Last Wednesday, as the title suggests, I took some liberties with my class attendance and took a driving trip southeast of Edinburgh (with the parental units, of course – don’t even ask about the left-side driving business). I’m sure Paedar was so disappointed with my absence. But like I said, priorities!
I’ll let the photos do most of the talking on this one. We saw the gorgeous (and strictly no-pictures-inside) Rosslyn Chapel – where some of the DaVinci Code took place, apparently. The brain-child of some William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness, the chapel is a testament to his obsessive behavior. The stone carving throughout the inside is spectacular (look it up), and there are subtle Christian, Pagan, and Knights of Templar symbols everywhere. And… wait for it…. they had a CAT. A black one with white mittens. Named William. It passes the test.
Beyond that, we drove along the coast on the southern side of the Firth of Forth, passing some beautiful beaches, adorable towns, and crumbling ruins, finishing our trek at the down of North Berwick. Scotland has so much natural beauty. In some ways, it reminds me of Northern California, with the wild coasts and barren Highland hills. My home away from home!