I had some great experiences traveling around England by train recently, like when I was on a train from Plymouth to London Paddington. It offered tea, sandwiches and snacks about every twenty minutes via trolley. Many other items were free such as bottles of water, bags of peanuts and shortbread, which I really liked.
When there was a wait between trains I either went inside at larger stations (Plymouth) or walked around outside looking for interesting views. The train ride to St Ives was beautiful and I managed to get a good seat so I could take some pictures. The areas surrounding many of the stations were also lovely, especially at places outside of cities.
In case it rains…
From a shop at the Plymouth station
At the St Ives station
Train to St Ives
Getting closer to St Ives…
I didn’t expect to see these scenes by one of the stations…
When I was in Cornwall in September I wanted to get lots of pictures of the sky at sunset. This is one from the first evening:
The next day was cloudy and it got dark very early. The following day was also cloudy but it cleared up in time for this sunset:
Then I wondered what the sky might look like in black and white:
It was nice to add these souvenir pictures to my collection.
My family used to take weekend trips to the beach when I was growing up. Whenever we got close to the water we would roll down the car windows to be able to catch the fragrance of the ocean even before we could see it. This was one of my favorite childhood memories. These pictures from the coast of Maine remind me of the excitement of that first scent of the ocean.
looking at the ocean
I was in Spain this spring and while walking across the Puerta del Sol in Madrid I passed a metro entrance covered by a glass dome. There were reflections of the surrounding buildings that I really liked.
Although it looks stormy the clouds were actually thinning out and blue sky was visible. I stopped to take another picture from a different side of the dome.
Later I noticed that my red camera is in the bottom right hand corner of the picture. Although it was unexpected I think that it makes a nice souvenir showing I was really there!
One of the most interesting places I visited in Barcelona was La Boqueria. The displays of fruits and vegetables were very appealing and many were in layers. I had a difficult time deciding what to buy.
Neatly stacked oranges
quite a variety
In keeping with the theme of this blog I have been traveling a lot lately. A few weeks ago I was in North Carolina and Tennessee and I saw lots of mountains as well as the fall foliage. Last week I was in Nevada and I had the opportunity to see Hoover Dam. There is quite a contrast between the scenery in the southeast and the west.
The mountains in October (east):
Hoover Dam scenes in November (west):
A little greenery…
View from Hoover Dam
I didn’t know that Hoover Dam is in both Nevada and Arizona, and there is a time difference. You can see that I can walk fast (or slow depending on which time zone you follow).
When I was in England one of my objectives was to travel from London to Cornwall. In order to do this I went to Paddington Station to take a train that made that connection. Here are some scenes from the train station.
It’s Paddington Bear!
Look up to see this sign
After changing trains several times I arrived in Cornwall. I noticed an interesting sign at the station and decided to follow it. After a short walk this was the view…
When I was in Cornwall I took these pictures in black and white. I thought that they looked quite mysterious…
a sunset in black and white…
And then there was a sign leading to more mystery.
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