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And a few last thoughts on Glasgow

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Hello friends,
Joe and had a wonderful dinner last night at a restaurant called the Mussel Inn. Thank you again, Peter at the Glasgow Marriott, for the recommendation. We completely enjoyed last night's mussels from Shetland, with blush tomatoes and pesto:

Because it was the day before the longest day of the year, it was light until very late. Here's a photo outside the restaurant, around 10:30pm:

Glaswegians are a funny bunch. There is a strange tradition of putting traffic cones on the heads of statues:
Perhaps we should bring this to central Maine?

Glaswegians also clearly enjoy messing around with language and titles, like the "Purrple Cat Cafe," "Lettuce Eat," "Kilts and Kocktails" and, of course, the "Mussel Inn." Ha ha ha.

We got up bright and early this morning, and by bright and early, I mean really mean bright and early. There wasn't much in the way of "night" last night. We had an early breakfast, packed up our stuff and headed to the lobby for the Adventure Canada orientation meeting. We survived that meeting, along with about 170 other passengers (which means the cruise is not quite full). We then put our luggage where we were told, and now we await our bus. And wait.

The bus will stop at Stirling Castle on our way to Oban. Joe and I visited Stirling in 2004, when we traveled to Scotland with the kiddos, when Joe was teaching in the Colby, Bates and Bowdoin program in London. We have a lovely photo of Margaret from the top of Stirling, with the Highlands in the background. I think Stirling was one of those castles that fed John's early obsession with castles, knights and armor-- an obsession he has outgrown. Alas. I think.

We are looking forward to getting settled on the ship, and learning more about tomorrow's adventure, on Islay. Joe and I have signed up for an Islay whisky tour. Although Islay whiskys are generally not on the top of my list of favorite whiskies, we are looking forward to a tour of a distillery, or two or three.

For now, Slainte!

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Glasgow, Day 2

More Outlander, Graduation Day and a Possible Dead Parrot

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Hello friends,
It's been another fun day in Glasgow. First, let me give a big shout out to Peter, the Concierge at the Glasgow Marriott. He helped us find the delightful restaurant where we ate last night, Ardnamurchan, and the Pot Still. We'll be heading off to dinner at another Peter recommendation this evening.

For today, Joe and I decided to go full on tourist and got tickets for the Hop On/Hop Off Tourist bus. Not a bad decision, it turns out. The first thing that we saw from the bus, that we probably would never have seen on our own, was the Swim and Dive Mural in honor of Glasgow's hosting of the Commonwealth Games:

We decided that our focus of the morning and early afternoon should be the University of Glasgow, so that's where we headed first. It was graduation day at the University of Glasgow. Here's the piper, who led the parade of faculty and new graduates:

For you Outlander fans, we saw the area of the University that stood in for Harvard in Season 2:

For you Harry Potter fans, the University has a real Hogwarts vibe going on:

We also visited the Hunterian Museum and discovered this painting that reminded us of the Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch:

Then we strolled down the hill, to the Kelvingrove Museum. We had a bite of lunch and then enjoyed an organ recital while we strolled around the museum:

Back on the Hop On/Hop Off bus and we headed to the other side of town, and back to the Cathedral. We arrived too late yesterday afternoon to visit the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and we wanted to check it out. It's a small museum, but does a nice job of outlining and displaying the various religious traditions of Glasgow.

Then it was back on the bus for a bit more Glasgow. We got off to wander around the "pesky zone" (pedestrian friendly zone) before heading back to the hotel. Now we are resting up for dinner and perhaps another pub visit. But, we can't be too reckless. We meet up with the group that will take us on the next phase of this adventure, at 8:00 am (having already had breakfast by that time and ready to put all of our stuff on their bus).

We are not at all sure how much blogging we'll be able to do from the ship. Photos may be difficult for at least part of that time, but we'll try to send out some information about what we are up, for those of you who are interested.


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The Death March Gains a Whole New Meaning

Glasgow, Day 1, Part 2

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Our afternoon death march headed in a whole new direction, with a walk to an actual Necropolis. But, it started with a visit to the Glasgow Cathedral. We discovered some lovely parts of the Cathedral:

And, then we visited the parts of the Cathedral that were used for the filming of the Second Season of Outlander!!!!:

Then, it was time to visit the Necropolis, which offered its own interesting sites, along with beautiful views of the Cathedral:

We then walked along endless parts of the city, stumbling upon the acting school where Sam Heughan went to school:

We had a lovely early dinner. I had halibut and Joe had the venison stew:

And, then off to the Pot Still we went! The Pot Still is a fabulous whiskey pub. We tried several whiskys. I'll include information on those later, maybe tomorrow. But, we also had a lovely chat with Bob and his wife. Their godson was married at Memorial Church 15 years ago, ten years after we had been married there! We had a great time with Bob and his wife, whose name escapes me, and their friends.

So far, Glasgow is great!

And, we are still married!

Slainte Mhath!

p.s. Please don't correct my grammar. Whisky hate grammar.

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Not a Penguin on the Telly, but a Seagull on a Table (I'll get to that in a moment)

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Joseph and I arrived in Edinburgh this morning, rested and ready to go. Well, not exactly. But here we are settling into our flight last night:

We made our way to Glasgow by way of tram and train, with only one small error (getting off at the wrong tram stop). We got some lunch and just checked into our hotel. Now, the big challenge is to keep from lying on the bed and going to sleep. Must stay awake to keep the jet lag at bay.

One observation: It's a lovely party cloudy/party sunny day here in Glasgow, in the low 60s. And people are wearing down coats!! What's up with that?

And, finally, what you've all been wanting to see: a seagull on a table at Starbucks:

We're also working on sounding Scottish. Perhaps we'll record a phrase or two and post. We'll see.

For now, it's time to put the shoes back on and head out for the afternoon death march.

Slainte Mhath!

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At the Airport

Joseph and I have made it to Logan. Many thanks to our trusty chauffeur Tom M, who delivered us to the bus station in Augusta.

We then took Concord Coach from Augusta to Portland and then Portland to Logan. Along the way, we learned that our flight has been delayed a bit, now leaving around 10:30.

Joseph had a bit of an issue getting through security, with his backpack sent through a couple of times. Thankfully, we were not in a hurry.

And, now we await our flight in one of the cozy Sky Lounges in Terminal A.


The next entry will be from Scotland!

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