For our last London picture (for a while), here's one more from Richmond Bridge. Quite possibly our favorite place in the world.
Our first London apartment was on the opposite bank of the Thames from where I took this picture, and we crossed this bridge countless times on the way into town. It is a lovely spot and it has a special place in our hearts.
Next up, a return to the Northeast. We got back last week, and it truly is a beautiful season here in our new home.
The Palace Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Located at the A list Royal Mile at the far opposite end to Edinburgh Castle. It has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century.
Holyrood means holy cross, the name came from a legendary vision of the cross witnessed by David I, or from a relic of the True Cross known as the Holy Rood or Black Rood, and which had belonged to Queen Margaret, David's mother.
Really pleased to have got one of my favourite shots into this years Landscape Photographer of the Year book. It’s all about the detail in this so not very well suited to Instagram, but if you want to see a larger version have a look on my website. It will also be in the exhibition at Waterloo station from 20th November, which is always worth a visit if you are passing by.
Speaking English. There is no such thing as one language in Britain. You can always say “He is American” but you would not be able to say “He is from Colorado”. In Russia, a guy from Moscow would speak the same language as the guy who lives 10000 miles away in Siberia. Not the case for Britain. For some reason, this small overcrowded island has got so many different dialects that sometimes people from one village would not be able to understand people from a village 6 miles away.
People from the South normally speak clear English, the more you go north the more difficult it gets. Main dialects are: Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Norwich, Newcastle, Scotland, Yorkshire, Ireland. For me, the worst one is Scottish. It might sound scary now, but once you enrich your English with new vocabulary and speak with British as much as possible, you will find it will become easier and easier to understand other dialects. There are lots of videos on YouTube on different accents and some even teach you how to speak with them.
Interesting how British look at other languages. They all learn French at school but out of all people I met only a few could only truly speak French. This country once had a quarter of the world in it hands, so I guess you can understand that they do not see the need to know any other language.
Having good English is key. Good jobs and good universities will require a very high level of English from you. 3 simple hints:
🔸 enrol on a good English course ASAP, which has a slightly higher level than you are if possible
🔸 read English newspapers and magazines. The one I used was called “METRO” but you can also try local newspapers. Don’t go for “The TImes” or “Independent” – these are hard to read even for British. Try to fully understand the meaning and look up any words that you don’t know in the dictionary.
🔸talk to British as much as possible. Whether it is your friend, a colleague or simply a cashier in your local post office – any practice of live speaking is valuable.
My tour with @simone_wit through South England.
Beachy Head is a chalk headland in East Sussex, England. It is situated close to Eastbourne, immediately east of the Seven Sisters.
The headland was a danger to shipping. In 1831, construction began on the Belle Tout lighthouse on the next headland west from Beachy Head. Because mist and low clouds could hide the light of Belle Tout, Beachy Head Lighthouse was built in the sea below Beachy Head.
I know I have posted plenty of pictures of Stonehenge over the last 2 years but I got to take my Mom to one of my very favorite spots in England last week. We went on a Thursday and it was the most abandoned of all the times I have visited Stonehenge. We practically had the place to ourselves. And it was an epic day for clouds and sun! I even caught a few of the oh so famous ravens in this frame. Talk about a win all around. I am always in awe of this place. The idea of breathing on something so ancient and standing where someone thousands of years ago stood and looking at the same bit of engineering is just so incredible to me.
Who else likes this awesome drone shot from Lloyd over Llangynwyd? If there’s one thing other than waterfalls Wales is good for it’s these winding roads.
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