apart from my post complaining about 36*C heat last week (was it really last week? seems like ages ago), I’m well aware i haven’t posted anything in absolutely ages. I apologise. i haven’t felt much like posting.. haven’t had much TO post. My usual reason for not posting is depression, but that’s not why i’ve not being posting – quite the opposite actually. i’ve been getting out and about almost every day, out of the house, doing a lot of research into family history and things like that, and its done me the world of good.

Anyway. As you can imagine i took rather a lot of photos while i was on holiday (which may be the understatement of the year). Some i can’t publish here – photos of family and i have to preserve their confidentiality – and others would just bore the pants off anybody but me, but there’s still a lot that i think are good enough to go up here, so they shall. However, since there’s so many, i’m not even going to attempt to publish them all in one go, but over a series of posts over the next few days…

And we’ll start with the airplane! We flew from Manchester International to Bremen Airport. Manchester has recently been redesigned and i have to say, i think the new design is simply awful. Once you’re through baggage control and security, you have to walk through a series of very confusing halls to reach the food court – halls that are badly laid out, with no clear path, full of stinking perfume and women reaching out to give you samples. It makes perfect commercial sense, i have to admit, but as a traveller? Its a nightmare. It didn’t help any that Burger King was closed. We usually treat ourselves to a BK when we fly out on holiday, and this time we couldn’t. We were both starving, and were reduced to eating a substandard, expensive panini each which cost about as much as we would’ve spent at BK, and Michiel’s was cold. Never Again! And when we got to the gate… the queque for the plane stretched back into the corridor, impeding progress for everyone else, there was a screaming child (who was really old enough to know better) behind us.. and.. well. both our tempers were fraying by the time we got on the plane but we managed to get away from the screaming brat and we soon relaxed once we were in the air.

Anyway: I took some experimental shots out of the window of the plane, and they turned out surprisingly well. It does help that the weather was co-operative – it was reasonably clear – and i was able to get some nice shots of the ground…. Enjoy! Behind the cut as usual…

The UK from the air. When we flew from the UK to the Netherlands, apart from the blue bit in the middle, i always knew when we were over the Netherlands, as the field structure looks quite different - long strips, rather than squareish shapes. Germany is more like the UK from the air - more wooded areas, perhaps.

The UK from the air. When we flew from the UK to the Netherlands, apart from the blue bit in the middle, i always knew when we were over the Netherlands, as the field structure looks quite different - long strips, rather than squareish shapes. Germany is more like the UK from the air - more wooded areas, perhaps.

Im not sure what plane we flew in, but there were 6 seats to each row. i hate that aspect of flying: with cheap budget airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet, i do feel a bit like cattle. But once were in the air, i get to see out the window, and its all worthwhile.

I'm not sure what plane we flew in, but there were 6 seats to each row. i hate that aspect of flying: with cheap budget airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet, i do feel a bit like cattle. But once we're in the air, i get to see out the window, and its all worthwhile.

This is my favorite shot of them all, i think. so clear.

This is my favorite shot of them all, i think. so clear.

North West Germany from the air. See what i mean about lots of little wooded areas? There seemed to be far far more trees around in that part of Germany than wed find in England. Lots of Oak trees too.

North West Germany from the air. See what i mean about lots of little wooded areas? There seemed to be far far more trees around in that part of Germany than we'd find in England. Lots of Oak trees too.

not sure where this big lake is, from the satellite images on google maps the lake may be Zwischenahner Meer.

not sure where this big lake is, from the satellite images on google maps the lake may be Zwischenahner Meer.

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