pictures taken en route around the 3 peaks the other day. Happy Christmas
everyone! Balephuil Bay. Filed under News Created by will on Dec 23rd 2010.
Another couple of wonderful days although blighted in part by bad weather. When we left Konstanz we soon got lost on our way south. If only we had decided to go through the Swiss border check point only a few hundred yards from our hotel. But we had to try to be clever and try to head south through Austria.
Eventually we ended up in the town of Imst, nestled in the Austrian Tirol. What lovely views of the mountains from our campsite! The next day we took a drive to Innsburck and wandered about the town for the afternoon.
Today has been a day of extreme weather changes. We headed south through St. Moritz (zero degrees celcius) until Imst (19.5 degress celcius).
Tonight we went for an evening meal out on the terrace of the restaurant area of town. It was great to sit out in the evening air, in September, and enjoy a meal with a good red wine.
No pictures today simply because I haven't had a chance to check them out.
We were on the road early this morning and drove south east, in the general direction of Austria, trying our best to hug the southern shore of the Bodensee.
The town of Konstanz is a large, cosmopolitan town which, interestingly, has the border with Switzerland running through it. We went out for a walk tonight and visited Switzerland for ten minutes before we got fed up and returned to Germany.
For those of you who were fed up with my comments yesterday about all the beautiful sunshine we were having you will be pleased to know that it rained this afternoon when we were out exploring the town. And boy, did it rain! We hadn’t been expecting the rain and certainly weren’t dressed for it. We got soaked! Tonight when we went out for a further look around we were sure to put on our waterproof jackets and take our umbrellas with us!
On the plus side, though, I have to point out that the weather outside is currently in the region of 16 degrees C – at 9pm!Onward, tomorrow, to Austria!
Hello everyone and greetings from the German town of Appenweirer on the fringes of the Black Forest. We are having a wonderful time so far on our drive around central Europe. In fact, we can’t quite believe how much we are enjoying ourselves – or how good the weather is. Since Monday the average temperature has been about 26 degrees Celsius with loads and loads of lovely sunshine!
We came off the ferry at Calais in France on Monday at about 11am local time and charged along the autoroute headed for Reims. There we met up with our good friends, the recently married James and Magali Christie at their flat, a short distance from the magnificent Reims Cathedral.
What a wonderful time we had with this lovely couple over the next two days. We visited the cathedral, we did a tour of the town, we visited Magali’s parents (whom we first met at the wedding), we ate well and we shared a few beers.
The town of Reims is historic but there’s just too much to go in to at the moment. Reims suffered terribly in both World Wars and there is much evidence of this still in the town – for instance the lower walls of the cathedral, pock-marked with machine gun and shell-hits.
The hospitality shown to us both by Magali and James and Magili’s parents was very touching and we will never forget it.
IT has to be said that the hand-shelled scallop pakora was a little cool when it finally arrived at the table...
But curry lovers Iain and Sophie Isaacson weren't complaining.
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Recorded at The Shed, Cornaigmore, Isle of Tiree during March 2010. Inspired by a stoned conversation with friends, oh, perhaps 32 or 33 years ago, when we were playing music and talking about life and death. Although the song actually deals with a young girl who is scared by the thoughts of death AND life I think it finishes off on bitter-sweet but slightly more positive note.
The song has a late-70s/early 80s feel to it, which is what I actually intended.
On YouTube the sound quality won't be all that great. I'm hoping to have this and several other songs on sale in iTunes high quality within the next couple of months.
I cannot think how to properly introduce this video. I stumbled across it the other day while looking at a Trail West performance. It features Iain and Bernie Smith messing about with a video camera when they were very much younger. All I can tell you is I laughed and laughed the first time I watched this. Maybe it's a Tiree thing, maybe you need to know the boys. Whatever, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.