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Travel Tuesday # 19 – Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

I am working my way through the scrap-book pages from my September 2009 trip to Scotland.  Today I am sharing a couple of photos of the Palace of Holyroodhouse,  a photo of the 12th century abbey ruins, plus a shot of “the huge crag, which rises to a height of 822 feet above sea-level” which is part of Holyrood Park and called “Arthur’s Seat“.

Travel Tuesday # 17 – Robert Burns

Today I am once again sharing scrap-book pages from my September 2009 trip to Scotland.  These pages reflect a day at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and nearby area.  I remember it was real Scottish weather, rainy and cool.  One of the unplanned highlights was listening to a piper outside a church and watching the people, dressed up in their finest — many a man in a kilt, walking in for a country wedding. 

Travel Tuesday # 16 – Back to my scrapbooks

Over the years the way I have saved (or not saved) travel photos and mementos has changed.  Today I pulled a scrapbook / album  of our 2009 fall trip to Scotland and England off the shelf.  At that time I noticed that I had used software to make photo collages that I then printed on regular paper.  The quality and color maybe a little off but I still like the images.  Here is a page from a Sunday spent in Edinburgh that includes exterior shots of St. Giles’ Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh: 

Music Monday # 16 – Queen

On this date in 1974 the band Queen held its first U.S. concert at Regis College in Denver, CO.   I remember that my best friend throughout H.S. was an early fan of Queen.  I did not come to liking their music until much later but I have to admit I have a fair number of their “Greatest Hits” on my iPod.  Click on the blue ‘Queen’  for a YouTube of one of my favorites   –    Queen.   (Yes,  I am giving you a chance to try to guess what song it might be.)

Wacky Wednesday # 10 – Learn What Your Name Means Day

According to BrownieLocks  March 7 is Learn What Your Name Means Day.  There are other dates in early March also given this distinction (the 4th or 9th).  My proper first name is Kathleen, meaning pure  & is considered to be Irish in origin.  My nickname Kitty is a diminutive of Katherine, which is a variant of Kathleen.  Kitty is considered English or Irish.

My maiden name is a relatively uncommon Scottish name, from Eastern Scotland, and a sect of the Gordon clan.  The photo below shows the remains of Huntly Castle in Scotland. It became the stronghold of the Gordons when  Alexander, 2nd Lord Gordon, was created Earl of Huntly in about 1445.

My married name is a very common surname that is considered English or Welsh.  However the British Isles are not the origins of my husband’s family.  My husband’s four grandparents were all immigrants to America coming from Poland & Russia.

Travel Tuesday # 9 – The National Railway Museum in York England

There photos were taken in 1999.  The Road Train  that takes you to the National Railway Museum from Duncombe Place (next to York Minster)  gets you into the mood. 

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The National Railway Museum in York & Shildon is the largest railway museum in the world.   Learn more by clicking here.

Travel Tuesday # 8 – Scone Palace

These photos are from a 1999 visit to Scone Palace, near Perth, Scotland.  This was the crowning place of the Kings of Scots and now the home of the Earls of Mansfield. The last man to be crowned at Scone was Charles II when in 1651 when he accepted the Scottish crown. Peacocks strut around the grounds.

 

 Ancient breed sheepThe fountain in the center of the Murray Star Maze.

Travel Tuesday #7 – Hampton Court Palace Gardens

Hampton Court Palace Gardens – - – Photos taken in 1999

 

It was a beautiful day.

Travel Tuesday #6 – Windsor Parade

While most visitors to London line up to watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace you can actually get a better view of a traditional Changing of the Guard Parade at Windsor.  These photos date back to 1998 but the ceremony still takes place many times a week at around 10:45 am.       

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We found the City Sightseeing tour bus in Windsor useful for a first visit to Windsor.

Music Monday #6 – “All Those Years Ago”

On -this-day-com says that on Feb. 6, 1981, former Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison teamed up to record a musical tribute to John Lennon. The song “All Those Years Ago” was the result.  The 3 remaining Beatles would not record together again until the mid-1990s.  Wiki says Harrison originally wrote the song with different lyrics for Ringo Starr to record.  After Lennon’s death, the lyrics were changed in tribute to John.   The music video, below,  for “All Those Years Ago” features stills and short archival video clips with an emphasis on Lennon and, to a lesser degree, Harrison.

 

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