Where did Scotland go?

 

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Hello family & friends! My intentions have been to divi up our trip to Scotland in a few categorical posts, you know by order of activity and adventures. Until I realised that somehow many of the photos I had taken during the first few days of our trip have disappeared. This most likely happened while trying to upload them onto my lap top. A macbook air with as much disk space as a shoe box in which I’ve metaphorically stuffed with one too many pairs of shoes. Any ways, whilst transferring what few files I could onto my iPhotos and most likely not knowing exactly what I was doing when those pesky error messages popped up on the screen , I had removed the cameras memory card and wiped away many of our digital memories… Ah Poo! The gorgeous pictures of Queensferry Bridge and the seaside village of Fife where I ate the most amazing fish&chips will forever remain stored in my memories.

Alas! I have these other memorable photos to share. My trips through the Northern Highlands, along Inverness, past Glencoe and on the Loch Ness. As a nature girl at heart, I was in awe by Scotlands’ beauty and whisked away by its landscape. Below I’ll share my nature photo favourites with a few key notes here and there.

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Great Aunt Lizzie’s in the Princess Gardens.

I was told that Princess Gardens was once a disgusting, mucky and wet swampy, narrow valley with a darker side… Not only was this now beautifully landscaped park  a common dumping ground for the village waste and the disposals of bodies, its also where accusers determined whether woman were witches or not.

The accused were thrown into the water. Those that didn’t drown were proven guilty,  fished out and burned at the stake. For the woman who drowned, they  were considered innocent and that their death would be their salvation. I’d prefer the later demise, wouldn’t you?  Remembering this as I’m sitting on the lush lawn enjoying my picnic. Hah!

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Monument to Royal Scots Greys.

 

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I’ve titled this one, Loch Favourite!

 

img_3477 Dryer and desolately inhabited areas as you reach the norther tip of the Highlands.

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3 Sisters Mountains pictured above and below. Glencoe is one of the most magnificent areas of natural wilderness considered in the whole of Britain. I can see why! The rugged beauty of the area and the often arctic weather make the area a hotspot for climbers and skiers today. I spotted many back backers preparing to hit the trials that day.

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Sailing on Loch Ness.

I took an hour long boat ride on Loch Ness in which I found to be quite boring. Sure the fresh air and pleasantly surprising weather welcoming but there were only low and bare mountains surrounding this lake thus making for a lack lustre sail and empty space on my cameras memory card.

I did quite enjoy the locally brewed Nessie Monster Mash Ale beer!  YUM!

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I lucked out with fantastic weather during my tours!

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West Sands Beach, St. Andrews.

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On the St. Andrews golf course overlooking hole 2.

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On the roof of the club house

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Beer O’clock!

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Village of Falkland

Johnny Cash fans? During one his flights, Johnny Cash sat next to the owner of a music shop here in Falkland. The two had got to talking and it turned out Johnny had family from this area in Scotland. As their plane landed and before parting ways, Johnny asked for the shop owners address. A few months later the shop owner received a signed guitar gifted by Mr. Cash. I spotted this shop next to the cafe where I sat down for a iced coffee, not realising the musical treasure next door until I returned to our bus and heard about this story from our guide.

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Falkland Parish Church

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Our stay in Stockbridge

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Finishing off with some macro love.

All in all my trip was awesome. I finally got to explore other parts of Scotland, crossed off an item from my bucket list (visit St Andrews golf course) made new friends, tried haggis and got to sample at least 10 different varieties of gins and beers. Also, I’ve learned a valuable lesson about not loosely carrying around an Hermes scarf and never booking with Highland Experience ever!!!!!

Cliffhanger? Sorry.

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All Aboard The Gehry Ship!

To reflect a constantly changing world, we wanted to design a building that evolves depending on the time of day and the light, in order to create an impression of intangibility and continual transformation.

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Hello Again! Last weekend I visited the exceptionally constructed Foundation Louis Vuitton on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris where this hyper-ship exterior of modern exclusivity was magnificent! Can’t say I like the changes of color stain added to the glass sails and which is probably why I’ve edited my favorite photos into B&W. Oh Captain, I do hope that those additions are only temporary.

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Inside there are eleven galleries where you maze from one room to the next and then navigate through a zig-zag of 4 levels.  It was quite fun playing Skipper trying to maneuver through the stark yet beautiful minimalistic interior. How refreshing from the overly abundant artworks, paintings and sculptures housed at most other museums.

 Aye! Aye! Let us steer a look…

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We are looking forward to your visits!

Voyage de Fontainebleau

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The Main Courtyard.

“The true home of Kings” and “The house of ages” in the words of Napoleon.

Facade of the chateau

Facade of the château.

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Back side of the château.

View along Carpes Lake

View along Carp Lake.

The Chateau de Fontainebleau was inhabited more or less continuosly from the 12th century to the fall of Napoleon III in 1870. Today, its architecture, decor and opulent furnishings mean that visitors can still see how numerous French sovereigns have left their mark on the chateau. Inside there are works of art commissioned by many of the kings & queens along with their personal belongings and original furnishings in ornate designs.

The Chateau de Fontainebleau is one of very few royal residences in Europe to have been preserved in its entirety. The 11 euro entrance fee includes routes through; The Grands Apartments, The Renaissance and Throne rooms, Chapels and The Napoleon Museum.

Take a look at some of my favourite pictures from our tour this past weekend…

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The royal portrait gallery.

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Justin trying out his B&W photography in the “Plate Room.”

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Entrance leading to the Francais I Gallery.

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Audio guides costs 5 euros and were a great idea!

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Salon of Louis XIII

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It wouldn’t be a post without us!

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Inside the Empress Chamber.

One of the exterior doors.

One of the exterior doors.

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The canal behind you dates back from 1606 and the pathways covers approximately 321 acres. This unexplored area gives me the motivation for a return trip very soon!

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Walking through the “Jardin Anglais.”

Apparently this landscaped English-style garden wasn’t designed to Napoleon’s liking. Hmm, I wonder why? In this garden you’ll come across many different species of plants, rare trees, statues and an artificial river. Depending on your fondness for nature and your rhythmic stroll , expect to cover these areas in about an hour or so.

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Jardin Anglais (English Garden)

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Exploring the grounds of Grand Parterre.

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Overlooking Carp Lake and Cour Fontainebleau from the south.

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West view.

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Thanks for dropping! ‘Till next time…Jeni