I see that it has been over a year since I posted anything here. Apparently, nothing much has been happening in my life.
Until a couple of weeks ago. On Aug 14th we went on a two-week coach tour of Scotland. It was wonderful. and exhausting. and exhilarating. I will post a few stories here, and lots of pictures on https://cweenmjsphotos.wordpress.com/ one picture a day, as usual.
So, today’s story: Arriving in Glasgow.
We got up at 4 am on the 14th. Not because we had an early flight. Just because that’s when we woke up. Our flight out didn’t leave until after 3 pm. So we had plenty of time. We stopped for breakfast on our way to the airport and still got to spend lots of time sitting and waiting. We changed planes in Newark and landed in Glasgow around 7 am.
We knew our room wouldn’t be ready for us, so we had plans! We dropped our bags at the hotel and had breakfast, then we had the desk clerk call a cab for us. The cab took us to the railway station. We told the railway clerk we wanted to go to the Falkirk Wheel and she gave us tickets to Camelon which she said was the closest we could get by rail.
On the train we met a cute little boy, maybe 6 or 7 years old, and his mom. He had a million questions about America. I found a small handful of American change and gave it to him. He was thrilled!
At the Camelon platform we were a little surprised. All it was was a platform. No taxis, no buses, no nothing. Just a parking lot. So we walked over to the nearby bowling alley and talked to the girls behind the counter. They kindly called a cab for us and the cab took us to the wheel, pointing out the Antonine Wall as we passed it.
The wheel was HUGE!!! What is the Falkirk Wheel, you ask? It is an amazing engineering solution for getting boats from one canal to another without any locks. You can see it in motion on youtube if you search for the Falkirk Wheel.
We got back to the hotel and crashed around 2. The next morning (Sunday) we walked around Glasgow a bit and then our tour started in the afternoon with bus tour of the city before heading out into the hinterlands on Monday.