which reason you'll note the cathedral being conspicuous by it's absence from the rest of this post), but I suppose you can't 'do' Durham without this pic...)


This is the inner courtyard section of the castle.  This place is still in full operation, although since the 19th century has been in use as one (the first actually) of the colleges of Durham University.  So, if you were to study there and apply for University College, or work there, you could find yourself eating and sleeping in the castle!  How cool would that be?



We had a tour of the main areas of the castle given by one of the postgrads doing a PhD in modern period literature, which was very interesting.

Back out on the Palace Green area



I still love my doorways!  I think the one here (below) is the entrance to the University's Palace Green Library, but I was only there for a very short while and have slept since, so can't be sure.


This is taken from the hill where the castle and cathedral are looking back over to the rest of the city.



Another nice doorway and some windows found in the immediate vicinity - I like nice windows too!


This red pillarbox just broke up the stark, cold autumn lack of colour.  We had our very cold picnic lunch on the bench seen on the right,


After a quick Kaffee und Kuchen, we headed back to the car and thence to the A1 for Edinburgh.....

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2013

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Baden-Wurttenburg, South west Germany

Late afternoon on 31st August 2010 we finally landed back in Europe planning to spend the next 12 days with Martin's mum and step-father. This is their place:




And the view from the terrace down towards the village that their house belongs to:


One morning we found this little fellow in our almost completely underground bathroom. And we thought we'd left uninvited house guests behind in Taiwan!!


There's a nice woodland area behind the 'holiday settlement' where mother-in-law's chalet is and we often see wildlife there (perhaps it was also the frog's real home??). I managed to snap a butterfly - no easy task!


One day we took a trip to Martin's hometown - Göppingen, where this is part of the town centre:


Sir loved the golden pretzel here:


We went to visit two lots of old friends, including the Fischers here. They have a special place in Martin's heart as, when he was a little boy and his mum was studying the Bible for the first time, Crystel here studied with Martin by reading Bible stories with him and drawing picures of them (pre-'My Book of Bible Stories'!). He still has those pictures.=)


Later on we took a walk back through town and I was interested to see that it's not just in East Asia where you can get national-style clothes! I suppose it's a novelty to a Brit as we have nothing to speak of in the way of national dress.=(


One Sunday, Martin's step-dad, Dieter, was assigned to give a talk in a Black Forest congregation. I managed to get these two photos before my camera batteries died on me!!




Oh, and for those who weren't sure, the Black Forest is not in Bavaria.....

Camera batteries replaced and here we are in one of the towns near to Deilingen (where in-laws live). This one is called Schömberg and this is the fire station:


And from the back, with the ambulance depot next door:




Lovely frescoes on walls. There are a great deal more as you go further south, but this one appealed to me.


And how about banking here??


One thing I love about southern Germany is the many coloured houses all around. This bright orange-red building is the local Chinese restaurant, 'Singapore'.


Lastly, visible from the main road on the way to Deilingen from Tübingen (where we may end up living if anything happens to Dieter and Mama needs us...) is Burg Hohenzollern, affectionately dubbed 'Udolpho' by me a long time ago (you have to be into 18th century fiction to get that one!!)


Hope you've enjoyed this little trip to south-west Germany. Next up is a short trip to Durham and Edinburgh...