Decent early morning hike up and down the highest mountain in the British Isles - Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands. Absolutely cracking walk, stunningly dramatic scenery and you couldn't have asked for any better weather! Glorious Sunshine, very warm and no wind at all! Genuinely dead chuffed with meself. Now I'm going to have a short drive down to Oban, check into me Best Western hotel, shit, shower and a splash of Brut and I'm off out on the piss to celebrate! What a bank holiday! Peace, love and Bananas folks! ✌🏼❤🍌🍌 Love from The Wise x
Walking around #Scotland was a dream! The people, places, culture...all amazing. Off to Portugal to bike the coast and hopefully catch some waves! 🏄🏽♂️🏄🏼♀️🚵🏼♂️🚵🏼♂️
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Today there is an important decision being made by men and women in a neighbouring nation about women’s bodies and rights. It hurts me that something that should be a personal decision is still controlled by the state, by men and women whose bodies are not involved. In Scotland we are fortunate enough to have a much more embedded sense of social justice but this is so fragile, even hear. As we all know after recent world and national election results, a single question can produce painful and catastrophic answers. In here somewhere is my daughter, a girl in water, being her own self bathed in innocence, positivity and confidence. As parents we worry. When will the turn in the tide come, what will she become when the magic shatters. Can we help her hang on to who she is even if social pressures force her to see herself through other lenses. Will she feel rejection and hurt or will she be free to reject other people’s notions of who she should and shouldn’t be. It goes for all of my children of course, but as a feminist I understand what the patriarchy continues to do to women and girls, how disappointing the world can be and how marvellous my daughter is as she is.
EN : Back in Paris ! But too bad it was not with the Hogwarts Express ! We waited for it to pass on the famous bridge with a bunch of Muggles under a bright sun. It was a quiet moment and fun at the same time. The anticipation was palpable. One of the little joys of Scotland and there are so much more I can’t translate into photo or videos ! I already want to come back and I feel lightly frustrating not being able to visit more. But holidays are also for relaxing right ? So next time...be prepared I’ll be back Scotland 🏴 *
FR : De retour à Paris, malheureux pas avec le Poudlard Express...Nous avons attendu qu’il passe sur ce superbe pont avec une brochette de Moldus sous un soleil radieux. L’anticipation était palpable, c’était un moment étrange et joyeux comme il y en a beaucoup en Écosse. Quelque chose qu’il est difficile de traduire en photo ou en vidéo , il faut juste y aller ! Je me sens un peu frustrée de ne pas avoir fait plus de choses là bas, mais les vacances servent aussi à se reposer non ? Je n’ai plus qu’une envie d’ailleurs, c’est d’y retourner ! Donc la prochaine fois, tiens toi prête Ecosse de mon cœur, parce que je reviendrai ! 🏴
Another day and another opportunity to make it amazing and exciting. I am shaking off the dusts of last night’s trauma and embarking en route towards St. Andrews for more Scottish Adventures...and some ice creams from @jannettas_gelateria (in my case sorbets 😎 because they are way cooler than dairy ones) #scottishsummer
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Be more kind, my friends, try to be more kind 🌿
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The most stunning views with even better gals ✨🌷 🏔 #Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is situated on Castle Rock; formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Castle Rock had been a military base and royal residence for centuries. However, the edifice that is known as Edinburgh Castle was built during the 12th century by David I, son of Saint Margaret of Scotland.
The tensions between the English and Scottish monarchies nearly always centred on Edinburgh Castle. The first major battle was during the late 13th century when Edward I of England attempted to seize the vacant Scottish throne. From 1296 to 1341, the castle bounced from English to Scottish hands several times during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
After this, most of the castle’s reconstruction was overseen by David II. Much of this was undone, following the “Lang Siege.” The year long battle was triggered when Mary Queen of Scots married James Hepburn, and a surge of rebellion against the union rose up amongst the noblemen of Scotland.
Mary was forced to flee to England but loyal supporters held the castle for a further year.
Following, the ‘Union of the Crowns’’ on James VI and I accession, the Scottish court departed from Edinburgh to London. The final monarch to reside at the castle was Charles I in 1633.
The 1715 rebellion saw the Jacobites come dramatically close to claiming the castle in the same style that Robert the Bruce’s men did over 400 years before; by scaling the north facing cliffs. The 1745 rebellion saw the capture of Holyrood Palace but the castle remained unbroken.
The castle now serves as a military station, is home to the Scottish National War Memorial, the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and is host to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
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