Blog: 2012

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 25, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Merry Christmas, blog readers! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. {ph13358} Shown above is the magnificent Christmas market in Erfurt, Germany, 2010.

Go Historic Launches Today!

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Well, I've been working on Go Historic for well over a year now, and it's been in "private beta" (i.e., published and mostly functional, but not many people can view it) since the summer. It is still not finished, but it's mostly presentable now, and how can I pass up a birthday of 12/12/12? So, today is the official "public beta launch" of Go Historic! The home page, sure to be redesigned many times...

Homeward Bound

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I'm coming home tomorrow, yay! It has been a great and very productive trip, but six weeks is a long time and I'm looking forward to returning to family, friends, and the familiar. {ph14495} I'm leaving from Amsterdam as usual, where I arrived from Minnesota so many moons ago. This view of Delta and KLM birds is from the Panoramic Terrace at Amsterdam Airport...

The Big Walk in Paris

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I had a good and very productive week in Paris. I took several thousand photos, at least some of them good, and that's the main thing. My French, such as it is, ground back to life and got some good practice. I got to know my way around the city again, saw many parts of it I never have before, and I became comfortable with the Metro, which is just as efficient but not as intuitive as London's Tube...

Antwerp from the Window

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Greetings from Antwerp, on the Flemish (Dutch) side of Belgium, where I have stopped for three nights on my way to Amsterdam (and from there, home)! It has been very cold and rainy here, and I have my second cold of the trip - not surprising after all the public transportation and night photography in Paris - but I have otherwise had a nice time in Antwerp...

Halloween in France

Posted on November 1, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I hope you all had a Happy Halloween! I didn't expect much out of Halloween in France, because I know it's not much of a holiday over here and I hadn't seen any signs of it in shop windows. But my Halloween night turned out to be rather festive after all! I spent the day in Chartres, which is an hour's train ride west of Paris, to re-photograph its lovely cathedral...

Goodnight from Paris

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Just time for a quick photo tonight, of the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. {ph12758} I'll tell you about how I got this photo (taken just a few hours ago), plus several other Paris highlights, next time!

Nighttime Arrival in Paris

Posted on October 27, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Bonsoir from Paris! My Eurostar train arrived at 9pm (local time, which is an hour ahead of London), and I successfully navigated the Metro (which stinks - both literally and figuratively - compared to the London Underground), then walked in the wrong direction for 10 minutes, but at least I ended up at the Louvre... {ph12603} As you can see from the full moon, the skies are clear tonight, and it is supposed to be sunny most of the day tomorrow - here's hoping!

London Overview

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Tonight is my last night in London, and tomorrow afternoon I board the Eurostar for Paris! This has been my longest stay in London ever - almost two weeks - and it has been wonderful. London is one of my favorite cities, and I always leave wishing I had been able to stay a little longer and see a few more things. Even after two very productive weeks, this time is no exception...

Only in London...

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Only in London can you start out the day at Henry VIII's house... ...and end it at the James Bond premiere!

London Fog

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Holly Hayes
It was foggy and misty all day today, which I knew would mean a great opportunity for some atmospheric night photos. So even though I was already tired from walking around all day, I went back to my hotel, grabbed my tripod, then crammed back in with the commuters on the Tube so I could spend some quality time with Big Ben and the London Eye. I'm really glad I did - it was absolutely magical...

Historic Eating in Oxford

Posted on October 21, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I had only one day in Oxford, and I made the most of my time and photo opportunities by "eating historically" wherever possible! Here are the two best examples (I also had pizza in an oldish building associated with the Oxford Castle). The Eagle and Child The Eagle and Child pub was built in the 16th century and is probably best known as the meeting place of "The Inklings," a literary club of Oxford professors and their friends that included C...

Some Snaps from London

Posted on October 18, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I am having a very good and productive time in London so far, and I've officially extended my stay here to a total of 12 days. It is very nice not to have to pack up and lug my suitcase on a train for such a long time, and to have an opportunity to explore London in greater depth than I ever have before. But there is so much to see and photograph here, plus there are several day trips to other places I need to do, that I'm sure even that won't seem like enough! {ph12566} In other news, I've caught my first cold of the trip, most likely due to the air I shared with hundreds of people during my crowded journey to London...

Today: Bath to London

Posted on October 14, 2012 by Holly Hayes
So I've decided my traditional approach of blogging in chronological order is for the birds. From now on I'm going to post what I want to, regardless of what order it happened in! So although I still have photos and stories to share from Peterborough, Cambridge, Oxford, and more of Bath, I'm just going to tell you what I did today. Today started in Bath and ended in London, and it was a pretty great day, not least because the weather was lovely - sunny almost all day...

Just a Bit from Bath

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I am currently in Bath and taking advantage of every minute in this beautiful city. I've been going out as soon as I get up for photos in the morning sun, staying out until after dark for photos in the twilight hour, standing around waiting for the sun to emerge from the clouds (always worth it), experimenting with some new photo techniques, taking my time exploring lots of great sights, and of course having lots of tea! And tonight I went to a play in a pretty little historic theater, and didn't get home until around 11pm...

Day Trips from York: Selby and Castle Howard

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Holly Hayes
On my last full day in York, I went to two different destinations by train in the same day, which were in opposite directions! But only 20 minutes' ride in both cases. I really enjoyed both, and the weather even cooperated beautifully. Unfortunately the day began rather stressfully, because just as I was about to leave for the station, I realized I hadn't backed up yesterday's pictures to an external hard drive...

York: A Return to Medieval England

Posted on October 8, 2012 by Holly Hayes
As you know from my last couple of posts, I found Glasgow and Liverpool to be very interesting and very cool, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in both cities. But when I arrived in York, it was a return to the UK I love best: good and old! Case in point: during the short ride from the York train station to my B&B, the view from the taxi window included a small section of an ancient Roman wall, large sections of the medieval city walls, a glimpse of the glorious Gothic towers of York Minster, a plaque marking the former home of poet W...

Cool Liverpool

Posted on October 6, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Liverpool is one of the few cities on this trip I haven't visited before, and I didn't have much time to research it before I arrived. I only learned enough to know the major sights I needed to photograph. And although these sounded great, I must admit my expectations for the city overall were somewhat low - mainly because I lived for two years in southern England, where they are not generally very complimentary about northern England! But I thought Liverpool was awesome, and I would recommend a visit to anyone...

Day Trip to Stirling

Posted on October 4, 2012 by Holly Hayes
On my last full day in Glasgow, I made an afternoon trip by train to Stirling, mainly to see Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument. It was an easy trip of 25 minutes each way. Pretty train station in Stirling Interesting relief near the station I didn't have a map of Stirling, and the town was larger than I expected. Signs to the castle were also not quite as prevalent as you might think...

Highlights of Glasgow

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Holly Hayes
My two days in Glasgow were excellent. You have already seen how good my hotel was, which is very important for getting work and rest done. It is located in what seemed to be the theater district and I quickly felt at home there: getting groceries at Marks & Spencer a couple blocks down the road; stopping for sandwiches at Pret a couple blocks in the other direction; and seeing dressed-up people crowd the sidewalks for a show at the Pavilion Theater every evening on my way home...