Derek (Balloch), Colin (Edinburgh, Murdoch (Glasgow), Andrea (Germany) & Marie (Glasgow/Germany)
I really enjoyed Saturday's 'Really Big Tour of Glasgow'. I was joined by Derek (Nikon) for his third time out with us, Colin (Canon) and his father, Murdoch (Canon), Andrea (Canon) and her daughter, Marie (Canon). Only one wee hail shower threatened what was otherwise a cracking day. There was even a wee bit of sunburn at the end of the day. Can you believe it? We clocked up quite a few miles, taking in Kelvingrove Park, Kelvingrove Gallery, the Riverside Transport Museum and the fabulous Govan Old Parish Church, amongst other things. Colin and Murdoch headed back into town after 4 hours or so, but the rest of our merry gang continued through the Merchant City, up to the Cathedral and the Necropolis. then we headed down to the Tolbooth, Tron and eventually down to the Clydeside. i'm not sure about the rest, but i was ready for a wee cuppa and a seat after all that! I've already had some feedback and it has all been very positive. You can see some of Derek's pics from the day on the Clients Gallery and on our Facebook page. Canny wait for the next tour. Who' coming...?
We had one of our biggest groups out recently when we hosted a Glasgow Tour for 18 teachers from the Netherlands. They were part of the Cumbria CLIL, an International Education Development organisation based in Cumbria. The weather played its usual part int trying to dampen our spirits, or keep us from overheating, as I constantly tried to impress upon our guests. Despite the weather, our visitors were extremely impressed with this great city and were last seen heading in the direction of any establishment which could offer them some light refreshments....
Saturdays 'Auld Reekie' Tour in Edinburgh went well, despite a rather dodgy forecast. We actually got three hours before the rain started! We spent the last hour dodging in and out of the closes on the High Street getting some great shots on the way.
Looking forward to Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week as we have two Night-time or Low-Light Photography Workshops in Glasgow. An awesome city during the day, but by night, it is a city transformed.
On Tuesday we will be shooting some of the fabulous buildings by the banks of the River Clyde. We will be starting at the unique Riverside Transport Museum before heading upstream to the fabulous Hydro and Armadillo, the BBC Scotland building and the Squinty and Squiggly bridges.
On Wednesday, we will be wandering around the city-centre and surrounding areas. There are some really fantastic and quirky shots to be taken in town...and one in particular for all you Dr Who fans!
Looking forward to Saturdays 'Auld Reekie' Tour of Edinburgh. It is such a fascinating city, I love walking around the Old Town, sauntering in the footsteps of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. Gazing up at he Martyrs Monument in Old Calton Cemetery, gives me a sense of pride, that is was a group of Scots who campaigned for universal suffrage and were deported to Van Diemen's for their trouble. This is the city where the Enlightenment started.! How can you fail to feel awed in this 'Athens of the North'? Like to join us on Saturday?
i guess that it's always going to be a bit of a gamble when you link your business up to something like Trip Advisor. At the stroke of a button, you leave yourself open to disgruntled or unhappy clients, or even those who don't quite 'get' what you are about or trying to achieve. We are all too aware of how any negative feedback can be disastrous for a small business.
That said, I decided to go for it and we signed up not long after our first ever Photo Walk (with Ulla, Pauline & Don). We got our first review in April 2014 and since then we've had another 53 reviews to join it! We are currently no. 11 of 59 Tours & Activities in Glasgow (although the only one offering our unique blend of history & photography). I have to say that one of the most pleasing things for me is that those who have taken the time to write these reviews have really 'got' what we are trying to achieve with Photo Walk Scotland. I am rather proud of my Trip Advisor Reviews....for now!!!
Sunshine all the way on this tour. Well, at least until later on in the afternoon. Had a Full-House of 6 clients booked, so I had to call in reinforcements to keep them all in line. Gordon, my partner from Caledonian Light, was only too happy to give me a hand (who wouldn't want to spend a few hours in my company?). So, we had William & Gillian from Cumnock, Susan, Natalie and Danny from Glasgow, and Brian from Largs. Only Danny and Brian had been with us before, both of them coming up to Glencoe with us under the Caledonian Light banner in January and February this year. Lots of interest in the murals along Ingram Street and the High Street before heading up to the Cathedral and Necropolis. A well-deserved coffee stop at The Source for a wee cuppa and a delicious warm fruit scone was more than welcome. Everyone was happy to extend the tour, except poor Brian, whose legs gave up in Glasgow Green, so we ended up at The Clutha to capture a few more fantastic murals. I'm pleased to report that Brian made it safely home!
Had a really good tour of Edinburgh on Saturday. Weather was a bit overcast, but stayed dry, so no complaints. We had 5 clients on this one. Bruce H. joined us from Galashiels for his 3rd tour with PWS. Eileen McG. popped up on the train from Tweedbank, also for her 3rd tour (although technically her 4th as she was one of our first ever clients to attend our Camusdarach Residential Retreat under the Caledonian Light banner). We were also joined by Allan from Motherwell (?) and a lovely couple, Brett and Laura, who were up in Edinburgh for the weekend from London. Highlight of the day? The views from Calton Hill? The closes of the High Street? Ramsay gardens? No! Our French server in a cafe on the High Street had us all in kinks as she struggled to get our order.
It's taken a while but I've finally got round to relaunching the new website tonight. There are still a few bits and pieces I want to add, but for all intents and purposes, this is it! Please take a browse through and let me know what you think, especially if you spot any spelling, grammar or other discrepancies.