Sunday, June 03, 2007

Our trip to Scotland...

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. No matter how many times I've been back there--after living there for the better part of a year--I'm still surprised by how this place can take my breath away. But apart from the scenery, we have some great friends up there. We stayed with the Grieves, and got to spend time with their kids and families, which is great. I've know this family for 15 years now, and all of them have been to visit us in the States.

This is the view from behind Arthur's Seat, one of the volcanic formations that give Edinburgh its distinctive character. The crown-shaped steeple off in the distance is St Giles' Cathedral.

This is the East end of the Royal Mile--that building through the gate is Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of the Queen and royal family.

This is the front of the new Scottish Parliament building. Mike Grieve drives government officials around, and gave us the insider's tour of the building, which was great.
Julie with Jayne, one of the Grieves' kids. She's got a new wee'un named Kate that Ian loved playing with.
See what I mean?

Julie with Kelly, the fiance of Neil Grieve. While I was there they asked me to participate in their wedding, which I will be honored to do.

Ian with Kate and her daddy, Lee.
We took a drive down the Firth of Forth, and stopped at the marina in North Berwick. It was chilly and windy, but every so often the sun would peek out. This is what Scottish sunbathers look like.
Another shot of the marina.
Ian and Catherine Grieve at North Berwick.

That's us on the coast of North Berwick.
Ian and I walked out to the end of the rocks and got someone to take our picture.
There he is...

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:46 PM

    Gosh John , the Grieve family sound like really nice people, and they consider themselves lucky to be considered as your friends.


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