Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 14-27, 2017

We rode the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow,  checked into our AirBnB, which was quite close to the middle of town, and started to explore.  We usually walk around the immediate neighborhood looking for grocery stores, ATM machines and a close pub.  As we walked along a retail block we heard yelling from a store in front of us.  The shop owner was yelling ‘stop,  stop,  he’s stealing’ .  We saw a rather big, young guy come running out of the store with an armful of cashmere scarves and the shop owner not far behind.  As he ran by Kaye, she swiped her arm across the scarves and he dropped several and turned him around.  I , like and idiot, got in a position to try and block him.  He was easily 40 pounds heavier and 40 years younger than me.  He ran over me like I wasn’t there.  I managed to grab a few scarves as I fell.  I slowed him down enough so someone else was able to push him against a car and he dropped the rest of the scarves.

As I got up brushing myself off and checking for any physical damage, several people kindly asked if I was all right.  The shop owner came over and thanked me and said that I didn’t need to take such a risk-‘they’re only scarves’.  As a reward, he gave me a small bottle of scotch to help heal any bruises I might have received.  Welcome to Glasgow.

Glasgow has some wonderful free and inexpensive  museums and city buildings to visit.  They also have lots of great pubs.  Our favorite was Brew Dog, a small chain of pubs around the UK.  It was there we met, Claire, Alexis and Heather.  It was one of those nights where the intention was to stop off for a beer and it turned into 3 (or was it 4?). A few days later we had a nice afternoon walking with Claire from pub to pub.

After Glasgow we flew to Lisbon, Portugal for a 3 week stay.

Here are some images of some of the buildings in Glasgow.

The Glasgow City Chambers gives free tours.  It is a beautiful building with marble stair cases and arches and stained glass.

Various sights around Glasgow, Scotland.  In 2013,  a helicopter crashed into the Clutha Pub killing 10 people ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Glasgow_helicopter_crash ).

 

We also took a day trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the gateway to the Highlands.  Also stopped at Dune Castle (sight of several movies -Monty Python and the Holy Grail ) and Sterling Castle which is the largest and most important castle in Scotland.   Don’t have many photos of them right now-will add later.

 

Edinburgh, Scotland. After almost 3 months in Croatia it was time for a change. Oct. 31-Nov. 14, 2017

Because we were still having to avoid the Schengen area countries,  we left Croatia after 3+ months and flew to Edinburgh, Scotland.  It was our first time flying from one location to another within the EU.  We used British Airways and didn’t encounter any problems and it was affordable.  We enjoyed our time in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro but things start to close down in November.

We had bypassed Edinburgh and Glasgow on our first pass through Scotland back in June and we both felt like we wanted to see more.

We’ve also made a transition from planning our moves months ahead to just a few weeks.  We had planned everything through Prague before we left in late March as well as Christmas in Granada, Spain which included Doug and Rachel.  The places we went in-between we planned on short notice.  That’s pretty much how the rest of the trip is going.

We stayed in a great AirBnB in Edinburgh hosted by Al and Ali.  Besides being a very comfortable, well designed and nicely outfitted  carriage house,  it was across the street from a fantastic 50 meter pool and gym.  Al and Ali were great people to meet and really made our stay in Edinburgh enjoyable.  Kaye and I worked out about 10 times in our two week stay.  We even got in with a masters swim group with Al which was great fun.

Of the two cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Edinburgh is probably the more touristy.  It has a castle, beautiful old buildings and a fascinating history.  They host the annual Fringe fest which brings in thousands of people  and lasts for 3 weeks in August.

From Edinburgh we took the train to Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Interior of St. Giles High Kirk in Edinburgh and the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle-more info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Thistle  .

 

We took a couple of day trips to smaller towns and villages while in Edinburgh.  Because we didn’t have a car, we joined a small bus tour group.  One trip went to Melrose Abbey,  burial place of many great Scots including the heart of Robert the Bruce,  and Roselyn Chapel.

Another trip took us to St. Andrews,  the fishing village of Fife and the town of Falkland.  Getting out into the countryside and small villages has been one of the highlights of this trip.

Below are other photos Kaye and I took during our 2 weeks in Edinburgh.  The Scottish National Museum was very nice.