My Illlustrated Travel Journal with Essays about Roman and Mediaeval History and some Geology

  Happy Thanksgiving

I wish all of my readers who celebrate it a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey.

Here the decorations in town and stores are very Christmas-y for some time now. I'm already tired of Jingle Bells. And the crowds.

Lake at Oberdorla / Thuringia

Nano didn't go as well as last year, but I got the average of what I got when I did it a few times some years ago. That's at least some more words than I usually get in a month, and I did get a grip on the prologue of Never to Return which had refused to cooperate last time, so I'd skipped it.

Autumn in the Harz

I've also been reading up on King David of Scots. King Malcolm left behind several sons with Margaret, one with Ingibjorg (who had a son in turn), and a brother. Add to this interfering Norman kings of England - can we say: trouble? *grin* David certainly had to wait his turn.

  Crossing the Pentland Firth

Hi, just a photo post today. I'm doing Nano again, plus I had a special qualifications course for work that left me pretty braindead in the afternoons. We'll be back to Alnwick Castle in December.

John O'Groats House

There are several ways to cross from the mainland to Orkney; the best known is the car ferry from Scrabster to Stromnes. But I took the bus from Inverness which connects to the person ferry from John O'Groats to Burwick (and another bus to Kirkwall). It's a nice way to see a lot of landscape.

The beach at John O'Groats

The Pentland Firth, the sea dividing the mainland from Orkney, has a pretty bad renown as being a brewery for some nasty storms, but while there were some nice waves, I would have not called it bad, and I doubt the inhabitants of Orkney would.

Lighthouse at the Caithness coast

Since the waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic meet in the firth, there are some currents as well, which likely were fun for the Viking ships (not so much of a problem for modern ferries). The storms and currents did not prevent the Vikings from using the firth as passage to Ireland and the Hebrides, though.

Passing some island

So I got a tour along the scenic Caithness coastal route and then along the WW2 fortifications at Scapa Flow to Kirkness. The day was on the sunny side and I managed to snatch some photos from out of the bus. Material for another post.

The cliffs of Hoy

My first impression of Orkney was: it's incredibly green. And that will say something in a land that's overall more verdant than Germany. The names are mostly Norse, and the Orkney flag could be a twin of the Norwegian one. The Vikings have left more than a few traces behind.

Coming into the harbour at Burwick

The evening sun made for some lovely pics of the crossing, though the wind on the outer deck was cold; it felt like coming right away from Greenland or so. But I love the sea so much that I suspect there must be Vikings somewhere in my ancestry. :-)

Sunset in Kirkwall Harbour

After a long day traveling from Stonehaven (near Aberdeen) to Kirkwall, I was looking forward to a good dinner, which I got down at the harbour. *grin* But that way of traveling gives you a better feel of distances and a lot more landscape than a flight would have.

Duncansby Head / Caithness (I took that one on my way back)

BTW, I said I participated in Nano again, as 'rebel' this time since I work on an ongoing project, but it's not going as well als last year. I got a bad start due to a cold the first weekend and I may also have set my expectations too high after last years success, so I keep felling dissatisfied. But every word written is still a gain, right?


The Lost Fort is a travel journal and history blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places. It includes essays on Roman and Mediaeval history, as well as some geology, illustrated with photos of old castles and churches, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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