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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Water of Leith

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Stockbridge Sinage

Welcome back to Edinburgh, Scotland where we stayed in the cool area of Stockbridge! THANK YOU Ian! As soon as I arrived, I noticed a very narrow and calming river as we passed over the Dean Street Bridge. Looking down, I knew my Husband and I would have to set aside some time for exploring the waterway. Not knowing what to expect, we headed down to the Water of Leith Walkway on an unusually sunny and tepid early evening and took our footpath downwards from Dean Terrace Street in the direction leading to Dean Village.

Join us on our mini-adventure as we share with you the pictures we had taken along the way…

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Bridge connecting Dean Street Terrace & Makenzie Place.

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St Bernards Well.

This building was designed by the painter Alexander Nasymth sometime in 1789, and the statue inside (not pictured) represents Hygeia the Greek goddess of health. Apparently, once a natural spring well sprouted from this area and those who waded in its waters were thought to be blessed with better health.

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Cheers to better health!

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Access to Hygeia is blocked off. Thanks Justin for trying!

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Lush landscape and mini water falls!

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Justin scoping the walls of the Dene.

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Queensferry Road, Dean Bridge above.

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View of Rhema Church.

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Entering Miller Row.

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Along Dean Path.

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Dean Village. ADORABLE!

From this point we had to take a detour around and through Belford & Sunbury Mews due to a path erosion deemed too dangerous for Pedestrians. Despite being taken off our trail from entering through Dean Village entrance, this detour offered a more in depth opportunity to view the local architecture of quieter family living.

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Where we got back on track.

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Belford Road above.

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So calming.

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Getting closer to the Edinburgh Sports Club. An ideal landmark for your route.

10 minutes further into our walk from this point, it was time to head back, but not before stopping in the Wester Coates area and resting on a bench in a meadow watching the herons wading, dogs paddling and other couples marching by…

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Finally back on the bridge and on our way back to the center of Stockbridge!

Thank you for joining us on this visual trip down memory lane. For those who plan to visit the wonderful city of Edinburgh, please take some time out to enjoy this very picturesque route which actually runs about 12 miles and consists of compressed earth and some tarmac. Overall the surface is ideal for tennis shoes, some biking and a lot of photo opportunities.

CHEERS!

The day we went hiking for mushrooms..

Once I arrived to Paris I joined up with a sort-of, what I call: a walking excursion club. Our first meet-up had been spent in an area surrounded by a lush forest, a calming lake and a tree dating back to 1556. The day focused on searching for mushrooms and spotting Bourgogne snails. But we didn’t find any! Eh, It’s okay! We enjoyed  the bright sun, intermingled with new people and wandered about the upscale suburban neighborhood of Les Clayes-sous-Bois. All thanks to our club leader and guide, Christophe, who led our 5 hour excursion through this beautiful village just outside Paris, France.

Direct Photo Above: Diane de Poitiers Parc. (park) Diane was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier at the courts of kings Francis I and his son, Henry II of France.  She died on 25 April 1566. This perhaps why, a seed turned into a magnificent tree in the park was planted in her honor?

Come and visit the Forest of Arcy!

From Paris: Catch the Train in station of Paris, easiest is from the Montparnasse station to Villepreux. This trip is approximately 30 minutes by train.

A wonderful experience smelling the captivating green growth of nature around me and hearing the sounds of leaves gently crunching at my feet!