London: 2016 Summer Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels in Hyde Park

Every year, the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park commission a temporary pavilion by a well-known architect. When I was exploring Kensington in October 2016, I wandered through Bjarke Ingels’ 2016 pavilion. As you can see from the photos, it was spectacular.

Elsewhere in Hyde Park, I snapped this great shot of Aleksi mid-coffee sip.

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. For more pictures of my trip to London, click here.]

London: View from the Dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Back in late October 2016, I took an incredible two-week trip to London to visit Aleksi. His student housing is in Southwark, within walking distance of all the big sights. You could even see the London Eye from his window. We explored and visited museums together, and I also did some solo-exploring while he was in class. To start of my London pictures, here is the view from the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. For more pictures of my trip to London, click here.]

Scotland: Walking to the Clava Cairns

Culloden, Scotland After visiting Culloden Battlefied, east of Inverness, we took a beautiful walk from the battlefield visitor’s center to Balnuaran of Clava. The three mysterious cairns and the set of standing stones at this location are the primary examples of “clava cairns,” a type of Bronze Age burial chamber/ mound that get their name from this spot. I was pretty excited because that visit meant I’d visited Bronze Age burial cairns in three countries (Scotland, Finland, and Denmark). The cairns were really interesting, but the walk there was the best part. We passed through a sweet little town, by lush rolling farmland, and past the rather photogenic Culloden Viaduct. The Viaduct (bridge for trains) was opened in 1898 and is the longest masonry viaduct in Scotland.

Culloden, Scotland

Culloden, ScotlandCulloden, Scotland

Culloden, Scotland

Culloden, Scotland

Culloden, Scotland

Culloden, Scotland[35mm taken with my 1999 Olympus 105G Superzoom in February 2015.Click here for more pictures of Scotland. Oh and don’t forget to like the blog on facebook!]