Hi, I'm a supporter of my local non-league football team, Wingate & Finchley. I enjoy photography and specifically transport photography. I'm also a licensed HAM - Amateur Radio Enthusiast. I used to be a Pilot, but I've retired from that hobby.

The second photograph that I posted on Facebook for this challenge is connected to my transport interests. Back when I was flying as a hobby, the club I belonged to used to organise fly-out’s once or twice a year. Usually these went to one of the local French airfields and an overnight stay in a hotel was included. In 1991 we went to Abbeville. Arriving in late-afternoon, there was a coach to take us from the aerodrome to the hotel in the centre of town. The evening was spent enjoying dinner and then retiring to the hotel bar where flying tales of varying levels of accuracy were exchanged over a few drinks.

Departure was scheduled for early afternoon next day and the following morning most (all?) of my fellow pilots were having a lie-in. But I’ve always been an early riser so I was out on the streets at 06:30 and strolling through town enjoying the sights including the Collegiate Church of Saint Vulfran – a magnificent gothic-fronted building with an incongruously small nave behind. I initially thought that it was a victim of the one of the wars but it turns out that it was never completed!

Continuing through the town I found signs for the railway station so off I went in that direction. The station building is a masterpiece in itself – I must post a photo sometime. I found a local train parked in one of the platforms and a shunter next to a shed. I wandered up onto the footbridge to photo the station and was pleased to find a train approaching from the south…

…presumably from Amiens. Where it was going I have no idea though its next stop could well have been Le Touquet – another popular fly-out destination. Planes and trains – a great way to spend a weekend away πŸ™‚

I was challenged on Facebook by long time friend Alison to publish 10 travel photographs – The wording was…

“If you can’t travel at least you can live on memories. I’ve posted one of my travel photos and posted it without any explanation, then I’ll nominate someone to take up this challenge. I was challenged by Sheena Batten 10 days, 10 travel photos, 10 nominees, no explanation.
Day 9 and today I nominate Martin Addison

So I will be doing that on Facebook although I won’t be nominating anyone because I never did like ‘chain letters’ and this is basically one of those 😦

But, while I take part, I will share the chosen images here too – between other posts and with some context. So, 10 days on facebook will probably spill over to 15 days here. Some shots will have been posted on my blog before but others won’t and the addition of background info will possibly give new life too. Here is the first image…

This shot was taken in Zurich and shows a view of the River Limmat. We passed through Zurich on our way to Rome for a holiday in 2011. We were supposed to just spend a night between changing trains but it became two nights when Epi realised she had forgotten her medication and had to visit the hospital and then a local chemist to resolve the issue. So, I got to enjoy more of Zurich than the train station!

Lots of things going on so I thought I’d better get my entry for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge sorted out today!

Banana – ok that’s 3 letter A’s but there was a bunch of them πŸ˜‰ …

In the UK a small group of shops along a road is often called a Parade and sometimes the road itself contains that name too. This is one such example, Station Parade in Willesden Green…

Place names often come to the rescue when doing these letter challenges and I know Cee likes transport shots, so here’s a bus that has just terminated its journey at Archway…

I decided not to post an Arachnid πŸ˜‰