We traveled for two weeks with a lovely group of 29 folks from all over the US and Canada. But throughout our travels, I kept thinking of all my blog friends...the history lovers, the gardeners, the foodies, those who suffer from wanderlust like I do, the artists, the bibliophiles, and of course, the knitters. Each and every one of you would have LOVED!!! it, my friends. (Well, except for the food poisoning, but even that didn't keep me down for long. Still don't know what we ate, but 3 of us had a little love affair with the bathrooms for 24 hours.) I wanted you all to be with me and to share this incredibly amazing adventure. So, I did the next best thing....and took photos. A l-o-t of photos. I promise you, I won't bore you with every one (hee hee, there are over 1000!!!), but here are some of the highlights from our 'Best of Scotland' adventure. (Part 1 of ??? parts.)
In case anyone actually made it through all these photos....here is what you just saw:
Glasgow, where road cones appear on statues...Wellington now wears one outside of the Museum of Modern Art all the time.
Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis (note: the grave of William Miller, author of Wee Willie Winkie! I almost missed that one, too!!) Provands Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow. (Lovely little garden behind it.)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (I got lost in here--literally, my group sent out a search and rescue...could have spent several days.) Roger, the stuffed elephant, Dali's Crucifixion, Charles Rennie MacIntosh's exhibit (we got to Hill House another day)---premiere art deco architect and designer,
My friend's first taste of 'tablets'...she liked it. Our first encounter with haggis---it was 'lovely' (the Scots use that word a lot!). And then there was Irn Bru. Not so lovely. (Hubby was a real sport---it tastes like liquid bubble gum. But we had a delightful encounter with some locals when we bought it!)
Culzean Castle (the 'z' is silent) and gardens. (Should have taken a picture of Eisenhower's desk. Drat. Instead, I took a picture of the fake rat in the kitchen.) It is one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire, designed by Robert Adams in the 1770s, for the Clan Kennedy (no relation).
Alloway: Robert Burns Memorial and gardens (did you guess from the quotes? We watched Tam O'Shanter while touring the museum), the cemetery where his father is buried, the house where he was born, and I sort of crashed a wedding (bagpiper).
The end of day 4....and my first project (settler shawl) is blocking in the hotel room!
Note how much yarn was left over. If that isn't a good omen for the rest of the trip, I don't know what is!!!!