Sonntag, 17. September 2017

Scotland II - Dumbarton, Castle, Rain, Stairs and Rain

Hello readers!

I planed to post all the scotland entries way earlier, but I never came around to do so. But I'll come back to this travel, because I loved it. Last September I had visited my Sister in Helensburgh. She's back in germany now, but at that time she was in a school there.
In the last entry I wrote about our first two days, well actually one, because the first day was just a lot of traveling. On the third day was the first day we all spent toghether from the start. So my stepdad, my sister and one of her friends and I decided to make a day trip.
It was a very rainy day and the light was a little weird. This may be imagination but I had the impression, that the light had a brightening effect on the colors, especially the greens. We took the bus from Helensburgh to Dumbarton. The bus was quite empty and the driver quite scotish. The ride was nice, for us it was just hard to understand the heavy accent of the man. But maybe that wasn't just us because some other people had to ask to repeat himself over and over too.

With the first things we saw when we arrived: palm trees.

This is Levengrove Park. It is located really nice on a place where the River Leven meets the River Clyde. I guess it is even nicer on a day with maybe at least some times without rain. We didn't had that much luck. It variously intensive rained nearly all the time.

As a kid I would have loved this park even more because there were some nice playing areas. Actually nowadays every place with water and nature is amazing in my eyes. That's just things I like.

It is not clear to me why there were rotten boats, but I find them nice as some kind of a real life vanitas still life. Where I live they usually clean up so no boat would lay long enough to look like that.
This is not the best picture quality, I know. But I loved the little swan and this was the only picture I got. Here you can also see the rain really good.
My first, but not last burger in scotland. I love good burgers and chips. 
The others took the chance and ate fish. This one was huge.
This was already on the castle. It was a little adventure to get there, because first we took a very wrong way.

Dumbarton Castle is worth a visit. You are exposed to the weather nearly everywere there so it's good to wear appropriate clothes. Also, there are a lot of stairs. It's not a good place when you don't like that.

From this castle Queen Mary was brought to France for her safety. Before that, she was at the castle for several months. I think Mary Stuart is a very interesting historical personality, so all of this was interesting to me.

I took a lot of pictures at the castle and one half is stairs and the other half is the view from the castle on Dumbarton Rock.

The view was great. The scenery opened like a stage in a theater. It would be good to paint. I may do this. I'm trying to get back to drawing and painting at the moment.

The problem I had all the time was that it rained on my camera. So on my lens was water. It's visible in the picture above. I was quite busy with dry wiping the camera lens.
And now to something small. I know, not everybody do like snails. But I really love them. There was a plant snails seem to love. There were tons of cute snails in different sizes with interesting coloured and patterned houses.


Here we have some details in the walls were I've no idea what it is or why, but it looks interesting so I photographed it.

We stayed on the castle for such a long time, the staff thought we had gone and locked the doors.
When we walked back we went through a street with the nicest houses.

I'm such a fan of the architecture. Also the colours are great. The visual effect is amazing.

I took some random pictures of Dumbarton on our way back to the bus stop.

The sun went down quickly and it was dark outside back in the flat in Helensburgh.

That was all for this day. I'll post more about scotland even this isn't very recent. But I like to have entries like this here. At some points my blog is some kind of a diary.

Thank you for reading!

~ Louyse

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