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Art, Castle and Digs in Scotland

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I spotted this wonderfully happy mural on a building in Glasgow as I was about to embark on a tour through the Highlands.

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Inveraray Castle

There is actually a young family that lives here in the castle. The 2012 Christmas episode of Downton Abbey was partly filmed here.

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And the digs!

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Visit to the Iona Abbey – Scotland

Iona Abbey is located in the Inner Hebrides Islands on the Isle of Iona on the west side of Scotland.  It is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites, well worth seeing.  It is very peaceful and beautiful.  For more history on the buildings and crosses read here.

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 St. John’s Cross

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 Right behind the St. John’s cross is the St. Columba’s Shrine

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Inside St. Columba’s Shrine

 

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 Here are some views inside the abbey.

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I enjoyed this tour of Iona and Mull the best of all my sightseeing here in Scotland.  Here is a view of the Forth Bridge and building of the new one on our way home.

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Iona Nunnery and St. Ronan’s Chapel

Iona Nunnery is on the Isle of Iona in the Inner Hebrides Islands in Scotland. If you like medieval ruins this one is simply awe-inspiring.  Here are some photographs from my visit.  I also visited the Iona Abbey, but I will save those for another day.

 

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Stirling Castle

Stronghold of Stirling
To protect and defend all
Bastion of Scotland

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South Inch Park, Perth, Scotland

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My Visit To Stirling Castle

I was quite excited about visiting the Stirling Castle as I had heard it was one of the most historic castles in Scotland. If you would like to read some of the history, with some amusing events cited, there is a timeline from its beginning in 1107 through to the present day, and some other interesting facts here. (Click at top of the page for the Timeline).
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Robert Burns scratched this poem on the window of the Wingate’s Inn after visiting the castle in 1787.

 

 

 

 

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There are life-size figures preparing food in the Great Kitchen with displays of all the varieties of foods they would have grown and eaten in those days.

 

The Palace of Stirling Castle was built by King James V in the mid-sixteenth century.    There are many sculptures adorning the outside walls of the palace which represent the prosperity and greatness that his regimen would bring.

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The Grand Battery

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In the graveyard, the graves of merchants and traders are carved with signs and symbols of their craft or trade.

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Statue of King Robert the Bruce  – June 24, 1214

 

Returning to Perth, I took some photos of the beautiful countryside from the train.

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Dancing On A String

 

 

Dancers on a string
Guided by fingers above
Hip-hopping away!

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When sightseeing in Glasgow I came across this interesting art mural.  I love wall art!  This one happened to be on a building right next to the tour bus I was about to get on, so I didn’t get to see if Glasgow had a plethora of wall artists or if this was just one of a few.  I came across an interesting article titled The Wonderful World of Glasgow Street Art and Graffiti. It looks like there is plenty of wall art in Glasgow, so I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled on my next visit to this wonderful city!

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Visiting Glasgow

This week I traveled by train to Glasgow to do a little sightseeing (you can tell I’m not a native because I didn’t say “a wee bit o’ sightseeing”).  On the way back to Perth I was able to get some beautiful shots of the bright blue sky and billowy clouds to share with http://skyley.blogspot.co.uk/ Skywatch.

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This is an interesting museum: The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.  It has some of the history of Glasgow with a collection of historical artifacts, photographs, prints and film. Very interesting and worth seeing. Attached to the museum is the Winter Gardens. There is a small cafe with tables and benches so you can enjoy eating in a beautiful setting of plants, flowers and trees.

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Glasgow Cathedral

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                 Highland Tolbooth St. John’s Church in Edinburgh, Scotland

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                                                                      Scenery on train from Edinburgh to Perth, Scotland

 

 

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Artisan’s Fair in Perth, Scotland

 

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There were even some creatures at the Artisan’s Fair!

 

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OYGIF – Italian Market – Skywatch

Last month I took a bus tour to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. After visiting the wonderful exhibition of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso paintings we stopped at Mazzaro’s Italian Market. Here are some photos of the delightful array of food, buildings, and zany vehicles. And, being Friday, be sure to visit Orange You Glad Its Friday to see more stories, and pictures full of orange!

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This is the club house and pool right next to my apartment in Florida.

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