Friday, April 22, 2016

Favorite photos of places we visited our second year

Although it has been a long time coming, I'm finally wrapping up my photos from our second year living abroad. You can see some of the previous posts from the links at the bottom. These are of places, not people, though a couple shots have folks in them. Also, shots of domestic and wild animals caught my fancy this year, so I've thrown in a few. (If only you knew how many photos of puffins I have . . . )

As always, I agonize over selecting my "favorites" when some of the nearly favorites woulda coulda shoulda been chosen instead. But I'm stuck now, so I need to stop whimpering and get on with it.

These photos aren't all from 2015, mind you. Rather, these are photos from June 2014 to June 2015. Yes, I'm that far behind. {shrug}

As a final word, I'll note that the places depicted aren't necessarily my favorites of the year. Instead, they're the favorite photos, not the favorite spots or buildings or vistas. That said, some of the places are pretty damn awesome.


The Kelpies statues in Falkirk, Scotland
The Kelpies are the largest equine statues in the world. (Falkirk, Scotland)
Inverary Castle in Argyll, Scotland
Inverary Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll (and a filming location for episodes of Downton Abbey). (Inverary, Scotland)
Puffin on the Isle of Lunga, in the Treshnish Isles
You'll find nowhere in the world with better access to puffins and other seabirds than the Isle of Lunga, part of the Treshnish Isles on the west coast of Scotland. (Lunga, Scotland)
Rainbow leads into Castle Train, Ireland
One of those elusive pots of gold can be found in Castle Trim, Ireland. (Castle Trim, Ireland)
The "Table," part of the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye
A fantastic hike of the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye ends with a view of the "Table." That's my bro-in-law, David, at top right. (Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland)
Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece
I love the juxtaposition of tiny Jackson with the monumental Temple of Olympian Zeus. (Athens, Greece)
Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Another great hike on Skye is to the deserted Neist Point Lighthouse. (Isle of Skye, Scotland)
Cows in the snow in Colorado, USA
In nearly three years abroad, we've only returned to the U.S. once. We love the snow in Colorado, where Grammar and one of Kate's sisters live. (Mesa, Colorado, U.S.A.)
Open sky ceiling at Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland
I try to snap a pic of the ceilings in all the churches, abbeys, and cathedrals we visit. Sometimes, the best ceiling is no ceiling at all. (Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland)
Floating heads in the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
This exhibit, Floating Heads, greets visitors at the U.K.'s most visited museum outside of London, the Kelvingrove Museum. (Glasgow, Scotland)
Jacobite steam train puffs across the Glenfinnan Viaduct in western Scotland
The Jacobite steam train, also known as the Hogwarts Express, huffs and puffs across the Glenfinnan Viaduct. (Glenfinnan, Scotland)
Ruins of Crossraguel Abbey in Maybole, Scotland
People aren't the only ones who enjoy the beauty of the Crossraguel Abbey ruins. (Maybole, Scotland)
Tower ruin in Trim, Ireland
What can I say? I lurv me some ruins. This tower fragment stands in a village outside Dublin. (Trim, Ireland)
View of Loch Lomond from Inchcailloch
The most scenic lake in Scotland, as viewed from the summit of one of its islands, Inchcailloch. (Loch Lomond, Scotland)

Did you enjoy those? Here are more favorite pics of our second year in Scotland:

Hampton Court Palace, London, England 

(Nearly) favorite photos of places we visited our second year in Scotland

On the beach on Inchcailloch in Loch Lomond

Favorite family photos of our second year in Scotland

(Nearly) favorite photos of our second year in Scotland

Want to see more? Here are the favorites from our first year in Scotland:

Favorite photos of places we visited in our first year

(Nearly) favorite photos of places we visited our first year

Favorite family photos of our first year in Scotland

(Nearly) favorite family photos of our first year in Scotland

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