JULY 6th, 2007 [Friday]
We left Edinburgh slightly after noon. Our next destination was an hour’s drive to the west: Stirling.
Stirling is a very historical city in Scotland. Quite a number of the battles were fought here during the Wars of Scottish Independence. In fact, there is a National Wallace Monument in the city, erected to commemorate the Scottish national hero William Wallace. If you have no idea who this bloke is, it is okay, I didn’t know either when I visited this city.
We didn’t come here for the city though. None of us knew much about Scottish history anyway. The only reason we came here is because we had the Explorer Pass, and one of the major castles of Scotland is located here: the Stirling Castle.
I was kind of disappointed with Edinburgh Castle earlier in the day. I guess it was partly due to how crowded it was, and you know I don’t do crowds well at all, right? It felt more like a over-popular tourist attraction than a historical site.
Stirling Castle though, it brought my plummeting mood back up. I thought this castle was beautiful. There were infinitely less visitors here, and I felt infinitely more relaxed. There was a very lovely garden within the castle itself,
In fact, there is another garden outside the castle, and the view was quite impressive.
Err… moving on…
Instead of a museum, there is an exhibit of a medieval age’s royal kitchen, complete with wax figures and all the kitchen props.
You know, we always see how palace kitchens work in China and Korea thanks to HK TVB and KBS channel, but how often have you seen a royal kitchen of Europe? It was quite interesting to me. Of course this kitchen is much simpler compared to those elaborate China palace’s setup. The cooking in Europe at that time was mostly roasting over fire.
I think not just me, but everyone felt more relaxed in Stirling Castle. In fact, we were so relaxed that we decided to take a group photo that resembles a school class photo.
And then we left Stirling and proceeded with our road trip…
[to be continued]