Photos and the City

destination photography & travel

Early morning I walked from my cosy Airbnb with a view to Queen Street Station in Glasgow and boarded the train to my second stop: Oban

If you´re travelling by train, try to sit on the left side – until Loch Long the view is spectacular on this side! Then change to the right side and enjoy Loch Lochmond, after that, it more or less doesn´t matter as both sides are breathtaking. It takes about 3 hours and you won´t get bored just pressing your nose against the window.oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlands, trainStepping out of the train station I got greeted by a sign offering boat tours, the next one starting in about one hour – perfect! I had tried to book a long boat trip around the bay but that one didn´t take place, so this would be the ideal start for my day in Oban. It was just a short walk to my B & B, where I left my luggage, got a cup of tea and was ready to go.

oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlandsThis was another company but we more or less took the same route.

oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlandsView of Oban (with McCaig’s Tower on top) from the sea.

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On the other side of the bay: Dunollie Castle, once the seat of Clan MacDougall.

oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlands oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlandsOn the other side of Kerrera Island – the first seals swam by and everyone got really excited – I kind of had forgotten that we were supposed the see some, I was happy enough to enjoy the ride and the landscape.

… and finding new dream houses, perfect for some alone time (very alone…)

 

oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlands oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlandsAnd while they were talking about some of the birds, even more seals swam by and then we were at their favourite „hanging place“.

oban, scotland, uk, bay of oban, seal, water, boat trip, my trip to the hightlandsThis little guy was my favourite – he definitely enjoyed it being in the spotlight.

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Time to say good bye and go back to Oban

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The tour lasted for about one hour and is more than worth taking it!

With 39° in Vienna, it was about time for my next escape from the heat and the city – cold thermal water here I come!

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It took me about 45 minutes by train from Vienna Central Station to Bad-Fischau-Brunn and then it´s just a 5 to 10 minutes walk to the thermal bath. It might not look as grand as the Themalbad Bad Vöslau from the outside but also looks back on a long history which started with the Romans who already knew about the vitalizing power of the Fischauer mineral water.

 

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In 1872 the foundations stone for today’s bath was laid and in 1898 bought by Erzherzog Rainer who had it extended to today´s size in 1899. The green-yellow wooden cabins are cultural remains of the K & K times. Back then there was a women and a men pool – today everyone may swim wherever he or she wants to….

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The Fischauer Thermalbad remained under the ownership of the Habsburg family until 1992 when the municipal of Bad Fischau bought it. It´s the perfect place to spend a hot summer day in cold water, lying under old trees and feeling the old Sommerfrische flair and charm.

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Photos and short film sequences are taken with my phone.