Saturday, June 17, 2023

2023 England and Scotland - Day #25 - Stirling Castle

The plan for the day was a visit to Stirling Castle.

After breakfast at the hotel (pancakes for me and small Scottish for Sharon), Anna-Marie, Tom, Sharon and I walked to Stirling Castle. Just as we were entering the castle, we walked up to a tour that was starting. Tom, Sharon and I followed the tour for the next hour.

The guide (Andrew) did a very nice job. The history of all the places that we have visited is so interwoven.

After the tour, we walked throught the royal apartments and the military history museum. It turned out that they were celebrating King Charles birthday. We watched a band, a bag piper and a 21 gun salute. We then explored the Queen Anne Garden.

We wandered down into the town and had lunch at No. 2 Baker Street. I had a Chicken & Bacon Sandwich [Chicken breast and beechwood-smoked streaky bacon with mayo, served in sourdough with a salad garnish], while Sharon had a Fresh Garden Salad [Dressed rocket with roasted sweet potato wedges, spring onions, cucumber, pickled watermelon and fresh mint. Add marinated chicken or grilled halloumi].

Sharon and I split off from the group after lunch. We wandered the city center and Sharon did some shopping.

Eventually, we wound our way back to the hotel. For one of the first times on the trip, we laid low for a couple of hours and took a nap.

In the late afternoon, the four of us went to Mass at St. Mary's.

We finished the day with dinner at Mamma Mia. Sharon and I split Le Bruschette Mamma Mia [Tomato, basil, olive oil, and balsamic glaze]. For mains, all four of us had SUGO MAMMA MIA. It was their signature pasta speciality: a Southern Italian Ragu slowly cooked with selected Scottish short ribs of beef in a rich tomato sauce with garlic and herbs and plenty of pecorino cheese.

Walking back to the hotel, we crashed fairly early. Sharon ended up watching a George Michael concert on the BBC, while I played with the photos from the day.

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