Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Loch Ness, Scotland

We were looking forward to meeting with the famous water monster living in Loch Ness. The first person who allegedly saw Nessie was St. Columbus, who Christianized Scotland in the sixth century. Since then, much time has passed, but the legend is still alive and frightening. It's hard not to succumb to the atmosphere of this place, where everyone and looks forward to monster. However, this is a very "commercial " area. Along the shores of the lake was built a lot of shops where you can buy, among other things, plastic monstrosities - toys.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Clave Cairns, Ben Nevis, River Ness

Near Culloden is equally important, because prehistoric site - the Temple 5,000 years before: Clave Cairns. Chris asked us to take off their shoes when entering the site, otherwise deptalibyśmy good fairies and spirits of Scotland. According to legend, the great, a Celtic god - Ben Nevis, long ago, threw them on the ground from the highest mountain in Scotland, and then turned into stones. Smaller stones are fairies, and more are good spirits. Later that same evening we arrived in the capital Highlands, Inverness. It is a small town, picturesquely situated on the River Ness. Bay in Inverness can be found even dolphins. The memory stuck in our particular unique atmosphere of local pubs. Scots are very entertaining people. They can spend long hours drinking beer or whiskey, talking, singing and dancing. Everywhere you can find traces of their great patriotism. People with our colleague has been compared to William Wallace, who this time would be designed to win independence for the Scots.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On the way to Glasgow we decided to stay on the shore of the largest in Scotland, Loch Lomond, as the text says one of the more popular songs among the Scots: "(...) but me and my true love will never meet again to thr bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. " From there we drove straight to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, which in 1990 was selected for the European Capital of Culture. Its name comes allegedly from the Celtic word Glas-cu, which means "beloved green place." Unfortunately we spent only a few hours there. The city is famous not only soccer, but mainly from the industrial revolution, which has just begun there. It also made one of the most famous Scottish artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1862-1928). Imitation characteristic decorative motifs of the artist can be seen in almost every shop or bar in Scotland. One gets the impression that there is a kind of fashion for "Mackintosh". Village itself seems to be disorderly and depressing. Victorian architecture and Gothic churches co-operating factories with no unique atmosphere. It is cheaper here than in the rest of Scotland, perhaps because the area is considered extremely dangerous.

Scotland probably every tourist leaves the boundaries of its kind left wanting. For it is so interesting that it is not enough to go there only once. Unfortunately, our funds are not allowed to stay for longer. It is cheaper than England, but it is one of the most expensive European country. So if you imagine Scotland as a beautiful, mountainous country with numerous lakes and moors, and the Scots as przeuroczych, cheerful guest and certainly not stingy people (here, we want to disprove a stereotype). Just have a lot of desire, and a lot of money to find that out.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Edinburgh Festival

It all started in Edinburgh, which is the capital of Scotland. Luckily it happened that at the same time take place in the Edinburgh International Festival. Then comes to town a lot of theater and music groups to present themselves at local theaters and streets. The city is visited by then many thousands of tourists from all over the world. The international nature of this festival is an opportunity to showcase their native culture. In addition to the kilcie Scot, playing in the kobzie can see people in the ethnic African clothes. All provide an atmosphere of fun, music can be heard everywhere. In addition to attending the event may be amused to see the tired tourists in the gardens of dozing off Princes Street. In the early afternoon on the Royal Mile, which leads to the castle, they begin to arrive in numerous bands and theater. It happened to us to chase one of these teams up the Royal Mile in the rain, because the members of the corpses looked like a group of Scottish soldiers of the sixteenth century. The fact that the twentieth century we have witnessed only the sun glasses on the nose of one of the players on the drum. Everything that happens on the streets of Edinburgh at this time, the Scots refer to as "fringe". In addition to the theater festival is also the Military Tattoo Festival, which ends with a spectacular military parade. Yet returned to Edinburgh for the final of the festival, which usually takes place in early September. Organized the spectacular fireworks display at the castle, which is painted in the night a thousand colors.