Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ben Nevis and On the Road Again

We just have to stop by at Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles.

On the way to St Andrews, we stopped by for a selfie moment at Ben Nevis.  It is the highest mountain in the British Isle.  Its highest peak is 4400 feet.  Not a whole lot compared to our mountains here in Southern California.  (Mt Baldy's peak elevation is twice that of Ben Nevis.)

Our tour director called this place the Apache Snow Mountain because one can see a patch of snow here, a patch of snow there.

Thank you, Al Gore.  If not for your work, this would have been the only remaining mountain left in Great Britain.  As you have predicted, by 2016 the sea level would have risen so high that all the other mountains would have been under water.

Shot with the iPhone 6, and post-processed using Snapseed and Silver Efex Pro 2.

#iPhone6 #SimplyTrafalgar #travel #BenNevis #Scotland #UnitedKingdom #Snapseed #SiverEfexPro2

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rock garden predates Woodstock

This rock garden predates Woodstock.

Donald:  I have this real estate in England, and I though that we can decorate that property with a bunch of stones.  We'll call it a Rock Garden.

Bill:  England, you say.  How far is that from here?

Donald:  Well Wales is about 160 miles to my property.  It's going to take us a few days to get there.

Bill:  Well, I could use a change of scene.  My uncle lives in Salisbury, and we could stop there for tea.

Donald:  Great.  After that.  I'll invite a fledgling rock and roll band to entertain us.  They will work for beer.

Bill:  Who would that be?

Donald:  I think they call themselves the Rolling Stones.

#StoneHenge #Wales #Archeology #RockGarden #iPhone6 #SimplyTrafalgar

Friday, October 07, 2016

Loch Lomond: Rob Roy was here

Rob Roy was here.

Okay so here we were on a rink boat on the lake called Loch Lomond, and I could not find a single float vest.  I was scared to be on the water.  Always have been.  I can't swim in the open sea or in a lake.  I am so scared of water that I would not even dare to drink it.  But after a few beers, I was willing to go along with the excursion.  

Loch Lomond is is a freshwater Scottish lake, which contains many small islands.  One of the islands is famous because the outlaw Rob Roy MacGrrrregor was known to have hidden in the cave when the local Collection Agency went after him for not paying for the cattle, which he bought from the chief herder. 

Trivia Notes:   Rob Roy was tall so casting the actor Liam Neeson as him was appropriate.  On the other hand, Braveheart William Wallace was very very tall for his time - about 6’-7” - so a 5’-10” actor Mel Gibson had to be photoshopped in the movie. 

Shot with iPhone 6 … of course.

#Robroy #LochLomond #simplyTrafalgar #Scotland #travel


Thursday, October 06, 2016

The Philosophy of People Watching

The technicolor Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamond-the-Girl-with-the-Kaleidoscope-Eyes-John Lennon inspired image shot with the iPhone 6 at Chester, England.

The Roman orator Marcus Antonius or commonly known as Mark Antony once wrote, "The admiration of the crowd is usually for natural objects, whose unity is due to inward hold or to organic growth."  Whatever he was drinking I would like to have it as well.

People watching is one of activity I like to indulge.  The technicolor Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamond-the-Girl-with-the-Kaleidoscope-Eyes-John Lennon inspired image was shot with the iPhone 6 at Chester, England, an old Roman town.  Our tour director claimed that a city that has a suffix "ster" meant that the Romans have colonized that place.  Hence, Manchester and Worcester were Roman towns.  Adding the suffix "shire" meant it was in that county.  Worcestershire would be a County where the Romans settled.  It is also great for enhancing the flavor of fillet mignon and other beef cuts.  Hmmm ... yum.  

Hope your day is going well.  Cheers.

#simplyTrafalgar #Chester #UnitedKingdom #shotwithiPhone6 #MarcusAntonius #MarkAntony #philosopy #SimplyTrafalgar

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Missing Out on the Melancholy

Are you going to drink that or what?
I can't wait for the weather to get colder.  It is still so warm here in SoCal.  I missed my winter coat, my cowboy boots, and my quiet desperation.  Maybe I should move to Sweden or somewhere where I can be melancholic throughout the year.  Then I'll have a good excuse to drink whiskey all night long.  Or do the Swedes prefer vodka?

#melancholy #quietDesperation #AngstandUncertainty #iPhone6