This week’s photo challenge starts with “Have you traveled anywhere exciting lately?” Oh boy, travel is a topic maybe it’s best not to get me started on as “going to see things” is a bit of a hobby for me. It also happens that I was on the road just a few weeks ago. I visited a few well-known spots that pretty much everyone has heard of. This post though is more about something I really love about traveling, and that is visiting some spot a bit off the tourist path and being utterly charmed by it.
I do enjoy history, so I often find myself at spots of historical significance. I will admit though, if it has to do with World War II, it’s probably because my husband found it. That’s how I came to be standing here:
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Where am I? The Upottery Heritage Center. Here’s a Google map link, if you would like to see a map of the area. Why was I here? Well the Band of Brothers left from here for Normandy; that was my husband’s interest. He had been in contact with Robin, a volunteer at the center, who had agreed to open the converted hut for us to take a look around. This is one of those museums that has been put together by people who care about the history of the area. It’s a small space, but there is an incredible amount of well researched detail here. My husband talked to Robin about those details. For me, it was the photographs, look at all the photographs! Our youngest child was traveling with us and found the stash of newspapers from the time. Eventually, it was time to drag ourselves away from this room. The driving tour was next. Robin was willing to take us around to show my husband where the old airfield was. For me the highlight of the driving tour was this:
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During the war it was a guard station. It’s the last remaining one in the area and now if functions as a Remembrance memorial. A beautiful tribute if you ask me.
Part of the tour took us through farms that are currently in use, so from my Instagram, I have this shot.
A cleaned up version of that shot is in my Picfair portfolio.
This morning in Upottery was a highlight of the trip. The well known places were good too, but this was unique, something that will stick in our collective family memory. In terms of the photography, I stuck with my iPhone for this visit and was pleased with the results. Have you perhaps had the experience as well, that a lesser known place ended up being a highlight of a trip? Can you believe how lush that grass is in the Instagram photo? That’s a no filter photo. Feel free to leave your comments below.