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Royal Border Bridge, Berwick (Berwick Rail Bridge)

The Royal Border Bridge, Berwick was built between 1847 and 1852 to carry the railway over the River Tweed.

From north bank:-

Rail Bridge, Berwick. Royal Border Bridge

Southern part:-

Royal Border Bridge, Berwick

From Tweedmouth:-

Rail Bridge, Berwick, From Southeast

Tweedmouth War Memorial

Tweedmouth’s War Memorial stands at the southern end of Berwick Bridge almost in the shadow of the newer Royal Tweed Bridge.

From Berwick Bridge (Royal Tweed Bridge in background):-

Tweedmouth War Memorial

The Memorial’s inscriptions are, “In ever grateful and proud remembrance of the brave men of Tweedmouth who fell in the Great World War 1914-1918 and of the men and women of Tweedmouth who lost their lives in the Second World War. They were a wall unto us both by night and day.” “Erected by the inhabitants of Tweedmouth and other friends.” There is also a dedication to 2nd engineering officer Paul A Henry GM, 8/6/1982, aboard RFA Sir Galahad, at Bluff Cove – Falkland Islands. Below are the dates “1914-1919” and “1939-1945” and “To the memory of the men and women of Tweedmouth who have fallen since 1945.”

War Memorial, Tweedmouth

Memorial from west:-

War Memorial Tweedmouth

Reverse of memorial:-

Tweedmouth War Memorial, Reverse

Behind the Memorial on the wall bordering the River Tweed are some shields installed to remember those whose names were not included on the Memorial itself. From left to right: Civilian Personnnel, Royal Air Force, The youth of today remember the youth of yesterday. This last has the furtehr information, “These shields were requested by the children of the area In Memory of the Fallen.” “We do not forget.” (Royal Tweed Bridge and Berwick Bridge in background.)

Shields by Tweedmouth War Memorial

There are two more shields to the right of Youth of today; Royal Navy and British Army:-

War Memorial Shileds, Tweedmouth.2

Tweedmouth War Memorial and Berwick Bridge from Royal Tweed Bridge:-

Tweedmouth War Memorial and Berwick Bridge

Old Bridge Over the Tweed, Berwick Upon Tweed

I have posted pictures of Berwick’s bridges before, in 2010.

Berwick’s old bridge was built between 1611 and 1624. Previously wooden bridges had spanned the river but were variously destroyed by floods or military action.

From Tweedmouth side:-

Old Berwick Bridge

From newer bridge (to west; stitched photo):-

Berwick Old Bridge

From northwest, on new bridge (stitched photo):-

Old Berwick Bridge


Annan is a town in Dumfries and Galloway. It is named for the river which runs through it:-

River Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, ScotlandBridge

That bridge is well-proportioned:-

Annan Bridge, Scotland

View from bridge looking north:-

River Annan at Annan Looking North

Somewhere in the park beyond is the remains of Robert Bruce’s motte and bailey castle:-

Bruce's Motte and Bailey, Annan

A statue of Bruce adorns the Town Hall:-

Statue of Bruce at Town Hall

The Town Hall itself from a different angle:-

Annan Town Hall, Dumfries and Galloway

This is the view south from the bridge. Another bridge (a footbridge) can be seen to top centre right:-

River Annan (south)

We walked down to get a closer look (and eventually walked over it):-

Iron  Bridge over River Annan

The footbridge gave a good view of the old railway bridge over the River Annan. the railway is now disused:-

Railway Bridge over River Annan at Annan

Oresund Bridge

We passed under the Oresund Bridge (Öresund or Øresund Bridge depending on whether you live on the Danish or Swedish side) on the way from Stockholm to Aalborg.

I had thought we would do so when sailing from Copenhagen to Warnemünde but we seemed to turn north out of Copenhagen (I could just about make out the bridge in the southern distance) and then west. At that point we had to go in to dinner so I assumed the ship travelled down the west side of Zealand then instead of passing under the bridge.

Unfortunately it was about one o’clock in the morning when we passed under the bridge – and dark; so the photos aren’t much cop.

Oresund Bridge by Night

Video. (It was quite windy):-

Oresund Bridge by Night

Closer appraoch:-

Centre, Oresund Bridge

Oresund Bridge Towers

Eastern support tower:-

Oresund Bridge Support Tower

Video. (I don’t know whose the voices are. Other people were also enjoying the experience):-

Oresund Bridge Support Tower

Stockholm Architecture

The coach had dropped us off near Gamla Stan – old Stockholm, well worth a wander round. (In pre-coronavirus days anyway):-

Gamla Stan, old Stockholm

Art Nouveau-ish Building, Gamla Stan, Stockholm:-

Art Nouveau-ish Building, Stockholm

Church and bridge round corner from Gamla Stan:-

church, Stockholm

Traditional architecture:-

Stockholm building

Stockholm, conifers

Gustav II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus) statue and building opposite Riksdag and Opera House, Stockholm:-

Building and Statue Near Riksdag, Stockholm

More modern Swedish style:-

Modern Building, Stockholm

Stockholm Bridges

Next stop on the Baltic cruise was Stockholm for our fifth day in a row of shore excursions. We were getting a bit knackered by then but Stockholm is a stunning city and made up for that. Being built on islands there is water everywhere and loads of bridges.

Stockholm Bridges

Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) and bridge. What a lovely aspect:-

Rocks , Birds, Riksdag, Stockholm

This was by the other side of the Riksdag:-

Stockholm,Canal + weir

Two for one here, foreground and background:-

Distant Bridge, Stockholm

This rather less elegant one was near the ship’s berth:-

A Bridge in Stockholm

When I first glimpsed this tower I had hoped it might be Art Deco but it’s not. Looks like a communications tower:-

Tower, Stockholm From Cruise Ship

Leaving Leningrad

Or leaving St Petersburg (as it is again.) I liked the alliteration though.

I snatched these through the coach window on the way back to the ship’s berth.

An old bridge over a waterway:-

An Old Bridge, St Petersburg

This one I realised later is on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt at the Anichkov Bridge over the River Fontanka and I had photographed it from the street:-

Palace, St Petersburg

A Fire Station:-

Fire Station, St Petersburg

This is the bridge almost hidden behind the building under construction I photographed from the ship’s prow:-

Bridge, St Petersburg

And this is the one between the ship and the Zenit Arena (aka Krestovsky Stadium) – see same link above:-

Bridge in St Petersburg

Bridge and Krestovsky Stadium:-

A Bridge  + Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg

Krestovsky Stadium/Zenit Arena plus part of the bridge, also two blurred birds:-

Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg (Zenit Arena)

Waterways, St Petersburg

St Petersburg is criss-crossed by waterways, not only the River Neva. Several of them pass under the western portion of Nevsky Prospekt. One of these is the Griboyedov Canal which runs from the Church on Spilled Blood to go under the road and on to link the River Moyka to the River Fontanka.

The Moyka River itself (see previous post) runs from the River Fontanka at the Mihailovsky Castle past the Church on Spilled Blood on under Nevsky Propekt eventually to reach the River Neva.

River Moyka, St Petersburg

The Fontanka River makes a big half loop round the city centre and under the Anichkov Bridge at Nevsky Propekt:-

Fontanka River, St Petersburg

View from Bridge over Fontanka River, St Petersburg

view down Fontanka River, St Petersburg

There’s always something pleasing about a river in the middle of a city:-

St Petersburg, Fontanka River

St Petersburg (iv)

Building, St Isaac’s Square:-

Building St Isaac's Square, St Petersburg

One of St Petersburg’s many palaces:-

St Petersburg, a Palace

Part of another:-

Winter Palace , St Petersburg, Russia

Government building:-

government building 2 stitch

Street scene. Notice the number on the traffic light. This is a countdown clock to when the signals will change. All the road crossings had them. The (animated) “green man” even speeded up his walk as the time ran down. These are brilliant ideas. They should bring them in here:-

street in St Petersburg, Russia

Canal with “blue bridge” near St Isaac’s Square:-

blue bridge canal, St Petersburg, Russia

It’s amazing what you can see on rooftops:-

Statue on Roof, St Petersburg

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