Monday, July 30, 2007

GOODBYE GLENFINNAN, HOME OF MY HEART

Vacation Day 14- The sun was shining as I woke up on my last day in Glenfinnan. Amazingly, my eyes stayed dry for most of the day. After another scrumptious breakfast and a chance to sit by the fire in the lobby, one of the ladies that works in the Glenfinnan House drove me back up to the train station. We had a lovely chat about the Highlands, Edinburgh, and books. I explained that I was an unpublished writer working toward selling my manuscripts. I also told her that her boss has been answering questions regarding Scotland and the Highlands for me for about a year now. This led us to talking more about books, romances set in Scotland and my writing. I wished I'd had more time to chat with her! (And the boss was sick the day I got there and she'd called in sick the other days I stayed there. That was disappointing for me. I wanted a chance to thank her for all her help and to talk a bit more about my plans for helping to promote the hotel and the area once I am published.)

I took this picture of the steam train coming in. This is the one used for the Hogwarts Express train in Harry Potter.

The ride back to Edinburgh was just as spectacular as the ride from Edinburgh. I took a few pictures on the train that came out surprisingly well. The first two are of the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel. You may recognize this view because it's been used in the Harry Potter films. As we move along the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the train always slows down so people can get pictures.



These other two are along the way before we slid back into city life.




Once I arrived in Edinburgh and unpacked my bags in the Smith's Guest House, I took the bus to the Royal Mile. I stood around and listened to two pipers on a street corner and then I went into Deacon Brodie's (again) for dinner.

3 comments:

Nita Wick said...

I've been busy lately and haven't had a chance to stop by. Wow. All the picutres of Glenfinnan are awesome.

I can see why it's your happy place. :)

TJBrown said...

Lovely photos. What fabulous memories you must have.
Teri

Lexi said...

Oh, yeah! What's odd is there were soooo many beautiful places on my trip, so many wonderful places I've been to all over the world and yet this tiny village in the Highlands always draws me back, always comforts my heart.