Greetings from Scotland! (Part 1 – Edinburgh)

So the big adventure in 2016 was a trans-Atlantic sailing from New York to Southampton, England, and then eight days driving around Scotland.

We spent a half-day in New York and saw ‘The Humans’ on Broadway.  It won the Tony for Best Play and I can certainly see why; it was extremely compelling.

The sail-out from Brooklyn provided another postcard-perfect view of the Manhattan skyline…

 

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Manhattan, New York – 8 September 2016

The crossing was eight days, with a stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  There was some rain, but no heavy seas; it was generally uneventful.

On our arrival in the UK, we flew from Southampton to Amsterdam, then on to Edinburgh, Scotland.  After picking up the car – an SUV, actually which was NOT fun to drive on tiny country roads – we made our way to Linlithgow Palace.  This medieval palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Like almost all the castles, monasteries, and palaces we visited, it was mostly in ruins.  But it was an outstanding example of Scottish gothic and medieval architecture.

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Statue – Mary Queen of Scots – Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland

 

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Courtyard Fountain, Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland

 

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Architectural Detail – Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

 

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Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow Scotland

I think the highlight of the three days in the environs of Edinburgh had to be Holyrood Palace.  As I’ve always been fascinated with Mary Queen of Scots, it’s been a must-see.  It did not disappoint.

 

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Holyrood Palace – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

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Statue of David Rizzio, Holyrood Palace Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

 

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Fuchsia – Holyrood Palace Gardens – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holyrood Palace – Edinburgh, Scotland

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Holyrood Palace – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

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Architectural Element – Holyrood Abbey Ruins – Holyrood Palace – Edinburgh, Scotland

After we finished at Holyrood, we walked up ‘Arthur’s Seat’ for some spectacular views.

 

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Arthur’s Seat from Holyrood Palace – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

 

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Ruins of St. Andrew’s Chapel – Halfway Up Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

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Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat

After Arthur’s Seat, we walked to Edinburgh Castle.

 

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Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

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Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

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Soldiers’ Dogs Cemetery – Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

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St. Margaret’s Chapel – Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

The following day, we took a trip to Inchcolm Abbey – a 30-minute boat ride into the Firth of Forth to get to this medieval monastery.

 

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Inchcolm Abbey, Scotland

 

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Inchcolm Abbey, Scotland

 

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Inchcolm Abbey, Scotland

 

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Inchcolm Abbey, Scotland

Next up – Aberbeen and Inverness…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gothic À Gogo

So I’m still going through the pictures from our recent trip to Germany, Poland, and Norway.  This time, my camera seemed to focus on architectural elements.  I’ve always had a very strong affinity for all things gothic, so here are some of the better elements – with some baroque mixed in.

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Cathedral – Bremen, Germany – Door Decoration

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Statute – Hanseatic City of Lübeck

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Gargoyle – Rathaus, Hanseatic City of Lübeck

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Dresden, Germany

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Dionysian Orgia – Dresden, Germany

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Berlin, Germany

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Wittenberg, Germany

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Trondenes Church – Trondenes, Norway

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Trondheim Cathedral – Trondheim, Norway