Lots of updates!!

Okay...since the last time that I wrote, I have traveled to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Scotland.

In Stratford....
We took a private bus to Stratford and ended up with an arrival time of around 10:45 a.m. From the bus, we hiked to the Shakespeare Institute. Along the way, I saw the birthplace (didn't go in...Stratford is VERY touristy). Then, the faculty went to lunch at a great pub where I got stuffed. Then, we went to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Julius Caesar. Afterward, I toured the town in pouring rain with some of the faculty. We ended up at Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried and then ate at a fabulous Indian restaurant. YUM! We returned to Oxford by 9 p.m. or so. Here are some photos...

Ok...one would think that I would take a photo of the Shakespeare Institute itself...but I was distracted by this sign on the wall. The Institute used to be the home of Marie Corelli (a late Victorian novelist) and I found that more important that the Institute! Shocking, I know. But, I am a Victorianist, not a Renaissance scholar! She died in the house, too...


...and this is the "backyard"...


Images of Stratford...






(a funny pub sign)...


Shakespeare's grave inside Trinity...



Like I said, we returned from Stratford on Thursday night. Then, most of the group went to Scotland! I want to move there! I LOVE THE SCOTS!!! They were the nicest people ever. And, I love the city of Edinburgh and the Highlands! We arrived in Edinburgh by train (Oxford/Birmingham New Street/Edinburgh). We checked into our hotel (Jurys Inn...lovely hotel and lovely service). It was freezing and raining really hard. It continued to do so, and I took a student with me to tour the city. We walked the Royal Mile (very easy access from hotel) and went up to Edinburgh Castle. Then, we wandered around and ended up at Edinburgh University and a lovely residential section before meeting up with two faculty members for dinner at The Elephant House (JKR fans, eat your heart out!). After, we walked back to the hotel around 9 p.m....still freezing and rainy. My hot bath in the hotel was the best one I have ever taken! Here are some photos from day one (Friday)...

A guy playing bagpipes!


Church...


Entrance to Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile...


Edinburgh Castle...


My new man...


This is a park that we found as we wandered around. It is in the city, of course, but was so peaceful...


Another view of the park...


Edinburgh University building...


The Elephant House (supposedly where JKR wrote the first novel). Excellent food, by the way...


Me sitting at the table where Rowling sat the last time she came into the cafe. Edinburgh Castle is in the background...



The next day (Saturday) we had a 12 hour tour of the Highlands. We took the tour with Scotline Tours (located on the High Street). EXCELLENT!!! Our guide, Peter, was wonderful with the students and it was a wonderful tour. We drove and drove and Peter supplied us with all kinds of historical information. We had a coffee break near a small town and met this fellow...

(His name is Hamish)


Then, we got back on our most excellent bus...


And continued to drive. We soon ended up in the Highlands...MacDonald country! Here are some scenes...








Coming upon the Highlands...


MacDonald land...Aye...I want to return...




The Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. The MacDonalds owned it originally, but destroyed it rather than have it captured...




I did not take the boat tour around Loch Ness. So, the other four students who decided not to go as well met me at the bus at 4, and Peter took us to the other side of the loch to meet the students on their boat. While there, I took a picture of this lovely house...


And these are the students returning....


We got back to the hotel around 8:30, right on schedule. I slept well and today just relaxed until it was time to leave at 10:30. We took the Edinburgh/Newcastle/Oxford train. I am exhausted, but it was totally worth the trip!

Comments

James said…
That is amazing. I love that house!

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