Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel
January 16, 2009 § 4 Comments
I believe my next post will be non-Europe trip related, but here’s one more for now.
Our first port of call on our cruise was Edinburgh, Scotland.
Edinburgh is a wealthy (read: expensive) banking city, the capital of Scotland. Current residents include J.K. Rowling and Sean Connery. Like most of Europe, the history represented by its architectural and cultural landscape puts North America to shame. We only viewed a small portion of Edinburgh on our way to Rosslyn Chapel.
Driving from Edinburgh to Rosslyn Chapel was beautiful. Here is a picture of the fields of canola (of canola oil fame) we saw.
If you read or saw Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, you may remember Rosslyn Chapel as the chapel at the end of the book where Sophie and Robert find what they are looking for “under the stars”. It is also where Sophie’s ancestry is revealed.
The chapel, not surprisingly, does not look much like the movie depicted. It is in deteriorating condition and covered by a scaffolded “umbrella” to protect the entire structure from rain. The interior is small and cold with intricate carvings and the legendary 18th century Apprentice Pillar (the subject of its own grisly story). Photography was not allowed inside the chapel, but here are two of the outside (including the scaffolding).
Finally, a shot of some of the luxurious wool items. I bought two cashmere scarves.