John's Europa 1998-British Isles & Scandinavia
Here are some images of places I went to in Europe from August to October 1998..
|My first day I spent in Dublin I visited a tower in Howth,this is not that tower..
8-7 overnight plane
I took a bus from Wareham, and was met at Logan airport by Jim, Mike and Jack.
The overnight Aer lingus flight left from Logan to head to Ireland.
I arrived in Shannon and then to Dublin. Although I was jetlagged it did
head off to visit Howth and have lunch on O'Connell street. I spent the night at the Forte Post Hotel a very
expensive airport hotel that I had actually prebooked. Howth was cool...
|Station Hotel, Inverness
|Maple Leaf Guesthouse, Edinburgh
I slept relatively late, and then headed off to the airport to take the plane to
Edinburgh..this was my fourth plane flight in 8 days...
I got into Edinburgh in the late afternoon...I spent
the night at the Maple Leaf Guesthouse on Pilrig street. I walked up to Leathside. I had chicken from KFC and watched
on the TV in my room.
Today I Traveled from Edinburgh via train to Inverness, but I spent much of the day in Edinburgh.In the
morning I took a long walk up the Salisbury Crags, a hill located near Holyrood. I got in Inverness really late-and so the
only available was a room in the Station Hotel, which was located next to the train station. Inverness was dreary, but being
dreary was part of Scotland's charm...Although the station Hotel was
not unattractive the room I had there was a bit
Whilst staying in Inverness I traveled on Scotland's
northeast coast to Elgin, Banff, Gardentown and Crovie via train and bus.
Crovie and Gardentown were scenic little towns on the
My goal is to reach Pennan, but
I ran out of time.
The next day I went off the Kyle of Lochlash inspired by a TV program by
Michael Palin that I had seen back in the 1980's...
|Crovie on the Northeast coast of Scotland, no place to park your car...
|Train station in Mailaig
I visited a castle and shopping district in Inverness and then traveled via train to Kyle
of Lochlash. I then decided to stay in nearby Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. It was rainy, and started to rain real bad
when i was walking over the bridge to Skye.
I visited the Castle Maol. I was very wet by
the time I got to
my hotel room for the
More travel, this Scotland leg was too rushed,cos I had to get back to England
for the Cropredy festival. I figured that I could take a ferry from Armadale in Skye to Mailaig. I took a bus
through rainy Skye to get from Kyleakin to Armadale.
Mailaig was the north end of the road to isles trail...I
ended up waiting a long time in Mailaig for the train, whilst there I booked a room in the Mailaig tourist office for Banbury.
In the evening I took a night train that took me form Mailaig to Glasgow to London. The train ride was lovely but it got dark,and
seems like I slept through Glasgow.
I arrived Friday morning in London (for the first time in 23 years),
only to have to leave to connect to go up to Banbury. In Banbury I stayed at hotel, so as to be able to attend the annual
Fairport Convention Festival in nearby Cropredy...
In the afternoon I took a shuttle bus to the festival..It
was good weather on this day...I enjoyed some of the acts, but I was dissapointed that there were not Fairport related acts...
By the time the might ended i had a headache, so I decided
to leave early (good idea), which involved walking the two or three miles back to my hotel. It was a fascinating but painful
walk along the Oxford canal.
|Vicki Clayton at 1998 Cropredy
The second day at the festival actually featured Fairport.I
discovered that my camera no longer
worked, so I had to get a disposable camera....
The third day in Banbury was kind of a waste..I slept late and walked
over to the canal...
In the morning I took the train to London.I was in London just a short time...I
stayed in a cheap but no star student hotel.I visited Westminster today. I visited
Today I visited Greenwich and the Docklands today.
8-19.night train Wednesday
Today I visited the Abbey Road studios. I took a night train yet
again up to Scotland, this time to Aberdeen so to get back to see Pennan...
8-20 aberdeen Thursday
Today I was in Aberdeen. I visited a lighthouse, and booked my boat trip to Norway.
Today I traveled to Pennan,the small town pictured in LOCAL HERO..When
I got there it rained ...I was tempted to stay there,but my stuff was in Aberdeen -and wouldnt get back in time for my boat
I started the day early in Aberdeen then traveled to Newcastle in England to get
the boat to Norway... Nearly missed the boat.
The boat ride was unpleasant since I was seasick the
whole time, I didnt actually throw up-but I couldnt do anything on the boat...
In the morning the boat stopped in Stavenger and then went throgh the coastal fjords
up to Bergen.. Once in Bergen I went to my hostel room at YMCa.
Today was the most active day of my trip-I planned it well. I visited Gamla Bergen,
Briggen, a castle, and ended the day climbing a rundeman, a small mountain with a beautiful view of Bergen...
I started the day in Bergen, and then took the Norway in A nutshell
tour, which took me through Flam, Mryrdal and finally delivered me in Oslo for a night train to Kopenhagen...I later regreted
leaving Scandanavia so quickly, I ended up coming back this way to go Stockholm primarily to see a musical.
Today I was in Kopenhagen so early that the tourist office was
open. I stayed at b&b. I took a trip to Malmo in Sweden today...
Today while in Kopenhagen I took a harbor tour. I then proceeded
a night train to Holland..
|The church of Our Savior in Copenhagen
Next page-John's Europa 1998 -Holland & Sweden