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Rewards for the righteous 
18th-Jun-2006 09:46 pm
Well, ybunny and I have spent the last four days exploring more of Scotland.

We went south first, only saw one touristy thing: the Wallace Memorial Monument.

The next day, we went for a sunset/twilight tour of south/west Aberdeen. We saw Cults, Maryculter, Peterculter, and plain ole Culter. Very exciting. We stopped off a Crathes Castle and walked around the grounds.

On Sabbath afternoon, after a chance meeting with Sion and Emma (and the promise of a meeting with the Rabbi on Monday evening), we set off for Larkhall. Tom showed me around his childhood town. We also walked around the grounds of the estate of the former Lords Hamilton. I can't remember how to spell, nor can I pronounce the name of the place.

Today, we drove north to Huntly. The castle was nice, nice enough for us to ignore the rain. We continued on to Banff and then drove back to Aberdeen via the Coastal Tourist Trail. We didn't stop at any more sites, but we did have tea at the Scottish Lighthouse Museum (actually just needed the toilet, but felt back leaving without at least buying a cuppa).

Tomorrow, we will cut the rest of the fireplace tiles and then I'll return the car.

Right now, we're rewarding our travels with pizza and pancakes. Pizza because it was planned and pancakes because we're watching Something's Gotta Give and they keep talking about pancakes. We figured, we have the dry ingredients, the eggs, some strawberries, and icing sugar, so hurrah, pancakes!
18th-Jun-2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
rain + castle...sounds very medivle (sp? - too tired to speel)
call anytime tomorrow...just unpacking, welcoming any break coming my way!
19th-Jun-2006 10:29 am (UTC)
I'll be calling down shortly. :)

It was very medieval. :D
19th-Jun-2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Was the Wallace Memorial the Wallace Monument - huge big sandstone thing on top of a rock, built by public subscription, sitting outside Stirling or one of the many smaller memorials to Mel Gibson Sir William Wallace?
19th-Jun-2006 07:24 am (UTC)
wallace monument ;)

I drove past the other day showing Niri a 'shortcut' to avoid the roadworks on the manor powis roundabout. They've demolished the Sword hotel, that used to be next to the Wally carpark. I knew it had closed down, I didn't realise that they'd flattened it
19th-Jun-2006 10:28 am (UTC)

Yeah. Sorry.

The Mel Gibson William Wallace statue down by the gift shop was very, very scary.
19th-Jun-2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
I totally sympathise with the Scots desire for a national hero to represent freedom from English oppression and tyranny the Glorious Union, but I despair at the wholesale adoption of Randall Wallace's (and, by extension, Mel Gibon's) atrociously bad history. As my friend gr_c17 is fond of saying "Real history is full of plenty of sex, violence, romance, bloodshed, and things burning down and/or blowing up: why does Hollywood feel the need to invent stuff that didn't happen and call it history?"

I do love this line from the Wikipedia entry on the movie: "Braveheart is essentially a work of fiction, which draws inspiration from real historical events. However, due to the intense level of detail in costuming, makeup and special effects, audiences may incorrectly assume that the production is intended to be historically accurate."
19th-Jun-2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of fun!
19th-Jun-2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
It really was.

We were working out the cost of having a car vs. renting one when we want to go out of the city and discovered that it is far cheaper for us to rent a car ~6 times a year, ride the bus when sick/late, repair bicycles, and have groceries delivered periodically. Far cheaper as in by thousands of pounds.
19th-Jun-2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Your travels sound awesome. :) Take mucho pictures! G & I have been on a pizza kick, lately- but we get papa johns. I bet pizza in Scotland tastes better though ;)

20th-Jun-2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh, I miss Papa Johns!

Pizza in Scotland is okay...I don't like something about the sauce here. It tastes too sweet or something.
Most of the time I prefer to buy frozen/refrigerated so I can salt the sweetness out. (And add a ton of mushrooms! :) )
22nd-Jun-2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
I know Pizza Hut's not the same as Papa Johns(being a Papa Johns fan myself), but there doesn't seem to be a lack in Pizza Huts here...funny enough Ryan & I actually ate at the one here on our pre-visit - we never ate there back in NC...how retarded is that! Come to England just to eat at Pizza Hut...if I recall correctly, we were tired and lazy one night from walking all day & it was the cheapest, quickest, closest thing to the hotel...why am I explaining myself?!
22nd-Jun-2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
There is no explanation for pizza. It just is. :D
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