Normally each month I post photos from ten years earlier.
I noticed that it’s twenty years since my 1998 trip to Europe. This was the first trip I blogged in excruciating unnecessary detail – and I’m glad I did, as I’ve been rereading the posts, reliving the trip.
I’ve taken the opportunity to re-scan some of the better photos and update the blog posts, and here they are in a post of their own.
2/9/1998: arriving in London for the first time, I suddenly felt like I was from some hick town. The place was just so busy. This is outside Victoria Station.
3/9/1998: Exploring Chichester near my grandparents’ place
4/9/1998: Arundel Castle, which is probably not even in the top ten British castles… but frankly if you’ve never seen a castle before, is damn impressive.
6/9/1998: On a train from my grandparents’ place near Bognor Regis, heading towards London. The photo was taken using a timer and placing the camera on the window ledge opposite. Does that mean it was a selfie, before anybody called them selfies?
7/9/1998: Edinburgh Castle
10/9/1998: Near Plockton, Scotland. Camera on a rock.
11/9/1998: Doctor Who was on its long (1989 to 2005) hiatus back then, but so it was very nice to find this Police Box in Earls Court, London.
12/9/1998: The most famous zebra crossing in the world at Abbey Road. Shame I glanced to my left just as my buddy Merlin took the photo… and wouldn’t know until weeks later thanks to it being a film camera.
16/9/1998: Boarding a high speed train from Brussels to Amsterdam.
18/9/1998: Back in… where is this place again? Once again, the perils of film cameras meant that it would be weeks before noticing that a world famous landmark appeared to be coming out of the top of my head.
Finally, I’ve posted this before, but here are some video highlights from that trip.
If you feel like wasting your time, you can read my twenty year old travel blog here.