Friday, February 24, 2006

Christmas in the Kingdom of Fife 2005

Abovc: The ancestral home of Robert the Bruce. The Kilconquar Estate in the Kingdom of Fife. We stayed in a small cottage on this grand estate.

Above: Christmas Day in our 'home away from home.'

Above: An old church in a small village on the North Sea.

Above: St. Andrews Abbey ruins.

Above: The coastline in St. Andrews.

Above: The famous golf course and club building at the St. Andrews golf course where the Brittish Open takes place. Absolutely beautiful!

Above: John and Angela at the William Wallace Monument in Stirling.

Above: John with Flat Stanley and a Vikingish kind of man?

Above: John and Angela with the statue of Willaim Wallace (or is it Mel Gibson?).

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Christmas in the Lake District, England 2005

The Lake District, England
Below: The view outside John Ruskin's home in Coniston

Below: John and Angela at a scenic overlook in the Lake District

Below: The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Lakes surrounded by mountains, quaint little English villages, undisturbed nature, sheep roaming freely, stone walls stretching mile upon mile......absolutely beautiful!

Below: The Home of John Ruskin

Look how narrow the roads are!

Christmas in Edinburgh 2005

Every December the City of Edinburgh sets up a German Market in the Princes Street Gardens. They sell German food and crafts. The festival is complete with a ferris wheel, ice skating rink, and several other little rides.

The Princes Street Gardens lie at the base of the Edinburgh Castle. It is quite a site to be seen.

In the picture Princes Street is on the left, the tall spire is the Sir Walter Scott Monument and the building on the far right is the Balmoral Hotel.

Below is a picture of New College and the City of Edinburgh Christmas Tree.

New College is where John is studying for his PhD. It is located on The Mound beside the Edinburgh Castle and above the Princes Street Gardens.

Below is a picture of the Christmas Festival from the Edinburgh Castle.

You can see New College and the Christmas tree on the Right side of the picture, the Princes Street Gardens in the lower left and in the distance you can see Calton Hill (in the center of the picture) and the North Sea.