Saturday, May 26, 2012
Rufflets Country House, just outside of St. Andrews has been so comfortable and delicious for the past three nights. The early breakfasts in the formal dining room have been held at one big table and all thirteen of us from Classic Journeys are welcome, whenever the spirit moves us from 7AM to 9:15. Smiling, quiet, quick services for all our needs. And a walk in the formal gardens, behind the building are a soothing, early morning delight. They managed to wrestle our heavy suitcases down from the 3rd floor, just as they had lifted them up with no “lift” or elevator on premises.
Last bus ride with Joe Russell – our driver. He does mostly golf tours around the country and is good; like an excellent caddie. He is smooth and attentive, but very quiet – “only speak, if you are spoken to”.
The railroad bridge going into Edinburgh from the north across the Firth of Forth is a marvel of engineering from the Victorian Era…spans a full mile of the river, 5,000 workers to construct it and as good today as when it was built in 1890, make it one of the landmarks of Scotland’s first city (Edinburgh is smaller than Glasgow, but much more history and present-day power).
And, just a mention before we finish today…another modern miracle of engineering – Scottish hotel shower heads.
You know, how you find dinky flow showers in Europe, when you are traveling. They are really into conservation, but you can’t even soap up and wash off effectively with most of the bathrooms. Well, these Scots have so much fresh water (there is more water in the 700 foot deep Loch Ness than in all the lakes in Britain combined) that they don’t seem to care about water conservation. So, here’s the shower head that’s typical of what we have experienced on our travels so far. We thought you should know this about Scotland, when you are making your travel plans. This shower could hurt your head….wonderful, hey, Laddie?