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Review of 2017 - Part 2 - From Germany to London Via Wales in Springtime

April essentially consisted of a road to trip to Germany driving down The Romantic Road taking in old Bavarian towns and amazing alpine scenes. You can read all about the trip here  but for anyone who wants beautiful open countryside combines with towns both ancient and modern I would recommend this trip but you must hire a car and drive, German roads are a wonder to drive on!

The end of April was all about bluebells, once of the quintessential spring flowers, I have missed the great snowdrop, crocus, daffodil (and whatever other flowers there are) bloom but was determined to capture some bluebells in a natural environment. Fortunately the year before I had discovered Hay Wood and at the back of the wood the sun rises and shines it's golden rays onto a carpet of bluebells (apologies for getting a little poetic there)

And of course I had to get down on the floor and play with my macro lens for a shot or two, isn't all about carpets

It was back to Wales in May and we decided to stay in the village of Beddgelert after visiting it back in March, we did plan to climb Mt Snowdon but that didn't happen (yet.....), instead we hiked around Ogwen and had a great day that even involved jumping over a waterfall! You can read about this trip, including the waterfall jump, here but this wasn't the last Welsh trip of the year and not even the last stay in Beddgelert.  

To end May we decided to take a trip to London, we also wanted to try and see areas we had never seen before so a stay in a lovely AirBnB in East London was just the thing. Of course we walked a lot, we do have a habit of starting a short stroll only to find that we have walked 10km  into Greater London (or 8km around a lake, that kind of thing). For once though I was lucky with the weather and even got a sunset

There was one building above all others that loved and that was The Sky Garden and whilst I didn't have sunrise or sunset light the design of the building still means that you can get lines and shadows all through the day. Can't recommend visiting this place enough for photography purposes, need to book in advance though and you only get an hour (apparently, no one seems to police this).