07 February 2008

Last post from Scotland

I promise - it's the last for a while... (With facts from our excellent guide.)
The cows, now also in Edinburgh!



The thistle, as you may know, is Scotland's national flower. But did you know it's the Norwegians' fault? This happened a long time ago, and the Scots and vikings were at war. (Well, the vikings were at war with everybody, so why discriminate the Scots?) The Scots had made camp and had gone to sleep, ready for battle the next day. But those sleezy vikings ... they planned to attack at night! Such ungentlemanly behaviour!! The Scots were in luck, though, for two reasons: 1) The vikings didn't wear proper shoes, and 2) The Scottish camp was surrounded by thistles.


You do the maths...



This, though it may look like one, is no window. In the 1690's William III issued a Window Tax, and so people started bricklaying the former window openings - but were made to keep them look like windows for architectural purposes. Many places these have survived!



Leaving Edinburgh - heading north! If you've found your spectacles by now, you may see the Firth of Forth waaaaay over there...



The railway bridge. Quite a few workmen were trapped in one (or more?) "leg" of the bridge during construction. Due to structural defects, perhaps, and possibly the fact that water was so polluted, the workmen would only drink whisky and beer... There was no way of bringing them back to the surface, and in the end, the queen ordered that there be poured poison down the "legs" so the men could die peacefully, rather than starve to death. (Apparently there was enough to drink.) Think of that the next time you pass the bridge - there be bones underneath...


Stirling Castle. Which you may know from Braveheart. (Apparently, there is some historical correctness in the film...)

Up there - and beyond! - that's where The Highlands begin...



Ewan McGregor's home town Crieff. Or the main street, at least.

- And thus ends my Scottish tale!

3 comments:

Devil Mood said...

Edinburgh is a cruel place - you can't have windows, if you're a constructor you'll probably die afterwards...how awful.
hehe just imagine going to war without proper shoes ;)

Rarity said...

Hey Scholi, thanx for all the great photos, now I don't have to go...

This means I can go to some hot and sunny place instead ;o)

Violet said...

I haven't stopped by for a while, but I'm glad I have because I lived in Edinburgh for a year and thought it was a beautiful place. They were a pretty harsh people though. Apparently it was a perfectly suitable punishment, to nail a nagging wife's ear to a wall (but it had to be a particular wall).