Solving the DaVinci Code apparently involves a lot of sheep!

Today Mum and I took a tour that headed south to the Borders, making it the third area of Scotland we’ve been to this week: the Highlands, the Lowlands, and the Borders. I feel like there was a fourth area but right now I’m drawing a blank as to what it might be called so I’ll stick with calling it three. The main stops on the tour were Scott’s View, the original Wallace Monument, Melrose Abbey, and Rosslyn’s Chapel. Us, like many others, were there mostly because of the last stop.Scott’s View is a side of the road that gives a fantastic view of these three mountains and apparently a view of England as well. However, as the weather was super misty we couldn’t see any of the south and could just barely make out the mountains in the distance. But on the plus side we learned tons about Sir Walter Scott and all he did for Scotland.

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April 4, 2008. UK. Leave a comment.

Glasgow – grittier than Edinburgh but delightful just the same

Today mum and I traveled to Glasgow by train. Gotta love the cheap day return tickets. Our big plan when we got there was to hit up Tourist Information to see what we should see. Once there, we decide the City Sightseeing tour was the best way to get to all the “must” see sights in the city in a short amount of time. Hop on/hop off seemed like a plan to me and it worked out well.

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April 3, 2008. UK. Leave a comment.

Highlands, Lowlands, and everything in between …

The last two days my mum and I spent touring the Highlands. We were a little stressed about the whole thing for about an hour because the night before we were due to leave we got a phone call stating that our trip had been canceled and they could either refund our money or give us two one day trips, neither of which really appealed since we had our heart set on the two day trip and staying over night in a B&B. Luckily they were super accommodating and booked us a tour with another company so our adventure was still on.

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April 2, 2008. UK. Leave a comment.

“Oh, it’s fine Scottish weather, madam. The rain is falling straight down and slightly to the side like.” – Braveheart

Today I went to Stirling with my flatmate to visit her family. Stirling is about a 45 minute train ride away from Edinburgh and home to the Wallace Monument. Maybe some of you have heard of a little movie called Braveheart? You know starring and directed by Mel Gibson before he made any racial slurs. It is also home to Stirling castle. Another interesting fact, according to Wikipedia, is that one of its twinned cities is Summerside, PEI. That’s kinda cool.

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February 29, 2008. UK. 1 comment.

“Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.”

Today I went on an excursion to the Botanic Gardens. Think public gardens but way bigger and fancier. Having an extensive background in Floriculture (a well kept secret that I’ve only just started admitting in public), I thought the gardens would be an exciting, well interesting, place to visit.

I decided yesterday that I would be making this trek today. Of course, me not being much into the planning meant that I didn’t bother to check the weather forecast. I also didn’t bother to look out the window before I left the flat. I mean, c’mon who does that? Prepare for the weather? Psh! Turns out I should have. It misted the entire time I was out and on the way back it started to rain. By the time I got back to the flat, my pants were wet all the way up to my knees. But was a little rain going to stop me? Not once I had it in my head that today was the day I was going to go to the gardens.

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February 25, 2008. UK. Leave a comment.

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