Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the ECC Travel Abroad Program blog!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Final Post

Day 7

On the final day of the trip, the twenty-five travelers leave Edinburgh early in the morning to fly to Amsterdam and then on to Washington, DC. The weary travelers try to rest when possible, knowing that on Thursday, May 28, they launch back into reality and resume their daily schedules. As a normal life in the United States resumes, memories of a beautiful landscape, delicious food, a rich history, and warm people linger.

Until we meet again....

Monday, May 25, 2015

Scone Palace & St. Andrews

Day 5

One of the highlights of day 5 is the visit to Scone Palace. Scone palace is the home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield.

The afternoon of Day 5 was spent at St. Andrews.  The old Course at St. Andrews was founded in 1754.  Today St. Andrews boasts seven courses. St.  Andrews Links is the largest public golfing complex in Europe.

Golf has been played on this course since 1400 A.D. The Old Course originally consisted of 22 holes before being reduced to 18 by Tom Morris.

Teeing off on hole 18 at the Old Course.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Isle of Skye to Dunkeld

Day 4

It is Sunday and we are on our drive from Isle of Skye to Dunkeld. Our drive is taking us along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, no monster sighting yet but the day is still young. We just finished a unique treat of visiting Leault Farm where we had the opportunity to not only witnesses the operation of a functioning sheep farm but to work as well.  We will now continue our scenic Highland drive through Cairngorms National Park and Glen Garry to the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. 

Juan Johnson, Jr. after his brave efforts to shear a sheep.

Ronnie Ellis lovingly nursing a baby lamb.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond

Day 3

On Day 3 the travelers rode along the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond.

From the shores of Loch Lomond...

Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Ailorel

Friday, May 22, 2015

Driving Tour of City

Day 2

Day 2 began with a drive throughout the city of Glasgow.  The population is 2.5 million, with Glasgow being the 4th largest city in Europe. 
Tenements or apartments were built for the working class.  In the early days, there was only one room per family.
Tenements or apartments were built for the working class.
In the early days, there was only one room per family.

The tour group stopped at a sheep farm on the way to the Trossachs.

8 Stages in the processing of wool:  Shearing, grading, scouring, carding, combing, spinning, weaving & knitting, and dyeing.
In the photo are the 8 steps to processing wool.

Sheep are gathered for shearing once a year, usually in the warmer months.
The shearing process is described in the photo.
Shearing is required for the welfare of the sheep.
Travelers enjoyed walking around the sheep farm and photographing the sheep.

Miniature spotted horses were also a part of the sheep farm.

The informational sign explains the horses in more detail.

A miniature horse is shown above.

The travelers left the sheep farm and entered the forested region known as the Trossachs. The Trossachs is a small woodland glen in the Stirling council area of Scotland. The tour stopped in Aberfoyle, a village on the banks of the Forth River.  From there, the tour followed the route along the Lake of Monteith and through Callander to Stirling.

Outside Stirling Castle, tourists are walking the grounds.
High on the mountain where Stirling Castle sits is a beautiful cemetery.

Stirling Castle was a favorite residence of Scotland's kings and queens.

Some travelers enjoyed local cuisine for dinner at the Mussels Inn.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Walking Tour and Welcome

Day 1

After arriving in Glasgow and checking into the hotel, travelers walked the city streets to get a taste of the Scottish culture.
Enjoying the walking tour are (from left) Ronnie Ellis, Laura Ashley,
June Cherry, Lance Cherry, and Carnell Lamm.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Glasgow is a city focused on trading, commerce, and industry. Glasgow, consisting primarily of blue collar workers, boasts an underground transportation system (subway) for its major mode of transportation.
The city is clean and attractive--without "rubbish" or trash.

The welcome dinner is about to begin with travelers gathering in the hotel lounge.
Seated left to right are Jessie Jones, Kane Cerny,
Ian Cerny, Freda Wright, Josie Davis, and Doreen Rook.