Leaving from Berlin, again by train, we travelled to Prague in the Czech Republic, which was a much more pleasant train journey than from Gdansk to Berlin, but I guess you come to expect that from the German's, they're pretty damn good at that sort of thing. We weren't planning on making this into a thing, but after these train journeys and what not, we were super lazy when it came to finding our way to our accomodation via public transport so into a taxi we went!Read More
It was absolutely pouring down one Sunday not too long ago, when I decided to go in a little mood because I was sick to death of the rain, and just wanted to go outside and explore for a change.
So I dragged Emma out to New Slains Castle to inevitably get soaked and battered with the gale force winds, but what else you gonna do on a Sunday, right?Read More
We arrived into Berlin a little bit before 2pm, and then just hopped into a taxi and headed to where we were staying for the next few days - The Circus Hostel, in Berlin's Mitte district. There's nothing worse than travelling for a long-ish period of time and then have to drag luggage around public transport and then unfamiliar streets in search of your accomodation.Read More
There is absolutely no way that I am leaving it until mid-September to go away on holiday, I have never ever looked forward to a holiday so much in my life, long awaited indeed.
Much like our trip to Italy last year, we started off by booking flights (we booked these at the start of the year which made the wait until September even worse!), and to try and make things a little cheaper, we decided to try work some route out using direct flights to and from Aberdeen.
Wizz Air started doing direct flights to Gdansk and Warsaw earlier this year, and I had visited friends in Poland last year, and Emma wasn't able to make it, so we figured that was a good enough place to start!Read More
When we were up at Fochabers the other weekend, we were hampered by the rain quite a bit, but we managed to catch a break on the Saturday, so headed to Millbuies to take a stroll around the loch.Read More
After Emma had showed me a picture of a disused quarry a couple of weeks ago, we took a drive up Inverurie way that weekend to a place called Tillyfourie where said quarry apparently was and then tried to find the place.Read More
Trying to make the most of the long days and light nights, as well as the lack of rain for a change, we turned off the F1 and the tennis, and we headed north of Aberdeen to Fyvie - a small village in Aberdeenshire, to check out Fyvie Castle.Read More
Last October myself and Emma took a drive to Bullers of Buchan which is just north of Aberdeen, and learned that this was actually a good spot to see puffins when they are nesting, however, with it being October, we were a little out of season. In the post I wrote back in October, which you can check out here, we said we'd be back, and that's exactly what we done last Sunday.
We headed out to the car park which is just off the main road near Bullers of Buchan, and made our way down to the collapsed sea cave and surrounding area. As we neared, the noise from the birds was crazy, and there were literally thousands of them nesting all around.
We spent some time wandering around the top of the sea cave, making sure we were scouring the walls of the cave to see if we could spot any puffins. I think we probably spent around an hour and a half looking, but sadly couldn't see any.
There was one last spot we wanted to check out though, so we headed back in the direction of the path to the car park, and headed up and round to the right where there is a path which leads around the side of the cliff. Plenty more birds were nesting around here also, but sadly, there were no signs of any puffins...
Just as we were getting ready to leave, I caught a glimpse of some orange on a bird flying off the side of the cliff, and rightly so... a PUFFIN! We waited for a few minutes to see if it returned to the same spot, and we were in luck as two appeared back to the exact same spot on the side of the cliff.
There were a little far away so we spent some time trying to get a couple decent images of them, and then we headed back home. We'll be back next month though when hopefully more have arrived, so be prepared for a post filled with puffins!
Back in November, we visited London to attend the Crepe City sneaker festival, you can check that post here, but we stayed down in London a little longer as Emma had a skating competition a couple of days after, so during their practice and what not, I had around four hours to kill, so I done a little sightseeing. Combining the London underground with a bit of walking, it's pretty crazy just how much you can see in a short space of time, and please excuse the haze.
By now, I've spent so much time in London over the last few years, it almost feels like a bit of a second home. I never tire of visiting, whether it's for a sneaker event, or for a weekend away with Emma. This was my third trip of the year to London so far (not much in reality but it's more than anywhere else I've been this year), and we were mainly going down so Emma could fulfil her little obsession with this above average singer named Adele, but we figured we'd make a weekend out of it.
The gig was on the Friday night, so we took the day off work and headed down. So of course, here's some cliche plane shots to kick things off, excuse the dirty window.
Usually we stay around Shoreditch, but we were trying to do things on a budget this time (those Adele tickets were pricey), so we just crashed at the Travelodge near Kings Cross which I stay at when I'm down on my own.
Other than the gig, we had absolutely ZERO plans across the whole weekend, so we literally just went for a wander. There's plenty to do in London, but yeah, we just walked, and walked a little more. We're Scottish right, but we definitely did not prepare for how cold it was in London that weekend.
Another thing, there's a lot less pictures than normal because the lens I usually take when travelling is currently in for repair, so I was just messing around with a Canon AE-1, and left my D750 with 50mm in the more than capable hands of Emma. So the majority of these shots here were taken by her. She's good, right?
Except for this one, this one was me.
And these were all Emma's shots, maybe you'll notice some famous London tourist attractions...
We stopped and grabbed a Starbucks, so here's an obligatory sneaker shots of my NB1's and Emma's "Pirate Blacks". I'm yet to do a feature on my NB1's that I was lucky enough to design, but it's coming soon.
We had to be at the o2 Arena for 8pm on the Friday night, and it's a little bit far out on the underground, so we left a little early to make sure we got there on time. Emma probably would have cried earlier than expected if we were late for Adele, but we made it, banging seats and all, she killed it!
We were so exhausted that we just headed back to the hotel after the gig and k.o'd, plus we were hoping for some better weather on the Saturday and were going to explore St. Paul's for the first time.
Emma was desperate to have pancakes for breakfast on Saturday morning so we headed to Soho and ended up at Bill's for breakfast.
After breakfast, we headed to St. Paul's Cathedral, as we had never been and wanted to climb to the top to see what the view was like. I actually only made it outside the cathedral last November, when I had some time to kill and took a wander past it.
Sadly, you're not allowed to take any pictures or video inside St. Paul's, and although we probably could have, we played by the rules, so after 528 steps to the top, the views were most definitely worth it.
Enjoy the views of the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie Building, the Shard, Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge, the London Eye and the BT Tower in the distance.
Well worth the climb, wouldn't you agree?
We headed to London Bridge as I wanted to get some long exposure shots, but seriously, why was it so cold? We probably should have been better prepared, but that's our bad.
Rounding off our Saturday night, we grabbed some food at Strada near to London Bridge which is somewhere we've ate a bunch of times at fully recommend for those interested.
Sunday was meant to be spent at the Natural History Museum as a good way to kill some time, but the queue was ridiculous, so we got breakfast in the form of some crepes at Kensington Creperie.
We then headed into town to do a spot of shopping and spend some money that we didn't have before our flight home, and big shouts to French ATC for causing some delays.