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St Petersburg (iii)

A touch of the new (and temporary) and the old.

Fifa 2018 World Cup fan park:-

FIFA, World Cup 2018 Fan Zone, St Petersburg

Reverse of fan park + canal and bridge:-

A Canal in St Petersburg + FIFA World Cup Fan Zone

Main road aspect:-

St Petersburg, FIFA World Cup Fan Zone

Contrast that with this typically Russian building right beside the fan park:-

Building Opposite Church on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg

But just over the road from that:-

Church on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg

The stunning Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood:-

St Petersburg, Church on the Spilled Blood

The church’s peculiar name arises because it was built as a memorial over the spot where Tsar Alexander II had been assassinated. Unfortunately it was swathed in scaffolding last May.

Church on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, from Field of Mars:-

Church on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg From Field of Mars

St Petersburg (ii)

A bridge on the Neva (Troitskiy Bridge?):-

St Petersburg, Bridge on River Neva

Sampsoniyevskiy Bridge on Bolshaya Nevka, St Petersburg:-

Bridge on Bolshaya Nevka, St Petersburg,

Building and Sampsoniyevskiy Bridge on Bolshaya Nevka:

Building and Bridge on Bolshaya Nevka,St Petersburg

Weaponry and, below, military vehicles, outside a military museum (of artillery.) Seen through rainy bus windows.

Weaponry, St Petersburg,

Military Vehicles, St Petersburg,

An old sailing ship alongside the Petrovskaya Embankment:-

An Old Sailing Ship, St Petersburg

The same ship from the Kutuzov Embankment across the River Neva. There is what looks to be a mosque in the background here:-

Ferry and Old Sailing Ship, St Petersburg

St Petersburg Sphinxes and Rostral Towers

There are two Egyptian sphinxes by the banks of the River Neva in St Petersburg. Our tour guide was quite proud of these. They stand on what is known as the Quay of the Sphinxes. It wa sthe first stop on our first tour.

A Sphinx, St Petersburg

Second Sphinx, St Petersburg

Sphinx Ornamentation:-

Sphinx Ornamentation, St Petersburg

The sphinxes are close to the Blagoveshchensky Bridge Over The River Neva:-

Bridge Over The River Neva, St Petersburg,

River Neva Bridge, St Petersburg

Next we stopped to see the Rostral Towers (or Columns) once beacons for St Petersburg’s original port and another symbol of the city:-

Traffic and Rostral Tower, St Petersburg

A Rostral Tower, St Petersburg

Tay Bridge and V&A Dundee

The first stop on the cruise we took last year was … Dundee! It’s only about twenty-five miles or so away from Son of the Rock Acres but it cost £200 less, each, for us to board at Newcastle rather than embark a day later at Dundee. No brainer.

The ship’s docking point in Scotland’s fourth city did give me a view of the Tay Bridge I hadn’t had before, though.

Tay Bridge

To the extreme right of the above photo is the new V&A Dundee, better seen in the photo below with RSS Discovery and Discovery Point beyond V&A:-

Tay Bridge and V&A Building

Wandering round the city centre I came across these stone penguins having a wee daunder:-

Model Penguins, Dundee City Centre

Nearby was this plaque commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Great War. “Dedicated to the glory of god and to those men and women who in all corners of the world gave their lives in service of our beloved country. We Will Remember Them, 11th November 1989.”

Anniversary War Memorial, Dundee City Centre

Cowden Garden Again

Last April we visited Cowden Garden again. (There’s not much chance of another visit in the immediate future.) he garden had come on a bit in its development.

It takes a lot of work to achieve it but there’s something very relaxing about the way a Japanese garden looks:-

Lake and bridge:-

Lake and Bridges, Cowden Garden

Zen garden, raked in the Japanese style:-

Japanese Garden, Cowden, Scotland

Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Ornamental stone:-

Ornamental Stone, Cowden Garden

Lake and pagoda:-

Lake and Pagoda, Cowden Garden

Brigde over lake:-

Bridge over Lake, Cowden Garden

Path and bridge over lake:-

Path and Bridge over Lake, Cowden Garden

Tree, lake and bridges:-

Tree, Lake and Bridges, Cowden Garden

Small bridge and Zen garden:-

Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Closer view:-

Small Bridge and Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Lunch was soup with bread and a coffee.

Cup, Cowden Garden café:-

Cup, Cowden Garden Cafe

The Back Burn, Balbirnie

The Back Burn runs through the Balbirnie Estate on its way from the East Lomond round Markinch and on to the River Leven near Methilhill. It’s good for walks – even when you’re not cooped up by a lockdown.

After wandering under the A 92 and through a wooded glen it runs past the eighteenth hole of the golf course built over half of the estate:-

Balbirnie burn

Then down a cobbled slope:-

Burn

Under a bridge:-

Back Burn

On:-

Burn

And on:-

Back Burn

Back Burn

Before swinging under another bridge to make a turn under Stob Cross Road across to the railway line and down the east of Markinch:-

Back Burn

One of the things you might not expect to see in Fife but is present in the estate is a Giant Redwood tree:-

giant redwood tree

There’s a wildlife pond between the boarded path and the redwood as seen from near the burn:-

A Giant Redwood in Fife

Balbirnie Estate has a lot of rhododendron plants. They’re just about on the point of coming into flower this year. This was from 2019:-

Rhododendron, Balbirnie, Fife

Forth Bridges – All Three

The original Forth Bridge (the only one which needs no adjective, ie the one which carries the railway.) Taken from South Queensferry on 1/11/2018:-

Forth Bridge

Forth Road Bridge with new Forth Road Bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, behind. Taken from South Queensferry:-

Forth Bridges

Three Bridges and a Lake

While at Rochdale we were taken on a day trip to Halifax.

On the M62 we passed Hollingsworth Lake:-

Hollingsworth Lake from M62

And under this elegant bridge:-

Bridge over M62

And in Halifax parked near these two contrasting bridges. Old and new:-

Bridges in Halifax

River Deveron at Huntly

Huntly Castle (see previous posts) lies close to the River Deveron as it flows though the outskirts of the town.

River at Huntly Castle

River Deveron at Huntly Castle

There is a lovely old bridge – maybe built to provide access to the castle back in the day – over the river:-

Huntly Bridge

From the bridge looking west:-

River Deveron at Huntly

From the bridge looking east:-

River Deveron, Huntly

More of the V&A Dundee

Previously I have posted about the (relatively) new V&A building in Dundee here and, in the background, here.

V&A logo by entrance:-

V&A Sign, Dundee

Exterior curve:-

Exterior Curve, V&A Dundee

View to Tay Bridge through “tunnel”:-

"Tunnel" V&A, Dundee

Apparently the wind can sweep through the tunnel quite severely. View to city through tunnel:-

Tunnel Under V&A, Dundee

Overhanging River Tay:-

Overhanging River Tay, V&A Dundee

Exterior planting:-

Exterior Planting , V&A Dundee

Exterior Planting V&A Dundee

Interior:-

Interior, V&A, Dundee

V&A, Dundee, Interior

V&A, Dundee, Interior and Stairs

V&A, Dundee, Interior and Ceiling

View of Tay Bridge through slit window:-

V&A, Dundee, Window

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