Time for some Scotland photos! It was seriously difficult paring my photos down and picking just a handful to post (I took 1100 photos just in Scotland!), and I’m still going to have to break them up into two posts!
It was cold and wet pretty much the entire time we were there but we still got to do so many amazing things! Edinburgh is an incredibly gorgeous city; every street looks like something out of a fairy tale, particularly the idyllic Dean’s Village (last photo). It might sound strange, but coming from Texas, I was blown away by just how GREEN Scotland is. And there’s flowers everywhere. Lots of thistles particularly, including some the size of my friend’s head- no joke (second photo). We walked the Royal Mile, visited Holyrood Palace (the ruined abbey there is beautiful), Edinburgh Castle, The World’s End pub, Elephant House Cafe where JK Rowling wrote most of Harry Potter, and of course had to make a pitstop at the print shop, or its exterior at least.
‘There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it, and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.’
Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany is situated on the river Neckar. It’s part of the Rhein-Neckar Metropolitan Region. Population is about 150,000. A former residence of the Electorate of the Palatinate, Heidelberg is the location of Heidelberg University, well known beyond Germany’s borders - it was founded in 1386 and is the oldest university in contemporary Germany and the 5th oldest in Central Europe. It was the 3rd university established in the Holy Roman Empire. Heidelberg is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town.
We will be staying in Stirling and taking day trips into Edinburgh
Stirling: Highly recommend the Wallace Monument - extremely interesting. Lots of narrow steps but hey, you can get t-shirts boasting that you did it from the gift shop.
There’s now a Battle of Bannockburn experience but I haven’t had the chance to do that yet. There’s also the castle.
Edinburgh: Again, awesome castle. The zoo there is also pretty darn cool. There’s underground vaults too, haven’t had the chance to investigate but heard it’s pretty interesting.
Other places; Highly recommend going to Glencoe. It’s quite far but if you like rural places, it’s definitely worth visiting. Not only is it absolutely stunning but it’ historic spot (Massacre of the MacDonalds of Glencoe). Glenfinnan is also another pretty spot, featured in Harry Potter. Again, quite far away but Oban is a lovely spot too. Near Oban is Appin which has the picturesque Castle Stalker (believe this castle was used in a Monty Python film)
So yeah, all I can think of at the moment. Will add more as I think of them, hope this helps :)
■Niedzica Castle (also known as Dunajec Castle) is located in the southernmost part of Poland in Niedzica. It was erected between the years 1320 and 1326 by Kokos of Brezovica on the site of an ancient stronghold surrounded by earthen walls in the Pieniny mountains. The outline of Niedzica Castle can best be viewed from the ruins of Czorsztyn Castle on the other side of the lake. It is known as one of the most picturesque castles in Poland and adorns the covers of many books.
Predjama Castle by Meleah Reardon - This picturesque and impregnable castle has been perched up in the middle of a vertical 123-metre high cliff for more than 700 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic River Lokva, which disappears into the underground world deep down below the castle.
From picturesque ruins perched high on craggy cliffs to majestic castles set on the shores of some iconic lochs, the fascinating medieval structures of Scotland evoke not only the country’s stormy past, but also its beauty and romance, its spirit and unique identity.