Stephen F. Dennstedt
For only the second time since arriving in Scotland we were blessed with a bit of sun this morning (1-hour and 45-minutes to be exact). But who’s counting? Well I am for one and Joel is for number two.
Sun has been scarce since leaving the USA in late November to continue our world trek. First Iceland and then the Republic of Ireland (South) and Northern Ireland. Now we’re in Scotland for at least three months and its been rain, sleet and snow.
Perth Methodist Church on Scott Street – Perth, Scotland
So 1-hour and 45-minutes might not sound like much to you but for expatriate Southern Californians like us its been downright glorious. We will take what we can get. The temperature isn’t too bad today at 7°C/45°F with winds of 20 mph (windchill 3°C/37°F) but for some reason it feels colder. Grabbing my camera we headed out to breakfast and a morning walkabout. First I wanted to get a morning shot of a small church we saw last night returning to our hotel from dinner. Perth Methodist Church on Scott Street is tucked in-between other buildings about halfway down the block.
Perth Methodist Church on Scott Street – Perth Scotland
The sun was at my back (perfect) but still so low in the sky that it cast about half of the church into deep shadow. However, that provided some natural contrast to the photo and highlighted the beautiful blue sky and white puffy clouds. I just really liked how this quaint little stone church sat cozily among the other buildings on the block. This scene is only about a 5-minute walk from our hotel and I’m surprised we hadn’t seen it until last night—well better late than never I suppose. We’ve really fallen in love with the architecture in both Ireland and Scotland. I think England and Wales will be the same.
St. Mathew’s Church of Scotland on the River Tay – Perth, Scotland
After I grabbed my shots we headed over to the small Espresso Cafe on Methven Street but it was closed. Restaurants and cafes open really late in Perth and it’s hard to find anything open much before 9-9:30 a.m. in the morning. We thought Espresso opened at 9 a.m. but it was 9:15 a.m. and closed up tighter than a drum. We were looking for an inexpensive meal but wound up at Willows in the St. John’s Shopping Centre—the food was good but pricier than what we wanted to spend. I had a Hot Filled Croissant (cheese & bacon) for £5.10 GBP and Joel had Eggs Benedict for £6.10 GBP.
Former Free Middle Church (1887) on Tay Street – Perth, Scotland
Not too bad you might say but coffee was not included. Our freshly ground and brewed coffee was excellent but set us back another £2.75 GBP each which ratcheted up our bill to £7.85 GBP and £8.75 GBP respectively. Keep in mind our little French Restaurant costs us £6.90 GBP and that includes excellent coffee. However, in our wanderings this morning we did find a small cafe that opens at 8:30 a.m. and serves an early bird special for very affordable prices—we’ll be giving it a try tomorrow morning I think. I know we sound like a couple of cheapskates but keep in mind we’re not on holiday we’re travelling full-time.
St. Mathew’s Church of Scotland on Tay Street – Perth, Scotland
During our walk we crossed the Queen’s Bridge (at the end of South Street) and walked along the River Tay (Scotland’s longest river) taking full advantage of the beautiful walkways. We then returned to City Centre using the Perth Bridge. Once on Tay Street I photographed the former Free Middle Church in the photo and St. Mathew’s Church of Scotland. By this time the sun was quickly disappearing and my beautiful morning light was a thing of the past so we headed back to our hotel. Tonight we’re going to shoot for Fish & Chips—I’ve got a craving.
Field Notes: More about the former Free Middle Church (pictured above) includes the fact that it’s made of red sandstone, complete with Gargoyles, and was completed in 1887. The Gothic-style building was converted to flats (private residences) in 1994. My lens of choice this morning was my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens mounted on my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV full-frame sensor DSLR. I love this combination for shooting in the city and for architecture (like these old stone churches). We have one more week in Perth and then we head to Aberdeen (on the east coast) for three weeks. SFD