Wobbly Walk across the Ness

A gentle walk!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Pedestrian.  A rather quotidian topic that we can treat thusly!

Yes, it is a very pedestrian response, but this foot bridge in Inverness, Scotland, came to mind.  This bridge has some rather interesting features!  It is a truly lovely walk across the river Ness, which gets a bit more adventurous, as you depart from either shore.  This bridge has quite a bit of wobble and flex to it, which makes it feel somewhat like one of those old fashioned ravine crossing bridges!

Cross at your own risk…

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Caution: bridge may wobble!

How many of you have crossed wobbly bridges?

Something Dutch 

Part of the Old World charm is that we have places where we get together to have a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of beer. These cafes usually have some light food fare, such as sate or a kroket (or croquette, a cylindrical breadcrumbed fried food filled with a mixture of potatoes and chicken with spices). 

Mart Café

I always enjoy going to a cafe to hang with my people 🙂

Berkel Town Center 

I was born in Rotterdam, and lived there for about half my time in the Netherlands. The other town that I lived in is Berkel en Rodenrijs. 

Today, as I did a quick bit of shopping, I took this photo of one of the main shopping streets in town. 

Berkel Centrum

A great place to get your groceries and just about everything else you might need. 

Oban, Scotland

A great place to visit!

When my wife, Kris, and I travelled around Scotland in 2013, one of our targets was the Isle of Mull; this is a wonderful island that also allowed us to see the uninhabited Staffa island with hopes to see puffins (no luck, but that’s another story).  To get to Mull, we chose to take the ferry from Oban.

We arrived in Oban during the latter part of the afternoon, got settled in a B&B and went for a bit of exploring around the harbor area.  As we walked up an appetite, we decided to visit one of the local pubs, the Harbour Inn, which is on the landward side of the Columba Hotel.  Our Chicken Tikka Masala was one of the best pub versions of this ubiquitous dish that we found, and I had my first introduction to the local dram: Oban 14.  If you like a good Scotch whisky, you cannot go wrong with the Oban 14, which has been part of my steady stock in my liquor cabinet ever since.

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Oban, as seen from the ferry

The view you see here is taken from the ferry on our way to Mull, looking back to the town and its distinctive features, such as McCraig’s Folly, the coliseum-like structure atop the hill.

If you get the chance, visit Oban and enjoy a dram!

Thorny Beauty!

Tough as beauty!

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Thorny.  One idea sprung to mind immediately when I saw this one: the Scottish beauty of gorse!

Gorse is ubiquitous across the highlands and isles, where it adorns many hills with a lush coat of yellow that looks so beautiful from a distance.  It is a pioneer that knows how to protect itself with thorny spikes that are strong and almost an inch long; any encounter with this defense mechanism is sure to leave an impression that is not soon forgotten.

Here’s a quick shot that shows both the beauty and the beast….

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Prickly Scottish Beauty

This was captured on the lovely isle of Mull, where it abounded.  Where you get a dense conglomeration of gorse brushes, there is no passing without strong protection.

Have a wonderful day!

Enamored throughout antiquity

Love is in the aire

The WordPress Daily Post prompt has the lovely theme of Enamored; definitely this is something that most of us humans can relate.

The prompt immediately made me think of one of the images that I captured during our Italian vacation.  While visiting the stunning excavations in Ostia Antica, we came across this lovely statue…

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Cupid and Psyche

These star-crossed lovers from times long past are not from Verona, which provided them with a far less tragic fate!  The excavations are well worth a couple of days of exploration, as they provide a wonderful picture of life in the olden days.

Hope you enjoy!