Thank you all for the kind words and keen reception for my recent holiday posts. But, honestly, how many more days can this enthusiasm last? So this is the last Scotland vacation post!
There are many, many reasons to take a guided tour--especially when it's your first time visiting a country. But, there are probably just as many reasons that (for me) this is not always ideal.
- Put me in a museum, and I can stay for days. A tour allows you usually an hour at best.
- I love taking pictures. A bus isn't ready to stop at everything I deem a Kodak moment. (And it doesn't back up, either, for the drive-bys that I miss.)
- I love 'local'. Compromises must be met, and dinners are far too often at hotels that will accommodate a tour group of 30 rather than at pubs or local eateries.
- I read rather extensively before going on a trip, and there are things that I just simply want to see and do. Some of those things don't make the tour itinerary.
So, this time, I'd like to share with you what I didn't see but desperately wish I had.
We spent truly a lovely two weeks steeped in the rich history of this wonderful country. If I had been making the trip itinerary, I would have ended the trip with a visit to this.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland was the brainchild of author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat, and artist Andrew Crummy. The 165 panels celebrate the 420 million year history and achievements of this beautiful land from the Ice Age to the 21st century. More than 1,000 volunteer stitchers (over 40 named Margaret!), working for 55,000+ hours (the equivalent to sewing 24 hours a day for 6 years), using 300 miles of wool created this 143 metres long masterpiece, which is now touring the country. While we were there it was visiting Kirkcaldy, just outside of Edinburgh.
What a great 'summation' of our two weeks of Scottish history this could have been.
Ah, yes. Definitely a similarity!!
Yep. Visited his statue in Edinburgh.
Charles Rennie Macintosh...I showed you Hill House and the exhibit at Kelvingrove and the the Glasgow School of Art in an earlier post...
Saw his statue, too....
On a very very sad note....
Panel 36, depicting the Rosslyn Chapel, stitched in Roslin by 'The Apprentice Stitchers' was stolen from Kirkcaldy while we were in Scotland. More intrigue added to the already mystery-laden story of the Chapel.
In looking through the 165 panels depicted in the best souvenir I brought home (but didn't actually see)....I've found many many reasons for a return trip someday.
Until then, I'll have to be content with...
a little stitching of my own...
Hoping I can do it justice!!!