13

MAY, 2013

At long last I have a quiet moment to gather my thoughts about my trip to Scotland. It was an intensive course in getting to grips with being completely alone again for two weeks just doing my own thing & although being just what I wanted I felt nonetheless a little apprehensive whether I was being too egoistic again leaving my wife at home to her own devices as I tramped around the country, living in my car trying to grab special moments on data chips & for what? After all it is just a hobby, but that is the point, I do this because I like it.

As we were transfered from the terminal to the awaiting plane with an airport bus the weather was sunny and around 23-24 degrees, my first thought was ” I bet it’s raining in Edinburgh”, but to my amazement our pilot insured us that Edinburgh was sunny, clear, with a light breeze and around 19 degrees which meant basically 14 degrees when you take the breeze into consideration ;-). The flight was the typical cheap airline thing, quick snack and drink distribution and then with the plastic sack down the aisle to collect the refuge.

” It was mid evening as I caught my first glimpse of Loch Lomond near Alexandria, now I was starting to feel more relaxed & realized at last that I was now on holiday.”

The new Franz Josef Strauss airport in Munich with sail roof spanned between the terminals.

Photograph by Douglas Stevens Photoviewz

We landed punctually at 17:40 local time and as I made my way to the rental car desk on the other side of the car-park I felt acknowledged what the temperature was concerned, it was sunny, cloudless sky, but cool. Never mind, could have been a lot worse. I picked my almost new Renault Scenic up although I was promised a Megane (never do I get the car that I have ordered) and made my way on the M9 in direction of Stirling and then further on to Loch Lomond on the A811. I was surprised how quickly I had got used to driving on the left hand side of the road again having no practice for the last two years. It’s all that driving in the fast lane on the German Autobahn probably ;-))

It was mid evening as I caught my first glimpse of Loch Lomond near Alexandria, now I was starting to feel at home and realised at last that I am now on holiday. I had to get shopping in and found coincidentally an Aldi, a German supermarket chain that has found its way into Britain too. I was quite chuffed to find similar products as in the German store, was also surprised to find the general layout of the store to be better, the prices were similar to Germany too. I wasn’t sure whether to speak German or English as I paid at the cashier desk but then as the cashier spoke in a broad Scottish accent from whisch I understood nowt I thought it better not to say anything other than thankyou and departed with my goodies to my car

My first pictures were taken on Loch Lomond in a small village called Aldochlay.

Photograph by Douglas Stevens Photoviewz

We landed punctually at 17:40 local time and as I made my way to the rental car desk on the other side of the car-park I felt acknowledged what the temperature was concerned, it was sunny, cloudless sky, but cool. Never mind, could have been a lot worse. I picked my almost new Renault Scenic up although I was promised a Megane (never do I get the car that I have ordered) and made my way on the M9 in direction of Stirling and then further on to Loch Lomond on the A811. I was surprised how quickly I had got used to driving on the left hand side of the road again having no practice for the last two years. It’s all that driving in the fast lane on the German Autobahn probably ;-))

It was mid evening as I caught my first glimpse of Loch Lomond near Alexandria, now I was starting to feel at home and realised at last that I am now on holiday. I had to get shopping in and found coincidentally an Aldi, a German supermarket chain that has found its way into Britain too. I was quite chuffed to find similar products as in the German store, was also surprised to find the general layout of the store to be better, the prices were similar to Germany too. I wasn’t sure whether to speak German or English as I paid at the cashier desk but then as the cashier spoke in a broad Scottish accent from whisch I understood nowt I thought it better not to say anything other than thankyou and departed with my goodies to my car.

I did my first stop over at a small village on Loch lomond called Aldochlay just South of Luss, Luss is very picturesque and well worth a visit but of course a landscape tog is always looking for something new, I found it, a mellow looking bay with a small tree covered islet just a couple of hundred meters offshore with a couple of boats and coloured buoys dotted here and there. The light was minimal as it was around nine as I arrived meaning that the warm tones of a sunset were very subdued to a cool blue purple tone. After a number of bracketed long exposures I moved on to Luss to enjoy a clear view over the lake with its hilly and partly mountainous backdrop disappearing into darkness at around 22:00. It was time to find somewhere fitting to spend the night. Being a budget holiday I was set upon spending a considerable part of it roughing it sleeping in the car. I have done this before and although not so comfortable as a B&B it has two large benefits, it saves a considerable amount of money on board and lodging, plus you are always up at the crack of dawn to catch that elusive sunrise. I found a nice quiet spot and got into my sleeping bag on the back seat and dozed with thoughts to how tomorrow could be.

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